Eat 'n Meet Grill and larder
Chef John Vargo
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Eat 'n Meet tm. Grill and larder
The restaurant for these times.  
139 Broadway, Saranac Lake

518-891-3149 - Please call ahead with your order.
Visa / Mastercard accepted.

In 2006 John and Colleen Vargo bought a run down market at 139 Broadway in Saranac lake.

They wanted to bring their three children up in a small town that offered them a sense of community and inspiration. The building was in sore need of some TLC, but John figured he could do most of the restoration work himself, saving enough money to open a concept that had been kicking around in his mind for quite awhile. He wanted to bring his farm to fork ethos to a take out joint that would be affordable, yet offer dynamic menu choices that would inspire a savvy clientele. Saranac Lake seemed like a great canvas for such a lofty dream. The locals know food, the summer residents come from all over the world and are used to quality choices in restaurants.
John set out to get to know the locals, while building the kitchen and stocking the larder with world class ingredients. Finally the day came to open, and it seemed like everyone in town came out of the woods (literally!) to try us out. Customers were very enthusiastic about the concept, and Eat 'n Meet Grill and larder was born!
At first John had to travel once a week to the Hudson Valley, to purchase provisions from the network of farms and producers he had cultivated over a career that spanned 20 years. John had worked with Daniel Smith back in the early 90's at The Thymes and Jake Moon Restaurants, training in classic French technique and utilizing local foods to create menus that changed completely every two weeks! During that training period, he attended New England Culinary Institute in Vermont, and interned in Paris France, with Patrick Cirotte of Le Grenadine restaurant in the 8th arrondissement. Patrick was a Michelin trained chef who had worked with Guy Savoy, and at Taillevent.
John then took some time away from restaurants, to launch Mountainman hot sauces, which he grew to a national brand, as well as being co branded by Darden Restaurants. He ran that business successfully for 8 years while simultaneously taking on an exciting opportunity to run a fish market/ restaurant concept in New Paltz NY. Gadaleto's Seafood was John's first foray into concept driven restaurants, and he enjoyed the immersion afforded by the constraints of a concept. It allowed him to focus intensely on growing the brand, without the distraction of lack of identity. He knew that he wanted to fine tune the concept restaurant further, so he downsized and opened the Eat'n Meet Grill and larder with the goal of using the restaurant as a laboratory and proving ground for his ideas. Mistakes have been made, but with the micro size of the establishment, they are not make or break financial disasters. John no longer has to travel to the Hudson Valley anymore, as his time in the Adirondacks has been well spent, locating and nurturing relationships with many family farms throughout the mountains. Eat 'n Meet has been refined over the 9 years it has established itself, and when you visit the restaurant today, you will benefit from the joy and work that has gone into it's creation.  - Welcome to Eat 'n Meet, we hope you enjoy your meal!- proprietors John and Colleen Vargo

Visit New 'Dacks - John's blog about new approaches to old ideas.

Please note our hours-
Hours of operation: open 7 days!

Monday- 5:00pm-9pm
Tuesday-Thursday 12:00pm-9:00pm

Friday, Saturday   12:00pm-10:00pm

Sunday 12:00pm -8:00pm

Eat 'n Meet Grill and larder

is a trademark of Adirondack Mountain Specialties Inc. 2005
it's not's food and Blue line burger
are trademarks of Adirondack Mountain Specialties Inc. 2006
The Fork Too Farm
is a trademark of Adirondack Mountain Specialties Inc. 2011
Saranac Lake-much cooler in the winter!
is a trademark of Adirondack Mountain Specialties Inc. 2011

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