I arrived in Harrison OH, where I had a room reserved, about 6 PM. After checking in, I headed out to dinner, and, hoping for something better than the usual Big Boy sandwich at Frisch's, I drove a short distance west to West Harrison IN where Zaraco's Family Restaurant is located. I've passed by this place dozens of times over the years, but hadn't gotten around to eating there until that evening.
I ordered what was supposed to be an open-face roast beef sandwich with mashed potatoes and gravy, preceded by a salad. The salad was average, but when the sandwich arrived, I saw that it was topped with a slice of bread that didn't belong there ( not my idea of "open-faced". ) That was enough to set off my roadfood radar, which told me to approach this food with caution; my radar could not have been more correct. I don't enjoy trashing a small town indie restaurant like this one, but my dinner here was one of the worst dining-out meals that I've had in quite a while. The roast beef was tough, dry and stringy, and the so-called mashed potatoes were the instant crud out of a box. Worst of all, though, was the nasty stuff that passed for brown gravy; my guess is that it was one of those crappy powdered mixes that chain truckstops love so much. A bad, bad meal.
To make things worse, afterwards I discovered that the Harrison branch of Cincinnati's famed Graeter's ice cream chain was history. No fair!
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