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Ancram, New York - Columbia County
West Taghkanic Diner - Ancram, New York
Roadside diners, which seem to be an endangered species, hold a special place in our hearts because they harken back to simpler times. For travelers on the Taconic State Parkway, the West Taghkanic Diner (Route 82 /Ancram Exit)—an aluminum diner in perfect condition with its original details and signage proudly in place—is warm, welcoming, familiar, and reliable. The food is a mix of classics and gentrified dishes delivered with great service, good humor, and considerable speed. Some travelers call ahead and bring up an egg sandwich or two on their way north to the Berkshires; others drop in and stay for the Almond-crusted stuffed French Toast, the unimpeachable waffles, or the sweet potato pancakes with real maple syrup. For lunch, the patty melt with homemade onion rings is a guilty pleasure you’ll remember with a faint smile for the entire day. The diner’s many fans include writer and activist Sam Pratt. “One of my favorite places, with solid service and daily specials which are a cut above your typical diner fare,” he says. “I go there all the time—either with local friends, or with houseguests who invariably want to have Sunday brunch at a smalltown diner. I wouldn’t change a thing.” —Dan Shaw
Route 82 at the Taconic Parkway; 518.851.7117
Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. -9 p.m.
Friday: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
Saturday - Sunday 7 a.m. - 10 p.m.