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Great chow along rte 80 betw. PhilPA and Ohio?

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GDSwamp Jun 16, 2007 04:22 PM

Just drove out to a wedding in Chicago, made some detours to alt. routes (rte 30, rte 711). I was sure I'd find some great burger shacks or rib cribs or hot dog huts along the way, but we ended up eating at a Wendy's after adding hours of failed exploration to our drive time.

So can anyone out there recommend a more fruitful detour for our return drive on Sunday?

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    mitchh RE: GDSwamp Jun 18, 2007 08:38 AM

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/405060

    Unfortunately you aren't going to find much.

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      jaydreb RE: GDSwamp Jun 19, 2007 08:21 AM

      There's a family run Italian restaurant in Dubois called Luigi's that's pretty good. Not what I would call "great chow" but more than acceptable considering the options in the area.

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        GDSwamp RE: GDSwamp Jun 19, 2007 03:05 PM

        In case anyone else is making the drive:

        I didn't get much from chowhound but did cull some promising recs from Hollyeats.com. Based on those, we stopped at Berardi's Family Restaurant on rte. 6 in Huron, Ohio for dinner. The perch and french fries were very good - crisply friend and completely un-greasy - and the homemade raspberry and peach pies we had for dessert were really outstanding. That meal somehow made up for the 16-hour drive (it takes longer when you've got a brand new baby in the car) and the horrible food we had on the way out.

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          CrazyOne RE: GDSwamp Jun 19, 2007 05:39 PM

          Too late for Sunday and not a shack/hut sort of place, but for a sit down lunch/dinner we always have a good time at Iron Bridge Inn in Mercer, PA. It's 3 miles south of I-80 on US 19. This is about 15 miles from the Ohio border. The folks own several restaurants, including three that are identical copies in different locations (*cough* chain *cough*) but this is their original and still best. We go for dinner and order off the dinner specials menu. Good desserts made in-house, and service has always been really good. Can be an hour wait on Sat and Sun, though, so you have to have some extra time.

          http://springfields.com/ibi_files/iro...

          The middle of PA does seem to be a wasteland. Big lonely stretch of I-80 between I-79 and I-81. Maybe someone else has found something. I've only driven it a couple times and we pretty much try to drive straight through there (heading to Boston area usually, or towards Albany).

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            jgbmlg RE: GDSwamp Jun 20, 2007 06:50 PM

            The Inn at Turkey Hill is near on of the Bloomsburg I-80 exits had a good restaurant last time I was there a couple of years ago. It's fine dining, not road food. Bloomsburg, being both a college town and at county seat, has lots of restaurants, from burgers on up. I seem to recall a pretty good brew-pub kind of place where they had a microbrewery. Maybe someone from that area can help.

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              chocoannie RE: jgbmlg Jun 21, 2007 07:33 AM

              Bloomsburg does have some nice restaurants.....and there's also the Pine Barn Inn in Danville. Oprah actually stopped there on her road trip for what it's worth. It did recently change hands, so I don't know if it's still good, but it's been a successful restaurant and inn for years.

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              Jen_in_NJ RE: GDSwamp Jun 22, 2007 06:54 AM

              You might see some signs for Quaker Steak and Lube....it's a local chain, but fun. The original is in Sharon PA, just outside of Ohio and there is one just off interstate 80 in Bloomsburg.....
              http://www.quakersteakandlube.com/
              There wing sauces are awesome!!! When we stop, I buy a bunch to bring home.

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