In Warrenton, VA, visiting my sister, I stopped at Frost Diner. It's a classic metal diner, and while I don't have any pics of it, there are several on the following page--just scroll down a bit to see them: http://www.choppedonion.com/id133.html
Here's what I had for breakfast:
Another visit to Carousel Frozen Treats:
And it's on to Culpeper, VA, a quaint, historic town and home of Knakal's Bakery, recommended by my sister. http://knakalsbakery.com/
Supposedly famous for their doughnuts, I tried a variety of good-looking pastries. Although I don't recall the name of this pastry, the cake had one of the most tender crumbs I've ever had.
Here's a mini lemon chess pie:
And a custard-filled doughnut:
However, my favorite item here was their cinnamon roll ring, which I unfortunately don't have a photo of, but can definitely recommend!
Fast forwarding a few states and heading to Chicago, I went through Amish country, hoping to find some pies (I hadn't had enough!!) Seeing folks in buggies is common enough, but bikes were a first for me:
So, excited by the review and pie pics of the Village Inn in Middlebury, IN: http://www.roadfood.com/R...erview/565/village-inn
I headed there. As I reached town, however, the following sign grabbed my attention:
Waahhhhhh!!! It was only a tease because, guess what--it was Sunday, and they were closed!
So, I suspected the same would be true of the Village Inn, and sadly, it was. It should've been a no-brainer, but it was also an unfortunate result of my scheduling.
My consolation prize was a (say this in your best Barry White voice) Choco-Cherry Love blizzard at Dairy Queen, which didn't care what day of the week it was.
So, that was my Sunday school lesson...
I happily made it to Chicago, which I've wanted to visit for years. Although I only had one full day there, I did at least a little damage. First up was Johnnie's, in Elmwood Park, thankfully not crowded on a chilly afternoon. http://www.roadfood.com/R...Overview/3447/johnnies
I loved this place! The lemon ice was spectacular:
And Italian beef, dipped, with sweet peppers--what can I say!
If I'd had more tummy space, I'd have gotten a sausage. This is a definite drawback to traveling alone.
Next day, in addition to hitting a few of the city highlights like the Willis Tower (I think it used to be Sears), Millenium Park, and the Chicago Art Institute, I stopped at Garrett's Popcorn Shop, where the Chicago mix was outrageous. Caramel with pecan was also delicious: http://www.roadfood.com/R.../garretts-popcorn-shop
Later I went to Gene & Jude's http://www.roadfood.com/R...erview/2284/gene-judes
and had some of the best French fries ever:
covering up the dog:
With little time to spare before closing time, I made a beeline for Eli's Cheesecake, another famous Chicago favorite. http://www.elicheesecake.com/
Here's what I tried at Eli's. Salted caramel cheesecake:
Their original "plain" cheesecake:
Mixed berry cheesecake:
I definitely have to go back to Chicago--I hardly made a dent.
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