I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex.

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CENTRALVA
Junior Burger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/13 08:46:02
The picture of "young" Evelyn sure bears a strong resemblance to Sookie Stackhouse from the HBO series True Blood.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/16 19:16:59
I think I just fainted at the idea of combining a chess pie and Berger's cookies.  Cliff I've got some short ends from Baltimore--you mind if I stick 'em here?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/16 20:05:23
Nancy, you have a blanket invitation to any and all my threads.  I've seen your photos.....you will class the joint up!
cecif
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/21 16:39:00
buffetbuster
Since I had my usual favorite, a hot fudge sundae, just an hour earlier at Lagomarcino's in Moline


Blasphemy!
What were you doing having a hot fudge sundae at a restaurant in Moline... instead of walking out and heading to Whitey's?!?!? You KNOW it's gonna be good when you finally FINALLY get there. But I ain't holdin' my breath honey. 

Enjoying the catch up posts though.
cecif
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/21 16:44:55
cecif

buffetbuster
Since I had my usual favorite, a hot fudge sundae, just an hour earlier at Lagomarcino's in Moline


Blasphemy!
What were you doing having a hot fudge sundae at a restaurant in Moline... instead of walking out and heading to Whitey's?!?!? You KNOW it's gonna be good when you finally FINALLY get there. But I ain't holdin' my breath honey. 

Enjoying the catch up posts though.


It just occurred to me they're a candy place. Ha! Still... blasphemy, I say!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/21 22:16:05
Schedule, my dear cecifLagomarcino's opens at 8:00AM.  It was hard enough for me to wait around THAT long until they opened.

Don't worry, I know I owe you a big one.  Next time in Quad Cities (and it won't be long), it will be Whitey's AND a reuben!
cecif
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/23 14:06:38
buffetbuster

Schedule, my dear cecifLagomarcino's opens at 8:00AM.  It was hard enough for me to wait around THAT long until they opened.

Don't worry, I know I owe you a big one.  Next time in Quad Cities (and it won't be long), it will be Whitey's AND a reuben!



I promise you won't be disappointed. If you are, I'll owe you a hot fudge sundae and we'll pick somewhere fun!
catosaurus
Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/23 15:59:57
I'm enjoying this thread immensely!  Thanks, BB.
Lisajo
Hamburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/24 11:32:56
BB, this is a great report! I love all the pics!  Someone mentioned not reading your report until AFTER they ate breakfast and I will add lunch to that also!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/08/24 12:13:31
Thank you for the nice comments!  Even though I do have some interesting places to write about, like the Zydeco breakfast at Cafe des Amis in Breaux Bridge, this thread is going to take a backseat until I get the New Mexico thread finished.  At this pace, I should be done with it sometime in 2014!
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/04 19:44:54
Hop-on Clyde here.  With just a bit of the Baltimore, for your enjoyment.
 
First I have to tell you a story, and it's the saddest story in the whole wide world.  Sadder than if I actually had fake glass legs filled with beer.  We went to Baltimore the third weekend in July this year for Julie's birthday.  The Twins were in town at Camden Yards and the plan was to catch as many games as we could and squeeze some RF joints and sightseeing in around them.  
 
I don't know if you recall anything about the third weekend in July this year, but it was officially as hot as the surface of Mercury on the Eastern seaboard, and in particular in Baltimore.  One day it was 110 degrees.  Not with the heat index, that was the temperature.  So about midway through the trip, I started to flag in a big way.  Ended up sending Julie to the last game we had planned without me, staying in the hotel drinking Gatorade, and -- here's the sad part -- never did eat a crab cake.  I'm still majorly miffed about that one.  So kids, here's your lesson--get the thing you most wanted to have the minute you get off the plane.  Life is friggin' short.  :)
 
Here's what we did get to.  First of all, at Camden Yards.  I had gone over the previous Baltimore threads here and made notes and sent a missive to i95, who was most helpful.  We landed around 5 on Thursday and made such good time getting to our hotel that we wandered on down to the ballpark Thursday night and were rewarded with free tickets by a wonderful lady who'd gotten them from her kids' school.  So the only thing that was universally agreed upon at Camden Yards was Boog's Pit Beef.  I don't have a picture of it, because I hoovered that thing right on down in record time.  That was the first thing we noshed, watching the game from the concession area on the entry level and trying to figure out where we were going to stab for sitting in a section other than the one on our tickets.
 
The other thing we discovered on Thursday night and tucked away for future reference (and mentioned by i95 in his unfortunate run-in with a fishcake) is that there is an Attman's Deli in the exterior wall of the ballpark.  Friday night we split a Reuben:
 

 
and an entirely new creature to us, the potato knish.  I knew generally what a knish was but when I ordered it and the counterwoman said 'what kind?' I was thrown for a second.  She very kindly (but quickly) explained in a perfect Baltimore accent and we got the potato kind:
 

 
Julie still talks about that knish.  The Reuben was quite good, but I feel myself to be an inadequate evaluator of the Reuben.  I still order a Rachel or a turkey Reuben or the cole slaw version about as often.  I need the meat dressed up.
 
So for Camden Yards, those two seem to be your best bet.  There was a stand selling crab cakes, but being as I was under the (mistaken) impression I was going to have good ones the next day, it didn't happen.  We had the usual ballpark fare--a lemonade here, some soft-serve there, a bag of peanuts.  Thursday's game was really exciting--this is the one where the Baltimore manager ended up getting ejected for yelling at an umpire over an out (which was really over an unfair safe earlier in the game for the Twins) and some 18 year old held the game up for about ten minutes after leaping over the outfield wall and dodging security in the outfield.  I even booed the guy who stood in his way after he launched himself over the dugout and tried for a getaway.
 
Friday morning we made our way to Lexington Market to scout things out and buy some Berger cookies:
 

 
And love them I did.  I'm plotting on how to make some version of the frosting to top a peanut butter cookie right now.  It's very fudgy, almost ganache-y, and I can see how they inspire such devotion.  We were really there too early for a crab cake, and if this were an episode of 'Scrubs' this would be the part where the tuxedoed opera guy comes out to sing 'mistaaaaaake.'
 
Then we wandered down to the waterfront area and a wonderful lady from the Visitors' Center tried to find us something fun to do that would be, please dear God, inside.  So we ended up at the American Visionary Art Museum, a wacky mirror-covered main building (with some outbuildings containing additional collections) with an impressive array of art whose inclusive commonality is that it was all produced by untrained artists, but when you peruse the collection you discover that many of these untrained artists were at one time institutionalized either at a mental health facility or a prison, or sometimes both.  There are pieces in this collection that will stick in your brain forever.  The building is lovely and the staff is very helpful at explaining what you're looking at.  They have a lunchroom--which is probably too fancy to really be called a lunchroom--called Mr. Rain's Fun House.
 
My condition hadn't deteriorated yet so I happily ordered two appetizers, the lumpia (spring rolls filled with minced chicken and shrimp) and a seasonal candy beet salad:
 

 
Both were absolutely delicious, with the beets an overall standout.  Before your food comes at Mr. Rain's, they bring you a bowl of tiny pretzel balls, with some yellow mustard for dipping:

 
These were much denser, of course, than other bread products their size--we couldn't just horse them down like you'd think you could.  Nice and salty.  Julie got an entree of black eyed pea cakes in an open faced sandwich:
 

 
The cakes themselves were excellent--I didn't figure out that the carraway flavor I was getting from them was coming from the bread underneath but it could have been that I was already starting to be rendered stupid by the heat.  The fries were just okay--it's not easy to keep shoestrings like this in great shape for the trip to your table, or it could be that we are sticklers for crispy.  All in all, a very good lunch and a place I would recommend highly if you want an afternoon full of different.
 
Friday night we were back at the stadium (this was the Attman's night) and even though we were careful to sit well back under the concrete level above us, and near a breeze coming from the exterior wall of the stadium, the heat (or the flu) was starting to get to me.
 
Saturday morning the plan was to go spend some time in Fells Point and maybe hit a couple of other spots via the water taxi.  It was then that everything fell apart.  Around 11 am I found myself desperately hurling myself off the water taxi and directly into the place immediately across the street from the stop, Koopers' Tavern.  'Homicide' aficionados, if there are any still around, will understand that Koopers' Tavern is the place where the 'Board' lives on the wall in the stairwell, and it's still there, undisturbed.  We sat at the bar and nursed lemonades for about an hour while I tried to quell my spinning head and racing stomach, and we decided that we would at least get Julie some lunch before making our way back to the hotel.  This is what she got:
 

 
And she pronounced it the best one she's had in years--no fillers, no folderol, just lump crab meat, with very good mashed potatoes and steamed green beans besides.  It's not one of the well-known ones like Faidley's or Obrycki's but it's a very good crab cake.  Meanwhile, I was sitting there nursing a bowl of grapes and canteloupe cubes that the waitress had kindly dug up for me.  Am I bitter?  Hmmm.
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/04 22:21:37
Oh Nancy, so sorry to hear you got ill during your time in Baltimore.  It does get steamy there during the Summer, but 110 degrees?  I wouldn't dare leave my hotel room.  And this is for the benefit for the poor people stuck with me, because I would be miserable and let everyone around me know it.  Hopefully, Julie still had a good time seeing her Twins.
 
As for the not getting any crabcakes, believe it or not, I did the same thing when I went down in August.  So you are not the only one to do this Roadfood faux pas.  At least you got some Berger's cookies.  
 
Thanks for the piggyback in this thread.  Great stuff as always! 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/09/04 22:23:15
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/04 23:59:33
It turns out that Nancy and I were there the same week, and I can attest to it being blisteringly hot.  For Nancy's sake, though, I managed to eat enough crab cakes for the both of us...and buffetbuster too, since he missed out.  ;)
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 08:37:40
I was very thankful for Steve's crab cake support.  :)  And thanks for the hospitality, Cliff.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 13:16:45
So sorry your adventure turned out badly, Nancy. I know some like it hot but your week was a bit much. I ate the crab cakes at Camden and liked them a lot but i am no expert. And Cliff was right, you do class up a thread.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 14:26:38
Nancy, your trip report is terrific, and I'm sorry about the heat. It won't help, I know, but I consider anything over 40 degrees a heat wave, so I'd never have made it out of any air-conditioned space.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 15:09:02
Nancy -
Nice stuff...sorry you didn't make the finish line...do I hear return trip?
 
That Steve...what a guy!
 
mar52
Sirloin
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 15:10:16
Julie's choices look devine.  I'm also sorry that you were sick.  You'll just have to do it again during cooler times.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 20:38:20
I would absolutely love to go back.  I was bad off enough on Sunday that we actually rebooked our tickets to go home earlier and Julie was declaring the trip a wash, but I think we will definitely make a return visit.  Thanks everybody for your nice thoughts!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 20:44:17
Nancy, if you do you really should go to Dangerously Delicious Pies and try that Baltimore Bomb, made with Berger cookies.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/05 21:14:33
Oh, c'mon. No one eats sweet baked things these days.
irisarbor
Double Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/23 12:37:08
On a recent trip back from Indy, we made a stop at Gray Bros. Cafeteria, and there is no dedicated thread for it, so I think I'll just add it on here- what with all the pies, it seems to fit. (and it had me thinking of Cliff...)
 
We were very happy as we spied the sign ahead:

 
Although being 1:30 on a Sunday, we did run into the post-Church crowd, and it was very very busy, with a long, long line.  Of course that also meant everything was super fresh, and we had that much more time to contemplate:

 
There were cases and cases of cheesecakes, and cakes and pies.  Things I had never heard of, like Hummingbird Cake...but oh the pies...

 
 
and more pies...

 
We ended up choosing Chocolate- (so velvety smooth and delicious...)

 
Coconut Cream, sweet and rich and oh so good...(as you can see Hubs could really hardly wait..)

 
and then because I had never seen or heard of it, thinking, WWBBD? we tried a bonus slice of Raisin pie, which was a little on the sweet side for me, but might have been perfect with some ice cream.

 
We did also have entrees. I had the absolutely BEST breaded pork tenderloin I have ever eaten.  It was unbelievably crisp and incredibly tender at the same time, with a perfect balance of saltiness and pepper.  And did I mention it was so ginormous it covered the entire plate? I asked for light on the gravy so I could enjoy more of the crunchiness...

 
Hubby had a swiss steak, which was very good, (but it was no BPT...LOL).  He did have some of the butteriest mashed potatoes I have ever tried.  There must have been 1/2 a stick of butter in that scoop.  We also had some deviled eggs as starters that were sooo good.  They are my guilty pleasure.  I think we ate them too fast to get a picture...

 
I also had a side of yummy yams with marshymallows mmmm

 
When the meal was done, there were so many leftovers, we needed a bunch of to go boxes..

 
I would say this is a great stop anytime you are on the south side of Indy...
 
Gray Bros. Cafeteria
555 S. Indiana St. (Route 67)
Mooresville, IN 46158
317-831-3345
http://www.graybrotherscatering.com/index.html
post edited by irisarbor - 2010/09/23 12:38:40
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/09/23 13:19:43
Nice pictures, Iris, and a good representation of everything Gray's has!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/11/23 14:24:53
On page 1 of this report, I wrote about a visit to Etta's Lunchbox Cafe & Museum in New Plymouth, OH.  Unfortunately, the very nice man who waited on me and gave the hilarious tour, Tim Seewer, passed away.  The cafe is now closed.
 
On December 12th, they are reopening for one day and having a tribute to Tim.  If possible, I am going to try and make it.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2010/11/23 14:46:04
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/11/23 20:11:03
Potato-bacon pierogies from Pierogies Plus sautéed with butter and onions.

 I'm not sure whether I learned about this place from buffetbuster in person or from his Roadfood.com review.
mr chips
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/11/24 00:19:58
Sorry to hear of your guide's death, BB. Hope you can make the memorial.
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2010/11/24 10:48:37
Awww, he was a youngish guy too.  I'm sorry to hear that.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 15:20:29
This past weekend, Mariton and I drove the relatively short distance to central Pennsylvania and spent time in Harrisburg, Hershey and Gettysburg.  Cousin Johnny had to work on Sunday, but he did join us for the day on Saturday.
 
Doing a little research ahead of time, I found a German restaurant in Mechanicsburg that was getting rave reviews on yelp.  So, we went there for lunch on Saturday.  The name of the place is Josie's German Cakes and Market.  It is located in an inconspicous house

in a quiet neighborhood.  Only a small sign by the road

and a German flag in the yard clues in that this is no ordinary house.
 
Josie's is a grocery store first and the large main room is dedicated to shelves


of products from Germany.  The room to the right is a small dining room, with three tables. 

We sat ourselves and started looking at the menus which were already on the table.
 
The menu has a bigger selection than we expected, with both a lunch and dinner page.  We were told that even though it was only around 12:30 in the afternoon, we could order anything off of the dinner menu, also.  Cousin Johnny had a great suggestion of getting the sausage plate as an appetizer.  This comes with a length each of the bratwurst, knockwurst and weisswurst, over top of sauerkraut and potato pancakes.  But, the lady who waited on us, who we assumed was Josie herself, informed us that they were out of the potato pancakes and they were substituting German potato salad instead.  We can live with that!  The sausage plate

was fantastic!  We believe the knockwurst was a beef and pork mixture with an unmistakable garlic flavor.  With it's distinct pale, whitish coloring, the weisswurst (a pork and veal mixture) stood out on the plate.  While I still enjoyed it, it was mild enough that I could have used some mustard to eat it with.  The brat, which was grilled until the skin was nice and crispy, spurted juice when pressured by a knife or fork.  My favorite was the brat, Johnny loved the knockwurst, while Mariton preferred the weisswurst.
 
The sauerkraut that came with the sausage was simply the best sauerkraut I have ever had.  And growing up in a German hosehold, I have eaten a lot of sauerkraut.  They definitely seasoned it up and it did have a slight sweetness to it, but I'm still not sure what exactly made it so good.  The German potato salad was one of the more unusual I have tasted, but I still loved it.  It was not sweet at all and also was not overly vinegary like GPS often can be.  But, it was extra bacony and that flavor really came out, since it didn't have other strong flavors to compete with.  Since both Mariton and I ordered extra sides of German potato salad,

we let Johnny eat most of what came on the sausage plate.
 
For an entree, Mariton had no idea what to order.  Not being very experienced in German restaurants, she asked for advice.  When we first sat down, the young man (who we believe was Josie's son) who was filling out orders at the meat counter, told us the Jaegerschnitzel was the thing to order.  Knowing how much she enjoys pork, especially pork chops, this is what I ordered for her.  After it arrived, I knew I had made a big mistake.  This dish was so good,

I should have kept it for myself!  The pork cutlet was tender as can be, breaded and then pan fried.  Topping it was a mushroom sauce, that also had cream and white wine in it.  Luckily for Johnny and I, Mariton was willing to share and all three of us went crazy over this dish.  Not only was this the best thing we ate at Josie's, this might very well be the best thing I have eaten all year!  In fact, I would have been just as happy to have a big plate of the spaetzels, which came on the side, just covered in that sauce.
 
For his entree, Johnny went with the Hungarian Goulasch. 

The beef in the goulasch was also extremely tender and Johnny really enjoyed it.  Unfortunately, no meal is ever perfect, and I didn't really care for my sauerbraten. 

The marinated beef was nice and lean, but the sauce was too thin and watery for my taste.
 
While waiting for our dinners, I was checking out the desserts, some of which were still in big pans, like they had just come out of the oven.  We each chose a different one and once again, we each had a different favorite.  Mariton loved the fruit torte.

I only took one bite, as it looked a little too healthy to be dessert.  Johnny's apple strudel

was wonderful!  Soft, sugary, loaded with apples, this may have been the best apple strudel I have tasted.  My dessert was something I had never seen before but couldn't possibly say no to: plum cake! 

The cake part was very soft, while the top was harder, but still easy to eat.  There were lots of small plums baked into it.  One of the things I appreciated about this cake was that it was not overly sweet.
 
By the end of the meal, all three of us were absolutely stuffed.  For all of this food, our meal cost just over $50.00, which was a real bargain.
 
If you love German food and are traveling near Harrisburg or anywhere in south central PA, Josie's comes highly recommended!
 
Josie's German Cakes and Market
5238 East Trindle Road
Mechanicsburg, PA
717-697-6462     
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/03/12 15:48:40
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 15:33:05
That plate of Jaegerschnitzel looks mouthwateringly good!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 15:34:45
I should mention that Josie's very much reminded me of Swan Market, a Roadfood reviewed place that is also a German market that serves homecooked food.  This makes me wonder if there are many other places like this out there.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/03/12 15:45:29
The Travelin Man
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 16:07:42
You haven't had much luck with sauerbraten lately, it seems. I remember you being disappointed the last time we were in Milwaukee.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 16:27:42
TTM-
Maybe sauerbraten is one of those dishes that because I grew up with it the way my father made it, that I probably just won't like any version that deviates too far from what I am used to.  Maybe it is time to stop ordering it in restauarnts, because I am almost always disappointed.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 16:47:48
Before going to Josie's, we visited the Hershey Museum and one of the things they offer is a chocolate tasting. 

You get a shot glass full of liquid chocolate from six different places.  The six in order is Mexico, Ecuador, Sao Tome, Madagascar, Tanzania and Java.  They really are six distinct different flavors.  And they ran the gamut from extra thick (Tanzania) to thin (Java).
 
The fact that we enjoyed the food at Josie's as much as we did, less than an hour after a chocolate tasting speaks to just how good it was. 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/03/12 16:51:26
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 16:57:16
Buffetbuster
 
Josies sounds like a great find. 
Now if I recall, you liked the Sauerbraten at Jacob Wirth's in Boston- yes? 
 
I still say that chocolate sampler reminds me of the "beer sampler" at many of the craft brewpubs. 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 17:02:48
WJ-
The sauerbraten at Jacob Wirth's was okay, which puts it far ahead of most.  I really need to stop ordering it in restaurants.
 
Having never seen a beer sampler before, I will take your word for it.  But, it is a great idea.
ann peeples
Sirloin
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/12 17:05:34
Its funny, no one I know likes sauerbraten. Both Milwaukee visits by my favorite travelers found them "meh".
Give me a good schnitzel anytime.........
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/13 00:04:26
BB,
Don't give up on Sauerbraten quite yet until you make a return visit to Phoenix and try Haus Murphy's out in Glendale's version. When DDD visited the place, that was the featured meal on the show. Guy liked it, but Guy likes everything he eats on camera. No kidding though, it's good! 
http://hausmurphys.com/Home_Page.php
Nancypalooza
Filet Mignon
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/16 21:18:18
I saw one where Guy was not crazy about the tripe in a bowl of menudo he was being served, but he ate it like a good kid.  That plum cake looks to die for Cliff.  I'm taking notes as I'm supposed to go to a local German place soon.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/19 08:12:28
annpeeples-
I would agree that most restaurant sauerbratens are "meh" at best.  But, the version my dad (and now my brother) made was just about my favorite dish growing up.
 
Foodbme-
I wouldn't think to look for German food in Arizona, but if you say it is that good, then I need to reconsider. 
 
Nancypalooza-
The interesting thing about that plum cake was that Johnny and Mariton didn't like it nearly as much as I did.  No problem, that just left more for me!  Have fun and eat well at the German restaurant you are visiting.
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/19 10:31:39
After touring the Eisenhower home, we decided to have dinner in Gettysburg.  The Farnsworth House

appeared in one of the Stern's older books and cousin Johnny and I had a wonderful meal here about a decade ago.  Whenever the occasional Gettysburg thread would come up, I would recommend it, but since it had been so long, I was now less inclined to do so.  We were curious whether it was still good.
 
The dining room is closed for the season, but the tavern is still open.  According to the website, they offer a different menu than the dining room, so we really didn't know if our favorites would be available.  Once we were handed menus, we were relieved that everything we wanted was there.
 
Both cousin Johnny and I started with the peanut soup. 

We are both big fans of this soup and have enjoyed it multiple times in Virginia.  But this peanut soup was dreadful.  It lacked the slight sweetness that onions provide and tasted bitter.  No way I would get this again.  Luckily for her, Mariton's french onion soup was much better.
 
For our entrees Johnny went with one of the dishes they are best known for, game pie. 


This includes turkey, pheasant and duck meat, along with mushrooms, rice, red current jelly, all inside a wonderful, light, flaky crust.  The presentation in the old fashioned aluminum bowl is also nice.  Johnny thoroughly enjoyed this deal and received lots of help from Mariton and myself.  Since we were so close to Lancaster, I went with what the menu describes PA Dutch Chicken Pot Pie (Slippery Style). 

No doubt, this is the first time in my life I have ordered food called slippery style!  This was a very simple dish, consisting of just potatoes, chicken and thick noodles and I was glad I got it.  Still full from the huge lunch, Mariton decided she would just nibble at our entrees.
 
You do get a couple of sides here and luckily for us, pumpkin fritters

were one of the choices.  These spheres were quite large and came three to an order.  The inside was warm and very soft, with a strong pumpkin flavor.  It also reminded me, both texture-wise and taste-wise of a spice cake.  All three of us loved these pumpkin fritters and it was easily the highlight of the meal.
 
As to be expected, the inside of the room is decorated in Civil War knickknacks, memorabilia and the waitresses wore period dresses.  Other than the soup, we had a very successful meal at Farnsworth House.   
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/03/19 10:39:19
Buffetbuster
 
There doesn't seem to be much around Gettysburg in terms of  good roadfood, it appears
that Farnsworth house is the oasis in the desert.
 
Glad to hear the Farnsworth house is still good. It's still one place I've never visited but have been dieing to try. I'll just skip the soup.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/04/02 16:11:44
Part of my weekend was spent in central Indiana.  I had previosuly read about a place in the city of Anderson, NE of Indy and it sounded great.  It went on my list of places to try and I stopped in on Saturday morning. 
 
The name of the place is the Lemon Drop Restaurant.  They have an excellent old vintage sign out front,

that surely looks even better at night.  The building itself is small and unsurprisingly, painted a bright yellow. 

I also loved the tear shaped sign

on the roof.
 
The inside holds only about 25 customers at a time, between the four booths and the counter seats. 

I grabbed one of those counter seats at the far end.  Adding to the old fashioned atmosphere is a toy train,

making a constant circle on tracks overhead. 
 
No menu was given to me, but the menu boards


were hanging on the wall close by.  When the young lady came over to get my order, I told her this was my first time here and asked for recommendations.  To drink, they offer different flavors of coke, which I believe is just added flavored syrup to a regular coke.  They offer vanilla, cherry, strawberry and lemon.  Since I had never tried it before, chocolate coke was my choice. 

While the taste of this combination of flavors was fine, it left me thinking I should have ordered the cherry or vanilla instead.  Much better was the excellent lemon milkshake,

which they make by hand on one of those old mixers.  This is the first time I had a lemon shake, but it just seemed appropriate at a restaurant with this name.  It had the perfect thickness and a strong lemony flavor, despite the fact that it was not yellow colored at all.
 
Since this is Indiana, I had to start with the pork tenderloin. 

They do offer it grilled, but I had to order it breaded.  When she asked me what I wanted on the tenderloin, as usual, I had no idea how to respond.  What goes good on a BPT?  I asked her how to a true Hoosier likes their BPT and she said everyone gets it different.  Another woman walked by, so I asked her what her recommendation was.  She said if it was grilled, she eats it with grilled onions.  While I love grilled onions, that doesn't seem right on a BPT.  Finally, I just went with lettuce and mayo.  Once again I ask.....what goes good on a BPT?  This wasn't one of those oversized BPTs, but it tasted like it had a buttermilk crust and it wasn't overly crunchy like others I have had.  This wasn't as great as say, the BPT at Nick's Kitchen, but I would definitely still recommend it.  Davydd, it you haven't been here before, this could be a worthwhile stop.
 
Next up was the toasted cheeseburger.  

According to my waitress, this is one of the most popular menu items here.  This is simply a hamburger patty in between two toasted slices of bread.  This came with lettuce, tomato and mayo.  The meat to bread ratio was a little off and this should probably be ordered as a double, but was still a nice change of pace.
 
The #1 seller at Lemon Drop is the famous onion burger. 

Now, when I think onion burger, I think of a burger smothered in lots of grilled onions, or even better, the onions grilled right into the beef patty.  A good example of this would be the great onion burger places in El Reno, Oklahoma, like Sid's.  Apparently, it is popular to get the onion burger between slices of toast, but since I was already eating a toasted cheeseburger, I went with the regular soft bun.  When it was delivered to me, it looked like just any hamburger, with some lettuce, pickles and raw onion on top.  What a disappointment!  If you look at the photo again, you can clearly see some onion sticking out of the inside of the burger, where a little chunk is hanging off.  I did not notice while taking the photo and was greatly surprised when I bit into it.  The middle of the burger was loaded with lots of onion and all was forgiven!  Unusual and a real pleasure to eat.  I loved this burger.
 
After all of this, I was stuffed.  The service was excellent.  After I finished my chocolate coke, within two minutes, three different waitresses asked me if I wanted a refill, before the cup was taken away.  A woman sitting next to me with her young son, bragged that this was the first place she had ever taken him for french fries.  Looking at their food, the long, skinny fries did look good.
 
You pay at the cash register and they have lemon drop candies

if you need something sweet on the way out.
 
If you ever find yourself in Anderson, Indiana, Lemon Drop Restaurant would make for a worthwhile stop.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/04/02 16:15:31
kevincad
Cheeseburger
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/04/02 16:17:57
Some Amish call those thick noodles in the Pot Pie "slicker noodles". Have a friend that makes them very well and I LOVE them!!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/04/02 17:18:00
Buffetbuster
 
The lemon milkshake seems right up my alley. What was the tartness/sweet ratio?
 
My personal experience with BPT's in Indiana is lettuce tomato and mayo, however on the other hand in Iowa, it's pickle, onion and mustard. I'm not sure if these are regional preferences or just "just luck of the draw"
 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/04/02 19:56:14
kevincad-
Instead of "slicker noodles", are you sure they aren't sneaking snickerdoodles in there?  That would make them taste even better!
 
WJ-
There was very little tart to the lemon shake, almost all sweet.  Thanks for answering the BPT toppings question.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/04/13 14:28:01
This is going back a few months.....
 
Mariton and I spent New Year's Day in Myrtle Beach.  We had an early afternoon flight home out of Raleigh.  After an hour taking photos on the beach, we started the three hour drive.  We bypassed the seemingly dozens of pancake houses in MB and were hoping to find something interesting along the way.
 
By the time we had almost reached I-95, it wasn't looking too good.  Finally, I spotted this sign

on NC HWY 87 near the tiny town of Tar Heel.  BTW, isn't Tar Heel a great name for a North Carolina town?  Despite this being a Monday morning of a holiday weekend, the Roadfood Gods were smiling on us and the place was open.
 
The name of the restaurant was Anderson's Grill

Mariton was in the middle of a phone call, so I decided to just go in and get the food to go.  I opened up the door and walked right into the kitchen, causing confused looks from the staff.  That's when they told me that all ordering is from the outside window.  Whoops!
 
The menu is four pages long.  If you squint and possess 20/20 vision, you may be able to read it here: 


There are all kinds of things on here I would love to try.  Here is what we got:
 
Mariton loves pork chops, so I got her a pork chop sandwich.  And this was one seriously good looking, bone-in pork chop sandwich! 

When asked what to put on it, I went with lettuce and mustard.  I really thought we were going to love this sandwich, but it ended up being ridiculously salty.  Now, both Mariton and I are more sensitive to salt than most and we often think a food is too salty.  But this was way beyond just salty.  It tasted like the Atlantic Ocean was in the sandwich.  The only way something could be this salty is if someone just made a simple mistake.  We were hoping all the food wasn't going to be the same way.
 
Next up was the fried bologna sandwich. 

This was much better!  The bologna was thick cut, with maximum piggy flavor.  I got no toppings or condiments on this and it didn't need any.  The pork bbq sandwich was another winner. 

They asked if we wanted slaw on it and of course the answer to that is a big yes!  Surprisingly, the slaw was the mayo-ey kind and I would have guessed that it would be more vinegary in this part of North Carolina.  Anyway, it was a great counter balance to the moist, tender pig meat.  This really was an excellent sandwich.
 
Still, the item we liked best was the fried shrimp. 

Though the shrimp were on the small side, the portion size was shockingly big for the price.  The shrimp had a delicious golden coat and neither one of us could eat these fast enough.  More of the creamy cole slaw came on the side, but the green beans were obviously canned.  To drink, a couple of fine sweet teas.
 
The food did take a while to get to us, but that just meant it was made to order.  The restaurant appears to be run by one family and they were very friendly.  The young lady who took our order couldn't have been older than 13. 
 
We didn't like everything from Anderson's Grill, but there were more hits than misses.  If you are in the Fayetteville/Lumberton area, this place is worth checking out.
 
Anderson's Grill
14311 NC HWY 87 W
Tar Heel, NC
910-862-7717
post edited by buffetbuster - 2012/04/13 14:41:23
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/06/08 14:38:07
Mariton and I were recently in Arizona over Memorial Day weekend.  We split our time between Tucson and visiting the Grand Canyon.  Tucson is one of my very favorite cities for Roadfood and we ate as well as usual on this trip.  The best meal we had was a new place for us called El ToreroEl Torero is set back a good distance from the road and it would be very easy to overlook this place,

despite it's bright pink exterior.  The interior is spacious and with a name like El Torero, no surprise that they have lots of paintings with bull fighting scenes.

 
By the way, I should note something about my pictures:  They stink!  When you turn my camera on, the outside door doesn't completely open.  So, I have to do that by hand.  And when that happens, it is very easy to accidentally touch the outside of the lens, which leaves blurry spots.  Unfortunately, I didn't notice this while I was taking the pics.  Sorry!  Please ignore the blur in these photos!
 
Once we sat down, our waitress came over and asked if we wanted to start off with a cheese crisp.  Of course we said yes and she went off to the kitchen.  I looked at the menu and realized they have cheese crisps with green chile on them.  I quickly flagged her down and asked if it was too late to get that one.  She took off for the kitchen and came back with this.

The flour tortilla is thin and obviously cripsy and loaded with melted cheese.  And the green chiles just add so much flavor.  This was excellent!  It was cut into eight slices, with me getting three and Mariton taking care of five on her own.
 
Mariton also made short work of the chips and salsa.

The chips were unmistakably homemade and the salsa was plenty hot.  Now, my girlfriend is capable of eating hotter foods than anyone I have ever met before.  Despite this salsa being too hot for me, she asked if she could get the real hot stuff.  The waitress, now impressed, just smiled and then brought back a smaller bowl of darker red salsa. Mariton dipped into it and was now much happier.  I knew better than to try it myself.
 
Having a feeling that the food here was going to be special, I wanted to sample several different things.  First up was a hearty bowl of albondigas soup. 

Thin, but possessing great flavor from the chiles, it also had lots of meatballs and vegetables.  Next up was a green corn tamale and the waitress gave me a look of approval. 

Oh my goodness, was this good!  Soft, sweet, with a strong taste of corn and chiles, now I know why green corn tamales are so loved.
 
Still needing to decide on an entree, I reread the Roadfood review.  The Shrimp Veracruz came highly recommended in the review, but they did not have it on this day.  Another dish with turkey in a mole sauce was mentioned and the waitress said that they could make.  I looked again on the menu and it wasn't mentioned, at least that I could find.  At least they were happy to make it for me.  And thank goodness they did, because it was spectacular.

First of all, this was real turkey rather than some cheap imitation meat that you see so often in turkey dishes.  And that mole sauce, so rich, so deep in flavor, was unlike anything I had tasted before.  We both swooned over this dish and finished it record time.
 
Our waitress seemed to really enjoy our excitement and enthusiasm over the food.  The fact that we were the only non-Spanish speaking people in the restaurant did make us stand out.  Before, we left, she brought over a business card with her name on it and I couldn't help but notice that her nickname was Shorty.  I asked her if we could get a photo with her and she was happy to oblige.

 
We had a truly special meal here at El Torero and I would be hard pressed to come to Tucson and not here.
 
El Torero
231 E. 26th Street
Tucson, AZ
520-622-9534
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:I'll take Potpourri for $1200.00, Alex. 2012/06/09 05:22:13
I don't go down to Tucson too often but next trip will include a meal at El Torero!
For all of younz that like to go to Tucson, might I suggest a little side trip down I-19 to Tubac AZ. It's about 30- 40 minutes south of Tucson. All interstate driving.
It's a quaint little village that has become Southern AZ's Artist Colony with over 80 galleries and shops with sculptors, painters, potters, artisans and jewelers  actively living there. It's the "Sedona of Southern AZ".
There's a beautiful Mission - Mission de Tumacacori, and it was the First European Settlement in AZ - Founded in 1752!
There's a Golf Resort & Spa and numerous restaurants there.
Here's one of the better ones -  http://www.elvirasrestaurant.com/default.htm
It sits at 3200 feet so it's generally cooler there than Phoenix and Tucson.
post edited by Foodbme - 2012/06/09 06:08:58
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