I love those crispy “burnt” edges on Schoop’s burgers, and I’d be very ticked off if they ever changed their way of preparing them. I’m also a big fan of Steak n Shake’s burgers. Different people have different tastes and that’s one of the things that make the world go ’round.
“Cooked to crispy perfection” is their trade slogan. Check their website pictures. To me they were exactly like Steak and Shake burgers. Repeatedly flattened ( watch them cook them), and just this side of burned around the edges.
I agree that the fries at Schoop’s leave something to be desired ( always have ), but your description of their hamburgers certainly doesn’t sound like any that I’ve ever had at any of their locations. Schoop’s burgers are among my favorites since, in my experience, they’re always juicy and flavorful.
We enjoyed the ride along US 33 and US 20 in Northern Indiana a couple of weeks ago. We were shopping the Amish communities and not in a hurry. It was a good ride ! Stayed in Goshen and had a very good dinner at Tony’s Italian Grill on 33 in the downtown area.
While Rocky has made some good suggestions, I must strongly disagree about Schoops. Dry, crusty,flattened, flavorless burgers ala Steak and Shake, and they now use frozen, bagged fries.
One last time, if you are looking for roadfood, dont take US30.
Now have a few more minutes I can give you a couple of other stops in northern Indiana. In downtown Middlebury there is the Village Inn that is reputed to have excellent home cooked meals. Right on US 20 just a few miles west of Rise and Roll there is the Das Dutchmen Essenhaus complex. They have very good comfort food meals including fried chicken, meatloaf, pot roast etc. Another mile west brings you to The Hilltop home of out of this world fried fish, chicken and manhattans.
If you are following Mayor Al’s route you woul want to break off from US 33 at Ligonnier (go straight at the light instead of turning left) and take SR 5 north to US 20.
A side note, if you go to Goshen again Mayor Al on SR 15 (Main St) just about a mile south of where 33 goes through downtown there is the South Side Soda Shop. This has been a favorite of my wife’s and mine for years. It was featured on one of the very first episodes of Diners, Drive Inn & Dives. Wonderful food & homemade desserts.
I sure wouldnt take US 30. It is 4 lane limited access all the way now from north of Columbus to Ft Wayne, bypasses Ft Wayne completely, and the stretch from Ft Wayne to Chicago is as boring and roadfoodless as it gets. Might as well take the freeways.
I would take 33 out of Columbus to 6 in Indiana.
I feel for you, I absolutely will/can not sit in those booths. I am not a small man by any stretch of the imagination but those booths are ridiculously small. Must harken back to the good old days. The table for 12 usually is broken up in to 4-5 tables. There is also a counter.
Next time you get back in town give it a try[8D]
Also in Indy, and just a few blocks off 70, is PapaRoux, great po boys and cajun food, very inexpensive.
I’d recommend a stop at Shapiro’s in Indianapolis. To get there you would have to take 70W into downtown Indianapolis. Rather than take the first opportunity to get onto 65N stay on 70W to West St (I think). Shapiro’s is just one block off the expressway. Very easy to get on/off. Excellent (but a little pricey) corn beef and pastrami to be had there.
If you take US 30 there is a Schoop’s Hamburgers right on 30 in Warsaw. This is a Roadfood favorite.
If you listen to Mayor Al and take US 20 across there are several interesting places in and around Middlebury, In. Just east of Middlebury there is the Rise N Roll Bakery. This has two of the finest dishes I have ever had of their kind. The cinnamon/caramel donut is the best donut I have ever tasted in my life, bar none.
They also have a dish for breakfast that is sausage bread with sausage gravy. It is smoked sausage, eggs and cheese rooled in fresh bread dough and then baked to perfection. They slice it thick and cover it in sausage gravy. The absolute best sausage gravy dish I have ever had and I have eaten biscuits & gravy all over the US and in the military in Europe and nothing compares to this. Even more astonishing it is $2.99!!!! A meal by itself except that you have to have a cinnamon/caramel donut. I will check back on this post and add some more suggestions later.
Depending on how far out of your way you want to go, check out Carolina Bob’s trip reports about Indiana, Kentucky, and North Carolina as the Chicago area was his starting point. I know he’s a big fan of US-41 and US-52, which can be used in place of I-65 to get you from Indy to Chicago.
Of course, at the end of November it may be in your best interest to take the interstate due to the weather!
This is one time that I vote to avoid the I-70/I-65 routes. Use US 23 north from Columbus and then US 30 or parallel roads across Ohio and Indiana. It is interesting countryside, with a lot of Amish influence along the way. Just so long as you do it before the real winter sets in. Good Luck.
Baughman – I am taking the cart class. I will not be attempting anything until Spring, however so I have loads of time to practice up.
Thanks for all the suggestions. I might have to look at the 30 to route 6 more closely.
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Take US 30 , to Broadway (Indiana 51 or 55, I believer) . North on Broadway. Then continue on Broadway to the Borman Highway (interstates 80/90) and head West on to Chicgago.
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