Been working to finalize a list, with ChuckL's help.
We narrowed it down to 7, then realized that's about 7 hours, including drive time between places. That's way too long of a day, especially for the folks traveling in.
So we're deleting more. Ruthlessly slashing. Well, not really - there is much angst.
We did cut Benji's. Figured we can eat at Glorioso's and Sciortino's if we need to. Might cut something else to add Jo's Diner, which appears in one of the Roadfood books, or possibly Mr. Perkins, if we all really want breakfast. We've been to Benji's - I'd prefer, like Buddy, to go somewhere different.
I really think Metro Market, since there is so much to see, do and eat, should be last, but Chuck disagrees....or at least the driving/timing doesn't work, especially if we do Sprecher.
We may cut Sprecher, folks, so be aware of that.
Since we're going to Metro Market, we're thinking of cutting Penzey's and Spice House, because Spice House is there, and we don't really need 2 spice places. It's not Dune.
We're probably cutting Patterson Orchards, and maybe either Lucky's or Parthenon.
We don't HAVE to go to Mekato's, but it's enjoyable, and it's near the F.L. Wright drive/tour/whatever, which everyone seems to want to do. It is near Ashley's BBQ, too, if we want to throw that in. They do a Soul Food Buffet on Sundays. For those keeping track of my new gig as Ethnic Restaurants Examiner, look for 2 upcoming articles - 1 on Speed Queen, the other on Ashley's.
I haven't heard anything back from all of you regarding the idea of parking in my lot in St. Francis to consolidate cars. Good idea, or are we all set on driving our own cars to each location?
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