Lee Hinkleman

Eating in Upstate New York and Beyond



All of us are guilty of following that brightly lit “Open” neon sign, on the main drag, when looking for a place to eat. Today though, I found on a side street in Carthage, The Church Street Diner. It was here that I also discovered that “breakfast, is the new lunch”. Established in 1999 the kitchen is part of the dining area (similar to Lloyd’s of Lowville although with a greater viewing opportunity) with the grill and sandwich stations in full view of the diners. What I love about this is that not only are you enjoying a great meal, you are able to watch your meal being prepared in front of you! As the lunch crowd poured in I was simply amazed at the efficiency of the two member staff! They were attentive, quick and focused on all of our needs. Dawn Lelakowski and her staff really do rock!

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The burgers were huge! (No pictures today though, wife was with me and gets mad when I take pictures of other people’s food). Note: Leave wife home or send her to work. I went with the Papa’s Breakfast (and yes it was noon). Normally you have the normal sausage or bacon choice exclusively, they have Corned Beef Hash as an alternative! The hash was served crispy, home fries homemade and eggs cooked to perfection. The Dingo (Turkey Club) Sandwich was huge! It was really LOADED with freshly sliced turkey, lettuce, tomatoes and crispy bacon served on 3 slices of toast with a pile of chips. I’m told by a reliable source that the Chicken Reuben Sandwich is phenomenal (although without Corned Beef, it just doesn’t sound right).

They are open Mon – Thurs. 6AM-3PM, Fri and Sat 6-7 and Sun 7-2. They are located at 107 Church St in Carthage NY. You can call them at 315-493-0997.

Take-Outs Available - Call Us at (315) 493-0997

Church Street Diner  •  107 Church Street, Carthage, NY  •  (315) 493-0997


The Church Street Diner

"Where you're never too late for breakfast or too early for lunch."

Breakfast and Lunch Served All Day, Every Day.


Mon - Thurs: 6am - 2pm

Fri: 6am - 2pm

Sat & Sun: 7am - 2pm