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Will be driving across the state from Cleveland, taking hwy 86/17 (Jamestown to Binghamton). Looking for any noteworthy diners or dives along the route.

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  1. Blue Dolphin Diner, Apalachin, off 17 near Binghampton.
    Case student here, Isn't 80W to 81 easier? just checking

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    1. re: pinenutswitheverything

      Maybe easier, but this is a pleasure trip. I suspect 86 is more interesting.

      Anything of note at the Dolphin?

      1. re: Pylon

        You can't go wrong with their combination seafood platter - king crab legs, shrimp, crab cake and their awesome broiled tomatoes. I know seafood at a diner isn't the first thing one would usually pick, but Blue Dolphin's seafood is some of the freshest & best I've had anywhere!! Definitely go there if a seafood craving hits!

        1. re: Sra. Swanky

          In the town of Hanock exit 87 there's the Circle E Diner they have a "Sportsman's Breakfast" all day long with eggs any style,pancakes,toast sausage,bacon,and taters and coffee plus other daily specials.In the same town a Italian place called Little Italy that was "down statey good " A new hotel near the diner has a restaraunt heard it was good

    2. Chris's Diner on State Street in Binghamton is my absolute favorite "greasy spoon" diner. The food is high quality and the service is great. Everything that is supposed to be hot comes up hot. Open from like 5:00 AM - 4:00 PM, breakfast all day. You did not mention dates. Chris's will be closed for 3 weeks in August for family travel.

        1. The Kopper Keg in Cuba, NY is a great dive! Exit 92 off 17/86. Easy to get to, Main St. Cuba. If you want something a little nicer, I recommend Sprague in Portville. Also exit 92, but a few miles on 305.
          www.spraguesmaplefarms.com
          While in Cuba, stop and the cheese shop and pick up some salt rising bread and cheese for the ride...
          www.cubacheese.com
          Someone suggested Hancock, but that is south of Binghamton...

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          1. re: mom2

            I wouldn't get off the highway for Blue Dolphin or Chris's Diner (although the latter is indeed a good breakfast greasy spoon). That is a nice scenic drive, but the eating isn't great. I spend a lot of time in the Binghamton area and about the only place enjoy is a little Korean place called Han-Am on the eastbound Vestal Parkway (rt. 434) hidden next to a KFC just west of the SUNY campus.

            If you like beer, you should stop at the Southern Tier Brewing Co. in Lakewood (near Jamestown). They make some really great stuff and have a pub (don't know if it serves food). Ellicottville Brewing is also in the area and might be worth a stop - they do serve food.

            1. re: mom2

              Thanks for the info. We stopped at the Kopper Keg and had a fantastic lunch!