For anyone who grew up thinking of bologna as a circle of pale pink lunch meat about 1/16-inch thin, a fried bologna sandwich might not be an appetizing concept; but if you actually order one of these sandwiches in a restaurant that takes it seriously, such as the G & R Tavern of Waldo, Ohio, your image of bologna will never again be the same.
In this friendly community tavern, the bologna is sliced thick and is seriously flavorful stuff, a pork and beef blend that is garlic-scented and fatty enough that when it sizzles in a skillet, it develops a wickedly savory crust enveloping moist meat within. G & R loads it into a sandwich with sweet pickles and onion (a great condiment combo), or your choice of mustard, mayonnaise, or tomato. Fitting side dishes include a variety of deep fried vegetables and curly fries.
If for some reason you are a fried-food-frowner, G&R also offers a bologna salad sandwich; and because this bologna is so much better than the spongy packaged stuff, the salad reminds us of something made with good ham, but smoother.
"Gourmet bologna is a culinary oxymoron, but this sandwich, built around a thick slice of G&R's house-made bologna, hoists lowly lunch meat into a class of its own. Note the essential condiments: mustard, pickle, onion.(buffetbuster photo)"
"G&R is a humble place, but its reputation for bologna sandwiches has achieved near legendary status among traveling foodies. (buffetbuster photo)"
"G&R is Waldo's community tavern, but the locals are accustomed to travelers stopping in to sample the famous sandwich. (buffetbuster photo)"
"We saw no drunks when visiting the G&R, but the beverage of choice among adults most definitely is beer. (buffetbuster photo)"