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Breakfast gem: Herkimer, NY

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Breakfast gem: Herkimer, NY

Cathy Elton | Jun 25, 2002 11:38 AM

On my way to Buffalo over the weekend, I pulled off the thruway at Herkimer (near Utica) and happened upon Chet's Home Cooking.

This is the kind of diner you just don't find anymore. The menu had a number of oddities and/or regional specialties, such as a Giambotti (also spelled as Jumbotte for the pronounciation-challenged.)

What is a Giambotti, you might ask? Well, it's a breakfast sandwich consisting of eggs, fried peppers, sausage, mozzarella cheese and homefries, all molded somehow and served on an oval-shaped roll.

I didn't have it (now I regret that!), but I asked for peppers on my egg-and-cheese-on-a-roll, and they asked me if I wanted "hot or sweet". The hot peppers were six-inch long fried peppers, really amazing. I was scared the peppers would be from a jar, but that was definitely not the case.

Their breakfast specialty is "two on a roll", meaning two house-made sausages, with or without the famed peppers.

They also had something called "covered sandwiches" for lunch - not quite sure what that means.

Chet's slogan is "where neat people meet to eat." Check it out if you're in the area.

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