America’s most unique foods aren’t found along the interstate. You’ve got to explore its country highways and discover its off-the-beaten path neighborhoods and small towns to find the mom-and-pop restaurants, hideaway cafes and roadside stands serving the regional specialties that define who we are.
The Upstate Eats Trail is a 225-mile journey through a food culture found nowhere else in the country. This guide will provide you with the stories behind some of the best places to grab Buffalo wings in Buffalo, Garbage Plates in Rochester, salt potatoes in Syracuse, spiedies in Binghamton and a host of other distinct foods created from family recipes handed down through the generations.
This is an adventure in search of America, and we’ve mapped out a route on New York’s open roads that highlights inspiring history, beautiful scenery and roadside Americana along the way. Dig in and join us for a road trip for the ages.
See why the Upstate Eats Trail is the ultimate foodie adventure. Then buckle up and set out on this epic New York State road trip fueled by some of the country’s best comfort eats!
Discover spiedies, hot pies and other specialties in this vibrant college town.
From Buffalo wings to beef on weck and sponge candy, Buffalonians take great pride in their culinary traditions.
Feast on Garbage Plates, creamy custard, ground rounds and white hots in this historic city.
The rich food scene here includes old fashioned barbeque, snappy grillers and legendary salt potatoes.
Journey through Upstate New York with Road Bites, your guide to the most delicious roadside food, inspiring history and quirky off the beaten path attractions found in between Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Binghamton. We've mapped out a route for you across the state that will make this an unforgettable adventure!
Buffalo to Rochester
Be sure to grab some sweet treats on your way out of our westernmost food capital. Your trip to Rochester will be punctuated by everything from Buffalo’s signature sponge candy to undeniably delicious ice cream.Take a Ride
Rochester to Syracuse
The path to Syracuse is paved with history and some breathtaking natural views. There’s plenty to explore in the countryside that leads you right to the Salt City and its many culinary delights.Make The Drive
Syracuse to Binghamton
Scenic and historic U.S. Route 11 will lead you to one of Upstate New York’s liveliest downtown areas. Make stops in Onondaga Nation and the place they call Candyland along the way.Hit The Road