How did I get here?!
Apologies to the Talking Heads. But, how did a telecommuting foodie from Chicagoland that hates the cold end up in the bustling metropolis of Youngstown, Ohio? The short answer to that, is that my wife wasn’t yet ready to move to the Lowcountry. So, we moved to where her family was originally from. Which comes with a lot of benefits. Just about every other week, The girlies all go spend t he night with their great aunt, which has been great for us to have some time together. Sans children. It also has got to be one of the cheapest places in the country to live. You can still buy livable houses in the town that we live in for under $50k.
So, there’s a lot of good about here. Except that it’s somewhat of a purgatory for foodies. In some respects, it’s almost as though you’re being punished. That’s nto to say that all the food here is bad, as it’s not. But you’ve gotta look for the stuff that’s good. And here, I’m going to share some of the places that we’ve come across that we patronize on a regular basis.
Here’s a great breakfast:place to start you off, if you’re in the area.
Recommended by a “Snob Hill” neighbor, this place didn’t disappoint. Diner style comfort food, but executed extraordinarily well. I have never, in my life, had a better chicken fried steak. Also delicious are their home fries and their apple pancakes. Be advised, though, they fry in peanut oil. If you have a peanut allergic child, like we do, it’s an occasional treat, even though the price is pretty good, considering the quality of food.
We like to find good stuff in strange places, and we travel a pretty good amount. So, we’ll share ideas of places we go and places we’ve been.