Athletes need steady refueling, so it makes sense that Syracuse University-owned Drumlins Country Club offers a well-stocked eatery for its golfers, swimmers and tennis players.
Now the rest of us — regardless athletic ability or club membership — can also relax and refuel at Drumlins. Its new year-round Windows on the Green Bistro looks straight down the fairway to the first hole.
The recently renovated restaurant still echoes its rough-and-ready roots with spike-proof flooring and oilcloth table coverings. But there are also upscale touches such as tea lights and black cloth napkins.
On a perfect September evening, our party of five settled into a cozy corner table. There were only a few diners, but high-spirited golfers lined the wall-to-wall bar.
An extensive menu ($4 to $18) runs the gamut from Hofmann hot dogs to aged New York strip steak. (For kids younger than 10, there’s a special menu, including peanut butter panini.)
From the small plates section of the menu we ordered grilled jumbo shrimp, sensibly offered at $1.50 each to resolve the question of “who wants the last shrimp?” We ordered one apiece and uniformly approved its seared-but-sweet flavor and Absolut-spiked cocktail sauce.