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New York's Falls to the Finger Lakes
New York's Falls to the Finger Lakes
229 Ellicott Street
Batavia, NY 14020

Mon - Fri: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sat: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Sun: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This quirky little local favorite has been around for over 70 years, offering the same menu of favorites including beef on weck' sandwiches, red and white hots, pepper and egg sandwiches and gravy fries. It may look funky but you will love this hidden gem- you can't miss the crazy pok-a-dot exterior!

The Pok-A-Dot has been featured in the book Sunlight Dialogues which was written by Genesee County’s most famous author John Gardner who frequented the restaurant as a young man. Each year in October the Pok A Dot hosts an evening of readings for the John Gardner Society from the great author’s books. Author and sometime reader at these gatherings, Bill Kauffman, stated, “The Pok-A-Dot is the literary capital of Culinary Batavia.” The Pok-A-Dot has also been immortalized in the painting and calendar sketches of Batavia’s well-known artist, John Hodgins. Wanda Frank, a radio personality for WBTA, made a CD, “Grandpa’s Home for Christmas” that mentions the Pok-A-Dot in her radio play. It seems that the Pok-A-Dot is the setting for more than just a good meal. See and learn more about their purple bench honoring John Gardner.

To this day, people who grew up in and around the area and then moved away to different parts of the country return and make a special stop to enjoy the “Beef on Weck” for which the Dot has been famous in the Western New York region for over 67 years.


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