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Posted by Michael Stern on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 5:00 AM

Wanderingjew's quest for the great Iowa chop begins...

The Old Rossville Store is a classic midwest supper club serving the rural farming community of Waukon in remote Northeastern Iowa. Entering the bar, you'll find Josh, the owner, serving as bartender.

A separate room for dining in has serious old school character. All meals include salad bar, and not just an ordinary salad bar, but one that offers marinated carrot salad, cottage cheese, pea salad, macaroni salad, potato salad, tomato salad and even chocolate pudding and strawberry ambrosia -- all homemade. However the salad dressing unfortunately is not.

Tuesday's special was a 12 ounce bone-in Iowa Chop, served with au jus, accompanied by choice of potato -- in my case, crispy hash browns loaded with cheese and fried onions. The chop itself is char grilled, thick and juicy, but does not have an overwhelmingly oinky flavor. We have a solid start to my quest.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Triple Play

For those who cannot decide, Singleton's menu offers a three-item combo for $19.95. This one is shrimp, oysters, and a deviled crab. Shrimp is the best of the three and judging by what everybody else was eating, the #1 dish at Singleton's. The Styrofoam platter also holds French fries, a pair of hushpuppies, collard greens (vegetable of the day), tartar sauce and cocktail sauce.
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Roadfood of the Day: Bunnery - St. Augustine, FL
Posted on Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Cinnamon Roll

As fetched from the case, the cinnamon roll looks bare and sad. But then the server asks, 'Icing?' He pulls out a pitcher and starts to pour. 'Tell me when,' he says as the sugary white stuff cascades out to coat the roll.
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Posted on Monday, August 24, 2015

Cheese Rolls

I can in no way justify how much I liked these spongy rolls infused with oily cheese flavor, but by the time the meal was over, they were long gone.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, August 23, 2015 2:12 PM

Connecticut eaters know Mamie's (Roadfood review) as a fantastic breakfast spot, which it is. Last night I learned that dinner is equally excellent. It started with tempura green beans, pictured above, the crisp legumes encased in full-flavored batter and accompanied by nose-tingling hot mustard sauce for dipping.

Posted by Michael Stern on Sunday, August 23, 2015 4:58 AM

This review was written by Roadfood Correspondent Asher Zelson, who also took the pictures.

The Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin, dishing out American-sized portions, has become the go-to spot for bigfoot-sized breakfasts for since coming under new management two years ago.

Situated in front of the Gallatin River and Canyon in Bozeman, Montana, it offers visitors something to look forward to every morning. As dawn breaks and Montana wildlife begins to wake, the aroma of cinnamon rolls wafts from the kitchen and into the nostrils of the residents staying at the Inn. In fact, it seems as though that gloriously tantalizing smell makes it way all the way up to my nostrils -- 45 minutes away in Big Sky, Montana.

Inside the rustic brown log cabin that holds the Cafe, the atmosphere is adorable and quaint, featuring Montana-themed knick knacks and homemade jams (huckleberry, wild berry, and strawberry) lining the walls. I knew I was in a place that was special. A needle in a haystack.

After being greeted by one of the kindest waitresses ever, we ordered a breakfast feast: the famous Cinnamon Roll, Cinnamon Dusted Donut Holes (a gift from the kitchen), a Spanish Omelet, Huevos Rancheros, Chicken Fried Steak, Corned Beef Hash, and a Boysenberry Fried Pie à la Mode.

The Cinnamon Roll is moist and flakey and bound tightly in order to maintain its perfect schmear of velvety, sweetened cream cheese icing. It yields a perfect bite -- a balanced trio of icing, cinnamon and roll.

The Spanish Omelet is the mac-daddy of all the breakfast creations here at the Cafe at the Inn on the Gallatin. This breakfast behemoth is piled high with three golden-yolked eggs, an abundance of crisp, oily, spiced chorizo, an array of sautéed tomatoes, onions, peppers, tangy, slightly sour black olives, spicy, forest-green chiles and finished with a smothering of melted cheddar cheese and green chile sauce. It is made up of so very many flavors that one would hardly believe they could harmonize so deliciously. But oh man, they do!

Delectable Corned Beef Hash is hard to come by nowadays, but here at the Cafe at the Inn on The Gallatin, it is just an order away. It is moist, juicy, and succulent, providing ideal levels of garlic, pepper, salt, and other spices.

Possibly the most delicious item I ate was Boysenberry Fried Pie à la Mode. It is crisp and crunchy on the outside, but upon delving my fork into the center, I discovered boysenberry treasure. The inside is hot and sticky and begins to flow from every crack and crevice of the crust. It is served with a chilled orb of Wilcoxson's Vanilla Ice Cream, making for one of the greatest combinations in dessert history.

I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at the one and only Cafe at the Inn on The Gallatin. I advise everybody who likes breakfast to make the trip.

I give it ZZZZ. 4 Z’s: Wonderful!
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Roadfood of the Day: Dwight's - Lafayette, LA
Posted on Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dwight's Crawfish Platter

Three pounds of hot, spicy crawfish at Dwight's.
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Posted on Saturday, August 22, 2015

Shore Dinner

Maine's summer feast: a shore dinner featuring lobster, steamers, corn, potatoes, and plenty of drawn butter for dipping everything.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, August 21, 2015 4:13 AM

This review was written by Roadfood Correspondent Allie Spangler, who also took the pictures.

Lucky’s Drive In, located off of Pacific Avenue in Tacoma Washington, is a diamond in the rough. The tiny red and white striped shack serves classic American burgers, shakes, hot dogs, and tator tots. The small menu has allowed Lucky’s to become expert at what it cooks. The burgers are served on classic or sourdough buns with onions, pickles, mustard, and Lucky’s special sauce – an almost chipotle flavored dressing that is unique and delicious. Tator tots are the side here, and the chili tots are wonderful, smothered in hearty house made chili and loaded with cheese. The result: a gooey, slightly spicy mess that definitely requires a fork – yum. The milkshake menu is extensive and my Oreo milkshake was creamy and satisfying.

Order at the window, pick up at another, and scarf your meal down either on red and white picnic tables or in your car. The service is fast and friendly, and the food is scrumptious – I will definitely eat here again.
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Roadfood of the Day: A Salt & Battery - New York, NY
Posted on Friday, August 21, 2015

Fish and Chips 1

A British favorite, done right, in NYC.
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