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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Wed, 11/25/09 9:14 PM
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BB:  The first tiime I ate at the Pine Club, I did not know they did not take credit cards.   I had a group with me and we ran up a considerable tab.  I explained to the owner/manager and they trusted me to send them a check which I did promptly.
 
I also ate doughnuts at Schulers in Springfield.  It was only a block away from where I was doing a project.  It was vey good.  It appears that it has been there for ages.
 
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 7:58 AM
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The first tiime I ate at the Pine Club, I did not know they did not take credit cards. I had a group with me and we ran up a considerable tab. I explained to the owner/manager and they trusted me to send them a check which I did promptly.


That's amazingly trustworthy/nice of them (...and you of course). I wonder how often this occurs? Seems a bit strange in a more expensive establishment to still not be accepting credit cards/ Although with all the merchant fees I don't blame them. Do you they mention if prominently? Seems like it would be a good idea to say something at the beginning of the meal. I sure there is a ATM close...was your tab over $500?

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 8:06 AM
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Paul-
It is always great to hear from you, my friend!  I should have known if anyone had been to Schuler's before, it would be you.  Glad to read it was good and I'm looking forward to my visit the next time through.

As for Pine Club, I do think it is written somewhere on the menu about not accepting credit cards, but it wasn't in a prominent place and the waitress never mentioned it.  Truthfully, this is a non-issue for me, since I prefer to carry cash.  In fact, I am such a dinosaur, I don't even own an ATM card.  I give credit to the restaurant for trusting you to send them a check and not make you and your group wash dishes! 


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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 8:27 AM
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  What an excellent quick trip!  Tell the truth, you actually SNEAK out in the mornings so that YOU get to choose all the donuts!!  

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 8:33 AM
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AHI MPLS-
They are at my mercy when they sleep in like that, but then, I never even got a bite of the glazed twist or the coconut, so.....

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 8:37 AM
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  4 outta 6 Ain't Bad!!!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 9:17 AM
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  Oops, forgot to ask if you could pretty please put your new pics. in the review for the Pine Club? right now there is only salad and the bread...so sad    

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 9:38 AM
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Oh, you betcha I'll be sending those in!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 11:09 AM
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Wow, missed this report. Fun to read. My family visited Dayton in 2004 on a baseball roadtrip before I posted much on roadfood and were fortunate to visit the Air Force museum and the Wright brothers National park. I wish we had eaten at the Pines but that will have to be on another trip to southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 11:48 AM
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BB:  The first tiime I ate at the Pine Club, I did not know they did not take credit cards.   I had a group with me and we ran up a considerable tab.  I explained to the owner/manager and they trusted me to send them a check which I did promptly.
 
I also ate doughnuts at Schulers in Springfield.  It was only a block away from where I was doing a project.  It was vey good.  It appears that it has been there for ages.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
 
 


The couple times I have been to Schuler's I had been terribly disappointed. Lacking considerably in the flavor department in my book and some of them seemed really dry. They pale in comparison to Bill's in Kettering in my opinion.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 11/26/09 4:53 PM
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BB:  The first tiime I ate at the Pine Club, I did not know they did not take credit cards.   I had a group with me and we ran up a considerable tab.  I explained to the owner/manager and they trusted me to send them a check which I did promptly.

I also ate doughnuts at Schulers in Springfield.  It was only a block away from where I was doing a project.  It was vey good.  It appears that it has been there for ages.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN




The couple times I have been to Schuler's I had been terribly disappointed. Lacking considerably in the flavor department in my book and some of them seemed really dry. They pale in comparison to Bill's in Kettering in my opinion.

 
Sorry you did not enjoy the doughnuts.  It was handy for me as they were only one block from my project and I did not have the time to drive to Ketteriing. 
 
I was always there early in the morning right after they were made.  Perhaps that was the difference.
 
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sat, 02/27/10 9:32 AM
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About a month ago The Travelin Man flew into Pittsburgh.  After picking him up, we had a big breakfast near the airport, stopped in Wheeling, WV for a fish sandwich at Coleman's Fish Market and then headed on towards Columbus.
 
Actually, we drove right past Columbus and made our first stop in Ohio at Henry's
 
in West Jefferson.  I have written about Henry's many times before (and even previously in this thread), but it is a humble restaurant, located on a lonely stretch of Rte. 40, just a short drive from I-70.  The building used to be a gas station and they now serve world class pies! 
 
Because we had eaten so much already and had plans for another lunch immediately after, we ignored the lunch menu and focused on dessert.  Unfortunately, even though it wasn't that late in the day, they only had four types of pie left: coconut cream (strawberry rhubarb), custard, sugar cream and chocolate.  TTM decided right away on the chococlate, which freed me up to try something new.   As much as I love the pies here, this slice of sugar cream

was a disappointment.  Besides being shockingly thin, it was just too sweet.  Yeah, I know, what did I expect with something called sugar cream.  I should have gone for the custard pie.  Anyway, TTM's chocolate cream

was excellent.  The filling was dense and fudgy and the meringue light and airy.  As TTM succinctly put it, "I win"! 
 
Henry's
6275 Route 40
West Jefferson, OH
614-879-9321 
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/544-544/henrys
 
We kept on west and then north until we reached the small city of Urbana, the home of one of Roadfood's smallest and best hamburger joints, Crabill's

Knowing just how small the interior is (there are only eight seats at the counter), when we saw how many cars were in the parking lot, we thought there had to be a considerable wait.  After improvising a parking spot in the back, we walked in and there were several open seats.  Strange!
 
After studying the menu board

for a minute, we both ordered four doubles.  The patties on these sliders are so small, you really need to have two of them to get the premium balance between meat and bun.  To drink, I got a Stewart's Cream Ale, which comes in a glass bottle.
 
The young ladies went to work.  As you can see,

the one on the left is putting the small balls of meat on the grill and then flattening

them with the spatula.  Meanwhile, the girl on the right is putting on the cheese and toppings and bagging the to go orders.  Here is a shot of the burgers on the grill. 

Note how the burgers on the left are further along, since they always start on the right and move them left.
 
It wasn't long until we had our little cheeseburgers in front of us.

Standard burgers here come with a good brown mustard, relish and onions and that is a combination that works for me. 

The burgers themselves deliver a big taste for being so small.  And eating four of them is really not much more than a snack.
 
While we were eating, business really picked up.  Soon, all the seats were taken and they were getting orders for 30 at a time.  The one young lady picked up the phone and said, "Dad, we need you down here".  Just about a minute later, a man showed up and took over the grill.  Now, TTM and I were impressed by how well the ladies managed the chaos going on around them.  But dad was nothing short of a blur,

getting those burgers grilled.  One of us remarked, "I don't think it is his first day."
 
Has anyone tried the pie here at Crabill's?  We saw a sign that said they have homemade pie,

but I have never tried it.
 
Crabill's
727 Miami Street
Urbana, OH
937-653-5133
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/519-519/crabills
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sat, 02/27/10 10:34 AM
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Buffetbuster,
  Great job! I kinda like the larger pictures. I haven't been to "The Barn" in years but I think they have a really nice gift shop attached to the restaurant.......
  My foolish husband doesn't like german potato salad, he sees no point in a "hot" salad. I tell him someday his tastebuds will grow up 

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 11:08 AM
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Unfortunately, even though it wasn't that late in the day, they only had four types of pie left: coconut cream, custard, sugar cream and chocolate. 


For some reason, I remembered their being a fruit pie choice - maybe strawberry-rhubarb?  Or was that somewhere else?  I hope that I am not skipping ahead in the story, but the following day we were out and about in Columbus.  During one of our stops, we called ChiTownDiner to tell him about some of adventures, including our stop at Henry's.  He had asked which pies we tried, and I told him that there were only four remaining options when we arrived.  He was genuinely disappointed when we told him that we did not just order one of each.  I kinda felt like we let him down!


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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 11:19 AM
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I've been depressed ever since...it really showed its adverse effects on our recent Charlotte trip where I was reduced to a snacker!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 11:21 AM
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Are the counter stools the only seating?

Did you ever figure out why the lot was proportionally fuller than the restaurant?

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 11:37 AM
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Are the counter stools the only seating?



Yep.  That's it.  The couple of times I have been there it hasn't been a problem though as I got there right when they opened at 10:00.  I wasn't the only one there but it wasn't packed.  Luckily they also have a drive through if it is crowded.  Funny thing is that they don't wrap them.  I imagine that they need to be eaten before long or the grease will soak through the bag.

BB - Anxious to see where else you went in the area.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 11:44 AM
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You noted that you probably should have chosen the custard pie at Henry's.  Well, you would have been just as disappointed.  The one time that I had pie at Henry's, I chose the custard and it was just as thin as the pie you ordered.  I had never seen a pie with so little filling!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 1:14 PM
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buffetbuster


About a month ago The Travelin Man flew into Pittsburgh.


And boy, were his arms tired!!

I should probably apologize for that.  But I won't.

Brad

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 02/28/10 7:05 PM
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Greymo-
I have tried approximately ten different pies from Henry's and most of them have been excellent, but there has been a couple clunkers.  Thanks for the warning about the custard pie!
 
TTM is 100% correct.  Strawberry rhubarb was the fourth flavor, not coconut.  Regardless, I feel shame that we let down ChiTownDiner by not getting one of each!
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/1/10 9:10 AM
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The plan after leaving Crabill's was to drive back to Columbus and check into our hotel.  But as soon as we reached the rotary in downtown Urbana and I noticed a sign for Rte. 68, I said to Travelin Man, "Hey, you know what is only 18 miles that way?  Young's Jersey Dairy!"  TTM replied, "Let's go!"  I answered, "Are you serious?"  Oh, he was serious alright and we were on our way to another stop.  ChiTownDiner would have been pleased!
 
Earlier in the week, Bruce Bilmes had posted an article in the Roadfood Digest, about Young's 

celebrating their 141st anniversary.
 
http://www.roadfooddigest...rsary-Celebration.aspx
 
I expected them to be busy, but the place was the busiest I have ever seen. 

Of course, most of my visits to Young's to eat ice cream have been before 7:00AM!  Because of their birthday gala, you could get three scoops of ice cream, with three toppings, in a glass you get to take home.  How can you possibly pass that deal up?  My sundae
 
featured scoops of peanut butter cup, black raspberry and cinnamon ice cream.  The three toppings were hot fudge and two others I have forgotten.  Sorry!  Anyway, this is really good ice cream (never too soft or too sweet) and a worthwhile detour.  Oh, and as part of the celebration, they had a deal where if you gave them a good moo, you could get a free scoop upgrade. 

I sure do wish I could have come back for that one!
 
Young's Jersey Dairy
6880 Springfield-Xenia Road
Yellow Springs, OH
937-325-0629
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Review/525-525/youngs-jersey-dairy
 
Trivia question:  Who is the most famous resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio and is a frequent diner at Young's Jersey Dairy?
 
We checked into our hotel and relaxed for about an hour before heading back out for the Ohio State-Wisconsin basketball game.  It was an entertaining Ohio State win, but our seats, approximately two counties away,

left a little to be desired.
 
Looking for someplace to get a late night meal after the game, we ended up at the Thurman Cafe in German Village.  This cozy bar

has been here since 1942 and is best known for their burgers.  This place typically gets pretty busy, but it was late enough that we didn't have to wait for a table.
 
On my one previous visit, I ordered completely wrong and got some kind of open faced burger that was just a mess.  Unfortunately, I think I ordered wrong again and got a pizza burger.  The burger


itself was big and juicy and was topped with pepperoni, cheese and tomato sauce.  This combination just didn't work for me.  Next time, I am just going to order a regular burger, with nothing fancy.  TTM seemed happy with his bacon burger.
 
For an appetizer, I did better with the cordon bleu balls. 

These had a very crunchy exterior and hot ham and cheese on the inside and were delicious dipped in the mustard, which came on the side.
 
Thurman Cafe
183 Thurman Avenue
Columbus, OH
614-443-1570
 
http://www.thethurmancafe.com/
 
We had thoughts of stopping at either Graeter's or Jeni's for ice cream, but by now, we were spent and called it a night.
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/1/10 9:49 AM
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After that sundae, it might be months before I ate ice cream again.  Cordon bleu balls?  They can ball anything man.

I wonder if the sugar cream pie is so thin because it is so sweet.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/1/10 11:22 AM
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"Are you serious?" BB, you don't really think that TTM would joke about something like that, do you?   I've been to Young's and, believe me, I'd make that eighteen mile detour in a heartbeat.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/1/10 3:21 PM
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Love Thurman's. And I would agree, the best bet would have been just the Thurman burger, although that pizza burger looks wonderful (but I haven't eaten all day so everything looks good right now). I would love to meet up with you next time you travel through Columbus. I know some local hideaways that would impress I believe. Great report!!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 12:02 PM
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Trivia question:  Who is the most famous resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio and is a frequent diner at Young's Jersey Dairy? 

I guess these days it would be Dave chappell,  i went to college in YSO   and took a class from his pop back in the late 70's   Youngs  was the place to go  for their hot whole wheat donuts  and a cup of coffee with real cream in it ...couldnt tellya if it was good coffee or not cause that cream would make even the worst cup o joe  taste like ambrosia!!
    The hangover cure  was either a nice greasy  cheeseburger (aka a slider)  or their  keilbasa sandwich with horseradish sauce( aka a shaft sandwich )       I remember those days ( well sorta kinda)  very fondly

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 12:55 PM
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Trivia question:  Who is the most famous resident of Yellow Springs, Ohio and is a frequent diner at Young's Jersey Dairy? 

I guess these days it would be Dave chappell,  i went to college in YSO   and took a class from his pop back in the late 70's   Youngs  was the place to go  for their hot whole wheat donuts  and a cup of coffee with real cream in it ...couldnt tellya if it was good coffee or not cause that cream would make even the worst cup o joe  taste like ambrosia!!
    The hangover cure  was either a nice greasy  cheeseburger (aka a slider)  or their  keilbasa sandwich with horseradish sauce( aka a shaft sandwich )       I remember those days ( well sorta kinda)  very fondly

Who the Hell is Dave chappell???

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 1:16 PM
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You've never seen 'Chappelle's Show'?   It's awesome.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 1:27 PM
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Nancypalooza


You've never seen 'Chappelle's Show'?   It's awesome.


Oh, THAT Dave Chappelle!!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 1:59 PM
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Nancypalooza


You've never seen 'Chappelle's Show'?   It's awesome.


I haven't. I've never heard the name before.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 2:06 PM
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After all the food we ate the previous day, we were in no hurry to get going on Sunday morning.  As if we didn't eat enough burgers the day before, our first stop of the day was for lunch at Gahanna Grill.
 
The place had just opened for the day and was empty, except for a couple guys sitting at the bar.  The menu included homemade soup, which sounded perfect for a cold January day.  This hearty chicken noodle soup,

with big chunks of fresh tasting chicken, proved to be excellent.  Burger-wise, I went with the Academy Burger,

which comes with swiss cheese, bacon and grilled onions.  There was a lot to like about this burger.  The kaiser roll was soft and tasted like it had been toasted.  All the toppings seemed very fresh.  The burger itself had a real nice char

to the outside.  Unfortunately, the inside of the burgers were on the dry side and were well done, when I typically prefer mine to be medium to medium rare.  We weren't asked how we wanted them cooked and truthfully, I forgot to specify.  
 
Question for Michael Hoffman:  Do they usually ask you how you want your burger cooked?
 
Gahanna Grill
82 Granville Street
Gahanna, OH
614-476-9017  
  
http://www.gahannagrill.com/

We couldn't possibly come to Columbus and not eat at least some ice cream.  I have visited the Grandview location of Jeni's Fresh Ice Cream on several occasions and this time wanted to see the original shop in the downtown North Market.  It had started to rain rather hard by then and there were lots of cars circling around looking for a parking spot.  But the parking gods smiled down upon us and we found a spot right next to the building. 
 
The North Market is like a smaller, more upscale version of Philly's Reading Terminal Market or Baltimore's Lexington Market.  After a quick scan of the day's available flavors,

I went with a trio

of dark chocolate peppermint, salty caramel and brown butter almond brittle (say that 3 times real fast!).  The ice cream here is on the soft side, definitely expensive and comes in fairly small portions.  But, the intensity of the flavors, when it works, can be heavenly.  The salty caramel and BBAB were both quite good.  However the dark chocolate peppermint absolutely blew me away.  Being a fan of both dark chocolate and mint, I knew this would be to my liking, but it had such a deep, bold taste, I really do think it was the best ice cream I have ever had.  My only regret wasn't getting a pint to take home.
 
Jeni's Fresh Ice Cream
59 Spruce Street
Columbus, OH
614-463-9664
 
http://www.roadfood.com/R.../jenis-fresh-ice-cream
 
We did walk around the North Market some more, doing some reconnoissance work for future visits.  There was a Polish place there that especially caught my eye for next time I am in Columbus.  From there, we hit the road and headed back towards Pittsburgh.
 
http://www.northmarket.com/
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 2:26 PM
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I've never had soup at the Grill, but that bowl sure looks good. If I had to choose between a Beanie Burger and an Academy Burger I'd take the Academy Burger every time. However, I usually just get a cheeseburger with grilled onions. Same size and all, but I'm not a fan of bacon on a burger. As to whether they ask how you want your burger cooked, I don't really know. I always order a medium rare burger.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 6:09 PM
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BB - I think you would like that polish food stand.  I have had a couple of things from him which have all been good.  I remember one time he made Polish Bigos which was some sort of sausage stew served over mashed potatoes and it was one of the best things I have had in a long time.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Tue, 03/2/10 9:07 PM
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 Okay, what is goin' on here?! ALMONDS? have you become pro-nut? Good for you! Or maybe SOMETIMES you feel like a nut.... 

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AHI MPLS


 Okay, what is goin' on here?! ALMONDS? have you become pro-nut? Good for you! Or maybe SOMETIMES you feel like a nut.... 


What the Hell are you talkin' about??
Are you sure you're on the right thread??

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Wed, 03/3/10 5:42 AM
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AHI MPLS-
Nice catch.  Okay, I like peanuts, when eaten by themself, don't mind almonds and definitely don't like walnuts and pecans.  Yeah, I know, kind of strange......

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 03/4/10 8:27 PM
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You've got to be kidding me -- this place is still around (Smithville Inn that is)?
The first and last time I ate there was when I was about 6 yrs old (I'm now 60) passing through. And I distinctly remember what I ate plus the homey decor. I think the Smithville Inn was responsible for the my life as a gastronome. It seems I still compare home cooking to that place. I live in New York City and among other things I write food critiques for executive blogs. There just isn't anything like the Smithville Inn here in the City. I'm very glad someone found this place and wrote about it. For me it's a trip down memory pie. Maybe I should actually find my way back there to see if the stuff is up to snuff.

Incidentally, the only place I found in my history to compare was a small restaurant in the middle of Charm, OH but I've heard it's gotten quite popular since 30 years ago, so the quality may have changed -- their peanut butter pie comes to mind loud and clear.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Fri, 03/5/10 8:17 AM
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Welcome to Roadfood!  Amazing that you still remember a meal you had when you were six years old.  I wish my memory was that good.  Smithville Inn really must have made an impression on you. 

Do you happen to remember the name of that restaurant in Charm, OH?  I wouldn't mind checking out that peanut butter pie.

 

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Fri, 03/5/10 8:19 AM
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Wintem01
 
I would love to meet up with you next time you travel through Columbus. I know some local hideaways that would impress I believe. 
That would be great.  I always enjoy meeting fellow Roadfooders.  Next time I am through the area, I will let you know.


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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Fri, 03/5/10 4:59 PM
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Wintem01
 
I would love to meet up with you next time you travel through Columbus. I know some local hideaways that would impress I believe. 
That would be great.  I always enjoy meeting fellow Roadfooders.  Next time I am through the area, I will let you know.

 
Hey BB,
When are youze guys coming to AZ??? Let us know so we can show you the Valley of the Sun!Today's high, 73 degrees and the sun is shining. Had the top down all day! 


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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Fri, 03/5/10 8:18 PM
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Foodbme


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Wintem01
 
I would love to meet up with you next time you travel through Columbus. I know some local hideaways that would impress I believe. 
That would be great.  I always enjoy meeting fellow Roadfooders.  Next time I am through the area, I will let you know.

 
Hey BB,
When are youze guys coming to AZ??? Let us know so we can show you the Valley of the Sun!Today's high, 73 degrees and the sun is shining. Had the top down all day! 

Not that I was invited but that's the kind of weather that would keep me away. Hell, I can't even visit my daughter and her husband and children because of your lousy weather.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Fri, 03/5/10 8:42 PM
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Michael Hoffman


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Wintem01
 
I would love to meet up with you next time you travel through Columbus. I know some local hideaways that would impress I believe. 
That would be great.  I always enjoy meeting fellow Roadfooders.  Next time I am through the area, I will let you know.

 
Hey BB,
When are youze guys coming to AZ??? Let us know so we can show you the Valley of the Sun!Today's high, 73 degrees and the sun is shining. Had the top down all day! 

Not that I was invited but that's the kind of weather that would keep me away. Hell, I can't even visit my daughter and her husband and children because of your lousy weather.


Of Course Michael, you are invited---ALL Roadfooders are invited----and please bring & SPEND your money! We're counting on you to keep our economy going and help us keep our taxes low! It's a great time to buy a house out here!

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Sounds like you have done some great eating in Ohio. As a resident of Urbana, I heartily second the recommendations for Crabill's. The "dad" who came in is the owner, Andy. His grandmother started the place in the 1930s I believe in a location on the north side of town on US68.
 
As for the Pine Club no-credit-card-rule, they will let you write a check or if you plan to be there again, they simply set up a house charge account for you. I've had one for 25 years and I'm just over 50! If you don't want to hassle, a very similar restaurant with equally good steaks, etc and a little broader menu that does take credit cards is the Oakwood Club, which frankly, I like a smidge better than the Pine Club.
 
Shuler's Donuts are really some of the best on the planet.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 03/7/10 3:17 PM
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Wintem01


I would love to meet up with you next time you travel through Columbus. I know some local hideaways that would impress I believe.


I would like to hear about these hideaways.

Thanks.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 03/7/10 7:36 PM
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Johnny's Tavern on Trabue, followed by Thurman Cafe and Claremont (tie).

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Sun, 03/7/10 7:48 PM
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The Thurman and the Clarmont are certainly not hideaways. Johnny's Isn't very well known outside of its regulars, but I wouldn't call it a hideaway

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/8/10 12:12 AM
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Michael Hoffman


The Thurman and the Clarmont are certainly not hideaways. Johnny's Isn't very well known outside of its regulars, but I wouldn't call it a hideaway


Uh, easy to be a critic, but I didn't notice you posting any hideways, so have at it.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/8/10 12:41 AM
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erikkoik


Michael Hoffman


The Thurman and the Clarmont are certainly not hideaways. Johnny's Isn't very well known outside of its regulars, but I wouldn't call it a hideaway


Uh, easy to be a critic, but I didn't notice you posting any hideways, so have at it.


Right. It is very easy. But I wasn't being a critic. I was merely pointing out that the places you named were not hideaways.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/8/10 5:48 PM
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Do you happen to remember the name of that restaurant in Charm, OH?  I wouldn't mind checking out that peanut butter pie.

 

 
I go to Ohio Amish country a couple of times a year, and we always go to Charm to go to Grandma's Homestead Restaurant.  Even if we don't eat there, we always stop by to get their homemade strawberry freezer jam to take home. The food is good, but I've never tried the peanut butter pie (don't care for peanut butter). This is the only restaurant in town that I know of.


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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 03/11/10 1:08 PM
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Hatteras,

Johnnie's was indeed one of my thoughts, but there is also Old Trail, Emelio's, Otie's, Spuds, Tony's Coneys. Just some thoughts on a few places in my neck of the woods.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Thu, 03/11/10 1:59 PM
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Hatteras,

Johnnie's was indeed one of my thoughts, but there is also Old Trail, Emelio's, Otie's, Spuds, Tony's Coneys. Just some thoughts on a few places in my neck of the woods.


Thanks.  Of those, i've only been to Tony's Coneys.  We have friends in West Jefferson and it's a good in between place to meet up in the summer.  I will have to give the rest of them a try.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Fri, 03/12/10 3:50 PM
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Spuds is on Henderson and Reed Rd. www.examiner.com/x-36743-Columbus-Dive-Bars-Examiner~y2010m1d27-Spuds-is-pub-food-with-tex-mex-flair and Oties is in old Hilliard on Main Street, known for their fried bologna sandwiches. Old Trail is on West Broad right by the 270 interchange and is a family run place. It can be different quality food depending on who is cooking that day. It seems to me that when grandpa is there is your best bet, but I'm not sure if there is a set schedule. Hope you enjoy if you get a chance.
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 1:44 PM
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Mariton and I went to Cincinnati over the weekend.  It was the usual mixed bag of really good Roadfood experiences and a couple of clunkers.  No order this time, I am just going to jump around.
 
When we woke up yesterday morning at our hotel in the north Cincy suburbs, I asked her if she wanted to go into the city for breakfast (which would be the opposite way of the drive home) or eat in Columbus on the way.  She voted Columbus, so we arrived at Tommy's Diner

at about 10:30AM.  I was last here in 2007 and had a good breakfast, but it was the first time for her at this Greek diner.
 
Pulling into the parking lot, I thought we were in trouble because the place was packed.  She jumped out of the car to get into line, while I found a spot all the way in the back lot.  There were a lot of people standing in the entrance and since there are tables right there, it can get a little tight.  In fact, on my previous visit, I sat right by the door and it bugged me to have all these people hovering by my table.  There is no list to put your name on, but the lady standing next to us said that he (a young, very Greek looking guy, who we were told is Tommy's son) keeps close tabs and knows who is next.  Within five minutes, at least eight tables got up at about the same time, to the point where we were next.  We were asked if we wanted to wait a couple extra minutes for a booth or take two seats at the counter.  We love counters, so off we were.  Here is a shot of the inside

and those two open seats is where we were sitting.
 
The couple next to us started chatting with us immediately and they were very nice.  We placed our order and I went back to the car to fetch the camera.  The parking lot was now half empty and it had been no longer than ten minutes from when we arrived.  Very odd!  We do seem to have good timing on these things.
 
When I came back in, Mariton had already told them about Roadfood and how we travel around.  When she started talking to us about how much they love Italian beef sandwiches in Chicago and Low Country boils, I realized these people knew food.  The subject of pie came up.  Even though they had not been to Henry's, they told us they often drive 45 minutes or so south of the city to eat at Ben & Joy's in Mt. Sterling and they have really good pies.  Anyone familiar with the place?
 
As usual, we ordered two breakfasts and just divided everything up.  My plate was rather boring,

eggs over easy, link sausage and good hash browns.  The feta and spinach omelet

was a real winner and Mariton ate most of this herself.
 
They do make their own pies here and there is a list of available ones

on the specials board.  Mariton got the apple. 

The crust was the non-flaky kind, almost pliable if you know what I mean.  The apples were fresh and sweet and I liked this pie more than she did.  My pie was the peanut butter silk. 

Now, when I think of a silk pie, I think of something smooth and this was not it.  Multi-layered, dense and ultra-rich, I could only eat about half of it.
 
Tommy's Diner
914 W. Broad Street
Columbus, OH
614-224-2422
 
While doing some research for pie places in Ohio, I came acrss the name of a restaurant about an hour east of Columbus.  Located in a small town, it has a strange name for a place with great homemade pie, Peggy Sue's Steak & Ribs.  The street address says it is in Walhonding, but it seems like it is in Newcastle, which is so tiny, it doesn't even appear in my GPS.
 
Despite the name which makes you think it is something else, this is the classic small town restaurant,

which is what we like.  As soon as you walk in the door, there is a room to the left and what a sight it was for this poor pie deprived soul.

I imagine this is what Balboa felt when he first spotted the South Sea!  This is the best display of pies I have seen since a visit to Texan Cafe
 
We sat down and studied the pie list on the board. 

When the waitress came over, I asked her which of those pies did they have that day and she gave me a puzzled look and said, "We have all of those!"  Needing some time to make such a monumental decision, I ordered what the menu called a roast beef short order.  

Having never heard of this, she answered my inquiry by saying it was a roast beef sandwich, with the mashed potatoes in the middle. 

Sounds good to me.  The mashed potatoes were real as was the roast beef, all covered in a thin, but dark beef gravy.  This was a fine sandwich!  Still full from breakfast and saving room for dessert, Mariton just had a couple bites of my lunch.
 
Another woman, who I think was the owner, noticed me taking special interest in the pies.  She asked if I wanted a tour of the pie room and of course, the answer to that is Yes!  Although I am more of a cream pie person, the fruit pies here looked spectacular.  Mariton loves blackberry pie so she went with that. 

This pie was much taller than the normal fruit pie and jam packed with sweet blackberries.  Notice how most of the lattice crust on top was gone.  She thought the pie was too sweet (but I liked it), so she turned her attention to my raisin cream. 

When I first saw this, I thought this was going to be my favorite, yet impossible to find outside the Upper Midwest pie, sour cream raisin.  But there was no sour cream part of this pie.  The whipped topping was fine, but that raisin cream filling was fantastic!  It did lack that sour cream vs. sweet raisin contrast that makes the SCR such a memorable pie, but it wasn't at all gummy, like so many of these pies can be.
 
Even better was the gorgeous cherry pie. 

This was easily the tallest cherry pie I have seen.  The crust was perfectly flaky and the cherries sufficiently tart.  What a wonderful slice of pie!  After sampling these, I had to get a couple slices (banana cream and apple crumb) to go.
 
Peggy Sue's Steak & Ribs
32381 U.S. 36
Walhonding, OH
740-824-4624  
 
From there, we drove straight back to Pittsburgh.  
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 1:57 PM
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I thought that was going to be sour cream raisin too!  So I'm guessing a sweetened condensed milk custardy version instead?  That place looks like Pie Valhalla.
 
So one serious question.  When you are faced with an abundance like that, how do you decide?  Do you have preexisting 'I will get this' rules or do you go more with what's in front of you?

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 2:15 PM
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 I wonder about that too!  At Tommy's I had it pegged that you would get the peanut butter, (LOVE that game!) but then I second guessed myself, " Or did he get the custard?! "    Do you do that whilst selecting?  

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 2:26 PM
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I see a road trip to Peggy Sue's in my future.  Who knew there was a pie mecca that close by.
 
I have been to Ben & Joy's a few times.  My wife and I camp at Deer Creek state park right near there a lot and we've had dinner there a time or two and breakfast once.  The breakfast was better as both times for dinner we got the buffet which was ok but not outstanding.  Unfortunately, I've never gotten pie so I can't tell you if it is worth driving very far out of the way for.  But we are probably going to go camping there starting next month so I'll check it out and let you know.
 
If you are in the area for pie, I can make an odd recommendation for lunch.  The IGA in Mt Sterling makes some pretty good fried chicken and breaded potato wedges.  You get like 10 wedges for $1 and the chicken is pretty reasonable as well.  There can be a little bit of a wait but it is worth it and you can make the short drive to the state park to enjoy it. 

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 3:13 PM
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Buffetbuster, I extend my congratulations. Your photos from Tommy's prove you know what hash browns are supposed to be -- not those ridiculous shredded escapees from a bad latke contest.

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 3:31 PM
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Boy, that roast beef sandwich has my mouth watering. Just love food like that!!

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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio - Mon, 03/21/11 3:56 PM
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Buffetbuster,
You need to write a book about all the Pie Holes in the Wall you've visited. Here's the title for you---"Hi, Hi, Miss American Pie!" 

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