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carolina bob

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My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:03 PM (permalink)
Last Wednesday morning ( June 10th ), I began what started out to be a three day roadtrip to Minneapolis-St. Paul, but, as I re-discovered for about the 100th time, plans do tend to get altered enroute. I got on the road at about 7:00AM CT, and, thanks to bad weather and even worse traffic, it took almost ninety minutes to get to Ann Sather's Restaurant on Chicago's north side.  
 
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    carolina bob

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    Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:10 PM (permalink)
    Your placemat is also your menu...
     
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      Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:31 PM (permalink)
       
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        Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:36 PM (permalink)
        I've heard for years about Ann Sather's Swedish pancakes, and since I hadn't ordered pancakes in a restaurant in a very long time, I decided to go with those, along with sides of bacon and sliced strawberries. The pancakes were a bit sweeter than Mom's that I grew up with, but they were very good, and the bacon was better than the store-bought stuff that I'm used to. Those are lingonberries on the pancakes. 
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          Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:46 PM (permalink)
          After breakfast, I headed northwest out of Chicago on US 12 towards Madison, Wisconsin, the state capital. I arrived there a little after noontime, with lunch on my mind.
           
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            Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:50 PM (permalink)

             Bacon!? but they have swedish sausage on the menu! 
             
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              Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:55 PM (permalink)
              Dawn, I've read about the ingredients in Swedish sausage, and it doesn't sound appealing to me. Besides, I love bacon!
               
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                Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 10:59 PM (permalink)
                Thanks to Google, I learned about Smoky Jon's #1 BBQ on Madison's northeast side. Wisconsin is not a state that immediately comes to mind when you think about really good barbeque, but Smoky Jon's could possibly change that.
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                  Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 11:07 PM (permalink)
                   
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                    Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 11:19 PM (permalink)
                    Since I was a very long distance from America's "barbeque belt", I frankly didn't have high expectations for my meal at Smoky Jon's, but I ended up being pleasantly surprised. I ordered a half-slab of ribs, with potato salad and barbequed beans as my sides. The ribs were very good; meaty, tender and flavorful, with a spicy sauce. The sides were tasty too. Smoky Jon's is on Packers Ave., and is, IMO, worthy of roadfooders' attention.
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                      Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Mon, 06/15/09 11:35 PM (permalink)
                      I probably should mention that there's room for improvement at Smoky Jon's. The dinner rolls are served cold, and they only have unsweetened iced tea, plus there's no lemon available for the tea. These are minor quibbles, though.
                       
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                        Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 3:16 AM (permalink)
                         Packers Ave...that cracks me up!
                         
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                          Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 10:32 AM (permalink)
                          Bob, can you tell if the smoker's on site, or is there no shed-type doohickey out back?
                           
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                            Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 11:02 AM (permalink)
                            Nancy, I didn't see the back of the place, but I looked at Smoky Jon's website this morning, and I'm guessing that they smoke their meat on the premises. 
                             
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                              Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 11:12 AM (permalink)
                              Nancy-probably no smoker on site.Wisconsin has never been known for its BBQ.But we like to sauce up our ribs with good sauce.The method here is usually boiled, baked, then finished off on a grill. Bob-you didnt expect sweet tea here in Wisconsin...not us notherners!!By the way-beautiful pic of the state capital.
                               
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                                Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 11:24 AM (permalink)
                                Ann, I just took another look at SJ's website, and while it does not specifically say that the smoker is adjacent to the restaurant, it does mention that they do use a smoker and it also names the pitmaster, Joel Latham ( Jon Olson is the founder/owner. ) And you're right about the sweet tea... guess I forgot for a moment what part of the country I was talking about!
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                                  Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 11:25 AM (permalink)
                                  jeepguy


                                   Packers Ave...that cracks me up!


                                  Not named specifically for the Green Bay Packers but named for the same reason: an association with the meat-packing industry.  Oscar Mayer is headquartered in Madison, right off of...Packers Avenue.
                                   
                                  Brad
                                   
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                                    ann peeples

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                                    Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 11:31 AM (permalink)
                                    Bob,, good to hear.And Brad is correct-meat packers are revered in our state.
                                     
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                                      Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 7:32 PM (permalink)
                                      As much as I dislike interstate highways, there was someplace that I needed to be by late afternoon, so, leaving Madison, I jumped on I-94 and headed northwest to the town of Clear Lake, WI, home of the Taylor Home Inn. This is a bed & breakfast of recent vintage that was built to look, both inside and out, exactly like Andy Taylor's home on The Andy Griffith Show.  
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                                        Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 7:48 PM (permalink)
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                                        jeepguy


                                         Packers Ave...that cracks me up!


                                        Not named specifically for the Green Bay Packers but named for the same reason: an association with the meat-packing industry.  Oscar Mayer is headquartered in Madison, right off of...Packers Avenue.
                                         
                                        Brad


                                         Sorry, i though it was for the beloved team! Thanks for the info!
                                         
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                                          Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 7:49 PM (permalink)
                                          The Inn is owned by Dave and Marsha, a very nice couple who, as you might guess, are big fans of TAGS. Back in January, I made a reservation to spend that night in "Opie's bedroom"; I could have had Andy's or Aunt Bee's bedroom if I had so chosen. For a lifelong Mayberry fan like myself, walking into the Inn's living room for the first time was a rather bizarre experience. I felt like I had passed right through the TV screen into a parallel universe. 
                                           
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                                            Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 7:53 PM (permalink)
                                             
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                                              Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 7:57 PM (permalink)
                                               
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                                                Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 8:05 PM (permalink)
                                                 
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                                                  Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 8:17 PM (permalink)
                                                  Bob -

                                                  What I need to know is if you hit on Aunt Bea.

                                                  Cool place, I've never heard of it.

                                                  Jim
                                                   
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                                                    carolina bob

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                                                    Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 8:37 PM (permalink)
                                                    Sorry, Jim. What happens in Clear Lake, stays in Clear Lake.
                                                     
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                                                      Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Tue, 06/16/09 8:40 PM (permalink)
                                                      Good answer.  You are truly a gentleman.
                                                       
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                                                        Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Wed, 06/17/09 10:09 AM (permalink)
                                                        If you're a fan of The Andy Griffith Show ( and who isn't? ), the above photos should look very familiar to you. Dave and Marsha have done an amazing job of recreating the Taylors' home. Here's Aunt Bee's kitchen...
                                                         
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                                                          Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Wed, 06/17/09 10:12 AM (permalink)
                                                           
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                                                            Re:My Three... er, Four Day Roadtrip to the Twin Cities Wed, 06/17/09 10:14 AM (permalink)
                                                             
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