I went to Fred's via some back roads, one of which led me to Johnstown Center
and the Johnstown Food Center
. In past years when drove by I thought it was closed, but today it was clearly open so I stopped to check it out. The fellow under the popup was grilling free samples for the passersby...not that there are all that many in Johnstown.
I bought a package of very good homemade hot dogs, and a package of sirloin steaks.
From there I continued on to Elkhorn
and Annie's Burgertown
, as I was feeling weak and need to keep my strength up. Can you guess what Annie's probably used to be?
There's one booth, a couple of stools, and quite a few license plates inside. Clearly, the emphasis here is on car service and carryouts.
In the back is (I presume) the co-owner, grilling burgers on a grate that's heated by an electric element.
This was a solid, cut-above-fast-food burger that came with a nice side of small-town drive-in ambience and a cup of tasty homemade root beer. I'm guessing Annie's does a good business on Fridays and Saturdays with the high school football game and date night crowds.
Everyone knows what Fred's
looks like so let's get straight to the food. I started with a communal basket of extra-crispy (by request) onion rings.
Followed by 1/4-lb versions of one of the specials (I can't remember the name but it had bacon and barbecue sauce) and a Cajun burger.
I'm not sure what these next two are or who they belonged to, so if you see your lunch please speak up. Mrs. Roadhouse
ordered the other special of the day, which came with pico de gallo and avocado.
And I believe this is Buddy's 1/2-lb garlic burger. While I didn't have one this time I've had it in the past, and it's right up there with the Cajun burger as a favorite.
After lunch it was time for a trip up the street to Adrian's Frozen Custard
, a long-time Burlington tradition.
This group is available for weddings, bar mitzvahs, or just to annoy your neighbors. Abe_froeman
and Mr. Maki
shared this...thing. Just looking at it makes my teeth hurt.
I'm not sure if this is frozen custard or sherbet, but either way it contained real raspberries.
And that's Fred's for another year. Weird...I just remembered that my uncle Fred moved to Burlington last year!