Due to work, family obligations and weather, I had been stuck at home on too many consecutive weekends. But the weather looked much better this past weekend, so I headed to Indianapolis.
Oh, and I think my fellow pie lovers, CajunKing
will be very happy with some of the pictures. But I do fully expect to get chided by my buddy Wanderingjew
for some of my choices. Friday March 14
My plan for the first stop after leaving work was to go to Hocutt's
in West Virginia, one of my very favorite Roadfood restaurants. I don't know what is going on, but I having trying to call them for a week straight and have never been able to get through. It has been alternating between no answers and busy signals. Not wanting to drive out of my way if they weren't going to be open, I went to plan B.
For those who don't know, there is no food that us Pittsburghers are crazier over than fish sandwiches. And one of the very best fish sandwiches in western Pa. can be found at the Muse Italian Club
. Muse is a tiny little blip on the map right outside of Canonsburg in Washington County. By the way, bonus points to anyone who can name the two famous singers from Canonsburg, Pa.
The Muse Italian Club
only serves their fish sandwiches on Fridays and people drive for long distances to eat here. The fish must be really good, because people don't stand in line for the ambiance or the deluxe accomodations.
The lines are always long, parking spots are at a premium, but it is well worth it to eat this expertly prepared cod sandwich.
And like any good fish sandwich, there is way too much fish for the bun. The fries are quite good, too. I brought my buddy Doug here one time and he ordered the fried shrimp and liked it, so I got a side of those, too.
This is definitely better than most fried shrimp you will find in the area, but I wouldn't drive a long distance for it. I will, however, keep coming back for that fish sandwich, though.
You may have noticed that the sign out front says Muse Independent Club. This is the first time I have ever seen that sign. On the menu board inside it still says Muse Italian Club
, so that is what I am going to keep calling it.
In the mood for some ice cream, I stopped at Tom's Ice Cream Bowl
in Zanesville, Ohio. Located in a residential neighborhood, just a block or two off of I-70, this place looks like it has been here forever.
Before dessert though, I decided to try something off of their regular menu. I chose their ham sandwich, which was a couple slices off ham grilled, dressed with lettuce and relish.
Not bad for two bucks.
But the reason you come here is for their homemade ice cream. I have tried many of their different sundaes and this time went for the banana split.
Big sundae, little bowl!!!
This thing was huge and made a big 'ol mess. What was unusual was that instead of the length-wise sliced bananas you typically see in a split, the banana were cut up in small pieces. No matter, that was a really good sundae, highlighted by the candied nuts sprinkled on top. I should note that Tom's also sells their own candy and nuts. http://www.tomsicecreambowl.com/
After leaving Tom's, I checked into my hotel in Springfield, Ohio for the night.
Much more to come.....