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 Glencoe, Kentucky.
Greeting from Glencoe, Kentucky
N 38Â° 44.398′ W 084Â° 49.842â€™ Elev. 621 ft.
I got stuck for a day hereabouts and decided I would finally eat at the Exit 62 Restaurant & Truck Plaza. Iâ€™d slept here before because once you hit the I-71-75 split up the road a piece you wonâ€™t find anywhere to park after about 5 p.m. But for some reason I never ate here â€¦ and theyâ€™ve got grits and hash browns!
As soon as I sat down a guy came over and said â€œWhat can I get you to drink, boss?â€ I told him and then asked if those were that dayâ€™s specials on the chalkboard. I thought there would be breakfast specials on it. I get confused sometimes because I operate on Pacific Time and, unless I have to be somewhere, I donâ€™t mess with inconsequential things like converting time zones. Needless to say it turned out to be three hours later later in Kentucky than it was in Zzyzx and those were indeed the dayâ€™s specials.
â€œWe have a new item today,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s a meatball hoagie thatâ€™s really good. We also have pot roast thatâ€™s really, really good, with big chunks of meat in it.â€ Okay, I said, Iâ€™ll have that. â€œIâ€™m not your waitress,â€ he replied, â€œsheâ€™ll be right here.â€
The Exit 62 is a fairly old, funky place, with a host of friendly people working there. Itâ€™s got a broad porch in front with benches and rocking chairs, the perfect place for a doing a little jawing while you whittle. Itâ€™s kind of confusing though: Is the place called the Exit 62 Restaurant or the Yum-Yum Shop? According to the receipt itâ€™s called the Exit 62 Restaurant. I have no explanation for the Yum-Yum.
After I ordered I was kind of sorry I hadnâ€™t read the menu a little closer. It turned out theyâ€™ve got a breakfast sausage called Goetta. I asked the guy: What the heck is Go-etta? He said â€œItâ€™s pronounced â€˜Get-uhâ€™.â€ He thought it was â€œa German sausage made with beef and pork and some other stuffâ€ but wasnâ€™t really sure. He assured me nevertheless that â€œItâ€™s really good.â€
â€œThatâ€™s a matter of opinion,â€ said a lady sitting behind me, without missing a beat. So I asked her what it Goetta was. â€œWell,â€ she said, â€œIâ€™m not really sure. Itâ€™s beef and pork and some sort of filler, and itâ€™s really dry. Iâ€™ve tried for years to like it but I just canâ€™t. But a lot of people do. They even have a Goetta Festival up in Covington every year. But I â€¦ I â€¦ I just â€¦.â€ Hate it? â€œYeah!â€
According to the Wiki, the filler in Goetta is pin oats, it isnâ€™t German, and is peculiar to the Cincinnati area, like Five Way Chili. And evidently some people positively loathe the stuff. So much so that now Iâ€™m afraid to even try it.
My pot roast ($8.59) arrived, with two sides and corn bread, which was actually a griddle cake. Like the man said, the pot roast had â€œbig chunks of meat in itâ€ which were pretty tender. The meat, chunks of potato, baby carrots, and onion were bathed in a brown gravy that didnâ€™t really work for me. I prefer pot roast in its natural juices â€œlike Mom makes.â€ Still, it wasnâ€™t bad by any means.
For sides I got mashed potatoes and gravy and green beans. I donâ€™t know what I was thinking. I shouldâ€™ve gotten hash browns and beets. In toto the meal was pretty good but, still, it just wasnâ€™t what I was really wanting.
Next to the cash register they had a really great looking homemade 4-layer coconut cake so I bought a slice ($2.99) to take with me. It turned out to be quite good. The frosting had a copious amount of coconut and tasted vaguely of marshmallow. I told my sister, a world-class baker in her own right, about it and she explained that it was Seven Minute Frosting.
As I was leaving I kept thinking I probably shouldâ€™ve substituted the pot roast for two eggs and fried bologna â€” you canâ€™t get fried bologna just anywhere, you know â€” and, what the hell, maybe a couple of slices of white bread and a side of grits. Oh wait, thatâ€™s the Fried Bologna breakfast ($5.49). Maybe next time.
And so we roll.
Exit 62 Restaurant & Truck Plaza, I-71 Exit 62, 3345 Highway 127 N, Glencoe, Kentucky
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.
I love cornbread, but that griddle cake looks even better. Is it cornbread fried like a pancake?
Warning: Googling ‘griddle cake’ on an empty stomach is dangerous. Mmmm.
Yes, it’s essentially pan-fried cornbread batter. They were originally called Johnny Cakes or Hoe Cakes.
That one wasn’t very good; a little too dry. They make the best ones in the soul food restaurants. They just seem to be a little moister, plus they add sugar to the mix.
Then again, I believe there is no such thing as “bad cornbread.” It’s just that some is better than others.
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