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Best breakfast between Elyria and CLE airport?

I can't remember if it is weekends only, but I like Vintage House Cafe in Avon for breakfast (lunch, too). I've only been twice, but I remember the made to order omelettes being good.

May 16, 2013
jroach in Great Lakes

Midwest Foodie Road Trip

For breakfast I like the food at Sweet Pea Cafe in Fairlawn, but service can be slow. They are bfast/lunch only. I like their quiches and pancakes. Or did you want something in Akron proper?

May 07, 2013
jroach in Great Lakes

Traverse City, MI & Glen Arbor, MI casual dining spots?

Thanks! I'm definitely adding these to the list. I will likely buy a case of dried cherries at Cherry Republic. Can't go wrong with Michigan cherries, right? Black Star Farm sounds good, too.

May 03, 2013
jroach in Great Lakes

Traverse City, MI & Glen Arbor, MI casual dining spots?

Thank you to all who responded. This gives me a good start and I'm already checking these places out online. I am really liking Blue Tractor. Sounds like what we'd be looking for.

Red Mesa... what do they do best? What on their menu would you recommend?

Moomers looks fun! I think we'd be able to do the dairy tour, given the timeframe we'll be there.

I can't seem to find any online reference for Burdick's via google. Is it a restaurant, bakery, grocery store, what?

Also, any good pizza places in the area? We like a flavorful sauce (not sweet), bread-like crust, quality toppings (not necessarily gourmet, just good stuff). Anything along those lines nearby or is it all chains?

Apr 04, 2013
jroach in Great Lakes

Traverse City, MI & Glen Arbor, MI casual dining spots?

We're planning a family vacation from Ohio to Traverse City and Sleeping Bear Dunes (Glen Arbor), Michigan in August 2013. Looking for casual, non-chain, kid-friendly (we'll have our 5yr old and 10 month old with us) dinner and lunch spots. Our 5 yr old is rather adventurous for that age, so pretty much any menu works for us. What's good and local to the area?

I also wouldn't mind recs for a good coffeeshop/bakery (that might offer sandwiches we could get as take-out for a picnic along the way) and maybe an ice cream shop.

Lodging specifics still need to be worked out, but right now we are strongly considering a B&B about 5 miles west of 'downtown' TC.

Thanks for any info you can pass my way. :)

Mar 29, 2013
jroach in Great Lakes

Cleveland good eats

Jack Frost... I've been going there for the past 20 or more years now. You can't go wrong with any of them really. My faves are the regular fried-cakes, especially the cocoanut, but any of the chocolate or maple frosted ones are good, too, whether with sprinkles or cream (another type of frosting they add on some) or not. Creullers are excellent as well. For a super sinful treat, try any of the candy bar ones. I like the Reese's one but it is very rich. Other unique flavors available like salted caramel, too. For best selection, go early, If you can.

Mar 25, 2013
jroach in Great Lakes

Dinner in Canton, Ohio area

It has been awhile since I've been here, but my husband and I like 91 Wood Fired Oven. We've been to the N. Canton location.
http://www.91oven.com/home.php
We keep meaning to return, but it's not an area we frequent all that often.

Jun 21, 2012
jroach in Great Lakes

Downtown Cleveland suggestions please :-)

We have been there twice for lunch on a Saturday and I actually think their lunch fare (sandwiches, stromboli, etc) is better than the doughnuts. Definitely inexpensive. Their setup is such that you order at the counter, you get a number and they'll call you when your food is ready. They do have quite a few tables for dine-in.

For doughnuts, I much prefer Jack Frost, but that's another thread for another day (and quite a ways outside of town).

Jun 21, 2012
jroach in Great Lakes

pizza & pastry in Hershey

Hello! I'm back and here to give a report on where we ended up. We arrived in town and checked into our hotel right around dinnertime. Since our 3yr old had not napped, despite the 6 hours' drive, we opted for dinner at Soprano's which turned out to be less than 5 minutes from our hotel. Neither DS nor DH were in the mood for pizza, so instead DH got the lasagna, I had the eggplant parmagiana sandwich and DS ordered chicken fingers. DH's dinner came with Italiian wedding soup that I tasted and thought was pretty good. The garlic bread they served us before the meal was also quite tasty. I was not impressed by the eggplant parm sandwich though. Had they added some of whatever was on the garlic bread, it would have helped immensely. I did not try any of DH's lasagna, but he said it was good. I think the next time we might come here, I'd strongarm at least 1 other person at my table into ordering the pizza. Maybe the pizza is the best item on their menu?

Lunch the next day after a visit to Chocolate World was at Breads and Cheese of Hershey which we LOVED. DH and I both had the spinach-feta soup to start. He got the Monte Cristo sandwich (served w/ maple syrup to dip it into -- genius!); I had the veggie strata, a special that day. DS enjoyed his ham/cheese pocket sandwich w/ chips. We also shared some dessert pastries and those were fabulous. The weather was perfect, so we ate outside at one of the 2 or 3 tables in front of the building.

We liked Breads and Cheese so much, we tried to return on our way back, but alas! It was a Monday and they were closed. Our 2nd choice was Chocolate Avenue Grill which was also quite good, but in a different way. (I'd learned of them via a search here.) I had the fish 'n chips. The cod was wonderfully breaded/fried (not greasy at all); the fries were 'seasoned' with Old Bay which was certainly interesting, but they were on the salty side and I couldn't finish them. Thank goodness I'd ordered coleslaw as an extra side -- that helped cut some of the salty flavor from the fries, and the coleslaw itself was creamy goodness. DS got chicken tenders, but at least it was a little different than the norm on kids' menus -- with a coconut breading and a side of mandarin orange slices. DH had the catfish po'boy that came with what I'm pretty sure were homemade potato chips. They sure tasted like it. http://www.chocolateavenuegrill.com/

May 25, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

Thanks for all the info. I wish our time in Pittsburgh would have been a bit longer. I know we'll be back though and I'd love to try some of these other places. When we arrived into town, our 3yr old hadn't napped and it was already 6pm, so we opted for a quickie dinner at the Union Grill on S. Craig St. I had the Greek Salad which was surprisingly good. Along with the 'usual' kalamata olives, feta, cucumbers, etc. they also included figs. Nice! I've not seen that before, especially at a casual place like that. DH had the California Salad and he opted to add grilled salmon to it. He enjoyed that very much. I tasted a bit and it was good. Nice, fresh greens (as mine had) and a tasty honey-mustard dressing. Definitely homemade dressings there! Our son wanted the mac n cheese, but they were all out of it, so his 2nd choice was the kids meal fish sandwich -- minus the bun (we subbed a garlic breadstick). We also subbed out the potatoes/fries with the regular sauteed veggies. The fish portion was HUGE for a kids meal, but very good -- nicely breaded/fried and not greasy. Veggies were a mix of asparagus, red/yellow peppers (all good) and pea pods (kinda stringy and tough). Aside from the peas and the sysco-esque breadstick, the meal was good.

As for lunch the next day, we had stayed so long at the museum that we opted to just eat at the cafe there, the Big Red Room. It was decent and the prices weren't out of line. I had the burger, DH had the special of the day wrap (New Orleans chicken, I believe) and DS got chicken tenders w/ fruit cup. Yeah, decent, got the job done. We were on the road by about 3pm.

One little extra bonus stop in the area that we made was Hank's Frozen Custard and Mexican, a place I found mentioned here (or maybe it was on someone's blog I clicked on). Definitely a unique little gem of a place! It's in New Brighton and was on our way home. I was super curious about the walk-up window place that had both ice cream (well, custard) AND Mexican food in the same place. The 3 of us split a bean soft taco, just to try (we were mostly in the mood for frozen custard, but how often do you come across a place like this?). I liked it. Or maybe it just tasted good with my black raspberry shake. DH's cold treat was a basic hot fudge sundae and DS decided (finally!) on a rainbow sherbet cone. We enjoyed the food and the novelty of the combination. The next time we head out to Pittsburgh, I'd find a way to swing by again. http://hankscustard.tripod.com/

May 25, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

dinner halfway between Warminster and Collegeville, PA (just outside Philly)

I just wanted to thank everyone for the replies. We ended up just going to their house for a cook-out. You can't go wrong with a home-grilled meal when you're on a week-long trip. We enjoyed some delicious cheddar-bacon burgers and assorted accompaniments. :)

May 25, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

Ambler - Kid friendly dinner?

Just to let folks doing searches know (that's how I found out), the Schanachie pub is closed, as of April 2012. Too bad. I was looking forward to trying it when we'll be in the area next weekend.

May 13, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

dinner halfway between Warminster and Collegeville, PA (just outside Philly)

Thank you! This gives us a lot to work with.

May 13, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

dinner halfway between Warminster and Collegeville, PA (just outside Philly)

Looking for dinner options that would be about halfway-ish between Warminster (our hotel area) and Collegeville, PA. We'll be visiting in the area next weekend and are looking for a good spot to meet some Collegeville friends for dinner on a Sat. or Sun. evening. We would prefer something non-chain with great food, casual atmosphere (ok for 3 kids aged 3-10yr). If they take reservations (for a Sat. especially) even better. I don't want to be waiting around for 30-45min for a table with the kids.

Our friends suggested a Chinese buffet that's their 'favorite', which would be ok, but I know there are some good and some not so good ones out there. Unfortunately, I don't know the name of the place. Any such buffets in that area that are actually good? Or any other restaurant really. I think they just mentioned it to suggest *something*. :)

Oh, a 'mainstream' kind of menu would be best, but I think any of these would be fine: Chinese, Italian, Mexican, Thai, regular American family restaurant w/ diverse menu as long as the food is good. And, if you have other ideas, please feel free to mention them. :)

Thanks!

May 10, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

Akron restaurant recs

Among your closest choices would be Crave and Luigi's. My husband and I have been to both once (need to go back!) for dinner and liked it. Since we have a 3 yr old, we don't get out much. LOL. Anyway, the pizza at Luigi's is quite good, and, if you care, it's the restaurant that Montoni's of Funky Winkerbean (comic strip by Tom Batiuk) fame is modeled after. Luigi's is casual Italian. Crave is upscale, trendy but tasty.

May 09, 2012
jroach in Great Lakes

Rehearsal Dinner - NE Ohio. Please help a NY Hound out.

Look into Bistro on Main, on Rt. 59 in Kent (kinda close to the Stow border). Very good food and they have a private dining room that can seat up to 40. My husband and I were there for our anniversary a couple weeks ago and really enjoyed the pear salad, margharita pizza, and scallops. Everything there is homemade, even all of the salad dressings. We found the prices to be very good, too, probably because of their location (not in the middle of a downtown area). http://www.bistrokent.com

In Hudson, I absolutely LOVE Downtown 140, but it's on the pricier side and I have no idea if they have a party room. The dining room is very small.

Hudson's Restaurant in downtown Hudson is good casual food at a mid-range price, but I don't know if they have a separate room. http://www.3foodies.com/index.htm

At the other end of the spectrum, On Tap Grill on 59, but in Stow, has good what I'd call 'bar food' and they have a separate dining room. It's a chain, but a local one. I like their burgers, fries and milkshakes, but haven't been there in awhile. http://www.ontapgrill.com/ The only thing I don't care for is their breakfasts.

May 08, 2012
jroach in Great Lakes

Sesame PLace - Anything close to get food with kids?

Thanks! We just may check that out. I do love tomatoes. :) It has just been determined that we'll be staying in Warminster at the Holiday inn. Is there anything worthwhile either there (China Dragon doesn't look far from the hotel -- any good?) or Hatboro, Southampton, that general area -- just in case we need a 'close to the hotel' place as fallback?

May 03, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

An UPDATE. We've just established we'll be staying in the University Center area at Quality Inn. Google shows me a few places right nearby (walking distance)... any of these worth a visit? Lezzet Turkish & Mediterranean, Mad Mex, Korea Garden, Larry & Carol's Pizza, Campus Deli... anything? It's the college part of town, so there could be some gems OR some dives in there. Thoughts?

May 03, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

Thank you. :) I'm happy to hear a 'report' regarding the museum itself, as well as the cafe. I'm impressed that they have 'specials' at all, and they look pretty good (as do the prices). It's good to have the German and Thai recs as well. I really don't know where we'll end up, but it sure is nice to have some option in my back pocket. Oh, and BTW, our travel dates have shifted slightly. Pittsburgh arrival will be Monday night, staying one night. We'd be looking at a Mon. dinner and Tues. lunch, so I just have to check and see which places are open on Mondays.

May 02, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

Sesame PLace - Anything close to get food with kids?

Thank you! I checked out the menu for Dominick's (I'd consider a local chain to be ok -- I'm just not into the big national ones) in Langhorne and did not see tomato pie spelled out on the menu for that location. Is that it's exact name and how it would appear? I would be interested in trying a regional specialty (though I guess we could always drive to Trenton if that's the only place that has them). Any other local delights in that area worth mentioning?

May 01, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

Thanks for the report on the cafe food. Typically, I figure most of these in-house snack places are overpriced and often have a menu of hotdogs/burgers/grilled-cheese that caters to kids who exist on those things (my kid is hit or miss on all of the above). Glad to hear it's decent. If our timing ends up as such that we have to eat there, it sounds doable. I was also thinking an outside restaurant would enable us to eat at a more local type place (and I know my kid's attention span -- there's no way he'd last past 3 hours in a museum of any kind, LOL).

May 01, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

Sesame PLace - Anything close to get food with kids?

I'm resurrecting this thread because my family will be making a trek to Sesame Place (from Ohio) in May. My husband, 3.5 year old and I all appreciate good quality food and prefer to support restaurants that are not chains.

The restaurants mentioned in this thread... Cancun, Mirim and Charming Garden... are they all still around and worth visiting? Any others worth considering? Is there a worthwhile take-out pizza place around town (again, no chains please)?

Also, In attempting to google Carlucci's, another name came up for the Langhorne location: Mamma Mia's. I presume it's the same place, just renamed and still gets good reviews? (And what sort of pizza do they make -- traditional, more gourmet, etc?)

Another question... are there any good, local bakeries in Langhorne for such things as homemade bread, muffins, croissants, that sort of thing, for a quick & tasty breakfast?

Thanks!

Apr 30, 2012
jroach in Philadelphia

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

Thanks! Six Penn looks good. What would you say their specialty is? Also, you say that Peppi's is 'popular'... but is the food itself any good (I know plenty of popular places that, well, I wonder why they are)? What would you recommend there?

Apr 27, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

pizza & pastry in Hershey

I've done searches on here for Hershey area restaurants and plenty of sandwich places and standard menu restaurants come up. Nobody has suggested any good pizza places yet. Does such a thing exist in the area or are chains pretty much the extent of it?

Looking for a mom 'n pop kinda pizza place -- either dine-in or take-out. We prefer a spicy sauce rather than a sweet one, and fresh ingredients (no canned veggies, please). Will be headed to Hershey with my husband and 3.5 year old next month and it would be nice to have a better-than-mediocre pizza option, if one exists. One can only eat so many sandwiches.

Also interested in recs for a good, local bakery in/around/near Hershey for treats such as in-house-made croissants, scones and muffins as a possible breakfast/snack option. Excellent coffee a plus.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Apr 26, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

kid-friendly weekday lunch in Pittsburgh (& a dinner)

Next month, we'll be making a family road trip into PA and our last day brings us through Pittsburgh for one overnight and part of a day. The plan, as I know so far, is to visit the Children's Museum in the morning, then grab lunch before heading home. We'd prefer NOT to eat at the cafe inside the museum.

What might our lunch options be for a Friday lunchtime that's not too far from the museum? (FWIW, we'd be headed out of town toward Akron, OH.) No chains, any menu ok (my almost-4yr old isn't picky), casual preferred.

Also, any thoughts on a good quality (but kid friendly) dinner spot in Pittsburgh for that Thurs. evening when we get into town? I don't know the hotel location yet -- still working on that. Again, any menu ok, even ethnic if it's good. No chains. Someplace we can experience 'only in Pittsburgh'.

Thanks!

Apr 26, 2012
jroach in Pennsylvania

gluten-free or vegan dining in Cleveland

I am not on a gluten free diet nor am I vegan, but I've eaten with vegan and vegetarian friends at Tree Hugger's Cafe and Johnny Mango. The food is good at both. (And, I LOVE pretty much any of the juice drinks at JM -- all freshly squeezed.) I've eaten at Sweet Melissa's for lunch once and liked it well enough, but the restaurant it replaced, Max's Deli, still holds more of a special place in my heart. :)

I also think you may have contacted the wrong Tommy's. The Tommy's on Coventry (east side of Cleveland) is very vegan/vegetarian friendly. According to this on their web site, they can accommodate gluten-free dining. http://www.tommyscoventry.com/index.p...

Apr 23, 2012
jroach in Great Lakes

Uniquely Cleveland/Akron dining for visiting NYC hound?

I would never steer anyone to Tip Top for breakfast or any meal for that matter, and I live in Stow (yes, that's where it's located). A better breakfast choice would have been Sweet Pea Cafe, though it's over in the western Akron 'burbs, in Fairlawn. The menu is more varied (not your standard eggs n' bfast meat plates) and the food itself is better quality. I like it for lunch, too.

Good to know about Hartville Kitchen. I'll have to make a trip out there sometime. Sounds like it just may be worth it.

A better burger option than Swenson's (IMO the only thing they do a decent job with is milkshakes) or Skyway is FlipSide in Hudson. I've not been there yet, but friends have recommended it and I keep meaning to stop in. Perhaps your MIL thought the novelty of a drive-in would be fun, and it certainly is unique to this area, but I'd pick better quality food any day. :) JMO

Apr 23, 2012
jroach in Great Lakes

restaurant recs along I-90 into MA, south to RI

I started another thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/786180 ) , but our driving plans have changed slightly. Originally, we were going to take I-95 through CT, but would like to avoid the traffic over there. We're taking a family vacation from Cleveland, OH to Kingston, RI next week. Our current plan is to take I-86 and I-88 through NY state, then get onto I-90 into MA before dropping down to Kingston through the Providence, RI area. Given that info, does anyone have recs to add to my list? Looking for something casual, kid-friendly (but don't necessarily need a kids menu, per se), unique to the area. Any menu ok.

Jun 13, 2011
jroach in Southern New England

casual restaurants along I-84 & I-95 through CT & RI

Thanks for all of the great suggestions! We're looking forward to trying them out next week. I do have an update... our driving plans have changed slightly. We will, instead, be avoiding I-95 like the plague on our way into town. Our current plan is to take I-86 and I-88 through NY state, then get onto I-90 into MA before dropping down to Kingston through the Providence, RI area. Given that new info, does anyone have other recs to add to my list?

I'm really looking forward to this trip and trying some of these places out! Thanks again for all of the wonderful info.

Jun 13, 2011
jroach in Southern New England

casual restaurants along I-86 through NY state

Update! Our driving plan has changed a bit. We will be on I-86 AND I-88 through NY up to Schenectady, then south onto I-90 through Albany and into MA. Any recs for the I-88/I-90 portion of our trip?

Jun 13, 2011
jroach in New York State (exc. NYC)