Hot!Name that Roadfood Restaurant!!

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The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
2009/05/21 17:16:54
As an homage to this thread on the Roadfood Digest, I have been inspired to see if anyone else is interested in having a little fun with our Roadfood travels.  Periodically, I will post a photo from an outing at a Roadfood-reviewed restaurant, and anyone who doesn't think that this is the stupidest thing since Miss Teen South Carolina can guess where the photo was taken.  I will try to do varying degrees of difficulty - some photos may be an incredibly small crop - others may be full photos.  I will try not to make things completely obvious.  Just to get the feet wet, I will start off with an easy one.



All prize items are valued inclusive of GST and The Travelin' Man takes no responsibility for any variation in item values.  Any taxes which may be payable as a consequence of a winner receiving the prize are the sole responsibility of that winner.  Prizes are non-transferable and may not be redeemed for cash.  If the specified prize becomes unavailable due to unforeseen circumstances, The Travelin' Man may substitute a prize of like or equal value.
  Any tax payable as a result of a prize being awarded or received will be the winner’s responsibility.  Prizes must be claimed in person unless winner is otherwise advised.  ID which includes a photograph, will be required. The collection of prizes is the sole responsibility of the winner. The Travelin' Man takes no responsibility for prizes that are lost or damaged when posted.  Prizes will only be awarded following winner validation and verification.

Good luck.  Oh...and there are no prizes.
post edited by The Travelin Man - 2009/05/21 21:23:21
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/21 18:02:05
I think the ashtrays point to North Carolina....that's as close as I can get...
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/21 18:30:55
May others post photos?
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/21 18:47:40
@ AHI - The ash trays may be lead you down the wrong path.  This photo was taken a few years ago.

@ MiamiDon - Sure...the more the merrier.  But, I think that it might be easier to do one at a time.  As soon as someone guesses this one correctly, I'd say you can do the next one if you like.  If you want me to throw out the first few until folks get the hang of it - well, then we can do it that way, too.  Of course, there may be all of the three of us interested in this, so it may not matter at all. 

I still think that this one will get done fairly quickly.  I feel that there are some pretty distinctive clues in there (though the ash trays steered AHI as(h)tray!).  I am sure one of the regular Road Warriors will claim it sooner or later.  But, if I don't hear anything here for awhile, I will post the answer. 
post edited by The Travelin Man - 2009/05/21 18:49:37
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/21 23:44:13
Cool Game!

Those condiments say that I've never been there.


buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 08:06:43
The place has a Texas feel about it.  I will guess Louie Mueller's.

Whether I am right or wrong, this is fun.  Keep them coming!
wheregreggeats.com
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 08:09:18
Nevertheless, I think we are in the Carolinas ... I f there is to be winner, this one would be over by now.

How long do we have to wait Alex ???
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 08:46:39
Okay gang lets get our CSI hats on and figure this out!!!  the table is scarred with what may be HOT cast iron skillet placement.....there is a vinegar-y looking condiment on the table... or is that cinnamon listerine for freshening up?!...also  a small radiator so it must get "cold" sometimes Hmmmmm? I'm flummoxed.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 09:30:23
Dawn you are good at this!
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 10:07:49

Ah-HA! is that a bottle of scary WHITE bbq sauce on the table? thought it was salt at first. so now my guess is ALABAMY!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 10:34:32
After looking at the photos on the Louie Mueller's review, I'm feeling better about my guess.  Still don't know for sure, though.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 11:12:54
BuffetBuster, I was thinking the same thing, but the school desks threw me for a curve ball -   I don't recall them having any.
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 11:26:15
Same ashtrays, salt and pepper shakers, bottles of vinegar and hot sauce as in the Louie Mueller google, therefore I pronounce it Louie Muellers!!!! You win Buffetbuster!
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 12:30:57
Upon even closer inspection that "white sauce" is a bottle of toothpicks!! Good job BB! I'd better head back to CSI school.....
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 12:54:10
Stephen-
That is the reason I wasn't 100% sure.  That and the lack of a smoky mist that always seemed to be in the air at Louie Mueller's and Smitty's.

AHI MPLS-
No, I really liked the way you reasoned it out.  I had a bit of an unfair advantage, having been to Louie Mueller's a couple of times before and knowing that my buddy Travelin Man has to visit Texas a lot for work.  I bet you get the next one!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 13:14:04
Since Travelin Man has not responded so far today, it is safe to assume that he is living up to his sobriquet.  So I will throw a pic on here and see if anyone can guess it:



This is a place that is reviewed here on the site.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 13:23:06
Sorry....have had a bit of a rough morning, but you sleuths did, in fact, pull it out.  We may have to excuse Buffetbuster from this game for the first full day that any picture is posted! 

Louie Meuller's BBQ it is.  The picture was taken on my first visit there - in maybe 2003/2004?? in the room adjoining the main dining room where the pits/food line is.  The bottle in question, is an old glass Listerine bottle that contains some of Meuller's excellent dipping sauce - has something of a kick.  I believe that the "white BBQ sauce" bottle also contains toothpicks.  Sorry - wicked lighting.

I don't think I know where buffetbuster's picture is from, but I suspect that they make a better than decent milkshake!  As soon as someone guesses Cliff's entry, I know MiamiDon wanted to post one, too.  I have a couple more up my sleeve!!!
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 13:42:50
Go ahead, Travelin Man.  I'm still looking for a good choice.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 13:48:25
The Travelin Man

We may have to excuse Buffetbuster from this game for the first full day that any picture is posted! 
Aaaaawwww!
 
Sorry to jump in front of you MiamiDon.  The next one is all yours!


mar52
Sirloin
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 14:15:43
WOW,  look at all of those Italian soda flavors.

Someone left a buck tip.

The waitress is smiling.

I have no idea.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 14:20:10
mar52-
I forgot about the buck tip.  There was a couple there, who ordered all kinds of food including desserts and together left $1.00.  Jerks! 

 
My plate was up where the waitress is walking.  And TTM is right.....they make a great milkshake!
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 16:05:44
YAY for Dawn!!! I got one!! Model Pharmacy in New Mexico!! I loved that trip report BB and remembered that that pretty tiles came somewhere around the ALASKA to ARGENTINA photo... that was so cool!
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 16:48:04
OK, here's my try:

iceomat
Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/22 17:14:42
Is that Rutt's Hut in New Jersey? I've never been there, but I saw it on a PBS show about hot dogs.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/23 00:10:02
AHI MPLS

YAY for Dawn!!! I got one!! Model Pharmacy in New Mexico!! I loved that trip report BB and remembered that that pretty tiles came somewhere around the ALASKA to ARGENTINA photo... that was so cool!
Way to go Dawn!!!!!  And that is really cool how you came up with it!

 
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/23 06:52:38
iceomat

Is that Rutt's Hut in New Jersey? I've never been there, but I saw it on a PBS show about hot dogs.


iceomat:  Yup, you got it!
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/23 09:53:42
Glad to see this thread has some popularity.

Here is one that I have not yet posted from some recent travels.  Again, I think this one is easy - but, then again, I ate there!


buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/23 23:04:53
TTM-
Does the fact that I was with you when you took this photo preclude me from guessing?
 
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/23 23:17:35
Is that a Swedish pancake with lingonberries?  Are you at IKEA?

/me punches Dawn in the shoulder--way to go girl!
mar52
Sirloin
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/23 23:59:35
I think the IHOP was open.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/24 00:07:15
Neither IKEA nor IHOP were reviewed by the Roadfood editorial staff, to the best of my knowledge.  But, Ms. Palooza, you are not TOO far off the track.

buffetbuster - I think recusing yourself from this one is appropriate.
iceomat
Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/24 01:42:24
A wild guess: Al's Breakfast in Minneapolis.
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/24 08:52:44

YA sure, you betcha.  that looks to be Swedish pancakes , perhaps Susie's in IOWA?
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/24 09:50:36

Juilleret's   Charlevoix, MI  ?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/24 18:32:49
TTM is standing right next to me and asked me to reply......

Excellent guesses so far, but we don't have a winner yet.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/01/28 12:39:29
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/25 17:01:42

Jeeze guys! A gal can only look through just so many trip reports before going bonkers! restaurant photos didn't help much either...
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/25 17:03:46

OOPS!!! don't mean that I don't ADORE trip reports....I DO!!!!!!
Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/25 18:21:43
Pamelas!
Howard Baratz
Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/25 23:00:31
My guess is Ann Sather in Chicago.
Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/25 23:04:50
Magic Pan?

Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum!
Howard Baratz
Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/25 23:25:50
Tony Bad

Magic Pan?

Mandelbaum, Mandelbaum!


It's GO time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 00:13:25
@Tony Bad - Are you sayin' you're better than me???

As for the photo, five points awarded to the gentleman from the Great State of Oakley-homa!  Congratulatioins, Mr. Baratz...you can choose one item off the bottom shelf.  Ann Sather is most certainly a correct guess.

I just got home from a weekend out-of-town, so I don't have another ready to go just yet.  I will try to get a new photo posted tomorrow.  If, in the meantime, anyone else wants to jump in...go for it.
Howard Baratz
Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 08:00:10
The Travelin Man

Congratulatioins, Mr. Baratz

Who?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 09:46:10
While others are getting photos ready, I will go ahead and put this one up for everyone to take a shot at.

As always, this place is reviewed on this site.
Ahi Mpls.
Double Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 09:53:42
RATS!!! very few clues on this one- Big tree, Electricity, That narrows it down!!  I'm going to go look for my thinkin' cap......" />
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 10:08:59
AHI MPLS-
You are right, there aren't very many clues.  If it helps, this is my blue Jeep in the photo, so this is a place I drive to, rather than fly and get a car rental.  And the yellow paint job is only a few years old.
seafarer john
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 10:55:19
Of course! We all know that joint, it's called OPEN  or YES WE'RE OPEN - I think it's part of a national chain...

Cheers, John 
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 11:13:43
I was going to ask if that was your Jeep.  The only problem is that your driving radius narrows things down to about a 500-miles radius around Pittsburgh! 

Oh....and GO Pens!
Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 11:15:34
No plate on the front, that narrows it down to states with rear plate only.
Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 11:16:16
And, converted gas station.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 11:21:49
I think it is Henry's .................famous for their pies
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 11:25:27
Greymo has it.... :-)
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/05/27 16:30:56
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 11:28:57
Mosca

And, converted gas station.
That was really the key.  When the Sterns talk about loving places that used to be gas stations, Henry's is usually one of the places they cite.   Way to go Greymo!


Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 13:48:53
buffetbuster

Mosca

And, converted gas station.
That was really the key.  When the Sterns talk about loving places that used to be gas stations, Henry's is usually one of the places they cite.   Way to go Greymo!

A lot of people might have missed it because the Sterns' photo was made before they painted the place yellow.
 
Attaboy Greymo!

Mosca
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 17:57:52
TJ Jackson

but who is JCStrutz, BB?


I think that might be bb's cousin Johnny, who is a world class mangier in his own right, and an all around good guy.
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 18:03:59
<<it's called OPEN  or YES WE'RE OPEN - I think it's part of a national chain...>>
 
Sorry John, but that national chain has changed it's name to OUT OF BUSINESS, visit our nearest location at............

Tony Bad
Fire Safety Admin
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 20:21:21
Mosca

TJ Jackson

but who is JCStrutz, BB?


I think that might be bb's cousin Johnny, who is a world class mangier in his own right, and an all around good guy.


From the reports I have read the term "una buona forchetta" is how I would describe those guys!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/26 20:49:02
AHI MPLS

RATS!!! very few clues on this one- Big tree, Electricity, That narrows it down!!  I'm going to go look for my thinkin' cap......" />


If you ever get there, and want a cup of coffee with whatever you order, be sure to make it a point to ask for a spoon. They do not provide spoons with coffee unless you ask.
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/27 01:46:31
I'll throw out another one.  I'm a little disappointed that I likely won't get there this year.  Maybe next....


Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:Name that Roadfood establishment 2009/05/27 07:58:44
That looks like the first location in an all-Roadfood sequel to 'The Da Vinci Code.'  Of course Dale will be the monk flagellating himself for eating regionally inappropriate food.
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