“Hey Syracuse guy, you have had a blog about Syracuse for months now and you have never discussed a certain item that is purely Syracuse’s own recipe, what are you thinking? You have never once mentioned salt potatoes.”
The above quote is not from an actual conversation but merely my own brain asking itself what the heck I was thinking. Yes, I hear voices in my head but luckily they only ask about Syracuse food and debating if I was a lawyer, would I be like Franklin and/or Bash or if I was a scientist, would I be more like Sheldon, Leonard, Raj, or Howard (probably Howard). But before the voices take over my head for those debates, let’s get back to my reason for this post: salt potatoes.
The picture at the top of this page is something you are likely to see in my car on my trips home from Syracuse just about every time. I love them and so does just about every member of my family. In fact my daughter and sister could probably live off them and if you put them with Hofmann’s, I would say that it is my favorite Syracuse meal (no offense Tully’s because you know I always have a special place in my heart for you). And if you walk into a Syracuse grocery store and do not see that bag from Hinerwadel’s Grove, walk out promptly and explain your reasons why on the way out to be sure you did not miss them.
So while researching this post (yes I actually do research most of these posts, don’t judge me), I found out something interesting. It appears Hinerwadel’s Grove on the bag is not just a producer of salt potatoes but actually has a fun facility on West Taft Road. They are a clambake facility that provides not only a variety of options on their menu for the clambake itself but also horseshoe pits, volleyball, softball fields and even corn hole. See, researching allows you to learn something…now if only I had actually done that while I was in school.
If you are curious how easy it is to make them (though it can be very messy if your pan is not big enough), check out this video from Mike and Jade showing you just how easy it is thanks to Hinerwadel’s:
If you are not from Syracuse and have never tried salt potatoes, I would HIGHLY encourage you to try them sometime soon (they are not cheap to purchase online but you can do so here if you like. If you are from Syracuse, you probably do not consider it a family grill out without it (even most weddings I attend have them). Trust me, you will thank me later as even family who have never been to Syracuse have done once they tried them. And if you do decide to enjoy them with some Hofmann’s, I will probably
hate you be envious of you.
Hey, Syracuse is the Salt City so you have to eat them. That would be like going to like going to NYC and not trying the pizza or going to Germany and only eating at McDonalds (although they do serve beer there, you still have to try the local food, especially schnitzel even if it is just from a small roadside stand).
Well dang it, now I feel like Dion Waiters feels after talking about all this food; hungry and humble. If you planning a group outing, be sure to check out Hinderwadel’s Grove or at least get to your local store and get a bag to support a local business and make me jealous.
Get Salty with it, Syracuse.