Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Name: Skylark Diner
Location: 248 Vestal Pkwy E, Vestal, NY 13850
Phone: (607) 785-9795
Price: Less than $20 for two
Megan and I hit up the Skylark Diner for lunch today as we continue our diner tour of the Triple Cities. We'd been to the Skylark a few times in the past for breakfast with friends a number of years ago. It's an old-fashioned O'Mahony diner that dates to the 1950's and is in very good shape. I'd imagine this place has not changed a tremendous amount since it opened nearly 60 years ago. It's a nice environment for a good, inexpensive, and quick meal, which is what we were seeking.
Upon selecting a table we received quick service. Going for both sides of the diner spectrum, I decided to go with an order of eggs and a stack of pancakes, while Megan went with a burger and fries. Pancakes were tasty while the eggs were a little on the runny side compared with how I normally prefer them. Megan commented a couple times on the drive home about how she liked her burger, which is usually a good sign. The fries were the golden crispy variety and tasted like McDonald's hash browns. Good stuff.
The service was excellent all around with one drawback to the Skylark being the fact that they don't accept credit cards nor personal checks. So be sure to take cash if you plan on eating there.
I recommend the Skylark. It's a Vestal institution and a glimpse into a bygone era. The service is quick, the food is solid, though unspectacular, and the prices are dirt cheap. Its location just off I-86 makes the Skylark a viable dining option for people passing through the area and locals alike. They're open 24/7 (with the exception of late Sunday nights). If you are a "diner fan" the Skylark will definitely be up your alley.