Great food for road trip: I-90 between Toledo and South Bend?
On the first night of my cross country sojourn, I'll be stopping someplace between the 2 cities, probably after 7 p.m. I've been going over the midwest chowhound board to see where I should eat, but nothing seems a clear cut winner. Ideally the place would be near the interstate, easy to find, not part of a chain, and downright delicious.
I know it's asking a lot, but if anyone knows of a place, it's fellow Chowhounders.
Oh, and if there's any chance of one of those midwestern pork tenderloin sandwiches, I'd be thrilled to try one.
I do that drive a lot (it's actually one stretch of a much longer drive I do). That stretch is only about two hours and it's primarily a rural area with only very small towns. Furthermore, it's a bit of a pain to leave the toll road, since you then have to pay a toll getting off, then get another ticket getting back on. For "downright delicious", you're much better off eating either in Toledo or in South Bend, both of which have quite a few good places to eat.
In Toledo, I've heard wonderful things about Diva ( www.divatoledo.com ), a fine dining destination in downtown Toledo, which I will be trying next month. There are lots more places in downtown Toledo, which may or may not be convenient to you, depending on where you're coming from. (It's not *that* close to the Ohio Turnpike, which you will be taking to South Bend, but it's right off I-75, if you're coming from Detroit.) On the north side (away from I-80) is Mancy's ( www.mancys.com ), a steakhouse which has been there for many years and is still very good.
For "close to the interstate"... When I'm in the mood for ethnic food, I go to the Tandoor, a pretty good Indian place on the southwest side of Toledo, just north of the Ohio Turnpike (I-80) Exit 59 (the exit puts you on Reynolds Road and it's at 2247 S Reynolds Rd, on the right, maybe half a mile north of the interchange).
People in Toledo constantly push a hot dog place called Tony Packo's ( www.tonypackos.com ) but none of its three locations are near the Turnpike, and... well, it's just a hot dog and chili place, but if you're *really* into hot dogs...
The dining guide of the Toledo Blade is at www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/ptshowguide?Category=RESTAURANTGUIDE
In South Bend, the LaSalle Grill ( www.lasallegrill.com ) is an excellent fine dining restaurant downtown. There are lots more recommendations for South Bend on this forum.
As planned, I ate at Diva a couple of nights ago. It was very good indeed!
Here is what I had:
Seared Foie Gras and Pan Fried Veal Sweetbreads
Johnny Cakes with Sweet Corn Milk
Baby Field Green with Spiced Pecans
Balsamic Roasted Pear and Amish Blue Cheese
Wholegrain Mustard Vinaigrette
Grilled Veal Medallions
Hazelnut Crusted Sweet Breads
Lavender Scented Demi Glace
I had dessert, too, but I am drawing a total blank on what I had - sorry! I also tried my dining companion's wild boar, and a lemon flavored dessert. Everything I had was really very good, and very creative. I also appreciated the restaurant's use of unusual ingredients. The decor is that of a modern/hip renovation (exposed brick walls with modern artwork and fixtures). The music was a bit odd, as though it was trying too hard to be trendy, but not jarringly so. The servers were well trained and friendly. All in all, a very enjoyable dining experience.
329 N. Huron St.
Toledo OH 43604