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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/25 22:39:10 (permalink)
   My initial lunch stop was, as usual, at Stewart's Drive-In in Huntington, but there would be a second midday meal that day. This is Hazelett's Triple H Drive-In on WV 152 ( old US 52 ) in nearby Lavalette. The Sterns gave this place a thumbs-up in 500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late.







Note the "no profanity" sign over the kitchen doorway. Every restaurant should have one.



Hazelett's Triple H is known for its chili-slaw dogs, which are quite popular in West Virginia. This was a very good example of that regional specialty.



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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/26 11:19:10 (permalink)
   Shortly after crossing into West Virginia's infamous Mingo County ( known as "Bloody Mingo" in the 1920s due to numerous violent coal mine strikes, as well as the Hatfield-McCoy feud ), I encountered this northbound Norfolk Southern freight train. Unfortunately for me, just a few hundred yards down the road...




... that same train, 100+ cars long and moving at about ten miles an hour, would do a real number on my travel schedule for the day.


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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/26 14:35:12 (permalink)
   Looking east from the "new" four lane US 119/52, you can see the old bridge that formerly carried the two combined routes south to Williamson WV and beyond.



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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/26 19:59:17 (permalink)
   Thanks to two road-blocking slow-moving freight trains, along with a school bus that stopped every two hundred feet to unload kiddies, I didn't arrive in Bluefield until nearly 8:30 PM. I knew from experience that my regular dinner stop in town, K&W Cafeteria, closed at 8:00, so I went looking for someplace else to eat. Making a nearly ten mile detour east to Princeton WV, I arrived at what was originally an outlet of the old Omelet Shoppe chain, but had been recently reopened as an indie restaurant called the Omelet Spot.





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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/26 20:33:50 (permalink)





   Last year I learned from another Roadfood poster that this longtime Omelet Shoppe had changed identities, and that, among other things, had me convinced that the OS chain was history ( more on this later. ) I ordered a chopped steak dinner which included a salad, baked potato and Texas toast, and kept my fingers crossed that this wouldn't be a repeat of the previous evening's awful meal. Fortunately, the food here is pretty good, even though I did feel that the chopped steak could have been a bit juicier.


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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/26 21:07:46 (permalink)
   Have you ever wondered where the members of the band Foo Fighters are from? Well, now you know...



 
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/26 21:53:13 (permalink)
Those prices at Hazelett's are insane!  Places  here want $5.99 for a BLT and $7.99 for a sandwich.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/27 01:17:14 (permalink)
   I arrived in Mount Airy NC around midnight and managed to get a decent amount of sleep before rising early to go out to breakfast with my aunt ( the Olympia Restaurant, as usual. ) After breakfast, I headed up into Virginia on Orchard Gap Road with my destination being the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke. 







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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/27 08:55:57 (permalink)






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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/27 18:03:45 (permalink)
   Several posts back, I mentioned that I had reason to believe that the Alabama-based Omelet Shoppe chain was totally out of business. However, my drive on eastbound I-81 to Roanoke proved otherwise, due to this newer outlet near Radford VA...

 



... and this older location south of the Roanoke suburb of Salem.


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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/29 09:58:19 (permalink)
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   Thanks to two road-blocking slow-moving freight trains, along with a school bus that stopped every two hundred feet to unload kiddies, I didn't arrive in Bluefield until nearly 8:30 PM. I knew from experience that my regular dinner stop in town, K&W Cafeteria, closed at 8:00, so I went looking for someplace else to eat. Making a nearly ten mile detour east to Princeton WV, I arrived at what was originally an outlet of the old Omelet Shoppe chain, but had been recently reopened as an indie restaurant called the Omelet Spot.
 


Wow, I lived 30 minutes from Princeton once and never heard of this place. I will have to do a visit back to the area, because that is a cool name for a roadfood stop!


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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/29 16:46:19 (permalink)
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  Thanks to two road-blocking slow-moving freight trains, along with a school bus that stopped every two hundred feet to unload kiddies, I didn't arrive in Bluefield until nearly 8:30 PM. I knew from experience that my regular dinner stop in town, K&W Cafeteria, closed at 8:00, so I went looking for someplace else to eat. Making a nearly ten mile detour east to Princeton WV, I arrived at what was originally an outlet of the old Omelet Shoppe chain, but had been recently reopened as an indie restaurant called the Omelet Spot.



Wow, I lived 30 minutes from Princeton once and never heard of this place. I will have to do a visit back to the area, because that is a cool name for a roadfood stop!


I live in Pctn and had told Bob the story about this one in his TR last year.  Short story is the husband/wife who managed it decided they wanted to do it on their own, so they bought the rights to the store and changed the name.  They were closed for awhile last year after a freak February thunderstorm came through and blew the roof off the adjoining Super 8 Motel into the restaurant.  The motel has been totally torn down (and the replacement hasn't been put in)... the Omelet Spot is back open and doing well.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/29 20:26:12 (permalink)
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A very fine photo of the Union Central Life Insurance Company Building.  CA 1912, it was the tallest building in the known universe outside of NYC.



Hey Don, would this happen to be inside that building? http://www.flickr.com/pho...ncypalooza/4640312627/  I remember touring a really beautiful old building downtown about ten years ago but not the name of it of course.  ;)


Nancy

Your picture looks like the Mercantile Building, on 4th street. Do you remember if there were cow gargoyles on the side of the building??

The mercantile building is a BEE U TEE FULL building inside and out.

The Union Central building is now PNC Bank tower.

A bit of architectural history,

PNC tower was the tallest building in Cincy  until the Carew Tower was built in 1931, and now the Carew tower will be eclipsed by the Great American Tower at Queen City Square upon completion in 2011.

Bob

Wish I could have warned you about Zaraco's,  I have had the mispleasure of eating there on occaision while waiting for the crew of the short line RR that runs behind there.  The fired chicken is about the only thing I have found edible there.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/31 18:19:56 (permalink)
Donald, I wish you could have warned me about Zaraco's too. My meal there was a truly nasty one. I've learned my lesson about searching for true roadfood in Harrison OH; from now on I'll just stick with the reasonably reliable Frisch's Big Boy in town.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/31 19:05:33 (permalink)


I live in Pctn and had told Bob the story about this one in his TR last year.  Short story is the husband/wife who managed it decided they wanted to do it on their own, so they bought the rights to the store and changed the name.  They were closed for awhile last year after a freak February thunderstorm came through and blew the roof off the adjoining Super 8 Motel into the restaurant.  The motel has been totally torn down (and the replacement hasn't been put in)... the Omelet Spot is back open and doing well.


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Do you ever eat at Cuz's over in Tazewell? I only ate their twice back in the day and don't remember if it was good, but I enjoyed the atmosphere. We went right after it re-openede. Also there was a place in a small mall off 460 called the Coal Cafe or something that had a good cheeseburger. I wonder if that one is still in operation, I was there back in 2001.


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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/31 20:20:25 (permalink)
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Do you ever eat at Cuz's over in Tazewell? I only ate their twice back in the day and don't remember if it was good, but I enjoyed the atmosphere. We went right after it re-openede. Also there was a place in a small mall off 460 called the Coal Cafe or something that had a good cheeseburger. I wonder if that one is still in operation, I was there back in 2001.


It's been a long time, but I have eaten at Cuz's... and it's still open.  A friend of mine went to a retirement dinner over there a week or so ago.  Don't know if they had the cabins open when you were there or not... they also have 2 cabins to rent, on the B&B concept.

I've not heard of the Coal Cafe though. 

Sad thing is there aren't many "good" places around this area.  The chains have taken over with a couple of mexican/chinese exceptions.  I really miss the old Roma that we had here in Princeton.  They had the BEST lasagna and italian I've had south of the Mason/Dixon.  They closed back before 2000 (and the new building they had built near the same exit 9 as the Omelet Spot is now a strip club).
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/31 22:37:19 (permalink)
   I arrived at the Virginia Museum of Transportation in Roanoke around 2 PM, which meant that I had just three hours to take in all the sights.





This picture brings back memories of my years working aboard Amtrak passenger trains...



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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/31 22:50:18 (permalink)
   This horse-drawn hearse dates back to the 1800s.



Here's a couple of shots of the O-scale model railroad layout at the museum.





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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/05/31 23:25:14 (permalink)
   These classic Burma-Shave signs are from the 1940s or '50s.




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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/01 09:37:50 (permalink)
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A very fine photo of the Union Central Life Insurance Company Building.  CA 1912, it was the tallest building in the known universe outside of NYC.



Hey Don, would this happen to be inside that building? http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancypalooza/4640312627/  I remember touring a really beautiful old building downtown about ten years ago but not the name of it of course.  ;)


Nancy

Your picture looks like the Mercantile Building, on 4th street. Do you remember if there were cow gargoyles on the side of the building??

The mercantile building is a BEE U TEE FULL building inside and out.


Yes, I think there were gargoyles although I don't remember them as cows!  Thanks Donald!  It is a gorgeous building.
 
Bob, I seem to remember a pretty substantial train section in the Cincinnati museum center?  This would have been ten years ago or so.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/01 09:38:20 (permalink)
Another great road trip, Bob.

In addition to the low prices, I noticed that the Hazelett's menu lists a grilled cheese sandwich... with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.  Is that common in that region?
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/01 10:29:01 (permalink)
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I noticed that the Hazelett's menu lists a grilled cheese sandwich... with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise.  Is that common in that region?


I've never heard of that version before, but I really don't know as the only grilled cheese sandwiches that I've ever had have been in my own kitchen.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/01 10:44:27 (permalink)
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Hey Don, would this happen to be inside that building? http://www.flickr.com/photos/nancypalooza/4640312627/  I remember touring a really beautiful old building downtown about ten years ago but not the name of it of course.  ;)
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Your picture looks like the Mercantile Building, on 4th street. Do you remember if there were cow gargoyles on the side of the building??

Nancy's pic is from the ground floor of the Carew Tower, in the wide shop-lined hallway running east-west from Vine Street to Race Street.  Just out of sight to the left and only a few steps away from the perspective shown is Hathaway's Coffee Shop, which has an official Roadfood review.  

I am in this building usually once a week for lunch, often for the teriyaki chicken (cooked right in front of you) at Sakkio of Japan.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/01 11:16:59 (permalink)
Nancy, thanks for letting me know about the Cincinnati Museum Center. I just looked at their website and I'm amazed by what they have there. They've got what's probably the only surviving Cincinnati streetcar; I wasn't sure if any of them had been preserved. I predict that there's a roadtrip down to the Queen City in my immediate future.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/01 11:49:14 (permalink)
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Nancy, thanks for letting me know about the Cincinnati Museum Center. I just looked at their website and I'm amazed by what they have there. They've got what's probably the only surviving Cincinnati streetcar; I wasn't sure if any of them had been preserved. I predict that there's a roadtrip down to the Queen City in my immediate future.

There is at least one more Cincinnati streetcar that has been preserved.  The Seashore Trolley Museum (Kennybunkport, ME) has 1917 Cincinnati streetcar #2105 in their collection.  http://www.trolleymuseum.org/ 
If you ever get up that way on any of your trips, the Museum is certainly a worthwhile stop.  With over 250 vehicles, it is the largest electric railway museum in the world, and you can ride some of the various streetcars on their rebuilt Atlantic Shore Line interurban route.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/02 20:20:55 (permalink)
Thanks, 6star. Several years ago, I took a rather unusual route back home from North Carolina; Mount Airy to Chicago via Bangor ME. I passed the Seashore Trolley Museum's entrance in the late afternoon and attempted to go in but they had closed for the day. Couldn't even see any of the old electric cars as they were all locked up in the car barns. I'm hoping to make a New England roadtrip in the next couple of years, and if I do, I'll try again to visit the museum.
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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/02 20:43:32 (permalink)
Now back to this museum...

   This beautifully restored Packard is from the 1940s, but I'm not sure which year.







I don't know what this is called, but it sure is a handsome thing.




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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/02 21:05:42 (permalink)
   Here's the ill-fated 1948 Tucker, one of only fifty or so that were ever built.

                            Correction: It's a Studebaker!







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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/02 22:32:51 (permalink)
   This depot train bulletin is from the former Southern Railway, which merged with the Norfolk & Western Railway in 1982 to form today's Norfolk Southern system.




Here's a real piece of history...



I love this great scale model of a typical Appalachian coal mine.



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Re:Here we go again! Another North Carolina trip report... 2010/06/02 22:43:52 (permalink)
Bob, did you indulge at the Roanoke Wiener Stand, by chance?  My father used to take us there as kids when visiting my great aunt in Roanoke.  I've since been back as an adult and have found it not as delicious as I remembered...  Chris
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