I’m happy to have Tio Wally (long-time Me So Hungry reader) aboard to send in his eating adventures from across America. Here he is in Spiceland, Indiana.
Greetings from Spiceland, Indiana
N 39° 51.064’ W 085° 25.056’ Elev. 1051 ft.
Mr. Fuel has me kind of flummoxed.
I have no idea how many locations there actually are. I know there are three in Missouri, three in Indiana, and locations in Ohio and Virginia. But that’s not what’s important. What’s important is what the hell they’re selling for food.
You see, the ones in Missouri always have a different sandwich special every month. The deal is a sandwich, chips and a drink for $2.99, and they are consistently pretty awesome sandwiches. So good are these deals that I usually call them on the first of the month to find out what to look forward to.
In the past I’ve had great meatloaf and pork chop sandwiches, Ruebens, San Francisco Clubs (turkey, ham and bacon on sourdough), and one of the best double cheeseburgers I’ve ever had. Last month I had a few French Dip sandwiches (roast beef with provolone cheese) that came with the best au jus I’ve ever had. The au jus was remarkably rich tasting without a hint of the usual saltiness au jus is often noted for.
This month they’re offering a Bavarian something-or-other that was described as a ham sandwich dressed with some sort of horseradish sauce on a croissant. At least, I think that’s what the lady said when I called. It sounded kind of weird … so it’s probably pretty good.
A great thing about the sandwich specials at Mr. Fuel is they always have quality fresh veggies that they’ll gladly hop up your sandwich with. But again, they only offer the monthly sandwich specials at the Mr. Fuels in Missouri.
Now I’ve discovered yet another incredible deal, this time at the Mr. Fuel in Spiceland, Indiana. They just completed construction of this location earlier this year. I finally stopped in about a month ago for coffee and there in the hot deli case they sat — 99¢ Pulled Pork sandwiches. They also offer a chicken sandwich for $1.59, which I haven’t tried yet.
Figuring they couldn’t be very good at that price I only bought one and drove off. Big mistake. The things are really good. They contain a pretty decent amount of meat in a tasty, sweet barbecue sauce.
This Mr. Fuel also has a complete hot deli set-up. Another driver told me that he regularly takes his breaks there just so he can have the pot roast. I’ve seen the pot roast and it looks really great. Heck, all the food they had looked pretty great.
When I stopped this time I was surprised that they were just setting everything up even though it was nearly 11 a.m. I don’t know if they were running late or they don’t set it up until lunch time. Thus, the pictures are sort of incomplete.
I do know this, though. I went in at about 3 a.m. one day and they didn’t have any of the pulled pork sandwiches. I whined, naturally. “Not a problem,” said the nice lady. “How many do you want?”
A few minutes later I was on my way, sailing through the darkness, blissfully smearing barbecue sauce on my face. What a deal!
And so we roll.
Mr. Fuel #8, I-70 Exit 123, 5679 S. Indiana St. Hwy. 3, Spiceland, Indiana
Tio Wally pilots the 75-foot, 40-ton(max) land yacht SS Me So Hungry. He reports on road food from around the country whenever parking and InterTube connections permit.