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Sherrill’s Corner Diner Too features warm welcomes and over-sized, under-priced portions

Cara Dolan Berry
Staff writer
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Posted 7/17/22

Hubcap pancakes are a specialty of the house at Corner Diner Too on Route 5 in Sherrill, so-called because they’re the size of one.

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Sherrill’s Corner Diner Too features warm welcomes and over-sized, under-priced portions

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SHERRILL — Hubcap pancakes are a specialty of the house at Corner Diner Too on Route 5 in Sherrill, so-called because they’re the size of one. Add blueberries or chocolate chips, but even straight up, they are light and rich and – a pancake connoisseur was overheard to say – “the best I’ve had anywhere.”

These little things drive a diner to come back. And that’s the aim of cook and proprietor, Jon LaBuz, raised in Munnsville, where he still lives, who has cooked all his life, worked in the restaurant business for most of it, and slung hash for Corner Diner customers for almost 25 years.

But LaBuz believes it’s his personal touch – and how much he means it – that means the most.

When customers come in – everybody says welcome, said LaBuz. “When my long time customers come in, I say, welcome home.”

It’s a cozy breakfast nook, just five booths, not counting a small dining room off to the left. There is a couple in one, two old friends in another. A third diner comes in alone. LaBuz greets him by name. 

“Let me make you some breakfast,” says LaBuz, who heads to the kitchen, not asking what his regular customer wants to eat. He knows.

Men did all the cooking in his house. His father loved to cook and shared that craft and passion with his sons.

LaBuz’s brother opened the original Corner Diner in Oneida in 2002. LaBuz moonlighted as a cook, then took over in 2008. He opened Corner Diner Too in Sherrill in 2012. In 2013, when flooding damaged the Oneida diner, LaBuz expanded Too into one. 

“This location is very close to my home. It’s in my back yard,” said LaBuz, “and it’s close enough for our Oneida customers to come visit.”

LaBuz refers to that regular customer as one of those Oneida customers, who joked, “I don’t know you?”

Corner Diner Too was so renowned for their Friday fish fry, they served it three nights a week. Lunch lured a steady stream of locals for stacked deli sandwiches and homemade soups. But COVID caused LaBuz to reopen only for breakfast, for now.

“Cooking is the love of my life,” said LaBuz, who decided to “work through” the pandemic; to be there for his customers and community.

He doesn’t need much, so LaBuz pays that forward by taking great care of them.

That’s why portions are breathtakingly big and prices are eye-poppingly low. Skip the meat and potatoes and breakfast specials range from $3.19 to under $4.50. Coffee is less than two bucks and refills are free. A side of NY strip with your eggs or waffles is only $6.99.

Top anything off with the homemade sausage gravy, a house favorite folks buy by the pint.

LaBuz is grateful business is booming again and hopes to open for lunch soon and for Friday fish fry not long after. He also caters and hosts private parties, promising that “the price is right.”

When LaBuz isn’t flipping hubcaps, he enjoys a ride on his bike to grab a bite.

“I like to patronize the old school drive-ins, ice cream stands, moms and pops restaurants,” said LaBuz. “I know the importance of that one customer coming in.”

To that one customer taking a drive through the fields and farms of Sherrill, after you pass the Grand Union, next up will be Corner Diner Too. 

“By all means, support the small diners and restaurants. Stop in here try our food, chat with our staff,” invites LaBuz, “and don’t be surprised if I stop by your table to say hello. Because every customer counts.”

Corner Diner Too is located on Route 5 at 57 E. State Street in Sherrill. Hours are currently 6 a.m. to noon, 7 days a week. Like and follow them on Facebook.

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