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Jan 29, 2013 11:53 AM

Any decent food off the pike between Boston and upstate New York?

Hi everyone,

I have to make the drive form Boston to Rochester this upcoming week and was wondering if anyone had any rec's for places to stop for quick, but tasty, food on the way. My memory says there is a decent BBQ place somewhere on the way (west of 495) but I can't remember the town. Right off the pike would be ideal.

Trying to avoid eating anything from a rest area... I should have added that I am traveling on Monday night so sadly it looks like BT's is out... total bummer.

Thanks for any rec's,

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  1. The (excellent) BBQ place is BT's Smokehouse

    392 Main St
    Sturbridge, MA 01566

    1. You are thinking of BT's Smokehouse and it's the place I was already going to recommend before even clicking on the thread.

        1. Thank you everyone for the response! I will be stopping by BT's Smokehouse on my way up there next Monday night.

          Will report back.


          7 Replies
          1. re: Tzonis

            Tzonis, unfortunately they're not open on Mondays. Are you going through Rocky Hill, CT? I can recommend the Dakota Steakhouse.

            1. re: CookieLee

              Oh man what a bummer! I don't plan on going to CT at all, just a straight shot on the pike.

              1. re: CookieLee

                There's a Dakota 10 minutes off the pike in Pittsfield,Mass.

                1. re: The Bezerkshirite

                  it is really not good, imo.
                  But the cafe at Guido's right across the street is quite good and has excellent gelato.

              2. re: Tzonis

                BT's is closed on Mondays!!! I had the same letdown on the trip back from upstate NY (the inlaws live in Warransberg, a vast food wasteland of TGI Fridays and Olive Gardens ***shudder***), as someone who's made the trip many times, I have to say not really. You might want to stop in Albany and see if you can't find anything there, and I have had some OK meals (in fact, some solid fried chicken at a place who's name escapes me now, but a google search would probably find it, as they are famous for their chicken) in Saratoga Springs' downtown district. Other than that you are kind of screwed

                1. re: devilham

                  The famous fried chicken place in Saratoga is Hatties, but that's about 45 minutes north of I-90. If the OP's hoping for barbecue, there's a Dinosaur Barbecue in Troy NY and of course in Syracuse. Also in Troy I'd recommend the Flying Chicken for fried chicken, DeFazio's for amazing pizza, Ali Baba for Turkish. In Latham, just a little north of Albany, I'd recommend Karavalli for Indian and A La Shanghai for Shanghainese Chinese. In Albany there's the Pump Station for burgers (and beer but not if you're driving), Van's for Vietnamese, Taiwan Noodle for great dim sum and noodle soups and other places. Tell me what you're interested in and I'll be happy to make a suggestion and give an address.

              3. save your appetite for a few garbage plates!