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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2010/03/02 14:26:57 (permalink)
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 2010/03/02 15:36:47 (permalink)
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2010/03/02 18:09:43 (permalink)
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 2010/03/02 21:07:29 (permalink)
 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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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2010/03/02 23:01:42 (permalink)
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 2010/03/03 05:42:15 (permalink)
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 2010/03/04 20:27:50 (permalink)
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 2010/03/05 08:17:44 (permalink)
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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 2010/03/05 08:19:40 (permalink)
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 2010/03/05 16:59:16 (permalink)
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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 2010/03/05 20:18:36 (permalink)
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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 2010/03/05 20:42:22 (permalink)
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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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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2010/03/07 14:10:40 (permalink)
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 2010/03/07 15:17:43 (permalink)
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 2010/03/07 19:36:55 (permalink)
Johnny's Tavern on Trabue, followed by Thurman Cafe and Claremont (tie).
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2010/03/07 19:48:10 (permalink)
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 2010/03/08 00:12:41 (permalink)
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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


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 2010/03/08 00:41:28 (permalink)
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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


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 2010/03/08 17:48:30 (permalink)
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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 2010/03/11 13:08:52 (permalink)
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 2010/03/11 13:59:47 (permalink)
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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 2010/03/12 15:50:31 (permalink)
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 2011/03/21 13:44:45 (permalink)
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 2011/03/21 13:57:18 (permalink)
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 2011/03/21 14:15:36 (permalink)
 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 2011/03/21 14:26:02 (permalink)
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 2011/03/21 15:13:39 (permalink)
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 2011/03/21 15:31:21 (permalink)
Boy, that roast beef sandwich has my mouth watering. Just love food like that!!
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Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2011/03/21 15:56:59 (permalink)
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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