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Exploring the Hudson Valley: Dutch Cabin

Dutch Cabin


The first time I saw The Dutch Cabin restaurant, I was a bit confused. The building resembles, well, a cabin, and the sign in the front shows a cactus and a Mexican man leaning against the restaurant’s name. Despite its name, The Dutch Cabin calls itself “the best of the Southeast in the Northwest” and considers itself a Mexican restaurant and cantina. But it also serves a few menu items that simply do not fit this description, such as a chicken and broccoli alfredo pasta.

I started off with chips and salsa, which cost $4, unlike in most other Mexican restaurants, which serve them complimentary. Next, I ordered a bean burrito, or rather I created my own burrito, as the menu encourages, and I was amazed at the enormous portion size I received. But as a girl who grew up in Texas and likes her Mexican or Tex-Mex food to burn her mouth, my mildly spicy burrito certainly kept me wanting.

But for the rest of the Vassar population, most of whom are not Southwest natives, this less spicy and more eclectic style of Mexican food might be exactly what they’re looking for. The portion sizes are enormous and quite filling for the price, and the menu offerings are expansive, ranging from burgers to soups to quesadillas to salads. The menu not only allows you to create your own burritos, but also your own tacos, enchiladas and chimichangas.

Despite its large menu offerings, The Dutch Cabin is best known for its bar scene, which is frequented by hoards of Vassarites as well as Poughkeepsie natives. The best night to give it a try is Tuesday, when The Dutch Cabin offers karaoke from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

The Dutch Cabin does a fine job accommodating large groups, as they have a newly expanded dining area adjacent to the main cantina. Take-out is available and may be a very tempting option for those tired of dining hall fare, as The Dutch Cabin is the closest restaurant to North Gate. Vegetarians will find plenty of options; most of the soups are veggie-friendly and the create-your-own menu options offer a wide variety of vegetable-based choices, including roasted veggies, portobello mushrooms and black beans.

The service at The Dutch Cabin can be a bit pokey, and the food is generally priced between $15 and $25. The restaurant was a little disappointing for a Texan girl like me, but the modest prices and large portions make it a great choice for Vassar students looking for a little spice. Give their Tuesday karaoke night a try!

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