Sunday, August 12, 2012

Road to Saint Paul, List #1: Road Food

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I'm back on the road this Friday and have spent stolen moments over the past week making lists and plotting routes on maps. I thought it would be fun to share some of my lists here this week. Let's get on to it!

When I was growing up, we took many a road trip, and it was all about the road food. It should come as no surprise then that one of the first lists I started plotting was local food along my route*. Well known watering holes, local food traditions, places recommended by local bloggers**. My research was unfettered by anything as traditional as Zagat. There are no guarantees I'll get to all of the places below, but I'm going to try to make a go of it.

Dirty Frank's Hot Dog Palace (Columbus, OH), I love a fancy hot dog (see earlier visits to Frank and Polock Johnny's). Heard of this potential gem via Allie Lehman's twitter stream.
Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream (Dublin, OH)
Frontera/XOCO (Chicago, IL), I love Mexican food. I heard Rick Bayless is the bomb. The end.
Edward's Drive-in (Indianapolis, IN), Breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches are supposedly an Indiana thing. Who knew?!
The Bachelor Farmer (Minneapolis, MN), Farm-to-table, modern Nordic cooking. I've already got a reservation for Saturday night ;-)

I'm in need of good coffee shop locations. Hint, hint.



*We'll get to that list later this week. I've done quite a bit of hemming and hawing over potential routes. 
**Stalker much?

6 comments:

  1. "modern Nordic cooking"

    Now, there's a phrase I don't hear around DC. Balkan cuisine? Sure. But modern Nordic? Not so much.

    Enjoy!

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  2. It definitely reeks of a bourgie foodie thing, but I'm game to try. Judging by their menu, game seems to be about what to expect ;-)

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  3. I get really timid when it comes to new food places. I hate not knowing "how" to order stuff. Or how to pay- tipping? take it to the register? etc?

    Ahhhh!

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  4. I can get like that but tend to embrace being a nube (depending on where I am...would never in NYC). I stopped and got ice cream from this place on the road and was completely floored by how big and inedible it was when served. I apologized and said I'd never been, begging them to put it in a waffle cone for me.

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