Part II of the trip...
Before I continue with part 2, I'm going to address Lone Star's question.
Lasagna Pizza is basically your typical slice of Pizza (sauce and mozzarella) with ricotta cheese and ground beef added to the mix. It's usually a thick slice that needs a knife and fork, or you'll be in store for a very messy experience.
Now, on with the trip. I left Richmond on Wednesday morning, however I stopped at McLeans for a traditional southern breakfast before heading back to "Yankee Territory". I ordered the Country Ham special. The Ham was substantial and salty "a real man's ham", not at all the wimpy ham steak I had the night before. The meal came with scrambled eggs with american cheese, biscuits and grits with red eye gravy. I was in "Ham Heaven that morning. I headed North up to Baltimore very concerned about holiday traffic, however I didn't hit any. I stopped in Baltimore for lunch and went to Chap's pit beef on Pulaski Highway. Pit beef is similar to a Roast Beef sandwich with a helluva lot more flavor, it's made a little differently, I believe it's marinated and cooked on a grill. The sandwich is usually served on a Kaiser Roll or Rye Bread, I chose Rye Bread. Condiments include onions, horseradish, may and bbq sauce. I generously loaded mine up with onions and horseradish with a spritz of mayo and bbq sauce. I had mine with a side of fresh cut fries generously loaded with cider vinegar and old bay. Of course I sat down and listened to the other customers yammering away in "Bawlimerese".
After leaving Baltimore I avoided 95 like the plague and took 83 and 81 to Scranton via Harrisburg. I arrived in Scranton at around 4pm. Before a vigirous walk downtown I stopped at the coney island shop for a snack, a split weiner on a bun loaded with chili. Absolutely delicious! I then proceeded to walk to Cooper's Seafood House for a couple of Brews. The Stoudt Brewing company offered a House Brew which was so so, similar to Yeungling but a little more hoppy. I then had a Brew described as Summer Wheat Ale from Black Rock Brewing out of Wilkes Barre which was outstanding. A little darker and more flavorful that your typical summer wheat beer. Definetely the highlight of the trip as far as brews are concerned. I then headed to Salernos's for Old Forge Style Pizza. It ordered a Yuengling and waited over an hour for my order of four cuts. The Pizza was not served piping hot like last time, in fact it seemed to have sat for a while. It was still good. Light and toasty crust, zesty sauce and the "american cheese" with a little bite to it. I was a little dissappointed that it took so long to serve and was not piping hot. The waitress explained that this is their busiest time of year.
The next day was thanksgiving and I arrived in Albany after a three hour drive at around noon time. Nothing notable to report.
The next morning I drove just over an hour to Wilmington Vermont to Dot's Diner for delicious filling breakfast of Berry Berry Pancakes served with real Vermont Maple Syrup and a Side of the Best Corn Beef Hash on this planet. Even the coffee was outstanding. The restaurant has a very homey feel with wood panel walls and fireplace. For lunch I returned to Albany and had a slice of chicken parm pizza at I Love NY Pizza in Albany. For Albany the Pizza wasn't bad, on Par with mediocre NYC Pizza. The next and last day I had lunch at the Troy Brew Pub in Troy NY (just over the hudson from Albany). Had an above average Pale Ale and a decent Southwestern Salad certainly not Road Food. After saying good bye to family I headed back in my Tercel for the three hour drive to Rhode Island.
I managed to avoid holiday traffic for the entire trip