We often go through Little Falls but rarely stop for a meal. This time we were there, with friends, around dinner time so decided to stop at a place the four of us had been before. It was out of business, so after driving around a bit our friend remembered having been at a memorial dinner at the Canal Side several years ago so we decided to see if it was still open before just getting back on the road. Good decision! When we first walked in (you enter directly into the bar) it was crowded and noisy and we almost just left...then we asked the bartender about dining and were directed to the nice sized dining room. There were only a few customers so we had our choice of tables. It was still a bit early on a Friday evening; by the time we left it was filled. The waitress was quick to get our drink orders but it took awhile for the menus to be brought, and longer still for our orders to be taken. Once we ordered, however, the salads and then the meals arrived very timely without being rushed. The meals all came with Caesar salads which were wonderfully crispy with just the right amount of dressing. Two of us had the chicken breast Provencale which they said was cooked perfectly, truly tender and tasty, with side veggies done just right. One of us had the salmon special which was declared to be "the best ever". That, as a special, came with mushroom soup as well as a salad. The homemade soup, our friend said, was delicious. I had the rack of lamb, requested medium rare...one of my favorite meals. It was done exactly as ordered with and had a marvelous flavor; sides were tender carrots and crispy roasted potatoes. The server was pleasant but seemed rushed and perhaps not as efficient as the now more busy situation needed. As we still had a two-hour drive ahead of us we opted out of dessert and coffee since we'd already spent more time at the meal than we had expected...but even so, we were glad that we found the restaurant and will plan to return when we can have a more leisurely dinner. The basic menu is not big but has enough variety; they also had an additional five appetizers and five entrees as "specials". If you want a basic hamburger or Italian pasta, this place is not for you, but if you enjoy well cooked food with interesting sauces, this is where you'll find them. Prices are quite reasonable and given the way the bar, and eventually the dining room were filled, I'd say it is very popular with locals. Yes, as another reviewer pointed out it is an old building and not decorated in an "upscale" fashion. That's a personal preference kind of thing...we found it quite charming.
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