Roadfood Professional Hall of Fame of 2016
A couple of months ago I started a thread highlighting the Roadfood Profressionals throughout the years that took the extra step to make the dining experience extra special
Before I announce the 2016 winners (a two way tie this year) I want to re-cap 2016 in a nutshell
Back in January Sandra and I escaped the first major blizzard in Rhode Island by heading NORTH to Vermont. Yes, it was a coastal storm and Southern Vermont nary a snowflake fell. We then continued down to Worcester MA to meet our Boston Roadfood Friends.
In February Sandra and I embarked on our week long trip. After flying down to Charlotte, we met the original Roadfooder himself, Michael and Linda Stern
at Shealy's BBQ the next day for lunch. We then continued on to Jacksonville/St Augustine Weekend meeting new to me Roadfooders
including, Chicken Plucker, Big Bear, Crew84Row
We then continued on to Charleston via Savannah before returning to Charlotte via Columbia SC to spend time with my Cousin Lisa and her family as well as my friend Julianne and her husband Scott.
In April Sandra and I headed on our first Roadtrip of the year beginning in Amish Country and visiting Sandra's relatives. We then continued on to Charleston and Huntington WV and even made it as far west as Ashland KY before returning to Pittsburgh for the big spring weekend trip. We then returned home via Scranton #WheresJoeRogo?
In May, merely a few weeks later we headed on an impromptu visit to my Nephew Brandon's college graduation in Binghamton NY , but stayed an hour south in Scranton PA since no hotels were available in Bingamton. We did have breakfast in Scranton with #There'sJoeRogo
June took the Boston Crew on the Billyboy
lead Brooklyn tour, Sandra and I spent the following day in in Manhattan due to an incredibly lucky overnight priceline pick for a King room at the Sheraton Time Square for $89 a night and an spur of the moment lunch with Billyboy
No big trips in July but it's always a big event when Buffetbuster
comes to Rhode Island for the weekend during his week long trip throughout New England
My solo heartland Roadtrip was in August of this year. stopping in CT to see Sandra, NJ to visit my friend Ian, then off to Amish Country and then burgers in Columbus with Michael Hoffman, Lleechef
and my Cousin Mona. Only to be greeted by a huge spread sheet in Indiana with the likes of Chi Town Diner
We met other Roadfooders at Joe Hubers
in Starlight IN including new to me roadfooder Uncle Groucho
and of course our special guest, Mayor Al's
widow, Ms. Janet My trip continued on with Louis s
howing me some of the best Roadfood spots in Western KY and then on the way home meeting up with Ralph Melton
his lovely bride Ice Cream Chick
and of course Buffetbuster
for some Barberton Chicken at Belgrade Gardens
in Barberton OH and finally a quick in the parking lot hello to Mosca
in Wilkes Barre PA
September took Sandra and I on our week long trip to San Francisco and Yosemite, not only did we experience all time high record breaking heat in San Francisco of 91 and 90 degree, respectively but we also had dinner at my Cousin Dane's house in beautiful, upscale Tiburon.
October took me on an impromptu trip to Baltimore and DC for a two interesting family re-unions including meeting my younger half sister for the very first time. I also had the opportunity to get together with Sandra's college friend, Ellen and her boyfriend Joel and dine with Signman
at Pioneer Pit Beef
(my first visit) and of course everyone's Cousin Johnny
at G & M Restaurant
Sandra and I spent Thanksgiving weekend in Northern VT visiting new to us restaurants and finally in December I headed to NYC for an impromptu farewell to the Carnegie Deli
with my friends Ian and Steve, and his coworker Justin.
I guess all in all it was a big Roadfood Year.
Anyway, back in February, our first official stop for Jacksonville/St. Augustine weekend was Gator's BBQ in Jacksonville
Not only was it one of our favorite stops of the weekend, but owners John and Sandy Shepherd
truly went out of their way to ensure we had an excellent experience. They were truly fantastic hosts and I'm glad I finally completed my Roadfood review of Gator's BBQ
In August, Chibears15
was really looking forward to a visit at Zaharakos in Columbus In. It was there we met soda jerk extraordinaire, Wilma Hare. A perky firecracker of a lady who doesnt' take guff from anyone, especially Chi Town Diner. Wilma was a real hoot and gave us a tour of the upstairs museum. So the roadfood professionals of 2016 are John and Sandy Shepherd of Gator's BBQ in Jacksonville FL IMG_8542
, on Flickr
andWilma Hare of Zaharakos Ice Cream Parlor in Columbus IN IMG_9484
, on Flickr
post edited by wanderingjew - 2016/12/24 11:58:10