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Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, September 21, 2014 5:58 AM

Finding Fulks Run Grocery on Route 259 just south of the West Virginia border is half the fun. It is alluringly remote, in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley, surrounded by nothing but countryside. It’s a real grocery store, built in 1949 by Garnett Turner; and, frankly, there’s little that you can buy and eat on the premises other than a country ham sandwich on Friday. But even if you are nearby some other day of the week, it behooves you to check out this place, for it is the outlet for Turner Hams, which are some of the finest anywhere.

Many people who know Turner Hams never go to Fulks Run, for it has been a thriving mail-order business for years. At home in Connecticut, we order boxes of boneless, center-cut sugar-cured ham slices and red hot rooster sauce and ham glaze to dress them.

Good as it is to get these items in the mail, there is special pleasure in entering the old, wood-floored country store and taking a deep breath of air perfumed by well-cured ham. Of course, you can buy a nice ham right here, to take home and prepare. We love the way the big beauties are displayed – wrapped in cheesecloth, piled up in various shopping carts all around the store.
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Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2014

Haddock And Chips

As you tear open the oil-stained paper, that distinctive fish and chips aroma escapes.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Saturday, September 20, 2014 5:37 AM

One of the juiciest niches in the restaurant trade over the last several years has been the upscale fast food burger joint. Not upscale as in fancy or gourmet, but upscale in the sense that the hamburger you get is hand fashioned and of better quality than the typical fast-food chain, and it is presented in a way that tends to be a little bit nicer than waiting in line at a drive-through or at the counter of a Micky D's.

It's a broad niche. Five Guys and In 'n' Out are positioned towards the mass production end of the spectrum and Shake Shack and Umami Burger are at the high quality end, with lots of one-of-a-kind burger joints and small chains of varying merit in between. Among the worthy singles is Prime Burger, which opened in Ridgefield, Connecticut, in mid 2014, serving burgers ground from a mix of top round, short ribs, and prime sirloin. They're good burgers, always cooked medium and therefore on the dry side of succulence, but full-flavored and pattied in such a way that they are agreeably fragile. They come plain or infused with Peter Luger steak sauce and bits of green pepper; and of course they can be gilded with all the usual condiments or with such one-dollar extras as avocado, chili, cheese, or bacon.

Fried sides include crinkle-cut French fries, sweet potato fries, waffle fries, and onion rings. What I've tasted seem to have been once-frozen, but of good enough quality and cooked in fresh enough oil that they come out crisp and tasty. Likewise, milk shakes on the side have a somewhat prefab flavor, but they do their job as a thick, high-calorie beverage/dessert.

Alternatives to the hamburger include a salmon burger, turkey burger, veggie burger, and grilled chicken sandwich. Nine-inch hot dogs also are available.
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Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2014

Close-Up

Grover's burger, with crisp garnishes, is a beautiful sight.
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Posted on Friday, September 19, 2014

Small Fry

This small order of skin-on fries is as tall as our big cup of loganberry. It's hard to imagine what a large serving is like!
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Posted by Bill Golladay on Thursday, September 18, 2014 1:06 PM

Tacos and More Loncheria is a small taqueria. Often the majority of their clientele are Mexicanos, but they have a mixed crowd.

Tacos and More is informal and their menu says they are “The Specialist in Mexican Fast Food.” Many people order at the counter, but some folks sit down and wait for someone to take their order. You can fix your own drink at the soft drink machine to the left of the counter. Or you can get cans of Mexican Coke or bottles of Jarritos from the cooler on the right. Homemade horchata is also available.

The tacos and other items are assembled to order, so the food comes out hot. There is a section of the menu called “Mexican tacos” which has choices such as pollo asado, lengua, carne asada, and several others. These come mostly unadorned, but there is a salsa bar where you can add whatever you like. During the non-peak hours, there may be a metal cover over the salsa bar. If so, you can raise the cover.

You can also get an order of regular American-style tacos with ground beef or chicken in either a hard shell or a soft tortilla. These come with lettuce and white shredded cheese. Sopes, burritos, soups and sandwiches are some of the other menu items. Breakfast is also an option with breakfast plates and tacos available.

If you are looking for tasty tacos and authentic Mexican food, Tacos and More Loncheria is a good place to visit.
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Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014

Taco Supreme to go.
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Roadfood of the Day: Mike's Candy Shop - Buffalo, NY
Posted on Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A cross-section of sponge candy can only hint at the ethereal weightlessness of the spun sugar within.
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Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Catfish Dinner

These crusty strips of catfish are accompanied by wicked-good sweet onion rings. The hushpuppies that are part of every dinner are barely visible in the background.
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Posted on Monday, September 15, 2014

Hot Hamburger

The 'hamburger' part of this hot hamburger is completely eclipsed by French fries and gravy. You will find it underneath the spuds and on top of the toast that is visible peeking out at the bottom.
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