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 - GETTING PUBLISHED! We know what we're up to, but do you? Our goal is to write a book containing general reviews and information about a variety of drinking establishments in the Adirondack Park. We intend to narrow our list to 46 of our favorites, which we will call our "high peaks". In addition, the book will include our favorite drink recipes with an Adirondack flavor. We will visit as many drinking establishments as possible in the Adirondack Park in 2011. As we do this, we will write some of our thoughts and reviews in this blog, and compose facts, photos, recipes and details for the book. We look forward to reader input on our blog, whether it be in checking on of the "reactions" at the bottom of each posting, or sending comments to let us know what you like or don't like or suggestions for future places to review. And, of course, we want you to tell your friends about us too (see main objective above)!