Monday, July 26, 2010

Eat Here - Get Gas

Allegany, NY - Boonville, MO -
Greenville, IL - Grove City, PA - Lynnville, IN -
New Castle, IN - Newtown, CT - Schodack, NY - Springfield, OH

On a recent 3200 mile road trip, my wife and I committed to not eating fast food nor stopping at any chain restaurants. It took a little effort, but paid off with big dividends. Every meal was unique, the food well prepared, the menus varied, and each of the wait staff was an individual, not an automaton asking if we wanted to supersize our order.

We got off the interstate for each meal, which took both time and energy, but we were rewarded with unique locales, friendly service, great food, and a glimpse of small town America clearly lacking at highway interchanges. Face it - a Wendy's in Portland, ME looks the same as one in Portland, OR and, while there's some sort of safety in familiarity, every one of our meals was a positive adventure and a break from the monotony of the road.

From now on, you can guess where and how we'll be eating. Go ahead - try it out - live a little !