I had some great road food adventures last week in Ohio with a fellow roadfooder.
I enjoyed everyone of them and here are the main ones:
Crabill's - Urbana, OH
727 Miami St.
Urbana, OH 43078
This was a return visit and every bit as delicious as the first visit. Those tiny hamburgers are terrific from the first bite to the last. Three of them, along with a Stewart's root beer made a wonderful meal for me. I did notice that the two men sitting on my right each downed 5 doubles in less time than it took me to eat my three. This place is a Roadfood treasure and if anywhere in the area, should be on your list of "must dos". It is amazing to see the efficiency of the gals working here.
Another Roadfood treasure that I experienced for the first time was:
G&R Tavern - Waldo, OH
103 N. Marion St.
When I was a child, my mother made us bologna sandwiches once in a while, but none like the one that I thoroughly enjoyed here. This is one terrific sandwich consisting of a very thick slice (think at least 1/2 inch) of bologna which has been fried and nicely crisp on the edges. Mine had mustard on the bottom part of roll and sliced bread and butter pickles on top of the bologna . This was a great combination of flavors and I really loved it. It went great with my bottle of beer. I would come here again anytime, but in the meanwhile, I am going to make this sandwich at home for the family and watch the delighted looks on their faces.
I enjoyed an excellent breakfast at the Grill and Skillet in Bexley, Ohio one morning. My poached eggs were done to perfection and enjoyed them with corned beef hash and some wonderful rye toast. Our service was really goofed up but it made it even more fun as we could not figure out what in the world our waitress was doing that she got so mixed up and totally confused. It made for a fun dining experience.
I know that this is chain food but one of the complete surprises of any meal that I had on my trip was lunch at Skyline Chili. I have always made fun of this concept of chili sauce on spaghetti and it sounded dreadful to me..............I just knew that I would not like it and would be able to laugh about it. I am sorry to say that I was dead wrong and that my chili-----three ways was really good. I would go back in a minute. I also tried their coney dog, which was very small but excellent. I would love to duplicate this at home. ( Does anyone have a good recipe?)
One of the fun things that I was treated to was an ice cream tasting. I have heard about Graeter’s ice cream for years and was so excited to try it. (Ice cream is high on my food pyramid.) I decided to go for plain vanilla to really test it. Once the gal on the counter determined that it was my first visit to a Graeter's, I was given a fact filled talk on it.............the amount of butterfat, how just 2 gallons of ice cream are made at a time and that Queen Elizabeth has a regular order for their black raspberry chip ice cream. I was given a sample taste of this and told that it is their favorite flavor. Anyway, my vanilla ice cream was really great,
My next tasting was at Velvet Ice Cream in Utica, Ohio. http://www.velveticecream.com/
What a lovely setting for some wonderful ice cream. This is truly a destination spot for the whole family. They have a museum, a milking parlor and a tour as well as a restaurant inside along with a large gift shop which I did not investigate. I ordered my vanilla ice cream and we went outdoors and sat on a stone wall and watched someone fishing in the lovely stream going through there. I would have to say that this was the very best ice cream of all three that I tasted..........very flavorful and rich.
The final ice cream tasting was at a Johnson's ice cream shop somewhere in the Columbus area. The ice cream was better than most but came out third in the tasting as it just was not as rich and creamy as the other two. I cannot believe all the great ice cream in Ohio.............nothing like that in my area at all.
I had a great Roadfood week and so enjoyed the new places.