Archive | June 2013

Virgil’s Cafe’

Virgil’s Cafe

Today we’re here in Kentucky visiting the Creation Museum in Pettersburg, if you have any questions on creation or evolution this is the place to go, also if wonder about the dinosaurs and how they’re related to the Bible this is where your questions will be answered.

Of course we have to eat, so back to the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives site to see if there are any places in the area. Since we’re close to Cincinnati of course there are! Today, we chose Virgil’s Cafe’ in Belleview, KY.

Well worth the trip. I had the Chicken and Andouille Étouffée – Smothered chicken and house made andouille sausage over dirty rice and garlic bread. Very good, and plenty of food, if we were closer to home I would have taken a doggie bag. This is one of the items Guy had on the show.

My hubby had the Steak Poutine – house cut fries, gruyere cream, caramelized onion,
black pepper sirloin, and roasted shallot demi. He ate every bite, plus a piece of my garlic bread which I didn’t eat.

The place itself is very nice, it’s not a diner, not a drive-in but I wouldn’t call it a dive. It’s a quaint little cafe’ :-). They try to get all their food locally, they grow some of the greens that they use out back and their menu changes seasonally.

So, again triple D, no disappointments here. If your in the Cincinnati area, be sure to stop and give Virgil’s Cafe‘ a try and let me know if you do!

Cherry Mash Candy

Cherry Mash

Sometime ago on the Food Network show Unwrapped, I saw how Cherry Mash was made. Being from South Jersey I had never had this candy, since its made in the mid-west and only sold in the mid-west. I thought to myself, make a note, if ever in the mid-west you need to try this.
Well, here we are traveling through the mid-west. Needless to say, my mental note never came to the forefront of my brain until we were at a gas/convenience store in Missouri. My hubby asked me if there was anything I wanted I said no, turned to walk out and there was a bin of Cherry Mash candy. I picked it up and had a look at it, bingo! My brain registered! Told my hubby about the show and we picked up two.
This candy is considered a candy bar and from what I just read on the Cherry Mash website, it was the 3rd candy bar created in the US. Impressive. This candy bar is round and is at least the size of a golf ball. It has milk chocolate a chopped nuts on the outside and cherry fondant in the center.
It tastes good but you have to like cherry. I do, no problem especially when the cherry is covered in chocolate. On a personal note, I would like it better if it was dark chocolate, my hubby agreed, but that’s just our opinion.
If your ever in the mid-west give this candy bar a try and let me know how you liked it. If you are in the mid-west let me know if this is one of your favorite candy bars.

Dressel’s Public House

Dressel’s Public House

Today we’re passing through St. Louis, MO to see the famous arch (yes, I went up in it and pictures will be posted once we get home and I sort through them, pictures your seeing now are from my phone) and eat!
Once again searching out an eatery from Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, and again the triple D doesn’t disappoint.  We arrived in St. Louis today, June 23rd a Sunday.  So sorting through the places that have been visited by Guy Fieri I had to keep that in mind.  You’d be surprise the places not open on Sundays and Mondays.  Anyway, I whittled it down to Dressel’s and we were very pleased.
Being a Sunday afternoon they were serving brunch which was okay with us, but the hostess told me we wouldn’t be able to order what Guy had since we weren’t there for dinner.   She did say however, that their signature Bretzel (which is half pretzel half bread, its made like a pretzel par boiled then baked to finish, but is the size of a small loaf of bread) was on the menu, but not the way Guy had it since it was brunch, but if we wanted it prepared the ‘Guy’ way they would accommodate us.  Wow, their earning brownie points!  Anyway, Guy had the  Bretzel with their Rarebit sauce, but we went with 1 Bretzel rolled in Cinnamon & Sugar, Carmel Sauce, (and yes, I once again blew my gluten free diet, better luck tomorrow).
My hubby ordered the Monte Cristo – RoastedTurkey, House back bacon, Gruyere, battered brioche, seasonal jam, house chips.
I ordered the Eggs Reuben- Sweet potato & corned beef hash, toasted rye, fried farm egg, chipotle hollandaise without the bread, and I’m sorry, I cut into mine before taking the photo! What was I thinking!? I know what I was thinking… I’m hungry!  I’m also sorry if the photos are dark, again these are taken with my cell phone, sorry.
Well, they brought us the Bretzel first, it was good, it would have been amazing if it had been fully cooked through….I showed the hostess, she and our waiter apologized and offered us another which we declined, because we wanted to eat the rest of our meal, we did have enough of the Bretzel to know we liked it and yes we would order it again should we ever be in St. Louis again.  Being a home baker, I know that things can go wrong with breads, there’s allot to do with humidity and timing.  Knowing that they were genuinely sorry, offered us another and took this off our bill without a blink of an eye.  This is a good place to eat at, so if your I the area, do stop by.
Everything else we had was delicious and the service was great.

Woodyard Bar-B-Q

Woodyard Bar-B-Q

On Saturday, June 22nd we arrived in Kansas City, MO. So after checking through the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives places, we chose the Woodyard Bar-B-Q. Again, no complaints. This wonderful dive, has eat in or outside on the patios or deck. We were there on a Saturday night and they even had live music out on the deck where we ate, very nice.
I ordered the Burnt Ends Sandwich and a side their Cheesy Corn, and no, I didn’t slip off my no gluten diet, I didn’t eat the bun. The Cheesy Corn is basically whole kernel corn in a buttery cheese sauce, very nice.
My hubby ordered the Rib Basket which consists of 4 Ribs & 2 Sides, he decided on potato salad and coleslaw. I must say he practically inhaled the potato salad he liked it that much.
So, if your ever in Kansas City, MO give ‘um a try.

Tocabe American Indian Eatery


It’s been almost 2 weeks since my last post, but don’t worry once we get home from this trip I’ll have allot to share, place to go and things to see.  But, today I have another Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, we visited the Tocabe American Indian Eatery in Denver, Colorado.
As usual with following the Triple D we were not disappointed.
My hubby ordered the Bison Ribs and I ordered the Grilled Chicken Indian Taco both served on Indian Fry Bread.
Yup, you guessed it, I totally blew my gleuton free diet, but no worries, I’ll get back on track tomorrow.  But, one good thing is they sell natural soda by Rocky Mountain Soda! No preservatives!  Wahoo!  It was very good, give it a try if its available in your area.
In the meantime I want to tell you what Indian Fry Bread is, it’s a fried piece of heaven….well, it’s a flour batter fried, shaped like a tortilla but tastes …. In my opinion, similar to funnel cake.  It’s delish!
So, if your in the Denver area and hungry stop in!

Chicago Brauhaus

Today we had a late lunch at the Chicago Brauhaus, as seen on Diners, Drive Inns and Dives. This was an episode that we watched and drooled over, so we knew if weever visited Chicago we’d have to eat here. It was worth waiting for.
Being our first time to Chicago folks told us we should take the train in, but my hubby’s always up for a driving challenge, so we opted to drive. Knowing we were going at what we figured would be a good time to avoid the rush traffic and our thinking paid off. We had no problem getting there, we had no problem parking, we actually had parking choices. The only ‘schlock’ we had was paying for the parking, luckily we have been to Philly enough that the little pay here for your parking ticket machine wasn’t too intimidating. What was the shocker was, we paid for one hour and 15 minutes of parking $2.50 …. They then, charge you $1.50 TAX!!!!! So parking was $4.00 for and hour and 15 minutes.
The restaurant was everything we hoped for, definitely German, inside and out.tye owner came to the table to say hello, his name was Harry, so of course my hubby got a double hand shake when he told him his name was Harry too. 🙂
The food was wonderful and fast, the waitress was just as wonderful, told us to make sure we saved room for dessert because the Apple Strudel just came out of the oven, so we had that for dessert, which we shared.
Yep, I blew my no wheat diet…. eating style/choice, I knew I would to eat there because I was determined I was going to have Spätzle. Spätzle is a German noodle which i’ve never had, so wanted to give it a try. Luckily it was pared with roasted pork and red cabbage for the daily special, so that’s what I had. My hubby had the meatloaf with green beans and mashed potatoes, both came with soup or salad he got split pea soup, I got the salad with the house vinegarette.

The Starlight Lounge

As seen on Diners, Drive Inns and Dives, The Starlight Lounge in Blawnox, Pa (near Pittsburgh) is a dive, but the food is fabulous! My hubby got the Peroggi’s which are huge and he only got the appetizer size which is 2! The platter size is 3. The was a man there eating them and he said it was his 3rd time this week to eat there! My hubby also had a bowl of ham and bean soup, both items he loved and ate every bite. I got the BBQ Chicken Salad, when you look at the picture you will wonder what’s in it, under the cheese is BBQ chicken, under the BBQ chicken is French fries… Yup, French fries! Seems they do this in the Pittsburgh area, they also are known for putting brown gravy on French fries too. Anyway under the fries is a wonderful salad with a variety of greens, peppers, black olives and hard boiled egg. I was a little leary of fries on my salad but the flavor was very nice, I would order this again if we ever go that way again.