Posted By Mark Passerrello
5/26/2010 8:46:00 PM
When I mentioned around work that we were driving north for a family wedding, and were leaving early to allow a stop at the G&R for lunch, everyone knew exactly were we were headed! The reputation of the place has spread and it seems most people have been there, or know someone who has. One coworker said the pies were "to die for", and considering the place is known for bologna sanwiches, that is saying something. She said the pies were very good and the portions more than ample, when she visited with her sisters they could not finish.
The news about the pies was music to my 6 year=old daughter's ears, who has developed a fondness for bannana cream pie and who was ready to have only a slice of that same for lunch.
The G&R is what can only be described as a neighborhood joint, and that meant in teh very best way. In our area of Central Ohio there are two local chains that market high end, up market pub grub in a faux neighborhood tavern atmosphere that is charming but obviously created by a designer who shopped a lot of estate auctions and yard sales. The G&R is the real deal and makes no effort of hide it's "Regular Joe" roots. The whole vibe of the place is unfussy and genuine. Food is served on paper plates, and you get paper napkins. SOda comes in a cold can and you are offered a tiny plastic tumbler to sip it from, with ice if you want it.
The food was all very well prepared and great example sof it's type. The signature sandwich, a thick slice of lunch meat on a standard issue hamburger bun, dressed with process cheese slice, onions, tomato and lettuce is really, REALLY good. It is just the best balogna ever, and the onion and other vegetables add great texture. I opted to skip the cheese to let the flavoer of the meat come through more clearly.
"Gourmet bologna is a culinary oxymoron, but this sandwich, built around a thick slice of G&R's house-made bologna, hoists the humble lunchmeat 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)"