Memorable | One of the Best
Review by: Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle
“Barbecue” is very popular in parts of upstate New York, but the barbecue to which we refer is nothing like what you’ll find throughout the Barbecue Belt. This Q is not smoked, and consists of chopped pork or chicken, or roast beef, in a barbecue sauce, on a hamburger bun.
At Voss the meat is always sliced, not chopped, and the flaps are piled onto the bun, then topped with the sauce. The sandwiches are mellow and enjoyable, and a real taste of upstate NY.
Another Voss specialty is the hot dog (also an upstate NY favorite). The locally-made dogs themselves are quite good, but what makes these pups special is the lode of toppings available. Each frank comes with your choice of three toppings or, if you prefer, you can select one of the specialty combos. The Mexi-All-The-Way dog has chili, onions, and pickles, grated cheddar on top, and is a pile of hot dog heaven. There is also a Chili-All-The-Way and, although it was explained to us, we don’t understand how it differs from a Mexi-All-The-Way.
The building is a classic from the early part of the last century, wedged onto a spit of land that juts between the main road and another restaurant. There is a neon hot dog on the roof and, above that, a giant milk bottle with the Voss name inscribed (perhaps a corollary to Jane and Michael Stern’s theory that giant animals on the roof are a sign of great eats), testament to the excellent milk shakes (served thin or thick) and ice cream available here. After you place your order, you are given a magnetic plastic letter or number. Listen for your digit, then take your food to the nice grove of tables next to the stand, and dive into a classic upstate New York meal.
Note that Voss is not open during the brutal Utica winters.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
- Sunday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM
|Seasons||Summer, Fall, Spring|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|