If they were in the Charlottesville area…The Nook, Lafayette Hotel in Greene Co. VA and Theresa’s Place in Dillwyn, VA. I wish there were some better restaurants in Charlottesville proper, but they all feel the need to be "edgy".
I was quite happy to get the e-mail saying they are coming to the Ithaca area, especially the part about trying the Dinosaur BBQ in Syracuse. (the last time they were in town they couldn’t squeeze it in their agenda).
I would recommend lunch and dinner visits to get the full Dino flavor. Savor the standard BBQ at lunch when its a bit less crowded, but come back for the expanded menu and adventurous specials at night, (don’t forget to sample the sauces). I’m sure Mr. Rushmore will be a good guide, if he’s not on the honeymoon by then, (and if he is, send me an e-mail).
While you’re in town you could try Doc’s Little Gem Dinner for a frittata, or pick up some Leihs and Steigerwald sausages, or try some of the local spaghetti joints, and you can always find a charity cornell-style chicken BBQ.
Welcome to Central New York, I hope the weather works out for you, its been a bit wet & chilly (still, that’s good BBQ eatin’ weather too).
Well, Jane and Michael ARE coming to my area (Ithaca, NY). Not too much roadfood to shout about around here, but I CAN highly recommend the fried russet potatoes with chipotle aioli at "Just a Taste". UMMMMM. My favorite take on a classic.
One day in the Burlington, VT area:
Breakfast: Farmer’s Diner in Montpelier (45 min drive), the best breakfast spot in N Vermont I’ve seen, bar none. Corned beef hash and sausages are musts!
Snack: Meier’s Bagels, Burlington. Best bagels in town, very cheap, Montreal-style
Lunch: Burgers or fish-n-chips and the Vermont Pub and Brew, washed down with a pint or two of the Brutal Bitter (especially if they have it casked), Smoked Porter or Burly Irish. Sit outside and get a nice view of City Hall Park.
Snack: Mirabelles. Best pastries in town.
Dinner: Burlington is really more of an ethnic-food town than a roadfood-town, so let’s end it with the Five Spice Cafe, a great melange of Malaysian, Indonesian and Thai cuisines with the spiciest most inventive food in the area. Great seafood and vegetarian dishes, especially; good tropical drinks. Expensive for Burlington, probably $75+ for two.
Then a walk by the lakefront at sunset. What could be better?
Glad I could bring back some food memories of the Lehigh Valley. Frank N. Burger, Norma J’s is right on Route 309 (east side of road) about 3 miles and 5 lights north of Route 22. Next door is what used to be Parkland High School and is now a middle school since they built a new high school. FYI, they also razed and rebuilt the old Starlite Diner, right off of I-78 on Route 100. It looks like it’s completed but hasn’t opened yet.
Edited because I didn’t give very good directions
frank n. burger
hello ruby-where exactly is the breakfast spot you mention? i go to allentown all the time. i live in pottsville. yoccos is by far the best hotdog spot in the area. i also used to eat often as a kid in the early 60s at the willows. my aunt and uncle lived within walking distance and fondly remember french-fried pumpkin.also a parkland atendee.thank you.
Let me turn the tables on our hosts with this thread theme in mind. Micheal or Jane… Fill us in a bit about how you select an agenda for you adventures? Do you have a final destination, then fill in the days as you head towards that goal…Or Do you plan each meal stop based on previous experiences and/or recommendations? Or is the whole thing a roll of the dice, a tank of gas, and a change of clothes and off you go??
I am interested in the planning phase of a roadtrip that is,indeed, based on roadfood…Rather than a trip to see Mother or DisneyWorld, with interesting stops along the way.
I have done roadtrips with railroad activity as the criteria for route selection…In fact we still do that a lot. (another hobby is train-chasing and rail photography), but haven’t set up a real foodie-trip.
So let us in on the how’s and Why’s of the planning stages, Pleae!![:I]
Rubyrose: Outstanding. If your not married and thin, I would like to meet you and do that outstanding itinerary. Michael: if you are ever in the Hackettstown, nj area, please try Golden Skillet Fried chicken. I did a thread in the chicken category and no one responded. It is so damn tasty. People love their ribs but I have not been able to stop myself from ordering the chicken; particulary them thar thighs.
Depending on the time of year of their visit to Kentuciana we would have a couple of Alternatives…
1.Bluegrass area in KY with breakfast in Louisville, Up to Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield Ohio for a shopping spree in the ultimate foodie store, then return to Louisville via the Claudia Sanders Dinner house in Shelbyville KY. An easy one day outing with some real fun, and a couple of good meals thrown in.
2. So Indiana– Up to Gnawbone for a Tenderloin sandwich and a loop thru Bloomington for some ice cream then west to the Amish places, maybe the Black Buggy for a dinner fit to fill a thousand starving Ethiopian Refugees. Back to Louisville ..
Both loops make easy day trips that offer some interesting scenic or historic stops along the way.
Re: Hot Shoppes. Your are right, Marriot was the owner. The man who was in charge of all the Thruway Hot Shoppes was one of the original owners of New Paltz’ famous Pat and George’s bar on Main Street – more familarly know as P&Gs and still going strong under excellent management. George is long dead and I think Pat is also gone. Pat was rumored to have moved up in the Marriot organization after they lost the Thruway franchises – a reward , I guess, for squeezing every penny out of the places abusing captive clients. Anyway, Pat was a nice guy who frequently came around to P&Gs and was generous with "setting up the bar" when I was in college.
Do you remember the one in Williamsburg? It was the only place my grandmother would eat on her semiannual trips there.
The DC area Hot Shoppes were a different sort from the thruway versions. On some levels they oozed a bit of Southern cafeteria charm. Lots of old-timers took their meals there regularly. Unfortunately they lost out to developers, demographics, changing consumption patterns, and everything else that can spell doom for these types of places. Closed one by one until eventually the last shop, in Bethesda, Maryland, was shuttered. I think Marriott owned them.
The education I am gaining in regional names for food items is just great. In my neighborhood, whiting is a kind of hake filet, and lake trout is a pink fleshed member of the trout family that comes from fresh water lakes. We would , among other preparations, deep fry a whiting filet, but never a lake trout.
We once had Hot Shoppes as the exclusive place to get a snack and gas along the New York State Thruway (The Dewey Thruwey). They were God-awful places- dank, smelly, not too clean, bad coffee, worse sandwiches, inept service, and overpriced gasoline.
First you have to understand that lake trout is another way of saying whiting (don’t ask, I don’t know why, it just is) To find it you have to get away from the inner harbor & get out to the neighborhoods. It’s mainly a soul food offering so it dosn’t show up in the main tourist areas but you might run accross a place in South Baltimore near Federal Hill and over on the east side around Fells Point. It’s one of those things best offered in a little corner shop or when the church ladies put together lunches that offer either chicken or fish. To describe it, it is a whole fish lightly battered & deep fried served on a slice of white bread to absorb the grease.
Wandering: We do indeed have a surfeit of ethnic eateries, particularly in Northern Virginia (for a thrill, check out the Eden Center in Falls Church next time you’re in the area) and for that I’m grateful. In fact, the foods of certain countries, such as Vietnam and Afghanistan, have been dug in for so long that they’re part of the mainstream. In the spirit of this board, however, I don’t consider them to be roadfood, at least not for the time being.
On the diners you mentioned, I have to first say that I grew up in New England, right smack dab in the classic diner belt. I have high standards in this area and seldom find anything south of Jersey that meets my ideals. Silver is an ersatz diner, 100 percent profit driven and probably soon coming to a theater near you. By the way, I completely agree with your comments in another thread regarding chains. Tastee is just ok. I wouldn’t go out of my way for it. I miss the Hot Shoppes.
Ocdreamer. Huge fan of Baltimore, in fact, I’ll be there tomorrow. Morning Edition for breakfast and then anything is possible. I’m not familiar with the lake trout angle. Please elaborate.
Michael: It’s settled then. My lunch today has hot smokes written all over it.
True but you guys have more ethnic restaurants than you can shake a stick at. Besides, what about the Silver and Tastee Diner. I know they are a small (very small) "mini chain" in the area. How are they[?]
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