Lori, our friend Mike, and I did have a lovely drive through the Laurel Highlands on Sunday. I've meant to post about it, but I've been delayed by some glitches with my pictures.
We got on the road later than intended, about 1:45. We planned to eat a quick lunch en route, but because our route was on the Parkway then the Turnpike, we didn't encounter any restaurants until we got off the Turnpike in Donegal.
In Donegal, we were swayed from fast food by signs for Out of the Fire Cafe
. This might be a bit too gourmet to be truly qualified as Roadfood, but we had a lovely meal there. We particularly enjoyed the house-smoked salmon and the smoked gouda mac and cheese.
We drove down along the Laurel Highlands scenic byway. The autumn leaves were absolutely splendid--this is one of the best leaf drives we've had. Unfortunately, many of the best views came at times when it was hard to pull over to take pictures. We did stop briefly in Ohiopyle to walk around and take some pictures.
After following route 381 to its end in West Virginia, we circled around back up to US-40 to go to Glisan's
(with a stop at a roadside stand for cherry cider and blackberry-flavored apple cider). Glisan's
was a pleasant place, with a pie cabinet that evoked the buffetbuster
in all of us.
For dinner, I had the country ham sandwich, because I was still fairly full from lunch. I was a little disappointed, because the sandwich was only ham and toast, with no condiments at all. The cup of beef-barley soup I had to accompany it was thick and hearty, but a bit lacking in flavor.
Lori had the ham dinner: ham with pineapple glaze, scalloped potatoes, baked beans. She was happier with her dinner, and very happy with the scalloped potatoes. Her cup of chicken noodle soup was very nice, with thick homemade noodles.
For dessert, we all had pie. Glisan's was clearly a master of meringue--their meringue pies had very tall peaks of perfectly-cooked melt-in-you-mouth meringue. On the other hand, their crust was rather tough. I felt that I made the wrong choice with a double-crust cherry pie (though the filling was good), and Lori's coconut cream pie was much better.
Pictures to come soon, I hope.
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