In 2005 we visited a cousin in upstate New York and became intrigued by the idea of a possible weekend house where the dog could run and we could flex some home improvement muscles and perhaps even landscape a yard. We first searched in Ulster County, in the towns surrounding Woodstock, with the help of a cooky real estate agent named Sharon whose canned responses and car conversation idiosyncrasies we still repeat to this day. During one of these Saturdays spent driving from one house to another, Sharon took us to Sweet Sue’s for lunch, raved about everything on the menu, and I had one of the most memorable meatloaf meals of my life. We vowed to go back, but somehow never got around to it. We bought a house in Sullivan county in late 2005, sold it by mid-2007, and only returned to Sweet Sue’s last weekend during our (blush) mini-honeymoon seven years later. Time flies.
But WOW. We never even tried their pancakes before but have always known them to be good. The server asked if we wanted one, two, or three pancakes because of their reputed size. We said two and we only got to eat one between us. I chose the Blue Monkeys, buttermilk pancakes with bananas and blueberries. These pancakes were about 9 inches wide and an inch thick and I swear must be made with cake batter to keep them that fluffy. Fantastic. These are the best pancakes I’ve ever had.
We also ordered the homemade corned beef hash which came in cubed chunks instead of ground hash. Very tasty and the perfect savory accompaniment to our otherwise sweet feast.
The atmosphere at Sweet Sue’s is relaxed and the service is swift and cheery.
The pancake selection on the wall is proof. Time always flies when you’re having fun, but I really hope to be back here very soon.
49 Main St
Phoenicia, NY 12464