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Interstate 90 FROM Canada Border Niagara Falls through Syracuse, Utica, and Albany TO Boston MA

Please help! Need decent non-big-chain quick or diner lunch/dinner suggestions for road trip all day (next week) from Toronto, Canada to Boston, MA along I-90 (both ways). Utica vicinity seems to be a good half-way point. Please suggest good but fairly quick eats for lunch and dinner on a Friday (going) or a Sunday/Monday (returning). Tasty is most important, healthy is slightly lower priority, "real" or from scratch is also a consideration.
A local chain (not national) would be also welcome if they serve chowish food.
A great coffee shop stop along the way would also be welcome over chain coffee.
If you know their websites or operating hours, that would be most appreciated.
Many thanks!

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  1. Off the top of my head, Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse seems to fill the bill.

    http://www.dinosaurbarbque.com/

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    1. re: georgeb

      That's what I thought. The Syracuse location seems to be about a 6 minute detour from the I-90. The Troy location seems to be a 9 minute detour. Am I right?

        1. re: georgeb

          But bear in mind that the Dinosaur is usually jammed at meal times, and only full at other times. They do have takeout.

          I don't know about the Troy location.

          1. re: sr44

            If Dinosaur is too jam-packed, there's "Heid's of Liverpool" (near Syracuse) for excellent Coneys/Hot Dogs. Memorable experience awaits.

    2. In Amsterdam, NY, about midway between Syracuse and Albany, there is the Go Where I've Bean Coffee House and Polish deli, not far from the Thruway (I-90)

      http://gskrocki.wordpress.com/2011/02...

      Really good coffee. :)

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      1. re: BabsW

        Looks like the perfect location for an afternoon pick-me-up 2 hours eastbound after BBQ in Syracuse! Thanks.

        1. re: BabsW

          Are they actually open for business? Their website cast doubt on that.
          Open Monday through Friday only according to another blog (2011).

          1. re: Food Tourist

            They are closed for business. I received an email reply from the owner of GWIB: "I have revised the retail space and it will soon host ‘Cakes By Joann’, specialty cupcakes, cakes and cake pops. I’m not sure what kind of beverages/coffee she will be serving, but give her a shot on your next lap. She should be open by the end of August."

        2. By any chance is it worth stopping overnight anywhere along the way (maybe a 20 minute detour max - Finger Lakes? Saratoga Springs?), perhaps a town or lake that boasts of good wineries and good food or a pub/brewery?

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          1. re: Food Tourist

            I think I will stop in Trumansburg on the way back, to eat at Hazelnut Kitchen and Moosewood Cafe. It's quite a detour from the 90 thruway but I will be returning from New Haven not Boston anyway so there's a different route through Ithaca.