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buffetbuster
Porterhouse
2009/01/17 21:25:53
Since I wanted back in time for the NFL playoffs games on Sunday, I decided to stay reasonably close to home this weekend and check out some places in Ohio. 
 
Friday January 16, 2009 
 
Two hours after leaving home, I arrived at Smithville Inn, just south of Akron.  Believe it or not, this place goes all the way back to 1818, when it was a stage coach stop.  The outside sign hints to you that the thing to eat here is the chicken dinner.

In case you don't pick up on that hint, each side of the doorway leading to the dining room has cabinets filled with chicken figurines.

I did look at the menu, which was typical Midwest comfort food, but I did settle on the family style chicken dinner.

 
The meal started off in fine fashion.

Those biscuits came out piping hot and soft and were accompanied by Smithville Inn's excellent homemade apple butter.  Wonderful beginning to the meal.  Also coming at the same time was the finely chopped, creamy and sweet cole slaw.

 
Even though it wasn't part of the dinner, it was way too cold out not order some of the chicken noodle soup.

I usually prefer my chicken soup to be heartier than what was served here.  This was a little too thin and watery for me.  But with the temperature outside, I was quite happy to eat it anyway.
 
The rest of my food arrived.  First, I tried the dressing,

although, we called it stuffing at my house.  Speaking of which, I rarely ever get dressing in a restaurant.  This is a food that is made in so many different kinds of ways, odds are, it won't be what you are used to when you were growing up.  This dressing was basically just bread crumbs covered in gravy and was just okay.
 
Good made from scratch mashed potatoes along with a delicious chicken gravy,

These disappeared quickly!
 
Homemade noodles, which seemed very Amish to me, were next.

At first, the noodles looked dry, so I figured I would cover them with the gravy.  But closer inspection revealed they were sitting in a shallow pool of a butter sauce.  Nice dish!
 
Finally, the chicken.

I don't know what you think, but the chicken did not look very appetizing to me.  Luckily, it proved to be tastier and juicier than I thought.
 
Since the place was so dead (by the time I got done eating, there was only one other customer), I spent a good portion of the time talking to the owner.  A nice man dressed in blue jeans and a plaid shirt, he told me he bought the place in 1988.  He seemed to take a special interest in me, at least partially because I had the Stern's Roadfood and Goodfood book that they appeared in.  He gave me a tour of the back dining room, with the chandeliers from Austria and the over 100 year old fancy plateware in a beautiful cabinet.
 
When it came time for dessert, he brought me a slice of their specialty, egg nog chiffon. 

I told him I wasn't a big fan of egg nog and he admitted he isn't either.  In fact, he told me, he owned the place for several years before he even tried this pie, because he was so sure he wouldn't like it.  I dug in and found out it was quite good.  The egg nog taste is subtle and being chiffon, it is very light on the tongue.  Not something I will seek out again, but an enjoyable novelty.
 
Interestingly, they had another pie I had never heard of, let alone tried, before.  This beauty is peach sour cream crumb!

An odd combination of flavors, but they blended well together.
 
I enjoyed my visit to the Smithville Inn.  Although not good enough to be a destination restaurant, the history, the food and the friendly service are good enough to stop in if I am passing through this area again.
 
Smithville Inn
109 W. Main Street
Smithville, Ohio
330-669-2641
 
Forty-five minutes later, I was at my hotel for the night in Mansfield.
 
Much more to come.....
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/03/08 08:20:19
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/17 21:36:24
BB

This is too funny, I am on the phone with one of my best friends from college as I read your post.  She lives in Mansfield.

She said to try "The Barn" next time your in town, she loves the food there.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/17 21:47:23
Small world, eh, CK!  I will try The Barn the next time through.  Thanks!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/17 22:22:26
There used to be a wonderful family restaurant just outside of Mansfield at the Route 13 exit from I-71. It was the south half of a BP station, and the liver and onions dinner was wonderful. People who like pie used to swear by the ones there. I went up there about two months ago hankering for some liver and onions, and the building was gone.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/17 23:02:01
We have a very similar restaurant in these parts - The Old Y Restaurant in Winchester - with the same kind of food and all those chicken and rooster figurines and motif - I liked it but did not love it.  I remember the chicken and dumplings and fried chicken being very good and the home made pies were wonderful also.
post edited by NYPIzzaNut - 2009/01/17 23:56:26
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 08:38:08
The stuff looks good, but as you say, it's a long way to drive for a chicken dinner.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 09:56:55
I would  go a long way for great fried chicken...or pizza.
Grillmeister
Cheeseburger
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 10:28:43
Those pies looked interesting. Any recipes per chance?
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 10:35:00
Yeah that peach sour cream looks really yummy and I would have never thought to put those things together.  And those noodles are so pretty.  Glad you liked your chicken--another thing I think you can't tell from the looks.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 14:24:09
Buffebuster,

Kudos for seeking out roadfood  without traveling great distances!

I'm actually a huge fan of eggnog, so I probably would have liked the Eggnog Chiffon. I've heard of peaches n cream, so  peach sour cream is probably not too far off.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 14:28:32
wanderingjew

Buffebuster,

Kudos for seeking out roadfood  without traveling great distances!

I'm actually a huge fan of eggnog, so I probably would have liked the Eggnog Chiffon. I've heard of peaches n cream, so  peach sour cream is probably not too far off.


Have you had boiled custard?  It is even better than eggnog IMHO.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 16:11:01
Marie Calandars, The chain of Restaurants/ Bakeries out West makes a great Sour-Cream Cherry and Sour-Cream Lemon Pie. I think they have some other Sour-Cream Pies as well but I haven't tried them yet. Outstanding Flavor!
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/18 16:18:49
Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Marie Calandars, The chain of Restaurants/ Bakeries out West makes a great Sour-Cream Cherry and Sour-Cream Lemon Pie. I think they have some other Sour-Cream Pies as well but I haven't tried them yet. Outstanding Flavor!


Aaak!  I stayed across the street from one for seven days!  I thought it was a West Coast Denny's.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 13:31:23
WJ-
How cool is that to be able to eat at a place that has TWO different pies you have never tried before.

Michael Hoffman-
That is too bad about the restaurant you mentioned in Mansfield closing.  Not very many places offer good liver & onions anymore.

NYPizzaNut-

I don't think I have ever had boiled custard.  It does sound interesting, though.

Grillmeister-
Sorry, no recipes.  But the people there were so friendly (I like to call it Midwest friendly), I bet they would have given it to me had I asked.

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 13:43:50
buffetbuster

WJ-
How cool is that to be able to eat at a place that has TWO different pies you have never tried before.

Michael Hoffman-
That is too bad about the restaurant you mentioned in Mansfield closing.  Not very many places offer good liver & onions anymore.

NYPizzaNut-

I don't think I have ever had boiled custard.  It does sound interesting, though.

Grillmeister-
Sorry, no recipes.  But the people there were so friendly (I like to call it Midwest friendly), I bet they would have given it to me had I asked.



...a friend from Tennessee who I have lunch with weekly and report our visits of note on the Regional forum threads for Cinci and Dayton introduced me to  it  a couple of years ago...my wife (who loves eggnog) loves it now as do I...you will only find it next to eggnog in the stores at holiday time..most assuredly over Christmas holidays..you would have no idea how it was made from drinking it..it is like milkshake..only custardy..I have never tried to make it at home..
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 14:16:02
Saturday January 17, 2009

My original plan for breakfast was to eat at a local place in Mansfield.  But after looking at the map and realizing that beautiful downtown Waldo, Ohio wasn't too far, I knew where I had to go.



The fact that the G & R Tavern, home of the bologna sandwich opens at 8:00AM made my visit possible.  When I walked in, around 8:30AM, there were no other customers.  I sat in the back, which was a mistake.  If I had it to do over again, I would have sat at the bar near the window, so I could have gotten better pictures.  Anyway, here is the view from the back dining room, which is pure tavern ambience and I mean that in a good way.

I did look at the menu,

which is rather typical bar food, but there was never any doubt about what I would order.

In case you are wondering what the big deal is about a bologna sandwich, look at this beauty.

Obviously, this is not the bologna you buy as lunchmeat at the local grocery store. It is almost a full inch thick (I'm guessing at this, since I didn't bring my calipers) and packs a meaty flavor wallop.  It is topped by sweet pickles, mustard and onions.  This is a rather simple sandwich, but the combination is fantastic and is greater than the sum of it's parts.  In fact, it so was so good, I got another sandwich to go.  While I was there, I also decided to try the onion rings,
 
which were fine, although I prefer them a little less greasy.

On the way out, I snapped a photo of this great sign hanging over the bar.


They did have a long list of available pies and I asked if they were homemade.  The young lady told me the cream pies were and the fruit pies were made for them by a lady in Waldo.  I was intrigued, but passed, since I had many more stops to go.  Has anyone ever tried the pies here? 

G & R Tavern
103 N. Marion Street
Waldo, Ohio
740-726-9685

http://www.roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=4793

I got back in my car and headed north.

Much more to come.....
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 14:26:17
Well, that was a great stop.  I had my first ever restaurant bologna sandwich here a couple of years ago and it was super!  My mother used to make them all the time when I was a kid, but not like this beauty.
NebGuy
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 14:26:44
BB: Nice report. I saw on the G&R menu they have a 1 Lb. tub of bologna salad to go and also as a sandwich. Just curious if you asked what this was? I'm thinking egg or tuna salad with bologna instead?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 14:26:53
NYPizzaNut-
Thanks for the info, since I have never heard of it before.  I do wonder if that is a local thing to your area, since I have never seen it around here before.  Of course, I haven't been looking, either.  I will keep my eyes open this year around the holidays, because I really would like to try it.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 14:36:23
NebGuy-
I have never asked about the bologna salad sandwich, although I should have.  I will most likely be back in the area in a few weeks.  If I stop in, I will ask, if not try it.

Greymo-
Not exactly standard breakfast fare, but it was a great way to start my day.  Where and what was the name of the place for your bologna sandwich?
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 14:50:22
When I said "here" I meant where you had yours!  We did sit right up in front by the window  but I don't take pictures.  Your pictures look great to me
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:01:35
Thanks Greymo, I misread what you wrote.

A few years ago, my mother and I were driving through Ohio and visiting President's homes.  Of course, we stopped in at G & R Tavern for lunch.  It was a warm summer day and the place was packed with bikers.  Since all the tables were claimed, we had to sit at the bar.  To this day, my mother still likes to tell people about me taking her to a biker bar in Ohio for a bologna sandwich, which has become something of a family legend.  Of course, when pressed, she will admit she really enjoyed the sandwich.

ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:22:35
BB -

Nice stop at G&R...last summer, we had to elimiante G&R much to my brother's regret to this day in order to meet some VIR (Very Important Roadfooder's) at Sokolowski's!  We GPS'd that darn place from every intersection seeing if we could make it.  One day...
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:24:02
WOW! Haven't had a grilled Bologna sandwich in decades!  Brings back the memories, even though I'm not from Ohio.  Wonder what a country boy is?  A sub?
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:26:08
buffetbuster

NYPizzaNut-
Thanks for the info, since I have never heard of it before.  I do wonder if that is a local thing to your area, since I have never seen it around here before.  Of course, I haven't been looking, either.  I will keep my eyes open this year around the holidays, because I really would like to try it.

I do not believe it is local since my friend used to drink it in TN.  It is next to the eggnog - at least here in OH.  I bet it will be in your store come the holidays - whenever eggnog is available to you.


NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:29:46
Fried bologna sandwiches are a Southern tradition I believe?  At least my TN friend was the one who first put me on to them, and most fast-food chains  sell them only below the Mason-Dixon Line at present.
CajunKing
Sirloin
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:36:09
The G&R's Bologna is made specially for them, it has a much deeper flavor than store bought bologna. (almost like a German bologna)

Yes the bologna salad is like an egg or tuna salad, they grind up the bologna had the mayo and stuff and tub it up, it is great on toasted bread

BB
I love Waldo and the G&R
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:50:36
Saturday January 19 cont.

Next stop was the town of Bucyrus (pronounced BOO-SIGH-RUSS), Ohio.  Interestingly, Bucyrus calls itself the "Bratwurst Capital of America".  I wonder what Wisconsites, specifically Sheboyganians think about that?  They will have to fight it out themselves, because I will be happy to eat them all.

I knew this was my kind of town when I passed a drive-thru brat place.

As intriguing as Bratworks looked, that wasn't my destination. I soon found Carle's Bratwurst


on the outskirts of town.

Carle's is more grocery store than anything else.  It does have a popular butcher shop and plenty of hot foods available.  Since it was only 10:30 and the hot foods aren't completely ready until 11:00, I was somewhat limited in what I could get.  Still, the brats were ready and that is what mattered.  The young lady asked what kind of bread I wanted, white, wheat or rye.  I was hoping it would be on a sub roll, but I ordered the rye.  She cut the brat in half and topped it with the sauerkraut I asked for.

From what I read later on the website, if I had also asked for mustard and chopped onions, I would have been eating it like a local.  This brat had a very mild flavor at least compared to the sauerkraut, which can overpower just about anything.  Still, a winning combination!

As a side, I went for a 1/2 lb. of the German potato salad,

heated up, of course.  Growing up in a German household, where we ate this dish frequently, I can be notoriously tough to please.  But this passed muster.  A perfect contrast of sweetness and vinegary tang, this was a wonderful side.

While I was enjoying my meal, I leafed through programs of prior Bucyrus Brat Festivals, held every summer.  Before I left, I had someone snap this photo of me. 

Considering how cold out is was, maybe the lederhosen was a poor fashion choice!

Carle's Bratwurst
1210 East Mansfield Street
Bucyrus, Ohio
419-562-7741


http://www.carlesbrats.com/

Much more to come.....
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/01/19 15:53:22
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:58:00
BB  I grew up on great German Potato Salad but since I left Yonkers I have not been able to find it anywhere like what I was used to - which is just as you describe it - have you ever made it like you like it and it came out great and could you share a recipe for it if so?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 15:59:30
CajunKing

The G&R's Bologna is made specially for them, it has a much deeper flavor than store bought bologna. (almost like a German bologna)

Yes the bologna salad is like an egg or tuna salad, they grind up the bologna had the mayo and stuff and tub it up, it is great on toasted bread

BB
I love Waldo and the G&R


As usual, CajunKing comes through with the info.  Thanks!
 
CTD-
What a shame you missed out on G & R Tavern, but we were glad to see you at Sokolowski's that night.  But, you need to make a stop here someday.  It is definitely your kind of place!

post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/01/19 16:04:13
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 16:02:03
NYPizzaNut-
I hate to tell you this, but I don't cook at all.  I can tell you that my favorite German potato salad (other than my grandmother's) is at Tony Packo's in Toledo.  I always get a double order!  It is very vinegary.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 16:11:08
Cliff--nice to see your legs were holding up in that cold in the lederhosen. :)

Since you're a bologna lover I will pass on my boss' favorite snack--a thin slice of Lebanon bologna wrapped around an Oreo.  I haven't gotten to try this treat yet but it sounds so curious I might have to do so one day. 

The story about your mom is a hoot!
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 16:15:20
buffetbuster

NYPizzaNut-
I hate to tell you this, but I don't cook at all.  I can tell you that my favorite German potato salad (other than my grandmother's) is at Tony Packo's in Toledo.  I always get a double order!  It is very vinegary.


You sound like you are single!  No wife to make your favorite foods?

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/19 16:16:35
Nancypalooza

Cliff--nice to see your legs were holding up in that cold in the lederhosen. :)

Since you're a bologna lover I will pass on my boss' favorite snack--a thin slice of Lebanon bologna wrapped around an Oreo.  I haven't gotten to try this treat yet but it sounds so curious I might have to do so one day. 

The story about your mom is a hoot!


This reminds me a bit of Elvis' favorite treat.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 07:49:54
NYPIzzaNut

buffetbuster

NYPizzaNut-
I hate to tell you this, but I don't cook at all.  I can tell you that my favorite German potato salad (other than my grandmother's) is at Tony Packo's in Toledo.  I always get a double order!  It is very vinegary.


You sound like you are single!  No wife to make your favorite foods?
My girlfriend is Philippino.  She would probably try to put mango in the German potato salad.  Wait a second.....  That doesn't sound half bad!


leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 08:37:45
Hey.Buffetbuster....a great restaurant in Smithville, NJ is the Smithville Inn...from the 1800's...and guess what? It was a stagecoach stop in its beginning...Small World!!!!!!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 08:45:24
leethebard-
I never knew that until recently.  I used the search here on Roadfood for Smithville Inn and all the responses came up in New Jersey.  Any chance their specialty is chicken dinners, too?
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 10:31:06
buffetbuster

I did look at the menu, which was typical Midwest comfort food, but I did settle on the family style chicken dinner.


 
* $9.99 unless you're from Pittsburgh, in which case we have to charge $25 just to break even.
 

 
Brad
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 12:38:39
buffetbuster

Saturday January 19 cont.

Next stop was the town of Bucyrus (pronounced BOO-SIGH-RUSS), Ohio.

Actually, it's pronounced byoo-SIGH-russ.

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 13:19:33
Michael Hoffman-
You are right.....thanks for the correction.  My original guess was that it was pronounced with a hard C. 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 13:46:22
Nancypalooza

Since you're a bologna lover I will pass on my boss' favorite snack--a thin slice of Lebanon bologna wrapped around an Oreo.  I haven't gotten to try this treat yet but it sounds so curious I might have to do so one day. 
Only a twisted mind could come up with something like that!  Let me know when you try it.  And if you survive, maybe I will too.


Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 14:06:26
buffetbuster

Michael Hoffman-
You are right.....thanks for the correction.  My original guess was that it was pronounced with a hard C. 



I'm in Bucyrus fairly often. I hunt around there, and I buy my brats there. And I almost always make it to the bratwurst festival each summer.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 14:37:11
Saturday January 17, 2009 cont.
 
Hoping to give my favorite football team, the Steelers, good luck in the big game the next day, I stopped in at tiny Tiffin University.  Steeler wide receiver Nate Washington played here and is the only player from Tiffin in the NFL.  I bought a sweatshirt, some pens and a notebook.
 
While driving through Tiffin, Ohio, a car coming towards me slid out of control, grazed a light pole and came to rest in a snow bank.  I parked on a side street and ran over to check on the driver, who was obviously a student at the school.  Although she was visibly shaking and upset and told me this was her first accident, she was fine.  A police car came by and I asked the officer if he wanted me to stick around in case we were going to try and push the car out.  He said he was going to call a tow truck, so I went on my way.  I don't know how fast the young lady was going, but it was WAY too fast for the conditions.  I'm just glad she didn't get hurt.
 
Continuing further west, I arrived in Findlay, Ohio.  My eating destination was Wilson's Sandwich Shop.

Wilson's appears in the wonderful Hamburger America book.
 
When I first walked into Wilson's, the first order of business was to use the men's room.  There was the ladies' room, but where was the men's?  I asked and it was outside, around the corner.  Since I had just parked a few feet from the front door, I didn't bother wearing my coat.  I can't begin to tell you how cold it was in that tiny bathroom.  On top of that, both the soap and the water were frozen.  Needless to say, there was no way I was going to eat without washing my hands first, so I went into the ladies' room to wash them.
 
The menu board hangs behind the counter, so as soon as I walked up to take a look, the elderly lady wanted to take my order.  When I told her I had never been here before and would need a minute, she asked where I was from.  This just may be the only town in Ohio, where someone from Pittsburgh is embraced, since this is the hometown of Ben Roethlisberger.  She was very talkative and told me all the sights in town I needed to check out.  I told her I was there because of their appearance in the hamburger book.  A younger woman standing there asked "What book".  When we explained, she said, "A book about hamburgers?  That's stupid!"  When I asked her why is was stupid, she replied, "It just is" and walked away.  Nice chatting with you, too!
 
The older woman made some recommendations and here is what I got.  The french fries

tasted very fresh, perfectly salted and were very enjoyable.  They grind their own beef here everyday for the burgers

and you could tell.  The patties here are square and the lady at the counter told me the locals prefer their burgers with pickle, onion and mustard.  A fine burger.  The only complaint was that it could have been warmer.  They get bonus points here, since the burger gets wrapped in wax paper with these sayings and info on it.

Notice how they call them hamburgs, instead of hamburgers?
 
To drink, a chocolate malt.
 
It was so thick, I gave it the Ted Drewes test and turned it upside down.  It never budged.
 
Wilson's is a very popular place

and has been feeding the locals here in Findlay since 1936.
 
Wilson's Sandwich Shop
600 S. Main Street
Findlay, Ohio
419-422-5051
 
As my zigzagging through northern Ohio continued, I got on I-75 and headed south.
 
More to come.....
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 15:26:30
That looks like a perfect burger and malt!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 16:19:51
Michael Hoffman

buffetbuster

Michael Hoffman-
You are right.....thanks for the correction.  My original guess was that it was pronounced with a hard C. 



I'm in Bucyrus fairly often. I hunt around there, and I buy my brats there. And I almost always make it to the bratwurst festival each summer.
It sounds like you know the area very well.  Do you have a favorite place for brats in Bucyrus?


leethebard
Sirloin
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/20 23:55:42
Buffetbuster, It's been years since I was there,but I believe they were more a rather fancy ppace,speciali9zing in American cuisine...so I'd bet some sort of chicken is on the menu...Maybe Ellen in AC knows...that's more her territory!!
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 09:28:11
buffetbuster

Saturday January 17, 2009 cont.
While driving through Tiffin, Ohio, a car coming towards me slid out of control, grazed a light pole and came to rest in a snow bank.  I parked on a side street and ran over to check on the driver, who was obviously a student at the school.  Although she was visibly shaking and upset and told me this was her first accident, she was fine. 

I told her I was there because of their appearance in the hamburger book.  A younger woman standing there asked "What book".  When we explained, she said, "A book about hamburgers?  That's stupid!"  When I asked her why is was stupid, she replied, "It just is" and walked away.  Nice chatting with you, too!



Two things....

(1) Not that we don't take your word that the co-ed in question was, in fact, "fine," photos would surely help prove your case. 

(2) As for the "younger woman" - I thought *I* was the only one who met those people on the road.  I think she must have worked at Buz and Ned's BBQ in Richmond last year and moved to Ohio.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 09:58:04
TTM-
In reply.....

1) Tempting, but I thought it would be inappropriate to take a photo of the accident and the driver.  Not that it stopped me in Mississippi.

2) With an attitude like that, she will undoubtedly go far in life!  At least I didn't get yelled at for taking a photo.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/01/21 14:49:20
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 11:53:57
Your elderly waitress at Wilson's Sandwich Shop may have thought a book about hamburgers was stupid, but she apparently doesn't understand us roadfooders at all.  Most likely she thinks of food as something that you begrudgingly eat, not something to be enjoyed.

buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 12:49:57
Actually Louis, the very cool elderly woman was enthusiastic about the hamburger book and she would make a great Roadfooder.  It was the younger one who thought the idea was stupid.  From my short conversation with her, I noticed something else that she apparently thought was stupid.....  going to the dentist!" />
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 13:19:58

It sounds like you know the area very well.  Do you have a favorite place for brats in Bucyrus?

Except for during the Bratwurst festival I never eat brats in Bucyrus. I do buy my bratwurst at Carle's though.
 
Oh, and I used to stop for a biscuit at Hardees on the way up to Lake Erie to fish.


carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 15:50:41
Michael Hoffman, I saw on another thread that you used to be a sportscaster on WSAZ-TV in Huntington WV. Every time I spend the night in Huntington ( at least once a year ), I keep my TV on WSAZ as NBC is my favorite network. It's possible that I've seen you on the air at some point; can you tell me what years and days of the week you were on?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 16:01:59
Saturday January 17, 2009 cont.
 
Next stop was another place that appears in the Hamburger America book, Kewpee in Lima, Ohio.   Having eaten at Kewpees in Racine, WI and Lansing, MI, I was curious about this place.   Also, about five years ago, I was dating a doctor and she had to go to Lima to give a presentation. After asking me for a restaurant recommendation, she came back with a very good report about Kewpee.
 
Located right in the middle of downtown Lima (there are three Kewpees in Lima, I went to the one on North Elizabeth Street) it is easy to spot with the unusual storefront and sign.
 

 
Walking in, the first order of business again was paying a call to the men's room.  And once again, there was the ladies' room and no men's room.  I asked and it was around back.  Are you kidding me?  At least I wore my coat this time.  All I had to do was get past the dumpster and there it was.

Doesn't that look inviting?  Two straight places where the men's room is outside on one of the coldest days of the year.  Okay, okay, nobody cares about my bathroom exploits.....  I'll get back on track.
 
This Kewpee is much smaller than Wilson's Sandwich Shop or the other Kewpees I have visited.  The inside is very streamlined with some art deco touches.

Maybe this is being boring, but I decided to get the exact same thing as I did at Wilson's, for comparisons sake.  The fries came in a cool little holder, with the classic house slogan on it,

(If there is a better Roadfood motto than "Hamburg pickle on top, makes your heart go flippety flop", I haven't seen it!)
but the fries themselves tasted old, like they had been sitting around all day.  I could not tell any difference between the chocolate malts.  This one was also ultra-thick and gets bonus points for the old fashioned glass.

 
Picking up the burger, I was immediately struck by how heavier it was than Wilson's.  This was a substantial burger,

even though it was also a single, with cheese, pickle, onion and mustard.  And again like Wilson's, the burger patty is square.

If this looks vaguely familiar to you, it is rumored that Dave Thomas modeled his Wendy's burgers after the nearby Kewpee he enjoyed, while growing up in Kalamazoo, MI.  The burger itself did not have as good a beefy flavor as Wilson's, but was still a quality burger.  Interestingly, the burger could have been warmer.  What is it with these places serving lukewarm burgers?  I did like the wax paper it is wrapped in even better here.
 
 
Kewpee
111 North Elizabeth Street
Lima, Ohio
419-228-1778
 
I got back on I-75 and continued south.
 
More to come.....
post edited by buffetbuster - 2009/01/21 16:03:11
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 16:17:26
I care Cliff.  I would be raising cane if I had to go out back and freeze my butt off to pee.

That place is adorable.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 21:06:57
Nancy-
Thanks for caring!  I would have appreciated the adorable factor more, if my tookus was frostbitten.  I guess this makes up for all the times I have been at ballgames or concerts and seen the lines to the ladies room is out the door and I am in and out in thirty seconds.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 21:38:23
buffetbuster, you are not going to believe this ( I know I don't ), but you and I both ate at the downtown Lima Kewpee's on the same day, Saturday the 17th! What are the odds??? Where you there for lunch or dinner? I was there about 4:30PM eastern time. Any chance that we "collided" with each other? This is just too, too weird.                                                                     Bob 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 21:42:04
nocarolina-
Are you serious?  How strange is that?  If only I had known, I would have been happy to have met you there.  I am guessing my meal was around 2:00PM. 

What did you order?  What did you think of the place?
Louis
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 21:49:01
I believe this place was listed in the "Hamburger Heaven" book several years back as one of the must-eat restaurants for hamburgers.  Glad you got to make it.

Sorry about my confusion of the waitresses earlier.  I'm sure the people at Kewpee had better teeth (and undoubtedly better breath, too.)

carolina bob
Filet Mignon
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/21 22:05:37
Yes, BB, I am VERY serious. This is just too much! Sure wish I had known you were going to be there; I would have left Illinois about three hours earlier ( it was a one-day road trip. ) When I saw the date of your visit, I just about fell out of my chair, laughing my a** off ( I amuse easily. ) I had a double hamburger, fries and a chocolate shake. Everything I had was pretty good, although I don't think it quite lived up to it's reputation. I would recommend it, though. That 1930s art-deco builing is a real beauty; it was my favorite part of the visit. BTW, I stopped for lunch on the way at Nick's Grill in Huntington IN. Other than a mediocre example at Culver's, this was my first breaded pork tenderloin and I was really impressed. That sucker was huge! Very tasty, too. A very interesting way to spend a Saturday. Still can't believe this happened......                                                       Bob 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Visiting Main Street Ohio 2009/01/22 08:00:01
nocarolina-
Just a strange coincidence.  It would have been very cool to have met you there.  I agree that the building was the best part.

You say you stopped at Nick's Grill in Huntington, IN.  Could you possibly mean either Nick's Kitchen or Nick's Country Cafe?  Both of them are in Huntington and reviewed here on Roadfood.  If you do mean Nick's Kitchen, I agree that it is the best BPT I have ever had.  Excellent pie!  The owner, Jean Anne, posts here on the forums, too. 
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