Jane & Michael coming to your area?
Well, not exactly but what if they were, for one day only, and needed recommendations in your area? What local roadfood gems would be on your list?
Breakfast - definitely Norma J’s, a converted trailer attached at right angles to the one where Norma lives, partly because she’s only open for breakfast. My recommendation would be Country Breakfast Eggs, fried potatoes and onions with beaten eggs poured on top and cooked until it looks like a giant pancake. A big hunk of apple sausage (ground apples mixed in with the pork) on the side.
Mid-morning snack – a couple of hot dogs embellished with yellow mustard, chopped onions and chili sauce from Yocco’s the Hot Dog King, stopping en route at the Crystal Springs Dairy Mart for a quart of their perfect pepper cabbage, a birch beer, and some of their special homemade black raspberry ice cream.
Lunch – hard to decide – on a Friday or Saturday, the Ritz B-B-Q and then a stop next door at the Allentown Farmers’ Market for a taste sampling of Lebanon and sweet bolognas and a few other local specialties. Days the market is closed, a tiny storefront restaurant in the worst part of town with the best Syrian food and customers as varied as the items on the menu.
Mid-afternoon snack – a short road trip to Zern’s Market in Gilbertsville PA for some of those chicken livers and whole mushrooms fried in chicken fat with a stop at the booth that specializes in all sorts of hard-to-find candies of the past.
Supper – Has to be the Willows in East Texas PA for stuffed pig stomach or meltingly tender roast pork with an individual pitcher of gravy on the side. The big decision would be which vegetables to choose because they give as much care to them as to the meats. Local strawberries, dipped in a light batter and fried, then sprinkled with 4X sugar (yes, that’s on the vegetable menu) or corn fritters, potato filling, zucchini balls, fried pumpkin strips, baked lima beans in a tomatoey bacon-flecked sauce are a few of the choices. Apricot, cherry crumb, strawberry rhubarb or lemon sponge pie for dessert of course.
Unless it’s a Sunday, which would mean the Kempton Hotel for family style platters of chicken pot pie (the noodle kind), baked ham, roast beef, potato filling, and all the usual vegetables and accompaniments like corn, chow-chow and potato rolls. If you want the lemon sweet strip pie, order it with dinner because it sells out fast.
(sorry this is so long but I already cut it in half)