MEXICO Daddy Eds Restaurant is in an unassuming free-standing building, obviously a house at one time, on Main Street (Route 104) on the west side of the village of Mexico in Oswego County.
Despite being a new discovery for us, the diner-style restaurant has been in business for 13 years. And the parking lot was nearly full on both sides of the restaurant on a Friday afternoon well after lunch hour.
We walked into the bright, clean dining room and were told to seat ourselves. Quite a few tables were occupied and the lunch counter was in full swing.
Our eyes were drawn to a tall, revolving multitier dessert case in the center of the room. It was loaded with five or six pies/cakes on each level at least two dozen altogether. We knew this was going to be a highlight of our visit and pacing was going to be key.
And wouldnt you know it there was a table for two right next to this monumental centerpiece full of sweets.
Daddy Eds is open seven days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its a diner, really. Breakfast is served throughout the day. Since we were visiting in the early afternoon, we opted to work from the lunch menu.
Sally, our waitress, was no-nonsense, yet polite and efficient. She stopped long enough to check in with us throughout our meal, but never overstayed her welcome. She told us the days specials, took our drink orders and was off.
The lunch menu at Daddy Eds consists of sandwiches, wraps, burgers, soups and salads and lunch specialties.
A cup of New England clam chowder ($2.99) started us off. It was obviously homemade, with a creamy broth and lots of meaty clams, chunky potatoes and kernels of corn. It had wonderful flavor and a not-too-thick consistency.
The French dip ($6.29) consisted of thinly sliced roast beef on a toasted sesame roll with fresh horseradish on the side to bump up the flavor, if you were so inclined. There was also a small cup of pretty good-tasting au jus that accompanied the sandwich.
Hey, thats what a French dip is all about, right?
Sandwiches are served with potato chips and pickles, but we decided to try some other sides for a slight upcharge.
The potato salad ($1.99) was a generous portion, with hefty chunks of potato, egg and carrot and just the right amount of mayo. Fresh and yummy.
The Caribbean chicken sandwich ($6.99) intrigued us, a great combination of flavors and textures a crunchy breaded and fried chicken breast, crisp bacon, Swiss cheese and a Caribbean sauce on grilled rye bread. This was one tasty sandwich.
Sally told us that the Caribbean sauce was a plum sauce with a little kick of red pepper that they make in the kitchen.
Skipping the potato chips once again, we opted to try the macaroni salad ($1.99). Unfortunately, it had camped out in the cooler an extra day or two longer than it should have.
Now it was time to tackle the dessert case so to speak. We put Sally through her paces, and she was able to describe each and every confection in the showcase.
Raspberry pie, coconut cream pie, chocolate peanut butter pie, banana split pie, white cake with chocolate frosting, yellow cake with white frosting, strawberry cake with strawberry frosting. So many desserts, so little time. And each one looked wonderful!
The four-berry pie was loaded with fresh fruit in a light, flaky homemade crust.
The yellow cake with vanilla pudding filling and vanilla frosting made you think you were eating wedding cake for a moment, except the portion was enormous! Most of the cakes in the showcase were at least six inches tall.
And both desserts were $2.99. How do they do that?
Sue, the owner, makes most of the desserts for her restaurant as well as several other area restaurants. There were several flavored cheesecakes in the showcase as well, but the waxed paper between the slices gave them away as being commercial products, which Sally confirmed.
Lunch for two cost $27.25 before tip.
It was a treat to watch the staff at work. A least a half-dozen seasoned ladies were working the floor, hustling food from the kitchen to hungry customers. It appeared as though theyd had a busy lunch hour before our arrival, and they were still upbeat and accommodating.
Daddy Eds was a pleasant surprise. The food is very good basic offerings along with a few unexpected choices for breakfast, lunch and dinner and a knockout dessert case.
Prices are reasonable. And the foot traffic indicated a loyal following, evidenced by pleasant banter between the staff and customers.
Daddy Eds is just a few miles from exit 34 on Interstate 81. Consider stopping on your next trip to Syracuse.
You can contact restaurant reviewer Walter Siebel via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Daddy Eds Restaurant
3404 Main St. (Route 104)
A clean, cozy restaurant/diner with good food and a great staff.
HOURS: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week
OUR PICKS: New England clam chowder, Caribbean chicken sandwich, potato salad and any of their more than 24 outstanding desserts.