Great All American Diner Run

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Without any doubt our most popular column. The Great All American Diner Run, or GAADR, gives our readers some of the best places ro ride for a great meal. Whether it be some hidden barbecue in the Adirondacks or a crab place in the Chesapeake, the GAADR gives the very best eateries, and like most things in Backroads, we'll supply a super way to get there as well with our own Rip & Ride® Route Sheets.

Big Kev's BBQ

Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows do a questioning song called “Too Much Barbeque?” and much like Big Twist – we don't think there is such a thing.

Too much Barbeque….? Dat can’t be right!

Along the southern Catskills, not far from where Max Yasgur and family had their now famous farm, you will find some of the best barbeque in the region.

All served up from a roadside trailer with a giant smoker hanging off the back.

You can’t miss it off of Route 17B, right at Royce Road, in Swan Lake, New York, right behind a nicely crafted wooden sign stating you have arrived at Big Kev’s BBQ!

BigKevSignWhen you get there, there might be a bit of a line, but we found the service very quick and the line moves fast. So belly up to the window where you will find a number of trophies and awards that they have acquired over the years, and order up your meal.

Big Kev and company are here during the warmer months (May thru November) Wednesday to Sunday from 11 am till sold out – which is usually round late afternoon 5 or 6ish.

Oddly enough, they also do breakfast from Tuesday till Saturday from 5:30 am (yup, we just said that) till 11 am, for you early birds.

Since we love a good start in the morning let’s begin with Big Kev’s breakfast, shall we? With the sun rising over the Hudson valley to the east and painting the Catskills with that splendid early morning light you can grab a coffee and order one of five offerings. The Big Kev - named after the man himself – which is two eggs and a choice of bacon, sausage or brisket on a roll or wrap. If you are really hungry you can upgrade that to all three meats and American or pepperjack cheese.

That should get you through till lunchtime.

Or, you can just go big time from the get go and order The Bloomer - four (count ‘em) eggs, hash browns and choice of meat and cheese all wrapped up and ready for the defibrillator. The Gas Station, The Old Dude and The Boat all offer a great way to kick off the day as well.

BigKevWindowKnowing now that Big Kev’s is here in the morning will make for some groovy remote starts for some upcoming Backroads adventures we are sure. Hey, you can use the word groovy so close to the Woodstock site.

But, as good as breakfast can get here at Big Kev’s we did ride up for some BBQ and this we found in a very serious and tasty manner!

Everything that we ordered here at Big Kev’s was really superb and they offer what we call the BBQ Trinity – pulled pork, beef brisket and chicken – all done in Big Kev’s own style of smoky goodness.

350 Royce Rd, Swan Lake, NY • 845-798-7395


BIgKevFoodThen there are their meaty and savory ribs - yummy!

But, be a glutton and just order the sampler – go ahead you deserve it.

All the combos come with two sides, which are a choice of coleslaw, baked beans (really excellent baked beans), corn on the cob or corn bread.

If that is not enough add on a loaded BBQ potato.

What we are talking here is SLOW cooked premium meats over a classic wood fire. What we are talking here is really, really excellent roadside eats!

There is a soda machine on site, but we suggest you go for Big Kev’s lemonade, which really hit the spot this sunny Autumn day.

Our group ordered a bit of everything and the chicken was more condor-like in size and the ribs were meaty and delicious as well. We enjoyed the pulled pork, but we really, really loved the brisket.

Needless to say it helped that we have hard bags as lunch for the next day came home with us.

Big Kev’s has a few covered picnic tables set up as well as some table games – tic, tac, toe and checkers made out of stone to keep you busy while your food is prepared.BigKevSmoker

There is a convenient portable sink to help clean up after your repast and some clean porta-johns as well.

The one thing that could add to a run up to Big Kev’s would be a great ride to Swan Lake to get there.

Lucky for you we know this motorcycle magazine that will happily send you on a fun and interesting way. So enjoy Big Kev’s and tell them Backroads sent ya.

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