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Jul 9, 2011 10:27 AM

Good breakfast/lunch/dinner stops on the way from NYC to Syracuse

The title says it - we'll be driving from NYC to Syracuse and back and are interested in some good stops for meals along the way. Also interested in something in the Oswego area. We'll be going next weekend, if that matters. Thanks.

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  1. If you are going west on Rte. 17 (to Rte. 81 North), I think there is a state law that requires you to stop at the Roscoe Diner (in ... wait for it ... Roscoe). It'll remind you faintly of the diners of the tri=state metro area; it's fine, and everybody stops there eventually.

    Also, off of Rte. 81, Exit 5, in Binghamton, there is The Spot diner. Same kind of place; I've found the soups to be especially good. Binghamton is also home to the speidie, a kabob of marinated meat (usually beef or pork, maybe lamb or goat in a few places) de-skewered and served on bread. Don't know a particular place for them, but they are ubiquitous there.

    Roscoe Diner
    PO Box 307, Roscoe, NY 12776

    1. If you are coming up 81, it's worth it to take a side trip to Ithaca and hit the Moosewood restaurant:

      If you're coming up north to Albany and then taking the Thruway (I-90), there is a great little polish deli/coffee shop in Amsterdam called Go Where I've Been (GWIB).

      In Oswego, there are "The Stands" or Rudy's and Bev's right behind SUNY Oswego on Lake Ontario. The fish sandwich with "Texas" hot sauce (Fish-hot) is one of my favorites. We then walk down the road to Bev's for ice cream and then my kids like to "skip stone" - really, hurl rocks into the lake.


      Moosewood Restaurant
      215 N Cayuga St Ste 70, Ithaca, NY 14850

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      1. re: BabsW

        If you take 87 to 90 you'll pass Cocksackie. One time I stopped there just because the name is funny and asked the toll booth attendant where to get some lunch. He looked at me like I was crazy and said "you must be lookin for Reds." We went to Reds and had a white tablecloth lunch with a half carafe of wine. Fine dining in the middle of nowhere, and priced very reasonably.

          1. re: nihongojoe

            I like Red's alot. They have a fine selection of fried seafood.