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Where the Locals Eat: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

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(WBNG) -- 12 News has brought back "Where the Locals Eat." This time around, we asked people in the Southern Tier what their favorite spots for breakfast, lunch and dinner are. 

We reached out to viewers on our Facebook page and hundreds of people responded with their favorite restaurants. We decided to try three different spots for the three different meals. 

The first stop was the Village Diner on Floral Avenue in Johnson City. 

"It has been a diner here since 1958, in one form another, most famously in the longest term was Harry's Snack Shack," said Village Diner Owner Matt Smith. 

Smith took over the eatery four years ago. He said the diner is homey and a place where everyone knows your name. Smith notes that for him, it's all about the food. 

"I love the creativity of it. That's always what I wanted to do," explained Smith. "Create something that had food but was different, that was from scratch but maybe had a little more love put into it." 
A creative menu is exactly what he made. 

"If anyone's new, I always direct them right toward that specialty menu and say 'Try anything on here and you should be blown away'," added Smith. 

Some of his suggestions on what to try include: Root Beer float pancakes, banana foster, french toast breakfast sandwich, breakfast burrito and pumpkin pancakes. 

The Village Diner is closed on weekends, but Smith said people can expect an announcement soon on when they will be open again on Saturdays and Sundays. 

For lunch, 12 News stopped at the Owego Kitchen in Owego. The restaurant celebrated its one year anniversary in November. The owner said the beautiful building is the only reason she got back into the restaurant business. 

"It's just a nice good feeling, good energy. That's why we like this building. The energy here is terrific," said Co-Owner of the Owego Kitchen, Julie Lovelass.

The eatery is only open for breakfast and lunch. It offers up healthy, fresh options.

"The food isn't crazy weird, but you probably won't find a lot of our items elsewhere," added Lovelass.

Some suggestions on what to try: Chicken Tarragon Salad sandwich, Spicy Turkey panini and Korean BBQ sandwich.

But Lovelass said her busy restaurant wouldn't mean anything without her staff and the community. 

"They say that success means you surround yourself by good people and I surrounded myself with some really terrific, talented people," said Lovelass.

For dinner, 12 News went to the Main Street Grill and Bakery in the Village of Afton. The restaurant gives people a big city experience. 

"People can expect an experience that brings them a big city feel," said Owner and Executive Chef at the Main Street Grill and Bakery, Liz Dawson. 

The chef also said they like to give people a taste of unique flavors. 

"We like to keep it, have it be eclectic," said Chef Joshua Lews. "International type of cuisine, so you want to bring people in a small town a lot of different varieties and flavors to treat the pallets, educate them on different food trending right now."

Some suggestions on what to try: Feta sticks, Miso salmon, lamb shank and Canola cake for dessert. 

"There's not too many restaurants that make all of their own desserts and we are unique in that," added Dawson. 

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