I checked into hotel in Columbus Ohio to meet a good friend from Green Bay, WI. Got a call and was told that she could not make it due to unforeseen circumstances. I fretted a bit and then decided to call a fellow roadfooder in the area and what a terrific adventure it turned out to be. There is nothing like a real mini roadfood get together.
During the course of a week, I was taken to some great roadfood places. Breakfast at Waffle House with the cheerful "Good Morning" is a great way to start the day and their breakfast burrito was the best that I had ever had...............served piping hot and really delicious.
I also was introduced to my first White Castle and that was such fun.......................absolutely wonderful and could have gone back every day.
Breakfast at the Grill and Skillet in Bexley was also great. My poached eggs were overcooked but the hash was good and the rye toast was outstanding.
A real fun roadfood trip was driving forever to go to Crabill's for their mini burgers. Now this is roadfood at it's best. You sit at the counter where there are eight stools. We got the last two seats and considered ourselves so fortunate. Listening to the conversation, we understood that business was slow due to the extremely hot weather. Watching the 3 women working on the grill with each doing her own job was so much fun. I loved it when one of the women would put your order down directly on these paper sheets. The burgers were so good; the texture of the meat was outstanding. It was fun to have them look over at you and say "Would you like a few more?"............... I would have to rate this A-1 as a Roadfood destination.
We also enjoyed a couple of upscale meals; one at Scali Ristorante http://www.scaliristorante.com/dinner_menu_2.html
where I had a wonderful shrimp dish which I would like to duplicate at home. This was a lovely meal with some outstanding wine.
A great place that we had lunch was the Cap City Diner in Gahanna which is the most unlike a diner that I have ever been in, http://www.capcityfinediner.com/cmr/files/content/Cap-BluePlates1006.pdf
We had the calves liver which was perfectly done and outstanding. My appetizer of P.E.I. mussels transported me back to Maine and Prince Edward Island with their wonderful briny taste.
I also tried to eat a Beanie Burger at Gahanna Grill. This "monster consisted of a huge hand shaped (sticking far beyond the bun) hamburger patty, topped with bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and homemade slaw. It is not for the faint-hearted. My fellow roadfooder was wise enough to go for a more modest hamburger so that he could laugh at my attempt at eating this 4 inch high creation.............very delicious and loved it. The Sterns really need to try this place.
I was invited for a couple of wonderful meals cooked at home by my host. His fettucine with a sauce consisting of butter, olive oil, garlic, heavy cream and grated parmagiano reggiano was just unbelievably good and along with the veal marsala was not a dieter's delight.
Many thanks to my host for showing me his "world of Roadfood" and turning my trip into a great adventure. You are a good guy, MH!