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Chow Down in Upstate

Let’s Eat

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!


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.