People in the Binghamton area love to eat out in restaurants.  Not just local food seekers but on a national level as well.  There was a headline on Fox News about this time last year that read: "Americans Spend More On Dining Out Than On Groceries For The First Time Ever."  That's hard to believe but it's true.

How many times have you had to wait for a table at the local restaurant in the Southern Tier?  Be honest, it's a common occurrence.

While we have an abundance of chain restaurants in the Binghamton area, if you've traveled out West or down South, you know that we don't have them all.  We couldn't possibly but here are 5 I wish we did have:

  1. Golden Corral - This family friendly restaurant has it all.  No matter what you are looking for, it's a safe bet that Golden Corral will capture your taste buds in a good way.  From chicken (fried and grilled) to fish, steaks, pork, burgers, pizza, spaghetti to a nice "kid friendly" menu, Golden Corral even includes salads and desserts in the price.  If there was a Golden Corral in the Binghamton area, it's safe to assume there would be a line for a long time to come.
  2. In and Out Burger - I remember a couple of year's ago, my friend in Manhattan fell for a April Fools joke that was on Facebook that there was an "In and Out" coming to the Big Apple.  The news spread like wildfire.  If you've eaten at one of these fine restaurants, you know how popular they are.  People in the Southern Tier would eat it up!
  3. Dairy Queen -  I barely remember the Dairy Queen on West State Street in Binghamton.  They need to make a Southern Tier return.  Oh how I miss those Oreo Blizzards and Chicken Fingers.  Not healthy but very yummy!
  4.  Chick-Fil-A -  The menu is limited but so good.  They specialize in high-quality chicken sandwiches and amazing waffle fries, but you put that with great service and spotless restaurants, Chick-Fil-A would be a popular addition to the list of Southern Tier fast food restaurants.
  5. White Castle - 5 Guys may be better but there's something about a square burger that make these burgers rate over other fast food burgers.

So what do you think?  What restaurants would you like to see in the Southern Tier?