Roadside America

All-American Diner Tour: Flo’s Diner in Canastota, New York

Located along State Route 31 (Lake Road) near Oneida Lake’s southeastern shore, Flo’s is a country-style diner serving up 10-cent coffee to sportsmen, boaters, and tourists visiting nearby Sylvan Beach. You know you’ve arrived when you see a giant rooster statue. Flo’s has a Canastota address, but is actually located five miles north of town.

I’m not a big coffee drinker, so the 10-cent coffee wasn’t a draw for me. I do appreciate the affordable food and fast service. Flo’s offers an “open menu,” meaning you can order anything on the menu at any time. You don’t have to wait to be seated, but it is cash only. They don’t even take debit cards. While you’re eating, you can enjoy a free copy of The Patriot, an independent conspiracy newspaper detailing things like the Rothschild Globalists’ international pedophile ring.

Flo’s has an extensive, traditional diner menu. It’s seven pages long. They serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are no surprises here, except perhaps for the “Fretta” (frittata?), which they categorize into “Flo’s Slop” w/Meat and “Flo’s Slop” w/Veggies. Mmm.. For lunch, they offer Super Burgers, an 8-ounce hand-shaped ground beef patty. The most expensive item on the menu is a Seafood Platter for $15.75, but that is way outside the average. Most items are below $6. Entrees range from $7.75 to $10.95.

Flo’s has a 4.3/5 average out of 90 Google reviews. Customers love the affordable coffee and down home atmosphere, but they especially love the pie. Yelp user Amy S. writes, “Having a slice of pie was not on the agenda but when we saw the supply being replenished with homemade pie we called the baker over… My my my … the crust was delicate, flakey and light. The filling was well cooked (I hate under cooked rhubarb) with lots of fruit and just enough sauce to hold everything together. Mo sauce seeping across the plate. What an amazing pie.”

Negative reviews are few and far between, but generally they focus on one or two bad experiences: slow service, food not cooked to their liking, dining area was less than immaculate. Any of those things can happen on a bad day. Google user Judy Kiernan writes, “Very slow service. Medium rare hamburger came out very rare – which would have been okay if the meat was tasty. Not quality.” It’s hard to please everyone.

Flo’s Diner is located at 3223 State Route 31 in Canastota, New York. Phone: (315) 697-7987. They are open Sunday through Saturday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.


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