Coyote Grill

Come and take a step into a 1950s roadhouse inspired restaurant located just a few minutes South on route 9.  Coyote Grill is a great place to enjoy a delicious meal off of the global menu and/or drink from the martini lounge featured in the restaurant.

Coyote Grill’s global food and drink menu has something for everyone. The possibilities on this menu are endless, so much so, that the restaurant recently tried to revamp the menu.

In an interview with the manager of Coyote Grill, Katie and I learned a great deal about the restaurant. Here are some of the questions and answered that we asked and received.


1. What is your favorite item off of the menu?

–       Nachos: crisp tortilla chips covered with cheddar cheese and topped with black beans, shaved lettuce, green onions, jalapenos, guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo  | $ 9.95

–       Pasta Sofia: penne pasta tossed with chicken, plum tomatoes, roasted garlic, mozzarella, and fresh basil | lunch portion $10.95/ dinner portion $15.95

–       Parmesan Crusted Chicken: breast of chicken coated in a parmesan romano cheese crust, served with pasta tossed in a light tomato cream sauce | $16.95

–       Jambalaya Pasta: shrimp, sausage, chicken sautéed with onions, peppers, and tomatoes in our very spicy Cajun sauce. Served over linguine or rice | $ 17.95

–       Navajo Wrap: grilled chicken, black beans, avocado, lettuce, tomato, cheddar cheese, and spicy mayonnaise, wrapped in a four tortilla (whole wheat wrap available) | $8.95

–       Sympathy Salad: grilled chicken, fresh roma tomatoes, asparagus, red and yellow peppers, haricot verts, fresh mozzarella, mixed greens, tossed with parmesan and our house vinaigrette | lunch portion $10.95/ dinner portion $ 13.95

Anything on the menu can be modified. Portion size is generally large and great for sharing.


2. Do you get your ingredients locally?

Yes, and all our seafood is from New Paltz.


3. What are some of your healthier recommendations for Marist students?

Everything on the menu is made fresh. None of the dishes offered on the menu are pre-made. At Coyote Grill, anything can be modified and/ or customized. Whether it’s a change in particular ingredients featured in the requested dish, for the food to be cooked in light oil, or just to have your sauce on the side, Coyote Grill will make the change. Coyote Grill actually has a button on the cashier that is a  “build your own sandwich button,” which allows the restaurant to cater to what the customer would like to eat. Coyote Grill is very accommodating and wants their customers to leave with satisfaction.


4. Did Marist students have any influence on any of the items on the menu?

Not particularly on the menu. However, Marist drives a lot of Coyote Grill’s business during parents weekend and around graduation.

Coyote Grill also employees Marist students. Coyote Grill likes and looks for students who want to make some extra money. There are currently two Marist students working for Coyote Grill.


5. Do you accept Marist money?

No, Coyote Grill does not.


Coyote Grill’s vintage atmosphere, wide- selection of global dishes and friendly staff makes this restaurant an experience that all students should enjoy while at Marist College.

For more information about Coyote Grill check out their website at




“Two Heads Are Better Than One”

Do you know your pop culture? Are you familiar with geography and history? Are you interested in sports? If so, why not put your intelligence to the test by seeing how many points you can acquire in one of the local restaurant/bar’s trivia nights. These are just a few of the topics covered  that Darby O Gill’s offers at their fun-filled trivia experience for those interested in participating.

Darby’s, located off route 9 in Hyde Park, offers trivia night on Tuesdays from 8:00- 10:00 PM. Trivia is free entry and 1st and 2nd place winners are awarded with gift certificates as their prize. An added bonus is that Darby’s offers Tuesday night specials as well.  For just $10.00 you can get an order of wings and a pitcher of Miller Light, if you are of age. Darby’s also has $3.00 pints of Brooklyn & Sam Adams and $3 Three Olive Vodka Drinks in all favors.

Aside from the specials listed above, Darby’s has a large menu of different types of food to choose from. Appetizers, burgers, paninis, salads, wraps, pizzas and more can be found on the menu. This is a great way to get your friends together and see if you guys have what it takes to take home the prize. What better way to do take on this challenge than over a drink or a bite to eat! Go to Darby’s and see if you have what it takes!

If trivia is not of interest to you, Darby’s is a restaurant and bar as well and also holds other events such as karaoke, Texas hold-em tournaments and etcetera. For more information on upcoming events, their food and drink menu, and nightlife please check out their website for more information:

Apple Pie Bakery Cafe

Today I have yet another great lunch spot to add to the list that my partner Katie and I have compiled for our capping project. This new lunch spot is the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe located on the Culinary Institute of America’s campus. What makes this cafe unique that the food on the menu is prepared, cooked and served by the students of CIA, with the guidance of instructors.

The Apple Pie Bakery Cafe has a wide range of items on the menu, from breakfast pastries, macarons, cookies, cakes & pies and other desserts, to salads, sandwiches, vegetables & root vegetables, specialty items and more. Food can be picked up and taken to go or customers can sit in the inviting, cozy atmosphere of the cafe. On top of the food being delicious, the friendly, accommodating student staff makes your visit extra pleasant.

Today I had the Grilled Chicken Sandwich. This sandwich contained grilled chicken, crispy bacon, bibb lettuce, & remoulade sauce served on grilled rustic Italian bread with a side of baby mixed greens tossed with shallot vinaigrette for the price of $9.95. It was very, very good! I highly recommend trying this sandwich!

Apple Pie Bakery Cafe is open Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Parking is located seconds away from the entrance to the building and the breathtaking views make the trip to the campus a wonderful experience.

Another great aspect about the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe is that it is not far from Marist College. The cafe is about a five-minute drive, making it very for convenient for students to get to.

This should be a definite place to visit on any Marist student’s bucket-list.

The link attached will provide additional information about the Apple Pie Bakery Cafe.

Fun activities..

This capping project has been such a beneficial and exciting project to work on. Over the course of the past few weeks my partner and I have not only been acquiring off-campus activities to distribute and share with fellow and future students, but also, getting to see and experience these places first hand. As a senior, night life at Marist College is pretty repetitive over the course of your four years here. Students generally have the same routine of specific bars to go to on certain nights and so forth. Through researching from this project, my partner and I have been able to accumulate some other options to add into the nightlife mix.

My partner and I have come across two great finds that students must become familiar with. The first one is a bowling alley called Hoebowl and the second is a Hibachi/Sushi restaurant, which has sake-bombing called Kobe. These two places offer Marist students an opportunity to switch up their normal routine, get their friends together and make some new memories.

The first place is Hoebowl bowling alley located at 45 Taft Avenue in Poughkeepsie, New York. The Hoebowl features both regular bowling and glow bowl. A personal suggestion is that students try the glow bowl. Glow bowl includes glow in the dark bowling, music, and is more of a student friendly atmosphere. Hungry? Hoebowl has numerous foods such as chicken fingers, nachos, and other pick-on bar type foods. Thirsty? Hoebowl also has a bar, if your 21, and pitchers of beer for very cheap to drink while bowling! Always remember though, drink responsibly.

The second place, Kobe, is not only a great find if students are craving sushi or hibachi, but also, a fun place to get their group of  friends together and go sake bombing. Located conveniently down route 9, Kobe is just minutes away from campus. If you’re of age, 21, Kobe is highly recommended for the sake-bombing experience. For those who are not familiar with what sake-bombing is, sake-bombing is a beer cocktail made by pouring sake into a shot glass and dropping it into a glass of beer. So you may be thinking, what is the fun in dropping a shot glass of sake into a glass of beer? It’s not that simple or boring. The shot glass full of sake is placed on top of two parallel chopsticks which are above the glass. In order to get the shot glass to drop into the glass, the drinker chats “SAKE, SAKE, SAKE” and slams their fists into the table, which than knocks the shot glass of sake into the glass of beer. The drink should than be drank immediately.

This is a fun, exciting way to have a drink with friends and the restaurants atmosphere is inviting, noise-friendly and enjoyable. Saki-bombing at Kobe can be pricey, depending on how much an individual decides to drink and eat, however its something different to experience.

Marist students should consider adding these places to their bucket-list, they won’t be disappointed!

Spring is here! It’s time for some ice-cream!

The sun is shining and the temperature is continuously getting warmer which means there is no better way to celebrate the arrival of spring than with an italian ice, ice-cream, sundae or shake. Where can such a refreshing and tasty purchase be found? No other place other than Uncle Louie G, conveniently located across the street from Marist College.

Uncle Louie has a variety of flavors to offer, ranging from your basic chocolate and vanilla in both ice and ice-cream, all the way to fun flavors such as birthday cake, chocolate peanut butter cup, rainbow bookie, vanilla peanut butter with chocolate covered pretzels and many more. The selection offers so many unique flavors that its tough to choose!

Uncle Louie G is not only delicious and conveniently located but also reasonably priced. An added bonus to purchasing an item off the Uncle Louie G’s menu is that you get a discount off of your total price after showing your Marist ID. Uncle Louie G will give you an “Uncle Louie G” card, which is then stamped with every purchase that you buy. Once you meet the certain requirement of 10 stamps than you receive a free small ice of your choice.

Whether you sit in and eat or take out, this is one opportunity that students at Marist should not pass up.



For more information check out Red Fox Eatery’s Facebook page.

Today we visited the newly opened Red Fox Eatery! Not only is this restaurant conveniently located right across the street from Marist’s campus, but also the food was mouth-watering and extremely affordable! The Red Fox Eatery has a large selection to choose from on their menu, along with specials featured daily. My partner Katie and I were able to try 5 different samples of different paninis and wraps off the menu. The chef made us the five most popular among the Marist students who have come into the restaurant. The five items included:

#7. Grilled Chicken, Melted Mozzarella, Roasted Peppers, Balsamic & Pesto Vinegar, Lettuce on a Toasted Sub

#15. Grilled Spicy Honey BBQ Chicken, Melted Mozzarella, Sautéed Onions, Crisp Bacon on Toasted Sub

#3. Pesto Chicken Salad, Roasted Peppers & Sun Dried Tomatoes in a Wrap

#5. Avocado Chicken Salad, Sun-Dried Tomatoe & Lettuce Wrap

#6. Veggie Tuna, Roasted Peppers, Lettuce in a Low Carb Wrap

The delicious food and cozy atmosphere made this experience a highly recommended spot for students to check out.

Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Red Fox Eatery caters to its customers needs. You can go in and eat, order and pick up and/or have your food delivered. Red Fox Eatery delivers until 10 PM during the week and 2 AM on the weekend. Another plus is that the Red Fox Eatery is opened on Sundays! This is one restaurant you have to check off on your bucket-list!


The Journey Has Begun!

I am pleased to announce that my partner Katie and I had made our first visit to one of the local restaurants, Lola’s Cafe, nearby Marist College. Lola’s cafe owner Eddie, graduate of the Culinary Institute, was kind enough to allow Katie and I, plus 3 of our friends, to taste test several of the items off of their menu.

Our experience at Lola’s was fantastic. The atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food all contributed to the pleasant experience that we had. All five of us agreed that Lola’s Cafe is a highly recommended restaurant to eat at as a student at Marist College. The location is minutes away from Marist, they have a delivery service, which is very familiar with the campus and local area, and the pricing is very reasonable and affordable.

Some of the items that we tried off the menu included:

Lola’s Burger– 8 oz. Burger with melted cheddar, tomatoes, romaine, and Lola’s homemade special sauce

(New) Chicken Caprese Sandwich– Fried chicken cutlet with fresh mozzarella, baby greens, pesto aioli and sliced tomatoes on a toasted hard roll

Red Fox Wrap (Marist Inspired)- Crispy chicken, bacon, cheddar, coleslaw, and BBQ sauce

(New) Pear and Brie Panini– Red wine poached pears with melted brie, mixed greens and balsamic aioli

Grilled Chicken Bruschetta– Chicken breast, melted mozzarella, red pepper, pesto mayo, and balsamic reduction

Sides: Pesto Pasta Salad, Spicy Peanut Noodles, Fries, and the Potato Salad 

Each of these dishes were absolutely delicious. The ingredients and blends used for each of the different dishes created a unique taste that made you savor each and every bite. The five of us taste testing were unable to come to a consensus on which we thought was the best because every item was great!

Not only were we able to taste items off the menu, but we were also able to interview with the owner and chef Eddie as well. Eddie provided us with insight into his business, details about how much of a positive impact Marist Students have had on Lola’s cafe and even suggested recommendations for Marist Students who wanted to eat healthy off the menu. We even were able to get the inside scoop on a new item that will be coming to Lola’s menu solely inspired and designed for Marist Students.

Overall, I highly encourage any Marist student to make sure they check out Lola’s Cafe. This is one bullet on your bucket-list that should definitely be checked off!

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