It was a very exciting month, and even though I was technically “on vacation,” I found some interesting restaurants far from home!
We dined in seven states, and although most of those meals were nationwide franchises, and some were continental hotel breakfasts and gas station hot dogs, some were exceptionally good. A favorite was Burgerhaus, only available in Northern Indiana. We dined with my newly married son and daughter-in-law, and enjoyed wonderful burgers and pita chips with Parmesan-artichoke dip. They serve all kinds of gourmet burgers, salads and wraps, including delicious vegetarian offerings, and each burger purchased also provides a balanced meal to a hungry child in an impoverished country through Kids Alive International. The restaurant was spotless, the service excellent, and the food out-of-this-world! If you get up that way, you can tell them I said so, too!
My dining partner and I had a wonderful time, but we were glad to be home again. We noticed a restaurant we had reviewed in the extreme northeastern corner of Madison County had opened what we thought was a new branch closer to home. However, after we entered and had a chance to speak to our server, we found that the original place had closed. So, instead of expanding, the restaurant had moved.
I saw that the new location had more than double the dining space, in addition to a large banquet room that was not in use. Our server was busy talking with a group of diners that appeared to be regulars and took a while to get to us. When she did, she gave us flatware-in-a-napkin (including a spoon) and menus. We asked for water and she was off in a flash. When she returned, we were ready to order. I was truly hungry, and ordered an omelet with rye toast, American fries and silver dollar pancakes on the side. My companion requested an order of three biscuits and gravy, with a side of American fries.
We looked around as we waited for our food. Each table had salt, pepper, catsup, sweeteners and jelly on it. There was plenty of seating and the restaurant was decorated with an early American feel. A large pie case was across the room, filled with delicious-looking desserts. The restrooms were clean and satisfactory, but not cute like the ones at the previous place.
When our food arrived, the portions were larger than I thought they would be. My omelet and American fries took up the entire oval plate, and the five silver dollar pancakes filled another round plate. The biscuits and gravy and American fries filled another plate. We managed to clean it all up, but I took half of the rye toast and jelly home for a snack later. I had to ask for another napkin to wrap it in.
The omelet was hot and succulent, and cost $6.49 with the American fries and toast. The pancakes were $1.99. The biscuits and gravy were $4.99 with an extra 50 cents for the potatoes. I feel we received a lot of food for what we paid.
Our server had not returned to check on us after delivering the food, so I didn’t get to speak to her until I paid the check. She told me that the other store was doing plenty of business and she didn’t know why it moved.
Overall: four and a half stars
Food: four and a half stars
Cleanliness: five stars
Service: three and a half stars
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