Glad your trip worked out well.
I realized after posting that I got my directions a little wrong. The sheep farm listed an address on Shaker Museum Road, but I didn’t know that there are actually two Shaker museums in that area of New York, in addition to Hancock Museum in Massachusetts. I was directing you from the vicinity of the museum further east, right by the state line. I had meant to correct this at the time, but never got around to it.
Anyway, it sounds as if you made out great. If you’re ever in the area again and want to pass on a 9.9 cheeseburger and locally famous butterscotch pudding, the other places would be a few miles east of the Speedway, past New Lebanon "Center", on the left if you’re heading east.
Well, I finally made the trip. I took your advice and headed towards home on Rt20 rather than I90. I didn’t see the Hitching Post, but about a half mile east of the Lebanon Raceway I came to the Speedway Family Diner. It is sort of a shack with a dirt parking lot, but the lot was 1/2 full in mid afternoon so I gave it a try. I had an outstanding 1/2 lb Big H Burger Special for $5. I added cole slaw and paid $7.05, inc tax, before tip. The burger was a 9.9 out of 10. The guy next to me said that they are famous for the butterscotch pudding, but they were sold out. The service was friendly and accomodating. I came a stranger and left a friend.
BTW The Speedway Diner is for sale, and has a "help wanted" sign.
BTW the NY diner website says this diner was moved to West Lebanon in 1932 from Averill Park, NY. It doesn’t even look like a diner to me. It says "manuf unknown"
BTW The sheep farm was amazing. They milk 48 sheep at a time, and keep 1000 head total, making it the largest sheep dairy in the USA.
Just down the road, past the sheep farm, is New Lebanon, New York with a few choices on the Route 20 "strip". In a little plaza, on the right coming from the direction of the farm, is a place called the Hitching Post. Not a diner, but it’s a typical family type place and the locals seem to gather there. Good food, decent prices. There’s a similar place across the street, but I haven’t eaten there and can’t remember the name so I can’t comment on it.
Next to the plaza where the Hitching Post is you’ll find a little shack called Shaker Mountain Barbeque, or something similar. It has a fairly limited menu, and it ain’t Memphis or anything, but pretty good for this area. Outdoor seating only, so I don’t know what their season is, but they’re probably still open.
There’s a couple other places on this little strip as well, but these are the only ones I’ve tried.
BTW I’ve tried the yogurt that this farm produces and it’s excellent.
This weekend I was thinking of going out to Old Chatham to check out a large sheep dairy there. I have long raised sheep, but not dairy sheep. http://www.blacksheepcheese.com I may reconsider if gas prices keep going up, but I have wanted to go all summer, and I want to do it before leaf peeping time for sure. For me, it is a straight shot on the Mass Pike (I-90), and I know that road well. Is there an exit that I should take for a Roadfood lunch near the MA/NY line? I stop in Stockbridge at least twice a year , but often just do McDonalds. Most of the other places I have done out there are ok, but not really worth the time, vice a quick McD meal. If there is a Maine Diner type of place on that commercial strip, I’d like to know about it. Thanks.
Old Chatham, NY
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