When in Newburgh Pete's is fine -if a bit uncomfortable, especially in poor weather when you have to stay inside - but the chili dog is worth a bit of discomfort, and any place that's been around for 75 years has to be worth patronizing.
Personally, I prefer Annas, not far away on Broadway - a Greek lunchroom type place with comfortable seating, excellent service, a really good chili dog (Texas hot wiener),
good coffee, standard sodas, and milk and chocolate milk, not to mention some very nice pastries.
On the subject of Beacon, NY: I'm happy for Michael having found a really good hamburger at Poppy's in downtown Beacon ( that place was mentioned in a Poughkeepsie journal article recently which praised the hamburger with fried egg. That was enough to discourage me from going there. However, the next time I pass thru Beacon ( which has enjoyed quite a renaissance in the past few years - especially after Dia opened its enormous art gallery ) I'll have to give Poppy's a try. Downtown Beacon is loaded with little boutique type eateries and we've tried a few - with universal disappointment. The worst BBQ I've ever experienced was in Beacon at the P....B... - that place will be forever etched in my memory: atrocious service, uncomfortable room, rickety chairs, inedible warmed-over BBQ, all at an advanced price - otherwise the joint is great...
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