There's a refreshing honesty to the food and beer there. In an age where the push is to culinary innovation and gastrology, it seems like simple done well doesn't get the attention it deserves. Though the menu is pretty simple it is also executed very well with large portion sizes and surprisingly flavorful sides. You'll find standards like BBQ Pulled Pork simmered in their Brown Ale and Pastrami on marbled rye. But you'll also find some unique twists like Grilled Spicy Andouille Sausage with Gorgonzola Ranch Coleslaw.
Our favorite are the garlic pesto fries. Small shoestring fries cooked crispy but not overdone, tossed in an amazing pesto and sprinkled liberally with slices of garlic and served with chipotle aioli. As much as we enjoy the rest, these fries are the reason we can't take a daytrip to Cooperstown without stopping at Council Rock.
In spite of its small size and unassuming look, Council Rock is one of my favorite upstate spots for food and beer. With old-timers' day and the induction ceremony coming up, if you're on your way down to Cooperstown I would absolutely recommend a stop. After all, baseball is much better with good food and beer.