Roadside America

All-American Diner Tour: Knotty Pine Diner in Wampsville, New York

Located along Genesee Street (Route 5) just west of Oneida, New York, the Knotty Pine is a rustic, country-style diner. It sits in the heart of a historic area with lots to see and do, including the Oneida Community Mansion House, Turning Stone Casino, and Boxing Hall of Fame.

I liked the atmosphere and decor at the Knotty Pine. There is counter seating, booths, and plenty of table space for larger groups. I ordered the Knotty Pine Breakfast Combo, which as you can see from the above photo, is enough for one person but you won’t have any leftovers. I also had a Diet Coke (of course), and my total came to $11.10. My eggs were well done, not runny, just the way I like them. On my visit they were offering a special omelet, spicy ham and pepperoni with hash browns.

TVs were displaying the local news at a reasonable volume.

Breakfast is served at the Knotty Pine until 11:30 a.m. They have two custom breakfast items: the Knotty Pine Big Breakfast, featuring two eggs served on home fries with ham, peppers, onions, and Texas toast for $7.99, and the Knotty Pine Breakfast Combo, featuring two eggs, two pieces of toast, two slices of bacon or sausage links, and two pancakes for $7.99. Both standard diner specials.

They do offer an interesting pepperoni and mozzarella omelet for $6.99, which is like eating a breakfast pizza without the sauce (I imagine).

The Knotty Pine has a 4.0/5 average out of 40 Google reviews. Reviews are generally positive for both breakfast and dinner. Google user Kathy Happle writes, “The barbecue chicken with sides was great last summer. The chicken falls apart in your hands and the rest of the year the homemade food is very good. The service is always with a smile!!!”

Negative reviews are mixed, referring to the occasional bad waitress or unexceptional meal. Google user Donna Desautell writes, “Food was ok. Kind of bland. Coffee was good and hot. Waitress was awful compared to what we saw of the other waitress.”

The Knotty Pine Diner is located at 100 Route 5 in Wampsville, New York. Phone: (315) 363-7383. They are open every day of the week from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.


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