Cooperstown, N.Y. (WBNG Binghamton) This week's Dining Out with WBNG segment is an alumni edition: Former News Director Greg Catlin and former Sports Director Brendan O'Reilly visit the birthplace of baseball, Cooperstown, to find another all star restaurant.
One of the busiest places in the area during the summer months is Cooperstown. And Brendan and Greg stopped a few miles south of the village's center on Route 28 to take in the Yum Yum Shack.
Now, typically baseball fair is popcorn, crackerjacks and hotdogs. Sure, the kids' menu at Yum Yum Shack may feature some of the bites from America's past time, but the rest of the offerings are far from anything you'd find at a ballpark.
Brendan and Greg were presented with some amazing starter dishes, including artichoke hearts, fresh shrimp with a pesto and goat cheese finish, and mussels in a coconut broth with curry sauce.
After a fresh beat salad with caramelized apples, chef and owner Dave Neal had the main course ready in the window: Pan seared salmon with a wasabi sauce, and a house bouillabaisse filled to the brim with fresh seafood.
The salmon was very fresh, and the wasabi sauce had a nice kick, not to overpowering, though.
Greg liked the saffron accents in the bouillabaisse, saying it gave the dish hint of liquorice flavor.
The Neals have owned the restaurant for 10 years, and have carved out their own niche in this baseball town.
"We do hotdogs as well for kids' meals, but we're kind of like a hidden local gem, is what they call us," Neals said. "So, we're not necessarily a baseball restaurant. We just happen to be in Cooperstown, New York."
If you're headed to Cooperstown for anything this summer -- whether you want a big meal out on the patio, a relaxing drink at the tiki bar out back or a sit-down dinner on a rainy day -- there are plenty of options, plenty of food choices and plenty to do at the Yum Yum Shack.