Who needs Route 66?


When relatives called early this morning wondering if we’d like to go out to breakfast, it was a no-brainer. “Absolutely,” was the response.

Some Sunday mornings are meant to be spent in a diner, with hot tea and a good meal to begin the final day of the weekend, especially one like today that was starting with  overcast skies and a dreary disposition.

The question was where to go.  Today’s answer was the Route 20 Diner in Bouckville.

This eatery offers good food at reasonable prices. A favorite is the Eggs Benedict, the culinary delight that comes with English muffin, ham, poached eggs, and hollandaise sauce. At the Route 20, this also comes with some twists, including Eggs Irish (with corned beef hash instead of ham) and Eggs Blackstone (with tomato instead of ham).

The place is decked out in Coca Cola memorabilia. The owner brought it all with him when he moved from The Hideaway Cafe in Hamilton to his  location in Bouckville.

Lunch and dinner also are served at the Route 20, and the menu board promised steamed clams are returning as a summertime dinner option.

The diner is right in the middle of antique alley, so if you want  exercise after eating your omelet, eggs, French toast, or pancakes you have ample opportunity to stroll to some shops and hunt for bargains. You also can head west for just a mile or so and look for the Chenango Canal Cottage Museum.

The canal has a great walking path alongside, and you can start at the cottage and walk south toward Hamilton or north toward Oriskany Falls.  Ducks and the occasional blue heron will keep you company.

The Mott’s apple sauce empire was started right here in Bouckville, as well. There is a huge antique show in August, which draws thousands of folks from across the country.

So if you’re traveling across the state, jump off the Thruway and head onto Route 20 for awhile. Make sure to stop at the Route 20 Diner if hunger strikes, you won’t be disappointed.

Use this map to find the Route 20 Diner

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