McShane's Restaurant & Pub in East Syracuse, New York
Basic American cuisine
Best known for their 1/2 chicken
Most unique menu item: Chicken wing soup
Visited in February 2013 - Scroll to the bottom for an update!
We stopped by at noon on a Monday and were the only lunch patrons in the restaurant. There were a handful of gentlemen gathered at the bar, so I guess it's safe to say that McShane's is still commonly known as the local watering hole.
My partner and I tend to eat light at lunch so we shared a lunch option and an appetizer. We ordered the Crispy Onion Haystack $5.99, which is served with caper aioli sauce. The dipping sauce was tasty with both the fried onions and our french fries. The shoestring size crispy fried onions were a bit on the salty side, but good none-the-less.
Although best known for their crispy, flavorful, golden brown 1/2 chicken, I was in the mood for some red meat, so we opted for the cheeseburger with swiss - ADD BACON! ($7.99) The hamburger was cooked as specified, the bacon was crispy, the cheese was melted, and the fries were perfectly crisped.
The TV show 'Restaurant Impossible' gave McShane's a makeover in late August of 2012. With just $10,000 and 2 days, the dismal roadside restaurant was transformed with vibrant paint colors, the fake leaves and paper strings hanging from the ceilings and walls were removed (thank god), and more importantly, the 'dirt upon dirt upon dirt', as stated by Irvine, was removed and the place was thoroughly cleaned.
We offer a thumbs up to McShane's for offering us a lunch that filled our bellies, a clean, comfortable atmosphere, and a friendly server! We are frequent flyers at the independently owned restaurants, and are truly in support of small business, so congrats to Cindy and the McShane's team for staying afloat during these trying economic times and for contacting 'Restaurant Impossible' to get a true assessment of the concerns that just may have brought the restaurant to bankruptsy.
UPDATE: McShane's Restaurant closed up shop in 2013.
McShane's Restaurant & Pub
6801 Kinne St
East Syracuse, NY 13057
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