There have been some requests for information about places in the northern Hudson Valley, so here's a first-hand report on Cafe Pongo on Broadway in Tivoli, NY, between Rhinebeck and Hudson. I went there for a late brunch and did the cholesterol special -- country ham and gravy(requested on the side), sage biscuit, scrambled eggs, potatoes.
At $9, that sounds a bit steep when the description mirrors a diner menu. However, I wish I'd had a companion or known how much food there was. There must have been 3, maybe 4, perfectly done eggs, a good sized slice of ham on a huge biscuit, nice, crusty chunks of potatoes, and orange slices on the plate. The gravy (good but too filling)came as requested. The "sage" biscuit had hardly discernible sage flavor but was delicious. Only the coffee was mediocre.
I've not been to Pongo for lunch or dinner, but it's always crowded on weekends and has a good reputation. They sell baked goods, which looked wonderful -- sticky buns, Linzer tarts, cheesecake, cookies, etc.
Pongo, judging from the photograph on the wall, was/is a dog. Don't miss the wrought iron railing with the Milk-Bone motif.