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Jul 2, 2010 03:22 PM

Good eats along Route 17 West

Happy 4th of July weekend, Chowhounders! Next week, Sr. & Baby Swanky and I are driving from Bear Mountain area to Rochester along Route 17 West. Any must-stops along the way? A big plus if they're kid friendly!

Also - anyone heard good things about the Munson Diner in Liberty, NY? Is it worth a side trip? Thanks so much!

Munson Diner
18 Lake St, Liberty, NY 12754

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  1. Wow - nothing? I'd hate to assume that 17 is a culinary wasteland!

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    1. re: Sra. Swanky

      Nothing. Nothing. A few chains in Binghamton when you split onto 81.

      1. re: Sra. Swanky

        I drove back and forth many times on Route 17 between Orange County and BGM on my way to college, and although I usually wasn't stopping for food, the couple of times I did it was just at a diner or fast food place. Maybe there are some hidden gems a few minutes off 17 here or there, but I haven't heard of any, and there don't seem to be any immediately along the road.

        1. The only place that I can think of is the Roscoe Diner. It is OK. I have had some good dinners and lunches there. There are few places right off of the road on the trip that you are doing.

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          1. re: Fred19

            Exit 89 the town of Hancock has the Circle E Diner an Italian restaraunt "Little Italy " good homestyle family fare and a new hotel that I never tried that serves food

          2. don't forget the Hancock Hotel, Hancock, NY. refurbished old hotel and good eats!

            1. Old thread, but update may be of use for current travelers.....

              For a little bit of an adventure, stop at Delaware Delicacies in Hancock, NY. Not a restaurant by any means, but you can grab a snack of some smoked goods. Ray is a one-man force and makes a mean smoked shrimp. He's also known for his smoked eel, fish, cheeses and poultry. No more than 5 miles off Rt. 17, but you'll feel like you're in the middle of nowhere. Call ahead to check if the place is open and to get reassurance on directions. Google lists his number as (607) 637-4443.

              Another non-restaurant that might be worth a stop is Hudson Valley Foie Gras in Ferndale, NY. Call ahead to get a tour, and bring a cooler if you want to bring home some goodies. If there's anything on the website that you have your heart set on, see if it can be set aside for pick-up. (this is not set up like a typical retail operation at all- I wandered a bit before I got to the office for on-site customers


              In the Binghamton area. there's Phil's Chcken House for Cornell-style chicken and "home cooking food" and Sharkey's for spiedies. Both pretty casual. I also like the Broadway Diner in Endwell for decent Greek/American standards. Moon Star is currently my favorite place for Chinese food.

              In Avon, Tom Wahl's seems to be a nostalgic favorite for folks. Burgers, dogs, floats, etc.

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              1. re: 4Snisl

                Thanks so much for the great recs! And I know all about Tom Wahl's - love those Wahlburgers and frosted mugs of root beer! :)

                1. re: Sra. Swanky

                  I've never been there, but it might be part of a road trip sometime this summer. Thanks for sharing your experience!

                  1. re: 4Snisl

                    Thank *you*! You have great recs! Definitely run to Tom Wahl's! I actually did a review of them (my first one!) on


                    I went to college in Geneseo - right near Avon - so Tom Wahl's was a huge treat. We'd pile as many of us as we could into my friend's station wagon and head right there for burgers and root beer floats! :)