West Taghkanic Diner Ancram New York

Noah sent me a Grub Street notice about the West

Taghkanic Diner, 65 years old,  empty a while reopened with a real chef,

local man who cooked in Famous Restaurants cooked in Europe

came back home and bought the diner a mile from where he’d lived as a child.

His parents still live there now. We went on our way home yesterday.

The chef explained he smokes his own bacon, pastrami too  9 ft hot smoker

with oak wood chopped by Neighbor Ron.

Grain bowls and chambord drinks  delicious clam chowder and although the diner

is still a diner now there is a menu with significant typeface no pages and pages no plastic

covering . The old diner called every selection Fresh.

Happy waitress sandwich, my favorite, was always fresh. Can the old

stay with the new?  Should it?  Good food is always good especially if

as they say at the West Taghkanic Diner This is a Place for Everybody

but will everybody come to the West Taghkanic Diner, called WTD instead?


Esther Cohen
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  1. What memories you stir of the 1980’s when my husband and two little girls stopped there to eat on our way up to Craryville from Brooklyn to our humble country house. The girls got so excited when the diner came into view.

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