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Nov 22, 2011 01:11 PM

Thanksgiving Day on I-90 (Indiana or Ohio)

We're going to be travelling on Thanksgiving Day along I-90 from Chicago to Pennsylvania. Can anyone recommend a place for a decent lunch or dinner near I-90 in either Indiana or Ohio. (Mid-to-eastern Indiana past the time zone change, not around Chicago.) So far every place I've checked is not scheduled to be open on the holiday. We do not want to stray too far from the interstate because we have to be in PA that night. Thanks in advance for any suggestions.

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  1. I hear the Chubby Trout in Elkhart (off the SR 19 exit) is very good, but I'm not sure if they're open for the holiday:

    To be honest, there really isn't much off of the toll-road in Indiana unless you stop in South Bend or Elkhart. Likewise, in Ohio, the turnpike goes to the south of Toledo. You might want to search those cities and call around previous suggestions.

    All of I-90 through Indiana and half of Ohio is toll road. If it comes down to it, don't bother with the toll plazas in Indiana, they are disgusting. Most of the ones in Ohio are now brand new and aren't that bad for food court food. They'll all be open in a pinch for sure.

    Sorry I don't have better suggestions. I tried to find a list of restaurants open in South Bend, but was unsuccessful...

    Chubby Trout
    2730 Cassopolis St, Elkhart, IN 46514

    1. I90 goes right through Cleveland. If you're planning to hit the Cleveland area at a convenient meal time, then there should be some good choices.

      Bar Cento is my favorite restaurant in Cleveland. They'll be open at 8pm. There's a rabbit pasta dish that's quite good. The hanger steak is great. French fries. The fingerling potato side dish. Salads are all good. The meat and cheese boards are good. The sunnyside pizza is great.

      I just confirmed that Buckeye Beer Engine will be open from 11am until 2:30am. Try the adobo beef roll appetizer.

      Otherwise, your options will mostly be Asian food. Siam Cafe is the best Chinese restaurant in that area. I'm sure they'll be open. I've posted about Siam Cafe frequently. You can find more specific recommendations in previous threads.

      There are Vietnamese and Korean options if you're interested. I would recommend calling any of these other places to confirm their hours.

      Bar Cento
      1948 West 25th Street, Cleveland, OH 44113

      Buckeye Beer Engine
      15315 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107

      1. Just a quick thanks before we hit the road this morning. We'll let you know what we find out - hoping the Chubby Trout is open if only for the awesomeness of its name. Off to the in-laws we go!!

        Chubby Trout
        2730 Cassopolis St, Elkhart, IN 46514

        1. Just wanted to post a follow-up in case anyone else should need to search on this topic in the future. Be warned that many of the services in the toll plazas were closed or closing early because of the holiday. At Vermilion Valley, we got into the Panera Bread at 7 pm just as they were closing early because it had been so slow, and two other of the fast food restaurants and the gift shop were already closed. We stopped at a couple other plazas and same thing. To keep this on point about food, props to the Panera Bread for a good peppermint hot chocolate.

          (With a 10-hour drive, we decided against making a length stop off the interstate. We'll probably pack our own food for a road picnic next time. Thanks again, jes70 and stuart - we appreciated the good advice to help us figure out what to do.)