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Thursday, June 19, 2008

RHODES NORTH TAVERN--Definitely worth the stop!

Rhodes North Tavern
40 Orange Turnpike (Rt. 17)
Sloatsburg, NY 10974
Rhodes North Tavern in Sloatsburg, New York, on Rt. 17 is just minutes off exit 15A of the NY State Thruway (I287). It is the perfect place to grab a quick bite to eat or to meet friends for an unhurried dinner. It’s a perfect meeting place, and I know because we’ve been going there for years—as couples or as ladies’ night out. Rhodes was also voted Best Pub in 2007 by Rockland Magazine.

We began going there because of the convenient location. Rob and I would drive down from Warwick while others came from Highland Mills, Wesley Hills, or Wanaque, New Jersey. Each with our different tastes, we found the varied menu worked well whether we wanted a full dinner, a salad or sandwich, or a pizza. Meals are hearty, and there’s no rush to finish. Meeting Anne and Iris the other night at 6:00 PM, for instance, we didn’t leave until almost 10:00 PM, and that was over two drinks, the Rich Man’s Burger (seared filet mignon smothered with mushrooms and onions) for Anne and Iris, and a half rack of juicy ribs served with potatoes and vegetables for me.

Click on this post’s title for a link to Rhodes’ web page, and explore the menu. We’ve been there on Raw Bar nights too, and the seafood is fresh and cold. You’ll also see the entertainment calendar, and that, I’m sure, accounts for the fact that the parking lots are always busy. But don’t be concerned; Rhodes is big enough so that the music doesn’t deafen you and prevent conversation. Rhodes has an upstairs seating area as well, so even though it’s popular, it handles the crowds beautifully.

Before we left Rhodes the other night, we made our next dinner date. Same time. Same place.

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