Iâ€™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 Williamsburg, Iowa.
Greetings from Williamsburg, Iowa
N 41Â° 41.433â€™ W 092Â° 00.707â€™ Elev. 815 ft.
Here was an wholly unexpected score. I was driving on Interstate 80 through Iowa one night looking for a place to park for the night and, hopefully, get a decent cup of coffee in the morning. I ended up stopping at a Caseyâ€™s General Store in Williamsburg (130 W. Evans St., Hwy. 149 and I-80, Exit 220).
Caseyâ€™s General Stores are mainly little convenience stores/gas stations of various sizes, with various amenities. A few of them have diesel and a bit of parking. This particular one had a restaurant attached to it, which is unusual for a Caseyâ€™s.
Unbeknownst to me, some Caseyâ€™s also have little deliâ€™s inside that feature pizzas as well as sandwiches; $5 for their â€œClassicâ€ foot-long subs.
Iâ€™ve made no secret of my fondness for Tuna Salad. Most places charge extra for tuna, if they even have it. But lo and behold, not only does Caseyâ€™s have it, itâ€™s considered part of its â€œClassicâ€ menu.
I ordered one because it looked so good and was not disappointed. It was great. Moreover, the lady that made the sandwich put five giant scoops of it on the sandwich. I have no idea how many ounces of meat was there, but Iâ€™m thinking it was well over a pound; it was definitely more than one of those containers from Braumâ€™s contains. It was huge! Enough for four meals for me.
There was also another special of sorts going on in the parking lot that morning that was strictly for the birds. A truck had spilled some feed corn and the local avian community was going crazy. At times the pile was nearly covered with three or four different species. Unfortunately, I was never able get a shot of the â€œbig gang.â€ They were very skittish and, much like the Amish, refused to pose.
I also made another major score on that cruise. I was in Norfolk, Nebraska and hit the Hy-VeeÂ for dinner. One of the specials that day was a monster stuffed pork chop with two sides and a roll for $5. For the sides I got scalloped potatoes and baked beans. Needless to say, it was great and made for multiple meals.
And so we roll.
Caseyâ€™s General Store, throughout the Midwest, primarily in Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, South Dakota, Minnesota, Kansas and Nebraska.
Hy-Vee, throughout the Midwest
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.