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Best food options off of i-87 between NY and Montreal

I drive down to New Jersey from Montreal and back again several times each year, and always end up stopping at the Friendly's off of exit 19 by Kingston for lunch or dinner. While I have enjoyed their crispy chicken tenders, surely there are other options close to i-87!

Requirements:
-Less than 15 minutes from i-87. Let's not make a long drive even longer.
-Located in NY, anywhere just off of i-87 between Kingston and Warrensburg. That's the range in which I usually get hungry or need a longer break.
-Any price range, any cuisine. I equally enjoy greasy spoons, holes-in-the-wall and 5-star restaurants as the occasion presents itself. I'll eat anything if well-seasoned and properly cooked. If it's been a long, hard drive in bad weather, I like to treat myself to an especially nice meal. Other times, if I'm running late, I just need something quick and tasty where I can eat and pay within 40 minutes.

Your help is much appreciated!!

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  1. In Kingston, I like Armadillo's, the Hickory Smokehouse and the Hoffman House. There are also a few diners in town that are good for upstate, since diners are rare.

    ~Fred19

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    Hoffman House
    94 N Front St, Kingston, NY 12401

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    1. re: Fred19

      We stopped by the Hickory BBQ Smokehouse in Kingston recently, and it was indeed worth it. Pleasant, casual, satisfying. Would stop again. Thanks for the tip.

      1. re: Fred19

        I second Armadillo's. Funky joint, really good food.

        We also ate at Dietz Stadium Diner in Kingston last week, which was perfectly serviceable (standard diner fare, nice and clean and friendly).

      2. Almost anyplace in Saratoga Springs. There's even a Hattie's Chicken Shack right at Exit 15. If you go into town, it depends on time of day, but there are at least a dozen excellent places to eat.

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        1. re: gerchak198

          Thanks - I went to Hattie's Restaurant and had great bbq ribs, collard greens, and candied yams. The service was very friendly and simple, too, and they didn't give me a hard time even though I was eating alone. That one's definitely a keeper, though the place filled up so quickly that I think for a drive-by dinner option, it's probably best if you go right when it opens or you'll have a wait, which will extend the driving time.

          I had tried the Hattie's Chicken Shack last year, and found it good - the fried chicken and sweet potato fries are tasty and hot - but not necessarily worth it to go out of my way for. Since it's a counter-type fast food place, it's quick.

        2. New Paltz has some good options (one exit further South from Kingston off 87). When driving through the area I always get a craving for MexiCali Blue. It's a total hole in the wall with limited seating but to-die-for freshly made tacos and burritos. Very fresh, non-greasy, delicious and creative! The town of new paltz is ~5 minutes off of the I-87 exit and has many other quality dining options as well, but that was the first that came to mind.

          1. Kingston and S. Springs are your best bets. Kingston (Exit 19) and S. Springs (South of Warrensburg, Exit 14/13 when heading South) threads to get you started:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/790903

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/509653 (long

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            There might be a few options in Glens Falls (closer to Warrensburg).

            1. Exit 20, Saugerties, both of these places are great:

              Miss Lucy's http://www.misslucyskitchen.com
              New World home Cooking http://ricorlando.com/nwhchome.html

              Both within 15min or less from the Thruway. There's also a Sushi place in a small strip mall if you take a right off the northbound side exit, it'll be your first left.

              If you're in Kingston, Le Canard Enchaine and Elephant are both awesome. Phone ahead to Le Canard and ask if they're making Cassoulet. One of the best I've had.