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June 30, 2013

Blue Collar Bistro enjoys success

Patrons line up to enjoy the new café at Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market on Durkee Street

PLATTSBURGH — The new cafe at the Plattsburgh Farmers and Crafters Market has received an enthusiastic welcome.

Cindy Snow opened the Blue Collar Bistro this year. She serves breakfast and lunch from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. during the Saturday market.



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The cafe, completely renovated for this season, has seating for 16. 

“It’s been much busier than I expected it to be,” Snow said. “Don’t get discouraged by the line.”

OFFERS WIDE MENU

For breakfast, one choice is fresh buttermilk biscuits with maple sausage from D and D Meats, egg and cheese. 

A variety of baked goods are also offered, such as strawberry cheesecake or lemon blueberry muffins.

”I’m also the queen of whoopie pies,” Snow said.

Recipes include banana with maple cream and chocolate grasshopper, she said.

Blue Collar Bistro tries to offer something for every diet type, including low-fat, low-carb and gluten-free selections. 

Snow creates a variety of homemade soups using local produce and ingredients. 

One recent selection was a gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan cream of cauliflower soup, made by pureeing the various ingredients to a cream-like consistency. Another popular soup is a Jamaican stew pot soup, made with okra, tomatoes, sweet potato and Bahamian thyme.

Sandwiches include a Cuban sandwich on a ciabatta roll with fresh pork loin, ham, hand-made pickle and cheese. Also popular is the New Orleans muffeletta on ciabatta roll with ham, salami, hard bologna and a green and black olive tapenade.

HAS OWN STYLE

Her goal is to use her spices to create layers of flavor within each dish. 

“I’m not a chef. I kind of think of myself as a free-styling foodie,” Snow said. 

She tries to use local products whenever possible. That includes meat from D and D Meats, honey from Dick Crawford, jams and produce from Bonnie Gonyo and maple products from the Parker Family Maple Farm.

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