Basil & Wick’s trail marker sign read Roadkill Throwdown. To the uninitiated, Throwdown is a Food Network show in which chef Bobby Flay challenges a chef in preparing a specific food. Throwdown in North Creek? How did we not hear about this? And what roadkill would be coaxed into fine cuisine? We were on our way to Long Lake for Happy Hour, but vowed to stop in on our way back through, hoping we’d see Basil & Wick’s chef Chuck Jennings take Bobby down.
Basil and Wick’s, too, has refused to become a “has-been”. After several changes in ownership and unsuccessful attempts to make a comeback under various names, Jane Peter has taken the director’s seat and introduced a rising star. Not one to leave the running of things to someone else, she is a tireless presence, greeting and seating, running between the bar, kitchen and dining room, often taking a quick break to visit her regulars. Jane and her well-chosen staff are really what have put Basil and Wick’s on the path to success.
Lake Placid Ubu and Adirondack Brewery Dirty Blonde. PBR is an economical choice at $2. Not one to pass up an opportunity to try a new brew, Kim recently indulged in a Duvel, a single fermented Belgium golden ale. Served in an 18 oz. tulip glass, with an 8.5% alcohol content and an $8.50 price tag, this beer is more like an event - meant to be sipped and savored. Basil & Wick’s serves 18-20 bottled beers in a range of choices, including gluten-free Red Bridge. The wine selection varies, but lists a modest variety of red, white, rose and sparkling, ranging from $5 (house) to $10 a glass, and $22.50 to $58 a bottle.
Basil and Wick’s is open Thursday through Monday in the spring. The bar opens at 3 p.m. serving from the pub menu, which offers bar food favorites and some creative surprises. Happy Hour is from 3-5:30 daily. The dining room opens at 5p.m. and features traditional beef, seafood, poultry, ribs and pasta, as well as some more imaginative dishes, mostly in the $15 to $25 range. On Thursdays, Chef Chuck’s Pasta bar is an economical $14.
Basil & Wick’s Facebook Page is a good source of up-to-date specials, happenings and shenanigans. And when you do go, say hi to Jane and Jeannie and Emily and tell them Happy Hour in the High Peaks sent you.
OUR MISSION - WE'RE PUBLISHED! Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 marked the Premier of our new book, Happy Hour in the High Peaks: An Adirondack Bar Guide. The hardcover, 160 page book can be found at bars and bookstores throughout the Adirondack Park or order online at www.happyhourinthehighpeaks.com. You'll find a list of our book signings on the Events page and where to buy the book on our Retailers page. The book contains reviews of 46 of our favorite bars in the Adirondack Park, and 46 drink recipes with an Adirondack twist. As a companion to the book, we have also published a 46er Passport so that you can follow the Happy Hour Trail to become a Happy Hour 46er and make new friends along the way. Summit Tour t-shirts will be for sale at our book signings or available online. Whether you are a native, resident, or visitor, you'll find 46 more reasons to visit the ADIRONDACK PARK!