Because you always return to the scene of the crime, we went back to Gray's Cafeteria couple weekends ago. I was not prepared for the cavernousness of this place, and truthfully my picture of the interior doesn't do it justice. You could feed a brigade in this place. All I can say is that if you're a total roadfood piker like me, you should always go with your 21 year old son. My tray:
You see their very good chicken and homemade noodles, mac and cheese and super-porky green beans with a side of deviled eggs and lemon meringue pie. I for one am very happy with this tray. But my son's tray:
is sure to evoke some 'attaboy's around here. He couldn't decide between fried chicken and meatloaf, so got both. Also a standout on this tray--their cole slaw is very good. And their fresh cucumber pickes are not Jestine's but are also quite good. We got out of here for about $20, even after sending a fellow from the dining room back with a couple of dollars after I changed my mind about wanting coffee. (Excellent service, by the way.) All in all Gray's is a very good cafeteria experience.
The next morning we hit a Muncie mainstay for breakfast on the way out of town:
And the goods:
Cliff I actually took one of these pictures thinking of you. Can you guess which one?
We were too greedy to wait until we got a picture of our donut picks to dive in, so let me tell you the standouts. They make these giant glazed yeast pretzel twists that I hogged right down with not so much as a breath, and forced me to take a nice break before having another donut. It was worth it. My second choice was a sour cream donut, also scrumptious. I also have to tell you a nice story about the Starbucks. I give these people crap all the time--I refuse to use their little words like 'venti', I gripe about their four dollar lattes, all that stuff, and I myself got a coffee at Concannon's ($1) but neglected to get half & half on my way out. So I pulled through the Starbucks--my son wanted a $4 latte of course--and asked for any half & half, telling the lady I had somebody else's coffee--and she poured some into a small cup and handed it to me. Very classy, green empire. I will have to be nicer to you now.
We spent the day in Chicago, and you folks will be horrified to know that I didn't go to any of the wonderful places you posted the weekend before. We ate lunch in a place called Leona's and it was good but not great, but it's entirely possible I got the wrong thing. That donut trip had me wanting a salad and it was just okay. Now, I had a couple pieces later on of my son's leftover pizza, and that was pretty good, so I would be willing to give this place another shot. My son told me later that one of the Chinese joints from the trip report was another of their frequent stops and I was kind of sad for myself.
This was my first trip to Chicago, so we walked around downtown, visited Millennium Park, and we were delighted to find that we were in the middle of the protest march for Proposition 8, which was an enormous amount of people, and snaked around up and down several streets we were walking. You can always count on the gays to have the best signs:
I did manage to squeeze in a BPT on the trip, and I believe it would meet all the criteria for a non-cutlet, and it was quite good. This one is from Amazing Joe's Grill in Muncie:
Warning--if you visit Amazing Joe's it looks almost too nice inside to be roadfoody, but I won't hold that against them.
I have been trying to adopt the practice of grabbing something for lunch before I hit an airport, especially this time since I knew I would be leaving from the brand-new Indianapolis International and I was doubting the kolache stand would be open. I found a place called Greiner's Submarine Shop across the street from the place I filled up my rental and got a small italian sub and some delicious looking broccoli salad:
It was great; the sandwich was made with a couple kinds of salami, one of which was beer salami. Don't know that I've tried that before, but it had a great taste, and the ladies in the shop were terrific.
I will leave you with a couple of pictures of decor inside the new Indy International. They have a couple of delightful installation type pieces between the parking garage and the main terminal, one a set of lights along the ceiling of the breezeway that make a sound and light pattern, and I could have stared at those all day.