Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Spiedie and Rib Pit

1268 Upper Front Street
Binghamton, NY 13901
(607) 722-762

So what exactly is a Spiedie? Funny you should ask. Short version, it's a Central New York state specialty that involves marinated meat and a hoagie (or submarine) roll. Traditionally it is made with an overnight marinade session and the marinade is similar to Italian dressing. It's grilled, cheap, and sloppy, the triple threat as far as I am concerned.

Spiedie and Rib Pit is one of the most famous and popular places in Binghampton to grab a Spiedie, and it's conveniently located just off of I-81. They also have branched out from the traditional plain Spiedie and started offering a variety of different styles. I went for the Endwell style pork Spiedie first, which was served with mushrooms and melted cheese. It was good, although once I got a taste of the Greek style, it was hard to go back.

The Greek is served on a handmade pita, filled with chicken, lettuce, tomato, red onion, feta and topped with a yogurt sauce. Definitely an improvement. The char-grilled flavor of the chicken was delicious, and the pita was a superior vessel for delivery compared to the roll which was a bit dry on the pork version above. Fries were okay, but nothing special, however the coleslaw was definitely delicious, traditional, mayo-based slaw.

I found an opportunity to stop again on the back end of my trip and tried the buffalo chicken, which was the best Spiedi yet. A tangy, almost BBQ/Buffalo sauce, with lettuce, tomato and blue cheese dressing. I highly recommend this one.

I also got a Cesar Chicken Spiedi. It's basically the same as the Greek but with lite Cesar dressing. I prefered the yogurt sauce and chunks of feta. It wasn't bad, but I have my two picks for the next time I find myself in Binghampton. And I WILL find myself at the Spiede and Rib Pit again, trust me.

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