Chris Clemens

Creator + Owner + Author = Chief Exploring Officer. Chris has been traveling back and forth across New York for years studying and discovering the tucked away gems of the state and chronicling the journey


  1. F.A.T. Podcast Episode 65 – Utica Trip Part Deux | Food About Town
    February 20, 2017 @ 7:55 am

    […] on the food of the refugees and immigrants that have made their homes in Utica. Check out his article on the trip on Exploring Upstate and listen to the podcast for all the […]


  2. Timothy (Tim) Riecker
    February 21, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

    Great post! You certainly hit some wonderful spots in Utica! Pho Mekong and Emmie’s are two of our favorites! Zeina’s is also quite good. When you next get a chance, check out Sunny’s on Albany Street. Mostly Cambodian, and it’s delicious and quite authentic. The Pad-K-Pow Kai Doa is knock-you-on-your-ass spicy but incredibly flavorful. Their fried rice is legit and puts all others to shame – it’s a meal itself. Like you mentioned, it’s always encouraging to see people of the same culture in the restaurant – and I regularly see member’s of Utica’s Cambodian population getting food at Sunny’s. It’s become a favorite place of ours!

    Keep exploring upstate and keep writing!



  3. Bill
    February 21, 2017 @ 7:54 pm

    Wow! Another great day in Utica. I knew that Utica was a city of many immigrants but I have barely scratched the surface with the few Lebanese places I have been to. Thanks you so much for shining a well-deserved spotlight on the many cultures that make up the city.


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