‘Meat Cute’ in the Catskills:

A carnivore’s guide to Delaware County


Delaware County is a carnivore’s paradise. From its lush valleys to its quaint towns, there’s a meaty treasure waiting to be discovered. Here’s our “Meat Cute” guide to the most satisfying and savory delights of Delaware County.

Bovina Farm and Fermentory, 2951 County Road 5, Bovina Center. Celebrate the last of summer’s harvest and the beautiful fruits of autumn with celebratory farm meals served by candlelight at long communal tables. Four courses are prepared with ingredients from their gardens and larder and neighboring farms, each course paired and accompanied with house beer. In the colder months, they turn to the warmth of the tavern for a season of celebratory meals.
Due to seasonal ingredients, menus are decided in the days leading up to each meal, making it impossible to accommodate all dietary preferences. Menus are not released ahead of time. Previous menu items include lamb meatballs, beef tongue with greens, toutiere’ with pork and venison, a sweet potato soup and mushroom pie - made with local ingredients.

The Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant, 28218 State Route 206, Downsville. Listed on the National Register of historic places, The Old Schoolhouse Inn & Restaurant is a feast for the eyes as well as the tastebuds. The building is an authentic schoolhouse and high school was taught upstairs where the banquet facilities are located; first and second grades were taught where the bar now resides and fifth and sixth grades were taught where the main dining room is. Classes were held in the building until 1939. Now guests can enjoy a the Schoolhouse’s famous all-natural farm-raised Texas longhorn burgers and various steaks, on special. One and two pound packages of Texas longhorn burger are also for sale.
oldschoolhouseinn.com, 607-363-7814

Brushland Eating House, 1927 County Route 6, Bovina Center, is an out-of-the-way eatery on the first floor of an old farmhouse with floor-to-ceiling windows, a giant bar, and wooden banquettes. Dinner is a three-course family-style meal with a menu that changes weekly, reflects the seasons and supports local farmers. Their founding tenet is of celebrating the ordinary - the excitement of sharing a meal with strangers, of drinking enough sparkling wine to start singing along with the playlist, of eating food that at once feels nourishing, familiar and yet completely brand new. Menu items include items such as locally raised pork, house-cured lamb, hanger steak, collards, plums, pickles - and cake. Dinner is served Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Packin Heat Bar & Grill, 38 West Street, Walton. Opened in July 2021 with a plan to serve fresh, local ingredients and a little heat if you like it that way. Their wings, burgers, brisket, and more can be spiced with one of their three house-made signature spice dry rubs. If you can’t take the heat, the maple bacon bourbon jam burger, smoked brisket sandwich, and shrimp mac and cheese are a few fan favorites that will surely make you want to come back for more. Packin Heat features American Wagyu beef from CoMar Farm in Meridale, locally grown microgreens and seasonal veggies. From date night to big family brunch, happy hour to take out lunch, Packin Heat offers

Hamden Inn, 35769 State Highway 10, Hamden. Their “smalls” and “bigs” menu hits just right with items like steak frites, with a teres major cut with red wine jus, seasonal vegetable, and of course, fries; pan roasted salmon, chicken parmigiana, and its namesake “Hamden Burger.” A rotating special menu includes items like seared scallops with braised beef and crispy fish or beef tacos.

The Binnekill Tavern, 746 Main Street, Margaretville offers mountain comfort food and handcrafted cocktails in northeastern Delaware County. This is a local favorite focused on Swiss-German cuisine. The tavern re-opened in 2018 and dinner of locally-sourced, rustic food can be enjoyed by the fire or on the dining terrace with stunning mountain views. The tavern is open Thursday through Sunday and menu items include crispy pork belly steam buns, hierloom fruit salad with speck ham and rosemary syrup, braised short ribs and more!

The Fierce Grizzly, 53530 State Highway 30, Roxbury. The Fierce Grizzly is committed to bringing classic continental cuisine to this corner of the Catskills. Housed in a former tin shop previously owned by railroad magnate Jay Gould, The Fierce Grizzly is open for lunch and dinner Thursday through Sunday. Menu items include slow-cooked spoon roast, crab cakes, strip steak, and a variety of meat-laden sandwiches including a classic Reuben, soppressata, roast beef and a BLT.

Cody Shane Acres Buffalo, 90 Crystal Creek Road, Walton. Cody Shane Acres is a small scale buffalo farm located in Walton that sells buffalo meat by the retail cut. Buffalo is a natural food with a delicious and unique taste and is a healthy alternative to beef. The buffalo are grass-fed, which creates a more sustainable footprint; and there are no additives, growth hormones, or antibiotic feeds.
Cuts for sale include New York strip steak, ground meat, stew, roast, sirloin tips, hot dogs, and ribs.

The Andes Hotel, 110 Main Street, Andes. The Andes Hotel is a local and visitor favorite serving lunch and dinner with menu items such as baby back ribs, New York strip steak, lamb gyros, smash burgers, prime ribs, surf and turf and much more.