We took a three-day weekend to do some genealogy research, cemetery photography and general exploration of the area N E of Columbus, known to most as Ohio's Amish Country.
It has been very hot and humid here in the Louisville area for most of the summer, so a ride up into Ohio where temps were in the lo 80's and the air was much dryer was a nice break!
We drove up to Delaware,OH Thursday morning, arriving by about 1 PM. we checked Jan and the Scotties into our motel so she could relax while I worked in the county library searching the files there for info on family members.
We had dinner commitments I'll describe shortly, but the hungers got me about 3 PM so I stopped in at HOGGY'S BBQ
on Williams St to check the place out. I got a sample combo plate which was 'OK', nothing special. However the side of BBQ Beans was a bit unique. It had a lot of bacon and onion pieces in with the tomato sauce, good flavor, but the unique part was that they used 3 types of Beans in the pot. Regular Pea-Beans, Red Kidney's, and Large Butter beans! All were well cooked and picked up the flavor of the sauce very well. They identify this side-dish on their menu board. I will also supply the web-link for those who might want to check the place out. Nice Folks and fair BBQ. http://www.hoggys.com/locations.cfm
Then it was back to the motel to prep for dinner. Michael Hoffman and others had recommended BUNS Restaurant
, so we arranged to meet some old friends who now live in the area for dinner there. The place is not hard to find, with a large banner pointing to it, visible for several blocks http://www.bunsrestaurant.net/
Our choices for dinner were-
1. A Large Greek Salad (Friend)
2. A nice Sirloin Steak (Friend)
3. Sirloin Tips and baked Potato (Jan)
4. Pot Roast and Garlic Mashed Potato (Al)
Good solid Mid-Western Dinner stuff. One photo to note an unusual side-dish here too. They served a square of Blueberries in gelatin with a cream cheese dressing...not a dessert!! It was very good, full of fresh blueberries offset by the cream-cheese!
That ended a very nice Thursday.
Next morning we visited the family plots in the Sunbury and Centerburg cemeteries. I thought that posting a photo of my own headstone might be a bit morbid for some of you, and start others hoping for immediate use of the stone...so I won't post it !! We stopped at Landry's Market outside of Mt Vernon and bought a bunch of snack stuff and bakery goods to keep us on a sugar-high all day long, then it was down Rt 13 to Utica, Ohio to the Old Mill
, recommended by Greymo for the high quality ice cream there.
We kept it simple, getting a single cone each. My Peach was very good, but Janet's Blackberry was OUTSTANDING ! It had the little chocolate cups (like Moose-Tracks) but instead of peanut butter filling these little bit-sized piece were filled with Blackberry Syrup! YUM!!
After the treats we headed up US 62 to Millersburg, then east to Berlin then the backroads to Choshoton. All three towns were pretty crowded with tourists, but we did manage to do some shopping at the big flea market in Berlin, and at several produce vendors along the roads.
We noted that the many folks we saw along the backroads seemed to go out of their way to wave and smile as we passed. Much more 'outgoing' than we recall from our visits to PA Dutch country. Here are a few photos of the rural folks in Holmes County....and one of Jan doing some bargaining at a produce stand.
After Choshoton, we stayed in Zanesville for the night. No food worth discussing that night..
Saturday Morning we drove down Rt 22 to Washington Court House. Photos were taken of my old home there, and the store that had been my Dad's Plumbing Supply Store in the late 1930's, then on to the big outlet mall on I-71 so Janet could do some shopping.
We decided to head home via Indy, rather than Cincinnati so that we could stop at King Ribs to get a bunch of good BBQ to take home. The place is reviewed here on RF. We use the stand on Pendleton Pike as it is right next to the 465 beltway on the east side of town.
Here is their menu and a shot of one of the PitMen doing his thing with the Que!
Then it was a quick two hour ride down I-65 to home. A real fine getaway weekend !