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katherinecurry

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Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 7:21 AM (permalink)
And that goulash was Transylvanian goulash, my personal fave, made with sauerkraut.
A great meal!
 
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    Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 10:25 AM (permalink)
    Ralph & Katherine
    Thanks for providing additional details on what I missed.
     
    Ralph, I'm almost positive that was pork cracklings and not chicken, because I remember telling Alex about the similar dish,  gribenes  served at the Jewish Deli's but they use chicken cracklings instead of pork.
     
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      Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 4:28 PM (permalink)
      brookquarry


      Berks County is traditionally the 'FANCY' dutch, rather than the "Plain" dutch. There are a large number of Mennonites, including Old Order (horse and Buggy) Mennonites especially around the Fleetwood -Oley area.
      The culinary tradition is the same however.

      Berks County is also home to many Church of the Brethern (much like the dutch and amish and mennonite).  My family has it's Brethern roots there back into the early 1700's
       
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        buffetbuster

        Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 6:06 PM (permalink)
        While we were waiting for Alex to take us back to the dining room, we chatted with him in the kitchen.  Here is a shot of him rolling some bread. 

        We heard about how a very young Alex escaped the Russians in Hungary back in 1956, while several of those around him were shot.  He really has a story to tell and it would make for an interesting biography.
         
        Oh, and the food was as good as ever.  Just course after course of delicious homemade Eastern European comfort food.  Despite how much food you are given, I could have easily eaten more.  And I mean a lot more!
         
        For a soft serve ice cream place Page's Dairy Mart

        is good and it has been around for a long time.  Still, I much prefer a hard ice cream shop.
         
         
        <message edited by buffetbuster on Tue, 08/16/11 6:07 PM>
         
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          Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 6:19 PM (permalink)
          Alex's tales of escaping the Communists in Hungary are reminiscent of the World War II Yugoslavian underground stories told by Branko Radicevic, Sr. at Milwaukee's Three Brothers Restaurant.  There's a hypnotic sparkle in Branko's eyes when he talks about his days killing Nazis.  He takes great delight in recounting the dangerous life he led during the war, yet there's a great deal of sadness and mourning that comes through at the same time.
           
          Alex and Branko are among the last of a remarkable generation.  Here's hoping their stories are passed along for others to hear so there's an understanding of the true horrors of war.
           
          Buddy
           
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            buffetbuster

            Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 6:20 PM (permalink)
            I should mention that Jozsa Corner works best as a group.  In fact, I think the smallest party Alex will make a reservation for is four.  So, if anyone is coming to Pittsburgh and wants to dine there, let us know and Mariton and I will be glad to join you.  And I bet Ralph and Lori will make the same offer.
             
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              Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 7:12 PM (permalink)
              Glad that Buffetbuster filled in some of the holes and provided some additional photos. 
               
              Saturday August 6
               
              First thing in the morning - Buffetbuster was nice enough to stop at Crazy Java Coffee Company - a local chain out of Pittsburgh so Mariton and I can get our caffeine fix. I've never been there before having always relied on Coffee Tree Roasters when I lived in Pittsburgh. It was ok, but nothing I would be in a hurry to get back to. 
               
              Breakfast however was another story. We agreed to go to Gab n Eat.
               

               
              A legendary greasy spoon in Carnegie that just screams Pittsburgh
               

               
              As you can probably tell by the Steelers banner in the background and all the memorabilia on the walll
              The place was obviously bustling, and there was a small wait. I hadn't stepped into the place in 13 years when I last visited with an ex- girlfriend but it looks like the place hadn't changed a bit.
               
              I don't recall what Buffetbuster or Mariton ordered, however I do remember a very large pancake coming to our table  (among other things of course)
              I ordered the mixed grill- in fact this was the exact same item that I ordered when I last visited.
               

               
              Comprising eggs, cheese, potatoes, onions and sausage mixed together, this is a combination that just goes into the annals of breakfast lore. 
               
              Believe it or not this is HALF AN ORDER!
               
              Not only that but it comes with a side of Italian Bread baked by local purveyors, Mancini
               
               

               
              No wonder why I ended up putting on so much weight when I lived in Da Burgh. 
              Gab n' Eat was just as good as I remembered- I still can't believe it's been 13 years! 
               
              I know Chi Town Diner would be disappointed had he been with us- but believe it or not, after breakfast we did a little sightseeing.  
               
              Buffetbuster had suggested the Nationality Rooms at the Tower of Ignorance    Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh.  I've never been and I was Gung Ho. Basically there are several rooms on display and each room depicts a classroom in a foreign country. Although most of the rooms were European it was the non  european rooms which were most interesting.
               
              I'm not going to provide photos of all the rooms we visited, just a select few which caught my attention.
               

               
               

               
              This is the Swedish Room- and I was very disappointed when I was told by the staff when I first walked in that there wouldn't be any Lutefisk  available in this room   (there wasn't any in the Norwegian room either)
               

               
               

               
               
              The Chinese Room- I tried to order some Moo Goo Gai Pan and Egg Foo Young with an Eggroll- but no such luck!
               

               
               

               
              The Greek Room
               
               
              The Syria - Lebanon Room- Unfortunately this was one of the few rooms that was behind glass and we were unable to enter apparently due to gold plated decor.
               

               
              The Isaeli Heritage Room- I truly felt "at home" here
               

               
              The Welsh Room
               

               
              which also comes with it's own Orator
               

               
              The Austrian Room
               

               
              The Indian Room
               
              and 
               
               

               
              finally the African Heritage Room.
               
              After spending nearly 2 hours around the globe.....
               
               

               
              It was time for some ice cream at Dave & Andy's a few short blocks away from the University.
              This is a local favorite and I'm surprised I never visited when I lived here.
               
              I don't remember what Buffetbuster got, but Mariton got Rum Raisin.
               

               
               
              I don't remember the exact name of the flavor of ice cream I had, but it had big chunks of fudge brownie  and was full of creamy moo- probably some of the best ice cream I've had all year. 
               
              It was now time for lunch at one of my favorite burger joints anywhere.
               

               
              Tessaro's
               
              In Pittsburgh's own little Italy- Bloomfield.
               
              If I recall, I last visited Tessaro's on my last visit to Pittsburgh in 2007
               
              I ordered just a plain ol' cheeseburger 
               

               
              with a side of slaw.
               
              Tessaro's grinds their own meat and is cooked on a wood fire grill which shows based on the freshness and outstanding flavor. 
               
              After lunch, there was more sightseeing.
               
              Pittsburgh has one of the most beautiful skylines in the country. And there is no better way to enjoy it than to take the
              incline up to Mt Washington.
               

               
               

               
               

               
              Here is Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers
               

               
              And that is PNC Park in the background home of the Pittsburgh Pirates...
               
              After enjoying the view, we headed over to South Side to Fathead's Saloon, we were going to grab a mid afternoon snack but there was a wait- we decided that since dinner was only a few hours a way, we would return tomorrow. I did enjoy a refreshing Penn Pilsener though.
               
              Afterwards I returned to Mars
               

               
              Where I was greeted by a local Martian- yes that is the Mars National Bank in the background.
               
              Our dinner stop was at LoBello's Spaghetti House in Coraopolis where one or two prior meet n greets took place. 
              My friend, Lisa, her husband their 4 year old daughter also joined us. Because I had some "non roadfooders" in attendance I did not take any photos.
               
              Buffetbuster was hoping that Rose the eighty something year old  owner and cook extraordinaire would be in attendance, unfortunately she was ill so her son was at the realm.
               
              LoBello's is about as classic red sauce Italian as you can get with  a basic, small menu. 
              I ordered the Polenta- very basic served with red sauce and a sprinkling of parmesan with a meatball on the side.
              I believe Lisa ordered the Lasagna, her hubby ordered the Gnocci, Buffetbuster had the Spaghetti and Mariton ordered some type of pasta with white sauce. My Polenta was surprisingly better than I expected, it was prepared well and there weren't too many fillers or accompanyments so the flavor of the polenta stood out. 
               
              After dinner, we ended up stopping again for ice cream- Buffetbuster  took us to a place in Evans City I believe it was called Zimmerman's  that unfortunately was  closed when we arrived, so we ended up going to Bruesters- A chain that started in the Pittsburgh area. I had some type of peanut butter ice cream- unfortunately I didn't get any photos- it was good but didn't compare to what I had earlier at Dave and Andy's
               
              More to come tomorrow.
               
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                pnwchef

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                Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 8:18 PM (permalink)
                WJ, Great report, the food look like you are traveling through Europe. I love the way the homemade noodles look in the Cabbage and noodle dish. Look like a fun trip......pnwc
                 
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                  Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Tue, 08/16/11 9:36 PM (permalink)
                  Ah, you guys went to some of my favorite places.  Sorry due to family matters I couldn't have joined you!  Glad you Martians had a good time.
                   
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                    Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 12:54 PM (permalink)
                    Big Frank


                    leethebard


                    Are there many Amish in Berks county? Thought most of the Pa Amish were around Lancaster County.


                    There are also quite a few Amish and Mennonites in Mifflen County PA

                    I grew up in Mifflin County I can attest to the fact that there are thriving Amish and Mennonite communites there.
                     
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                      buffetbuster

                      Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 1:35 PM (permalink)
                      A couple extra photos:  Mariton wasn't up for a whole burger on her own at Tessaro's, so we split one.  And by split one, I mean she cut off a small hunk of it and I ate the rest.  Here

                      is our blue cheese burger with all the fixings.  I genuinely think this is one of the best burgers in the country.
                       
                      Dave & Andy's is clearly the best ice cream in Pittsburgh.  At times it can be a little too soft for my taste, but I am rarely disappointed.  My flavors were black raspberry on top of snickers.

                       
                      I stated my opinion in the past that I don't think of Pittsburgh as a great Roadfood city.  Certainly not in the league of places like Milwaukee, San Francisco, Memphis, Austin, New Orleans, Chicago, etc.  But one thing we do well here is breakfast.  The big three are Jo-Jo's, DeLuca's and Pamela's.  I would put the Gab 'n Eat in the level right below those, which isn't bad.  Like any breakfast spot worth it's salt in Pittsburgh, they make their own sausage.  They make both hot sausage and sweet sausage and are happy to give you one of each. 

                      Luckily, the sweet isn't too sweet and the hot isn't too hot, although the guy we were chatting with on the bench outside after we were finished eating, told us he thought the hot sausage has been too fiery lately.  It tasted perfect to me.
                       
                      As we were walking into the Gab 'n Eat, I warned WJ not to order their omelets.  So, what do I do?  I order an omelet.  My complaint is that instead of mixing the ingredients in with the egg, it lays loose.  Here

                      is my ham & cheese omelet, with a couple slices of cheese just laying on top of the omelet and a bunch of loose ham underneath.  For a place that does so many little things right, I don't know why they do this.
                       
                      The french toast and pancakes are both terrific and you can place orders for a single of either one.  Unfortunately, my pancake

                      came a little burnt on the one side.  Oddly enough, Mariton really liked the burnt part and quickly ate it.
                       
                      Honestly, the best part of the Gab 'n Eat is the atmosphere.  It is a very blue collar place, full of locals only, usually wearing Steelers gear.  They also have three blackboards with trivia questions on the wall, so we spent our time waiting for the food trying to answer the trivia.  And I can proudly say that between WJ and I, we were able to name all four of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!
                      <message edited by buffetbuster on Wed, 08/17/11 1:38 PM>
                       
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                        Sundancer7

                        Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 1:47 PM (permalink)
                        Great shots of the Pittsburg skyline and the stadiums.  How many bridges does Pittsburg have?
                         
                        I visited the University of Pittsburg about 35 years ago and I also was fascinated by the different rooms by country.
                         
                        PB is a wonderful diverse place.
                         
                        Paul E. Smith
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                          joerogo

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                          Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 1:53 PM (permalink)
                          WJ, Sorry you didn't get the memo.  If you want food at the Tower of Terror, you have to go to the Italian room
                           
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                            buffetbuster

                            Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 2:01 PM (permalink)
                            Paul-
                            Agreed, WJ got some really nice shots of the city skyline.  Neither Mariton or I had been on the inclines for quite some time and thanks to a series of out of town guests, we have done that three times in the last month.  With a view like that, how can we complain!
                             
                            I have always been told that Pittsburgh has the second most amount of bridges of any city in the world, other than Venice.  Whetehr that is true or not..... 
                             
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                              buffetbuster

                              Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 2:05 PM (permalink)
                              Joe-
                              My dad's best friend, who is the man I was named after, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  And as a way of razzing his friend, my dad always called the Cathedral of Learning, the Tower of Ignorance.  To this day, I have a hard time referring to it as anything else, despite the fact that the school is an excellent academic institution. 
                               
                              It sounds like you have your own story behind the Tower of Terror!
                               
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                                Foodbme

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                                Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 3:50 PM (permalink)
                                buffetbuster

                                Joe-
                                My dad's best friend, who is the man I was named after, is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.  And as a way of razzing his friend, my dad always called the Cathedral of Learning, the Tower of Ignorance.  To this day, I have a hard time referring to it as anything else, despite the fact that the school is an excellent academic institution.  

                                I believe the "Name the Ninja Turtles" Triva Question came from the Entrance Exam at the Univ of Pittsburgh along with "Name all the Beers that have been brewed in the City of Pittsburgh" and "How many bridges are in the city of Pittsburgh" and a true or false question, "The Univ of Pittsburgh Panthers will win a National Championship some day"!
                                P.S. I have the answer to the "Bridges" Question and it's more than Venice. It's the Most in the World. And the answer is -------- Actually, a Prof at the U of P researched it. It's an interesting story to us Yenzers!
                                <message edited by Foodbme on Wed, 08/17/11 4:01 PM>
                                 
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                                  Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 4:54 PM (permalink)
                                  For those who are wondering, "All together, a total of 446 bridges are in the city of Pittsburgh, offically the city with the most bridges in the world, three more than former world leader Venice, Italy."
                                  http://www.wtae.com/news/9841603/detail
                                   
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                                    Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 5:08 PM (permalink)
                                    Lleechef
                                     
                                    Sorry you couldn't join us
                                     
                                    pwnchef
                                     
                                    halushki is pure "soulfood" in these neck of the woods- I remember pissing off my coworkers when I told them that halushki wasn't "all american" they thought that it's served everywhere.
                                     
                                    Joerogo

                                    I did go into the Italian room but all I saw were these guys.
                                     

                                     
                                     
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                                      CheeseWit

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                                      Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 5:10 PM (permalink)
                                      Good report Dale - as always!
                                       
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                                        Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 5:44 PM (permalink)
                                        Sunday August 7
                                         
                                        As most of you know due to my traveling not quite as frequently as other Roadfooders on the forum, I like to plan my itinerary in advance, Pittsburgh however was pretty much a clean slate- where ever the wind blew was where I went, although I was getting a hankering for something I haven't had in a while and since I had savory for breakfast the day before, I was now looking for something sweet.
                                         
                                        I've never been to this location of Pamela's 
                                         

                                         
                                        Located in the Blue Collar industrial city of Millvale just across the Allegheny from Pittsburgh.
                                         

                                        Which like most of Pittsburgh is known for its ornate old churches
                                         
                                        Known here as Pamelas's P & G Diner, it's actually housed in a working independent drug/store pharmacy. I usually used to go to the location in Pittsburgh's Shadyside location, but I'll have to admit this one has the most character, almost like an old fashioned diner or drug store coffee shop.
                                         
                                        Again I'm sure Buffetbuster will fill you in on what he and Mariton ordered, however I ordered my favorite.
                                         

                                         
                                        Banana Walnut Pancakes served crepe style. It may not look like much, but it was quite filling, in fact not one drop of syrup landed on these pancakes.
                                         
                                        What's great about this location of Pamela's.....
                                         

                                         
                                         

                                         
                                        is that they hired a bunch of old guys to point you in the direction of the restrooms!
                                         
                                        Since this was going to be my last day in Pittsburgh, we decided to make two stops for lunch. (With a break after breakfast of course!)
                                         
                                        Luckily we didn't eat here yesterday at our first stop- and you'll see why...
                                         

                                         
                                        Fat Head's Saloon 
                                         

                                         
                                        and based on the portions that were served, this is how you look after a few times of eating here.
                                         
                                        Famous not only for their big selection of beer, but also for their "headwiches" huge sandwiches about the size of this guy's head.
                                         
                                        I started out with some cheesey chicken parm soup
                                         

                                         
                                        Which was actually more cheese than soup ....
                                         
                                        Fathead's was the only designated stop that I knew I wanted to hit in advance. And of course it was for their famous headwich. In particular the South Side Slopes Headwich
                                         

                                         
                                         
                                        served on bakery fresh bread- I believe it could be Mancini's but I'm not 100% certain. This headwich is stuffed with Pierogi's, Kolbassi, American Cheese, Grilled Onions and Horseradish Sauce- in other words- Pittsburgh in a sandwich... It was so big that Mariton and I ended up sharing one (I believe Buffetbuster got one for himself)
                                         
                                        We also shared an order of Buffalo Style potato skins which were also really good.
                                         
                                        You think lunch would end here????

                                        wrong......

                                        one final stop....
                                         
                                        A short drive to the strip district took us to
                                         
                                        ...
                                         
                                         Robert Wholey and Company
                                         
                                        Buffetbuster said if there is one local item that can define Pittsburgh it's the Fish Sandwich. If that's the case then if there is one fish sandwich that can define Pittsburgh it's served here...
                                         

                                         
                                         
                                        Meet the "famous wholey whaler"  one lb of fresh fried whiting.  This is everything a fish sandwich is meant to be. 
                                        The cool thing is there was a choice of roll, I decided to go the healthy route and got a whole wheat mancini roll.
                                        Remember Wholey's is an actual fish market so everything is prepared fresh. Of course once again, Mariton was nice to assist me with this. I believe Buffetsbuster got a cod sandwich for himself. There is a dining room upstairs with utensils, condiments etc. 
                                         
                                        At this point it was mid afternoon and I parted ways with Mariton and Buffetbuster
                                         
                                        I will continue with the evening's adventures later this evening.
                                         
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                                          Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 6:56 PM (permalink)
                                          Hey guys,
                                              My family and I were in Pittsburg last wednesday through friday, checking out Carnegie Mellon for my son. Nice campus, Apparantly we missed some on location filming for the new Batman movie by a few days. Among locations used was the  Cathedral of learning which, with its gargoiles, looks like a Gotham city building.
                                              We didn't get to sample much local food, but one night we walked from our Marriot hotel and found a great little Indian restaurant called the Tamarind. Took some pictures I've got to get posted. Great food, and at a very good price. Anyone know of it.
                                               Your report keeps our trip fresh for us. Thanks!!
                                           
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                                            Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 7:09 PM (permalink)
                                            WJ OR BB OR RALPH M:
                                            Does Wholey's serve any kind of Shrimp or Lobster dishes? I want to attack one of those Whiting monsters next time in town but my bride only eats shrimp or lobster in the seafood category. Any non-seafood dishes?
                                             
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                                              Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 7:10 PM (permalink)
                                              Sunday August 7 cont...
                                               
                                              After a 3 hour and change drive, I ended up in Wonderful and Wild West Virgnia.....in the Charleston suburb of Nitro 
                                              home of legendary....
                                               
                                               

                                               
                                               
                                              Diehl's Family Restaurant
                                               
                                              As the sign said- since 1960. 

                                              I visited last in 1999, and I remember not being very hungry and ordering a bbq sandwich.  For some reason I never returned and after this visit- I'm surprised I didn't...
                                               
                                              Loaded with racing memorabilia...
                                               

                                               

                                               

                                               
                                              as well as some interesting trivia about the restaurant on their menu....
                                               

                                               
                                               
                                               
                                              I already knew what I was going to order before I got here...
                                               

                                               
                                              My meal started out with some warm home made toasty cornbread, ever so slightly sweet....
                                               

                                               
                                               
                                              and of course country ham for my main course sided with kale greens and pinto beans.  vinegar for the greens and raw onions for the beans were served on the side.
                                               The country ham was perfect, not too salty and most important of all. rugged, but not tough like shoe leather.
                                               
                                              dessert was obvious but was a tough decision. I could have gone with their graham cracker pie- apparently a local specialty in Appalachia- however since I'm not Buffetbuster I can't order two slices of pie so  I went with my gut
                                               

                                               
                                              and got the Chocolate Peanut Butter Pie- and I'm glad I did. More like a peanut pudding than butter- with hints of chocolate this is definitely going to be a top 10 dessert contender for this year...

                                              In fact this meal was almost perfect....why almost????? When the young waitress took my order, I asked if they had red eye gravy for the country ham, she looked puzzled and replied "no" 
                                              Considering that I'm in the heart of "red eye gravy country, I was a little disappointed that it appeared she didn't know what it was and that they didn't have any... 
                                               
                                              Diehl's was a "deal" in my book....and a suitable replacement for both the sadly missed Southern Kitchen and Farm Table Restaurant.
                                               
                                              After dinner I checked into my hotel in downtown Charleston WV and took my first long stroll of the trip.
                                               

                                               
                                               
                                               
                                               
                                              Downtown has a great walking path along the Kanahwa River. I could have kept walking if I didn't get thirsty...
                                               
                                              I headed over back towards town to Pies and Pints for a Bridge Brew Lager- crafted by Bridge Brew Works out of Fayetvillle WV. Afterwards I walked back to the Holiday Inn and called it a night...
                                               
                                              More tomorrow...
                                               
                                               
                                               
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                                                buffetbuster

                                                Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Wed, 08/17/11 7:54 PM (permalink)
                                                WJ-
                                                That is some seriously delicious looking country ham and the pie doesn't look too bad either!  As for peanut butter pie vs. graham cracker pie, there is no loser in a contest like that.  I will definitely be hitting Diehl's the next time in West Virginia.  Nice find!
                                                 
                                                Foodbme-
                                                Wholey's most definitely has fried shrimp available.  They also have lobsters in tanks, so it wouldn't be a great surprise to find out they will prepare those for you, too.
                                                 
                                                leethebard-
                                                Hopefully, Pittsburgh treated you well while you were here.  Is your son still considering CMU?  They are still filming the Batman movie, but have been blowing up things in the downtown area for the last few days.  I have never heard of Tamarind before, but don't really seek out Indian food.  Maybe Ralph has eaten there.
                                                 
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                                                  wanderingjew

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                                                  Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Thu, 08/18/11 8:02 AM (permalink)
                                                  Cheesewit
                                                   
                                                  Thanks,
                                                   
                                                  I've been due to hit  the "big city" onthe other side of the state. 
                                                   
                                                  Foodbme-
                                                  Here is Wholey's Menu
                                                  http://www.wholey.com/ourfafiki.html
                                                   
                                                  Buffetbuster,
                                                   
                                                  Diehl's would be well worth the visit
                                                  I do regret not ordering both slices of pie and having half of each and throwing the other halves out....(something I plan to do when I hit Gray's Cafeteria next month)
                                                   
                                                   
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                                                    buffetbuster

                                                    Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Thu, 08/18/11 8:20 AM (permalink)
                                                    WJ-
                                                    I'll just pretend I didn't read that, which is the only way possible we can stay friends.
                                                     
                                                    #56
                                                      MiamiDon

                                                      Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Thu, 08/18/11 8:25 AM (permalink)
                                                      Wow, not THAT'S  fish sandwich!  The chocolate peanut butter pie looks great, too.
                                                       
                                                      About that red-eye gravy - maybe it's because Nitro is less than 40 miles by road from being in Ohio?
                                                       
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                                                        Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Thu, 08/18/11 8:31 AM (permalink)
                                                        MiamiDon


                                                        About that red-eye gravy - maybe it's because Nitro is less than 40 miles by road from being in Ohio?

                                                        I'm not sure if that's the case- Charleston is only 12 miles from Nitro (further east mind you) yet both the Southern Kitchen and Farm Table had red eye gravy (they also had older waitresses who seemed to know what red ey gravy is)
                                                         
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                                                          Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Thu, 08/18/11 8:32 AM (permalink)
                                                          buffetbuster


                                                          WJ-
                                                          I'll just pretend I didn't read that, which is the only way possible we can stay friends.


                                                          Ok, I'll take the other halves and mail them to you.
                                                           
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                                                            ScreamingChicken

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                                                            Re:Amish & Appalachian Adventures with a bit of da' Burg and a slice of Jersey Thu, 08/18/11 9:59 AM (permalink)
                                                            The "special hot bologna sauce" at Diehl's sounds interesting but I hope that "since 1960" doesn't refer to the original batch!
                                                             
                                                            I wonder what's in it...
                                                             
                                                            Brad
                                                             
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