Let's just say this is not necessarily what this area may really need, but rather more of what I want. And I think it would be popular. Therefore we can table the discussions about the "Binghamton area already has too many national businesses and restaurants, so why do we need another chain" type comments.

What business would I like to see come into the BInghamton area? You might guess that I'm going to say Trader Joes. Well, I know nothing about Trader Joe's. I imagine it's a great business since I've heard a lot of chatter about it. It's a grocery store, correct? Well, apparently there's one ready to open in Ithaca, so for those of you who love Trader Joes, it's just an hour or less away.

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Some might think I'd like a Chick-fil-A to come to town. Sure, sounds good and it's another fast food restaurant that gets a lot of buzz. But just how much different can their chicken sandwich be versus any other fast food restaurant's version? Well, it's not on the top of my list.

Maybe a buffet style restaurant, like the Golden Corral. I do like buffets. Never been to a Golden Corral, but would like to try it. Still, not on the top of my list.

Possibly a Whataburger or In-N-Out Burger fast food restaurant? Vey popular in other parts of the country, but I've ever eaten at either, so I can't say how they are, good or bad.

Alright, now don't laugh at me. I want to see a Waffle House come to the Binghamton area. That's right, a Waffle House. There are two in the Wilke-Berre/Scranton area, and I want one here. They tend to be found right off of major freeways, and we've got three of those with I-88, I-86/Route 17 and I-81, so why not?

You may say the food is not great. Well, I disagree. Who can say no to their hash browns? Scattered, smothered, covered, diced and chunked just the way I like them. With a bit of catsup. And there are more options if you'd like. Add in some scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and a cup of hot grits, and I'm a happy person. Waffles? Never had their waffles. Is that strange or what?

Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If they close, you know the world is about to end. Or at least our part of the world. Bring it on.

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