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Crazy Otto’s Empire Diner, Herkimer NY

crazy ottos herkimer ny

Diners in the Northeast United States  were low cost eateries that originally were designed like railroad cars.  These railroad car diners were popular from the  1920’s through 1950’s. They provided   cheap fast food, and a place to meet and socialize after the Saturday night date (see the 1962 movie Diner). Most have morphed into more elaborate restaurants and the original railroad car style has all but disappeared from Americana. I found  Crazy Otto’s while doing some work recently in Herkimer New York, in the Mohawk River Valley.  The atmosphere was down home friendly, the food good, plentiful and cheap. And the homemade potato chips  to die for.


3 responses

  1. What a neat place!


    July 16, 2013 at 1:25 PM

  2. Cynthia

    There are a few of these in the Cambridge/Somerville area. Very popular with the college students on a budget. 😉


    July 16, 2013 at 2:31 PM

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