The West Taghkanic Diner in Ancram ( West Taghkanic ) New York is a swell spot to stop if you're driving on the Taconic Parkway. It's practically impossible to miss when you pull off the parkway and onto Old Route 82:
It is thought that the name Taghkanic / Taconic / Taughannock / Taghkanick is derived from the Native American term for "the woods". It may also have been used as an Indian chief's name as well. This is why you see the "Indian Head" on that gorgeous sign that beckons from the distance.
Built in 1953 by the Mountain View Diner company (Serial # 399 see the tag above the door) it was moved here that same year, and it hasn't changed much since then, thank goodness!
There's still boomerang formica, swivel stools, terrazzo floors, stainless steel for miles, and daily specials on the menu.
Speaking of the menu - full disclaimer - I was not able to grab a bite here because I had just eaten breakfast an hour before at a diner down the road and I was running late for meeting. But I did pick up a hot tea for myself, and a muffin for Retro Roadhusband (who gobbled it up). Gotta support the local businesses however you can, even if you can't stay to dine.
This diner is a cutie, no matter how you spell it - so stop by yourself, and let me know how it goes in the comment section below!