Here's an obscure - perhaps impossible - plea to upstate NY hounds.
A number of years ago I was driving my parents' car cross country, from Santa Monica, CA to New Haven, CT. I popped up to Toronto, then dipped back down into the states around Buffalo and continued east.
Somewhere on (or near) rte 90 between Rochester and Schenectady I had an amazing burger encounter. I've reminisced longingly about this burger for years, but I really can't recall exactly where the place was. Can you help me?
I remember I was on a 2-lane highway, so must've gotten off the main route to look for something to eat. On my right as I headed east I saw one of those old-fashioned portable flashing-arrow roadsigns, like so:
The lettering advertised "Blackberry shakes" and the arrow pointed to a pleasant-looking rural-ish strip-mall kind of a thing - a turn-off into a gravel lot that I remember was in a depression, such that as you turned off the road and into the lot you were going a little ways downhill. There were only three or four businesses in the lot, and I think the buildings were all made of wood. I'm pretty sure one of the shops sold mountain bikes.
I parked and I believe I climbed up some wooden steps to this burger place, where I proceeded to eat the Platonic ideal of a charbroiled baconburger, with a brilliant blackberry shake, sitting on their wooden deck in the sun. I can still see the glistening mahogany patty (I took off the top bun to look at it, because I had a feeling it was going to be special). Then I got back in my car and drove away - perhaps never to return.
That's all I can remember. And here's the other thing - although I'm pretty sure it was off of 90 between Rochester and Schenectady, I have a competing memory that at the time I found the place I was on route 9 or 9-H, which I believe would place me somewhere south of Albany. But it could be that I'm putting two memories together - the fact that I was on 9 at one point, and the fact that I found this burger place while I was upstate - that don't really go together.
Anyway, if any of these details - the gravel lot, the mountain bike shop, the wooden deck and the great burger and blackberry shake - set off any bells in anyone's head, PLEASE let me know. I'll be eternally grateful....