The Mug n Bun in Indianapolis is just off the interstate and would be a good lunch or afternoon meal stop.
St. Louis: Ted Drewes frozen custard if you got the time
Pittsburgh: Primanti Brothers sandwiches (fries and slaw inside sandwich…messy as hell and a load of fun to eat.
Cincinnati: if you like the chili, most groceries carry cans of it to take back with you (usually goldstar).
Cincinnati: Try goetta for breakfast too (Perkins has it and groceries carry it if u want to cook it yourself); it’s pork and oats…a cousin of scrapple.
Cincinnati: For a lighter meal, go to Lulu’s Noodles in Kemper Square near Tri-County Mall. Soups, especially pho, are to die for.
Indianapolis area: Gray Brothers cafe in Mooresville. Expensive and worth it. MCL cafeterias are good too.
Come to think of it, there’s an Al’s Italian Beef stand within walking distance of the Chicago HRC on Ontario Street. Also, the original Al’s location is on Taylor Street not too far from Comiskey (I grew up with Comiskey Park and I’ll die with Comiskey Park. What the heck is this U.S. Cellular Field?). Take I-94 north from the Sox game and get off at Taylor Street/west. After Hot Dogs and Pizza, the Italian Beef sandwich is the definitive Chicago food!
The benefit of going to the Taylor Street location is that you’ve got Mario’s Italian Lemonade stand right across the street. With 25 or 30 flavors to choose from, be sure to get one of their fresh fruit specials (cantaloupe is my fave; the watermelon is good too).
Sorry if my reply came off a bit snarky. Now that I understand the situation, allow me to ponder a bit. Do you necessarily want to eat near the ballpark? Are you willing to go a bit off track from the direct routes between cities or do you want to stay as close to the interstate as possible?
I’m a Hard Rock Cafe pin, t-shirt, shot glass collector.
They don’t do mail order, so you either have to go there or know somebody that will go there for you.
Just because I’m going to the HRC to buy merchandise, doesn’t mean we’re going to eat there half a dozen times.
I’ll be driving over 2500 miles in the week.
I’m looking for some local nuggets between cities.
What exactly are you looking for here, long dog? Presumably you are going to HRC for a meal, and something resembling a meal will be consumed at each ballpark. Since you are mostly spending one day in each city with a baseball game and HRC destination in each, it seems like all you need are breakfast recommendations. Or am I missing something?
I gots to know…Why all the HRC visits?
Considering the fact of your Thursday attendance at two ball games — one in Cincinnati and the other in Columbus — I can’t think of a single place you’d have time for in Columbus. You might want to consider the Flying J Truck stop along I-70 in Hebron, Ohio. It’s on the way to Pittsburgh, open all night, and they don’t charge for coffee refills.
I’ve been to Great American Ballpark before.
Skyline Chili is in the park.
When in Cincinnati, make sure you have some Cincinnati style Chili. I think it is available inside the ballpark, but not sure if it is available on every level. Nonetheless, there’s several chili places nearby the stadium.
That said, if you have the time, go Camp Washington Chili just north of downtown and just off I-75. You can get to quality chili there as well as those other Cincinnati favorites: goetta and double decker sadnwiches.
Getting ready for a weeklong baseball and Hard Rock Cafe laden trip with my son.
Route looks like this:
Sat – leave Connecticut – head to I-80
Sat – Cleveland – HRC and Indians game
Sun – Detroit – HRC only (Tigers out of town)
Sun – Toledo – Mud Hens game
Mon – Chicago – HRC and Sox game
Tues – St Louis – HRC and game
Wed – Indy – HRC only
Wed – Louisville – HRC and Bats game
Thurs – Cincinnati – Reds noon game
Thurs – Columbus – Clippers game
Fri – Pittsburgh – HRC only (Pirates out of town)
Fri – Altoona – Curve game
Sat – return home I-80,I-81,I-84 to avoid NYC
Pa, Ohio, Chi, StL, L’ville…….etc.
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