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Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest

We had been planning in a vague way to drive around the Midwest a bit in August. On Monday, we sat down to start planning an itinerary, and we discovered that we could attend the Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, MN - but only if we left on our road trip this Sunday. So we've shifted our planning into high gear, and I'm reading the website and trip reports (especially wanderingjew's) and trying to make plans.
 
This is the itinerary we're planning:
Sunday, July 15: Go through Ohio with a stop in Columbus, ending in Cincinnati. 
Monday, July 16: through Indiana up to Chicago.
Tuesday, July 17: mostly in Chicago and/or Milwaukee, with some driving down into Iowa.
Wednesday, July 18: south through Indiana to Kansas City.
Thursday, July 19: Kansas City, with dinner at Stroud's.
Friday, July 20: ambling northward through Iowa
Saturday, July 21: northward to Walnut Grove, MN
Sunday, July 22: east to Minneapolis
Monday, July 23-Wednesday, July 25: moseying through Wisconsin
Thursday, July 26: progressing through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
Friday, July 27: driving down through the lower peninsula
Saturday, July 28: through northern Ohio to Edinboro, PA
Sunday, July 29: home again
 
Although I would welcome general suggestions for places to eat and things to do, I also have some specific questions: 
 
- What's extra good on a Monday in Indianapolis? I was so fixated on Hollyhock Hill (whose website says that it's closed on Mondays) that I'm having trouble choosing another spot.
- Would folks like to meet up with us in Chicago on the evening of Monday, July 16? I know that it's short notice, but we'd be happy to let locals pick the spot. We would also be happy to have local company during our Chicago touring the next day. (If folks are interested in meeting us in the evening in Milwaukee, we could come down to Milwaukee on Monday, July 23 or Tuesday, July 24, though perhaps not both.)
- What barbecue places in Kansas City ought we to try? We tried Arthur Bryant's on a previous trip and were disappointed, so I would prefer to try somewhere else.
- what tourist stops would y'all recommend on the drive from Kansas City to Walnut Creek, MN?
- if I want to sample lutefisk, where should I find a great lutefisk experience? 
- How might I find a restaurant selling chicken booyah in the middle of the week? It seems like the sort of thing that gets prepared for church suppers on weekends, but our schedule would not likely permit that.
- Is cudighi so distinctive an Italian sausage that I should seek it out in the Upper Peninsula?
 
I have hopes of making a time-lapse video of our travels, after seeing coworkers of mine do their own time-lapse video of a drive through the Mid-Atlantic. Unfortunately, the accelerated schedule raises questions of whether the car mount will arrive in time.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 01:10:20 (permalink)
    As of right now, Monday, July 16th is open for us, although Tuesday the 17th is not.  The schedule is just the opposite for your return trip to Milwaukee; busy on Monday the 23rd, free on Tuesday the 24th.  I'd like to see who else is available and what they suggest before I offer my two cents.
     
    Just a quick look at your itinerary indicates a problem or two (or maybe you planned it this way):
    "Wednesday, July 18: south through Indiana to Kansas City."--This will have you going east when you want to go west--Unless your plan is to go south to I-70 and then head due west, through St. Louis and on to KC.  Or did you mean to type "Iowa" where you put "Indiana"?
     
    I would replace Arthur Bryant's with LC's.  Focus on the Burnt Ends, Beans, and Fries.  A single order of each will nicely feed both you and Lori.
     
    Keep us updated on your schedule so we can plan accordingly.
     
    Have a great trip!
     
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 01:42:26 (permalink)
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    We had been planning in a vague way to drive around the Midwest a bit in August. On Monday, we sat down to start planning an itinerary, and we discovered that we could attend the Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, MN - but only if we left on our road trip this Sunday. So we've shifted our planning into high gear, and I'm reading the website and trip reports (especially wanderingjew's) and trying to make plans.

    This is the itinerary we're planning:
    Sunday, July 15: Go through Ohio with a stop in Columbus, ending in Cincinnati. 
    Monday, July 16: through Indiana up to Chicago. Stop in Columbus, IN to see the architecture. It's all over town.
    Tuesday, July 17: mostly in Chicago and/or Milwaukee, with some driving down into Iowa. Stop in Milwaukee to see the Art Museum. It's on the lake and it's spectacular. Try to drive up to Sheboygan for some Brats and Charbroiled steaks or down to Racine for the architecture and Kringles.
    Wednesday, July 18: south through Indiana to Kansas City. In IN go to Huntington for the Pork Tenderloin and the Dan Quayle Museum (just kidding).
    Thursday, July 19: Kansas City, with dinner at Stroud's. See the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the new Concert Hall. Next to the Nelson-Atkins is Winsteads. It's a classic.
    Friday, July 20: ambling northward through Iowa. Atlantic, IA. Lots there. Check Roadfood. Terrific Art Museum in Des Moines as well as the Capitol and the Library and the Sculpture Park.
    Saturday, July 21: northward to Walnut Grove, MN
    Sunday, July 22: east to Minneapolis. Al's Breakfast. Hell's Kitchen. Key's Cafe.
    Monday, July 23-Wednesday, July 25: moseying through Wisconsin. Norske Nook in Osseo for the best pies in the world!
    Thursday, July 26: progressing through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    Friday, July 27: driving down through the lower peninsula
    Saturday, July 28: through northern Ohio to Edinboro, PA
    Sunday, July 29: home again


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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 08:03:27 (permalink)
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    You gave some excellent advice, including the architecture in Columbus, IN, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.  I am surprised to hear you recommend the Norske Nook so highly for pie.  When was the last time you were there?  I was there two years ago and didn't care for them at all.
     
    Have you been to the Stockholm Pie Company in Stockholm, WI?  It is my favorite pie shop in the country.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 08:07:26 (permalink)
    Ralph & Lori-
    According to Kopp's flavor forecast, you can expect strawberry and chocolate chip cookie dough on July 17th.  Sure sounds like a good enough reason alone for a Milwaukee visit! 
    post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/07/12 08:29:22
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 08:23:10 (permalink)
    Ralph, do any of your possible routes place you in the Indianhead Country of northwestern WI?  Or were you going to head pretty much due east from Minneapolis?
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 08:56:29 (permalink)
    Ralph and Lori
     
    Sounds like a fantastic trip.  I'm itching for another midwest trip, I can never get enough of that part of the country. And as I found there are many  excellent undiscovered places that aren't on the roadfood website or in the books.
     
    I can answer some of your specific questions.
     
    I agree with Buddyroadhouse
    LC's is my must go to bbq joint in Kansas City
     
    I was going to suggest Kopper Kettle in Morristown IN in lieu of Hollyhock Hill, however they too are closed on Mondays.  Are you looking just for pan fried chicken?
    If not then Gray's Cafeteria is a must.
    Another place I enjoyed was The Roost in suburban Fishers. I went at dinner time because they only serve their dinner menu at dinner.
    (4 out of 5 stars on Yelp and 90% approval rating on urbanspoon)
     
    http://www.sahms.com/locations/the-roost/
     
    I can't help you with Lutefisk although Davydd and Nancypalooza think I'm the expert for some bizarre, odd, strange reason. Although I think this is something you can only get during the winter months.
     
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 09:07:50 (permalink)
    Ralph Melton

    - if I want to sample lutefisk, where should I find a great lutefisk experience? 

    "Military intelligence", "jumbo shrimp", "great lutefisk experience".  Pick the oxymoron of your choice.
    A Lutheran church in Wisconsin or Minnesota might be your best bet, but it would probably have to be a special event on a Saturday or Sunday.
     
    Ralph Melton
    - How might I find a restaurant selling chicken booyah in the middle of the week?

    I asked a coworker in our Green Bay location and according to her there are "a bunch" of places that serve it as a regular menu item.  Off the top of her head she named Golden Basket and Bay Family Restaurant on Military Avenue and Julie's on Velp Avenue, although there it's only on the menu 4 days a week.  Of course, if you're not planning on visiting Green Bay this isn't much help.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 10:45:27 (permalink)
    BuddyRoadhouse

    As of right now, Monday, July 16th is open for us, although Tuesday the 17th is not.  The schedule is just the opposite for your return trip to Milwaukee; busy on Monday the 23rd, free on Tuesday the 24th.  I'd like to see who else is available and what they suggest before I offer my two cents.

    Just a quick look at your itinerary indicates a problem or two (or maybe you planned it this way):
    "Wednesday, July 18: south through Indiana to Kansas City."--This will have you going east when you want to go west--Unless your plan is to go south to I-70 and then head due west, through St. Louis and on to KC.  Or did you mean to type "Iowa" where you put "Indiana"?

    I would replace Arthur Bryant's with LC's.  Focus on the Burnt Ends, Beans, and Fries.  A single order of each will nicely feed both you and Lori.
     
     
    Let's pencil in Monday the 16, then.
     
    I did mean to type "Iowa" for the route from Chicago/Milwaukee to Kansas City.
     
    I'm so glad to see some consensus on LC's. I'll certainly give it a try.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 10:48:24 (permalink)
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    Ralph Melton

    We had been planning in a vague way to drive around the Midwest a bit in August. On Monday, we sat down to start planning an itinerary, and we discovered that we could attend the Wilder Pageant in Walnut Grove, MN - but only if we left on our road trip this Sunday. So we've shifted our planning into high gear, and I'm reading the website and trip reports (especially wanderingjew's) and trying to make plans.

    This is the itinerary we're planning:
    Sunday, July 15: Go through Ohio with a stop in Columbus, ending in Cincinnati. 
    Monday, July 16: through Indiana up to Chicago. Stop in Columbus, IN to see the architecture. It's all over town.
    Tuesday, July 17: mostly in Chicago and/or Milwaukee, with some driving down into Iowa. Stop in Milwaukee to see the Art Museum. It's on the lake and it's spectacular. Try to drive up to Sheboygan for some Brats and Charbroiled steaks or down to Racine for the architecture and Kringles.
    Wednesday, July 18: south through Indiana to Kansas City. In IN go to Huntington for the Pork Tenderloin and the Dan Quayle Museum (just kidding).
    Thursday, July 19: Kansas City, with dinner at Stroud's. See the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the new Concert Hall. Next to the Nelson-Atkins is Winsteads. It's a classic.
    Friday, July 20: ambling northward through Iowa. Atlantic, IA. Lots there. Check Roadfood. Terrific Art Museum in Des Moines as well as the Capitol and the Library and the Sculpture Park.
    Saturday, July 21: northward to Walnut Grove, MN
    Sunday, July 22: east to Minneapolis. Al's Breakfast. Hell's Kitchen. Key's Cafe.
    Monday, July 23-Wednesday, July 25: moseying through Wisconsin. Norske Nook in Osseo for the best pies in the world!
    Thursday, July 26: progressing through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan
    Friday, July 27: driving down through the lower peninsula
    Saturday, July 28: through northern Ohio to Edinboro, PA
    Sunday, July 29: home again


     
    Many thanks for all the suggestions. I think that we're more likely to visit Sheboygan in the 'rambling through Wisconsin' phase of the second half of the trip - are there worthy brats to be found north of Sheboygan?
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 10:51:00 (permalink)
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    Have you been to the Stockholm Pie Company in Stockholm, WI?  It is my favorite pie shop in the country. 

     
    We've definitely included Stockholm Pie Company on our list because of your recommendation. A pie recommendation from you is not to be ignored.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 10:55:18 (permalink)
    As much as I enjoy the Charcoal Inn and some other places around Sheboygan, my favorite place may be Gosse's for brats and tortes.  The chicken dinners I saw on other plates looked excellent, too.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 10:58:24 (permalink)
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    Ralph, do any of your possible routes place you in the Indianhead Country of northwestern WI?  Or were you going to head pretty much due east from Minneapolis?

     
    I don't know anything about that area, so I hadn't been planning for it. But we've got four days in which to cover 500 miles; we don't have to take a direct route at all. (My level of planning for that stretch has been to say "okay, we can definitely make that drive comfortably, and I'm sure we can find things to do; we can fill in the details later.") What do you recommend in that area?
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 11:01:08 (permalink)
    When you come through Columbus lleechef and I would be happy to treat you both to Beanie Burgers at the Gahanna Grill. And how can you stand to miss a visit to the G&R Tavern in Waldo for one of their fantastic fried bologna sandwiches. Who knows, between us we might even get lleechef to take a bite of the bologna.
    And Do try to carve out a visit to Port Clinton on Lake Erie for the perch and walleye sandwiches and onion rings at the Jolly Roger on your way back through northern Ohio.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 11:04:56 (permalink)
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    I was going to suggest Kopper Kettle in Morristown IN in lieu of Hollyhock Hill, however they too are closed on Mondays.  Are you looking just for pan fried chicken?
    If not then Gray's Cafeteria is a must.
    Another place I enjoyed was The Roost in suburban Fishers. I went at dinner time because they only serve their dinner menu at dinner.
    (4 out of 5 stars on Yelp and 90% approval rating on urbanspoon)

    http://www.sahms.com/locations/the-roost/  

     
    I don't feel a need to get pan fried chicken in Indianapolis; I am willing to assume that Stroud's can satisfy all of my fried chicken needs. Thank you for the recommendation for Gray's Cafeteria.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 11:32:55 (permalink)
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    Ralph Melton

    - if I want to sample lutefisk, where should I find a great lutefisk experience? 

    "Military intelligence", "jumbo shrimp", "great lutefisk experience".  Pick the oxymoron of your choice.
    A Lutheran church in Wisconsin or Minnesota might be your best bet, but it would probably have to be a special event on a Saturday or Sunday.

     
    Perhaps instead of 'great', I should have chosen the word 'definitive'. To illustrate what I'm looking for, I'll tell a story about scrapple:
    The one time I've tried scrapple, it was in a nasty restaurant that couldn't even do pancakes well. I didn't like it, but that means little about whether I'd like other scrapple. So if I'm going to try lutefisk, I'd like to try it at a place where people who like lutefisk get lutefisk, instead of some dismal place where no one can distinguish the lutefisk from the peach cobbler. (I assert without firsthand evidence that if you can't distinguish lutefisk from peach cobbler, neither the lutefisk nor the peach cobbler are any good.)
     

    Ralph Melton
    - How might I find a restaurant selling chicken booyah in the middle of the week?

    I asked a coworker in our Green Bay location and according to her there are "a bunch" of places that serve it as a regular menu item.  Off the top of her head she named Golden Basket and Bay Family Restaurant on Military Avenue and Julie's on Velp Avenue, although there it's only on the menu 4 days a week.  Of course, if you're not planning on visiting Green Bay this isn't much help.

     
    Great! Many thanks for the pointers!
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 11:46:27 (permalink)
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    When you come through Columbus lleechef and I would be happy to treat you both to Beanie Burgers at the Gahanna Grill. And how can you stand to miss a visit to the G&R Tavern in Waldo for one of their fantastic fried bologna sandwiches. Who knows, between us we might even get lleechef to take a bite of the bologna.
    And Do try to carve out a visit to Port Clinton on Lake Erie for the perch and walleye sandwiches and onion rings at the Jolly Roger on your way back through northern Ohio.

     
    We genuinely appreciate the invitation, but I can't accept until we do some more careful planning. We have some family friends in Columbus that we need to visit, and planning with them tends to be a challenge. But we would be glad to join you if we could.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 11:59:19 (permalink)
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    Ralph, do any of your possible routes place you in the Indianhead Country of northwestern WI?  Or were you going to head pretty much due east from Minneapolis?


    I don't know anything about that area, so I hadn't been planning for it. But we've got four days in which to cover 500 miles; we don't have to take a direct route at all. (My level of planning for that stretch has been to say "okay, we can definitely make that drive comfortably, and I'm sure we can find things to do; we can fill in the details later.") What do you recommend in that area?

    Well, it's a very popular tourist destination so there's quite a bit to choose from.  We're actually going to be up there the week of July 22 and we usually stick to the Cable/Hayward area, and I'm currently in the middle of figuring out some new places to try.  Places we've enjoyed in the past are Brick House Cafe, The Rivers Eatery, and Rookery Pub, although I wouldn't say that they have strongly regional menus.  Buffetbuster's Wisconsin trip report from last year covers some of the area as well, so it might be worth a look.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 12:13:49 (permalink)
    While working your way through Wisconsin, I highly recommend spending a night at Stout's Island Lodge.  Something I will never forget.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 12:39:24 (permalink)
    If you have not been to Cincinnati before, you need three things, mainly, and more or less ordered by priority:
     
    1) Cincinnati Style Chili
    2) Goetta
    3) A double decker sandwich
     
    There are other items of interest, but for a first time visitor with 1 or two meals here, this is what you should target
     
    All three can be had at virtually all hours at Camp Washington Chili, which is visible from I-75 so you won't chance getting lost.
     
    If you still have time for more stops, I recommend - in this order
     
    1) Findlay Market
    2) Jungle Jims
    3) either Aglamesis Brothers or Graeter's for ice cream.  I favor the century old Aglamesis on Madison Road in Oakley, but Graeters is far better known nationally
     
    Do not let anyone talk you into Montgomery Inn, Frischs, or LaRosa's.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 14:20:54 (permalink)
    I love lutefisk and I live in Minnesota.  This is a food I would suggest you skip at this time of year.  Lutefisk's origin was a Scandinavian winter survival food.  Historically (and I think this is largely the case nowadays) lutefisk wouldn't be served in the summer when fresh cod are abundant.
     
    Few (if any anymore) restaurants serve lutefisk at all, much less year-round.  I'm not an expert, but it's likely because it's not simple to prepare and there just isn't the demand for it.  I suspect some chefs/restaurant owners may also fear it will stink up their restaurant. The essence of lutefisk supper kitchen isn't for everyone.
    Lutefisk suppers generally start up in October and go through Christmas. I religiously attend the annual Fall lutefisk supper at Moe Lutheran Church near Clear Lake, Wisconsin in late-October.  My advice would be to wait until you're in Minnesota/Wisconsin and try it at that time of year.
     
    I would love to help you find some great food here in the Twin Cities. If you have any way of narrowing down what you want, I'm better with specifics than just trying to name a bunch of places, especially since nothing people say is "unique" to Minnesota (e.g. the awful Jucy Lucy, walleye and so on) are any good.
     
    One thing I always recommend, especially to Roadfood types, is Stockmen's Truck Stop in South St. Paul for their corned beef hash.  It's a great representation of the non-canned style (hand-cut chunks of meat, etc).  The rest of the food is in the "very good truck stop" category, almost entirely scratch-made 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The menu is immense.  It's also not too inconvenient when heading east out of the Twin Cities.
    p.s. - I also LOVE scrapple.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 14:37:52 (permalink)
    First of all, thanks, everyone, for all the great recommendations! I'm looking forward to seeing as many of y'all as we can and checking out some great places. I love Graeter's, and am planning that we visit Knopp's too.
     
    Ralph is definitely being indulgent by agreeing to go the Wilder Pageant.  It's a dramatization of some of the "Little House" books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I'm sure I'll love it, and if nothing else, Ralph will enjoy a good nap under the stars (it's an outdoor show). So, I hate to say this, but I will...
     
    Lips that touch lutefisk probably won't touch mine for hours! 
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 14:43:54 (permalink)
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    If you have not been to Cincinnati before, you need three things, mainly, and more or less ordered by priority:
     1) Cincinnati Style Chili
    2) Goetta
    3) A double decker sandwich

    There are other items of interest, but for a first time visitor with 1 or two meals here, this is what you should target

    All three can be had at virtually all hours at Camp Washington Chili, which is visible from I-75 so you won't chance getting lost.

     
    Yes, but http://www.campwashingtonchili.com/ says "NOTE: WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM JULY 1 - JULY 15 FOR VACATION", which makes me hesitant to rely on it, to say the least. (Irrelevant aside: one of our first restaurant photos - from 2004, long before we joined this site - shows us being travelin-manned at Camp Washington Chili.)
     
    We've tried Cincinnati chili at Skyline Chili, but goetta is one of the reasons that I'm planning to be in Cincinnati at breakfast time.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 14:46:08 (permalink)
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    Lips that touch lutefisk probably won't touch mine for hours!  

     
    It is for SCIENCE! 
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 14:50:16 (permalink)
    OK. Perhaps another time.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 14:59:12 (permalink)
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    I love lutefisk and I live in Minnesota.  This is a food I would suggest you skip at this time of year.  Lutefisk's origin was a Scandinavian winter survival food.  Historically (and I think this is largely the case nowadays) lutefisk wouldn't be served in the summer when fresh cod are abundant.

     
    Thank you for this recommendation. Given that advice, I'll probably sacrifice the pleasures of eating lutefisk for the pleasures of kissing Lori.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 15:33:45 (permalink)
    Michael Hoffman When you come through Columbus lleechef and I would be happy to treat you both to Beanie Burgers at the Gahanna Grill.
    Now why would you encourage them to get a Beanie Burger, a sandwich we both agree is a messy pile of overkill?  Better to get the Academy Burger with Swiss cheese, bacon, and grilled onions.  Or, they could just get a straight burger and custom adorn it to their tastes, preserving the flavor of the excellent quality beef served at Gahanna Grill.
     
    The Beanie Burger is (I know you know Michael, this is for the benefit of the newbies) a bacon Cheeseburger with grilled onions, not too different from the Academy Burger, but then topped with a scoop of cole slaw--another cup of which is also served on the side!  It is a ridiculous mess to eat, and the slaw does nothing to help the flavor or integrity of the Burger; if anything, it is a detractor.  If I wanted that much cabbage at one sitting, I'd move to Germany and be done with it.  The Beanie Burger is the Burger equivalent of one of those million Scoville unit hot sauces: The only reason to put one in your mouth is to win a bar bet.
     
    The Gahanna Grill makes great Burgers.  The Beanie Burger is not their strongest offering.
     
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 15:59:56 (permalink)
    Buddy, I always mention the Beanie Burger because people have heard of it. Personally, I get a regular cheeseburger with grilled onions. It's the same burger minus the mess. Some people love the Beanie, and as far as I'm concerned it's an experience. I had one. I haven't had one since.
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 18:01:46 (permalink)
    Ralph Melton
    Thank you for this recommendation. Given that advice, I'll probably sacrifice the pleasures of eating lutefisk for the pleasures of kissing Lori.

    Sounds like it's probably a good idea.  Enjoy your travels!
     
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    Re:Ralph and Lori Tour the Midwest 2012/07/12 22:30:19 (permalink)
    Ralph Melton
    Yes, but http://www.campwashingtonchili.com/ says "NOTE: WE WILL BE CLOSED FROM JULY 1 - JULY 15 FOR VACATION", which makes me hesitant to rely on it, to say the least.

    ERK! Sorry about that.
     
    Instead, head over to Price Hill Chili or Blue Ash Chili.  Pretty sure Price Hill serves both items all day long, but Blue Ash says breakfast items not served between 11am and 2pm. 
     
    Blue Ash has some of the best double deckers in the city, imho
     
    Have you tried Cincinnati-style chili in each of the three main ways it is consumed here?  as a cheese coney, over spaghetti, and au naturale? (the chili, not you)
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