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Upcoming Eastern Finger Lakes / Catskills Road Trip: “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” recs sought!

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Upcoming Eastern Finger Lakes / Catskills Road Trip: “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” recs sought!

mrsx | Jun 5, 2009 10:55 AM

Hello – I’ll be making a 3-4 day trek through the eastern Finger Lakes area and Catskills areas next week. Have already (thanks to this board!) scoped out some wineries and nicer dining spots…. I’m looking for any must-hits in the ‘roadfood’ category – drive-ins, dairy bars, diners – what have you! Also, any “time machine” or “untouched since forever” type of dinner or cocktail recs (divey is great) would be appreciated.

Projected route is a very rough counterclockwise circle starting at Skaneateles and traveling west on 5/20, south via 96 to Ithaca and then eastward into the Catskills (likely through Binghamton?) to route 30 and then 28 to Mt. Tremper and then Saugerties.

Thus far, I’ve got --

Skaneateles:
Doug’s Fish Fry
Skanellus Drive In

Waterloo:
Mac’s Drive In (homemade rootbeer and handcut fries)

Ithaca:
Diner question: State or Ithaca or Ziffy’s – which is best?
Cornell Dairy Bar
Purity Ice Cream
Cayuga Lake Creamery
The Chanticleer

Binghamton:
Phil’s Chicken House (Endicott)
Tony’s Texas Hots (Johnson City)

What are your thoughts on the above and more importantly, what’s missing!? Am willing to detour for worthwhile spots!

Thanks!

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