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Fulton, New York. Driving down 1st Street in Fulton, you can easily blink and miss the Masks. But you really miss out.

From the outside, this bar/restaurant looks like any other house on the street. But inside you will find inexpensive drinks, delicious food and friendly company.

someone recommended masks On our Where to eat Syracuse Facebook page, so I met some friends there for lunch. The place is definitely a local hangout, but the regulars welcomed us with open arms, adding us to their noisy conversations.

We took a few seats at the bar and were quickly greeted by Megan, an enthusiastic barmaid. Her energy was infectious and made us feel comfortable right away.

To start, we ordered a serving of drinks, one can of Bud Light ($3) and two cocktails ($4 and $4.50). The beer menu was limited to the usual selection in most bars, with most mass-produced commercial beers as well as Mike’s Hard Lemonade and Twisted Tea.

But the alcohol selection was impressive for a small bar with surprisingly low prices. The special drink of the day was vodka and $3 lemonade. It was one of our next drinks.

Mask Wings was the first item we ordered ($15 a dozen). The menu offers 17 options, from dry to savory, all flavorful, from mild to spicy. Megan let us split the dozen into two flavors. We settled for mesquite bacon barbecue and dry garlic pepper rub.

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The Wings of the Mask

Ultimately, I wish my wings were a bit more crispy, but overall both styles tasted great and were juicy on the inside. The BBQ was smoky and sweet with a nice touch of bacon. The garlic pepper was good but could have had a slightly stronger flavor. Both baskets were blue cheese and celery.

Deciding to order a variety of dishes to share for three, we also ordered a cowboy burger ($12) with fries ($2), an order of three chicken tenders and french fries ($7) and a crispy chicken roll with homemade dishes . chips ($11).

I could tell right away that the burger was made from fresh meat, not frozen. This is unusual for bar food. The cowboy burger was topped with bacon, American cheese, barbecue sauce and sautéed onions. A classic combination worked perfectly here: the smoky sweetness of sauce and onion, complemented by the saltiness of bacon.

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Cowboy Burger at Muskie’s

Homemade chicken cutlets are quite large and served with a sauce (or two) of your choice. We needed other sauces other than the ones we tried on our wings so we asked the bartender for a recommendation. She brought us Jack Daniel’s sauce (the most popular) and a sweet roast. Both were excellent choices for tenders, with Jack Daniel’s being sweeter and Sweet Heat being spicier.

Crispy chicken roll was with bacon, celery and honey mustard dressing. The wrapper was generously sized, easy enough to split into two meals.

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Chicken roll at Musckie’s

For each of these three dishes, we have specially chosen different sides to try them all. From homemade chips, regular fries, and waffle fries, waffle fries came out on top by a narrow margin. The homemade chips were a good addition to any meal, being softer in the center and crispy on the edges with just the right amount of salt. The usual french fries were just like that. Ordinary.

Since it was a Friday when we visited, Muskie’s offered some seafood specials in addition to the regular menu. In fact, there are different special and unique dishes every day, all of which are updated on their Facebook page. You can plan your visit for Taco Tuesday, Italian Night, or any other seasonal meal.

As for the quality of the food at Muskie’s, it’s a pleasant surprise that the prices remain so low. Dinner for three and a couple of drinks each, with tax and a tip of 20%, cost $90. Since we ordered an additional dish, we also had something to take home.

If you just want to eat, you can easily get in and out for about $15 per person. They also offer a 4% cash discount.

All in all, if you’re looking for a new inexpensive place with impressive bar food, add Muskie’s to your list of places to visit.

Details

Restaurant: Muskie’s Sports Bar & Grill, 583 South 1st Street, Fulton, NY 13069

Booking? Not necessary

Credit cards? Yes

Disabled access: Limited. There is a staircase at the entrance and the space inside is smaller.

Parking:Small parking and street parking.

Noise level:Average.

Special diets?Vegetarian options are available.

Children’s menu?No.

Watch:Monday-Saturday from 11:00 to 2:00, Sunday from 12:00 to 2:00

Expenses:Less than average.

Daniel Benjamin is a freelance restaurant critic for The Post-Standard and syracuse.com, and a food blog. You can contact her at [email protected].

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