Today I ate lunch at Smugglers Cafe at Hosmer’s Marina in Ogdensburg, NY. It is located on the Oswegatchie River, a tributary of the St. Lawrence River. Every table in the cafe has a river view and from our table, we could see youngsters fishing on the shore.
This place has the right amount of riverside charm. Local photographs and vintage St. Lawrence River Navigational charts draped the walls. The windows are outfitted with lanterns that can be seen by passing boaters by night. There is an on-site bait and tackle shop as well as a full bar area. Outside dining is also available right on the river. The menu is extensive and items are cleverly named with sea-faring puns, like “sand-bar-wiches.”
The best way to enjoy the meal is to arrive by boat or kayak, and then enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Maple City Trail. It was a delightful experience and I plan to return in the future.