Restaurant Impossible Follow-Up – McShane’s (East Syracuse, NY)

(Last Updated On: April 5, 2013)

In this episode of Resturant Impossible, Robert Irvine is in East Syracuse, New York to visit a place that boasts about their chicken – McShane’s. Unfortnately nobody is coming to eat this chicken. Robert comes to find out why and to help them turn this place around.

McShane’s | Check out their facebook page

Problems Robert Had to Address

1. Really dirty dinning room and kitchen
2. Cheap and tacky decor
3. Food lacking with the exception of the seasoning of the half chicken


If you want the secret half chicken recipe that you will have to marry into the family! But we do have access to recipes for a couple of their other dishes.

Buffalo Chicken Wings | Print the recipe
Chicken wings served with a sauce containing hot sauce, honey, celery seed, butter, and salt.

Pork Osso Bucco | Print the recipe
This dish is made from pork shanks. They are roasted with vegetables, veal stock, and red wine.


McShane’s might be one of the most positive experiences in Resturant Impossible history. It was featured on the 50th episode special where Robert goes back and re-visits some of the restaurants. He of course only returneded to the ones doing really well. He didn’t stand outside of the closed up ones. But all reports seem to indicated that owner Cindy was happy with how the experience turned out. She kept his recipes on the menu. You can find a ton of positive reviews on the half chicken. They did have at least that good thing going to begin with. They needed a decor update and just a breath of fresh air to get re-motivated.

A lot of people have expressed their concerns online about eating there due to the previously dirty kitchen. Yes it is possible that the kitchen will return to it’s dirty state. The management has to change. Hopefully this has motivated them to keep their kitchen clean. You should be able to at least have a clue by how clean the dinning room is. If it seems to be neglect, then I would be concerned that the kitchen is as well. It’s always easier to mop the floor for customers than to clean grease from around the deep fryer.

If you want more Robert Irvine recipes, here are some of his available cookbooks:

This cookbook contains 111 recipes many with complete timelimes and several that are gluten free. An example of the kind of recipes you will find are Lime-Cured Shrimp and Roasted Corn Chowder, Porcini-Dusted Pork Chops with Cremini Mushrooms and Golden Raisins over Horseradish-Scented Potatoes.

In this book Robert shares his personal stories (including cooking for First Lady Laura Bush) and cooking philosophy. There are also recipes to be had like Black Angus Beef Tartare with Toasted Brioche and Fried Quail Egg, Roasted Duck with White Bean Ragout.