Stopping Between Detroit and Gettysburg?
I've been investigating options for a similar journey, and I will in fact post this information to another thread along the same lines:
The NPR Roadfood people have a website that recommends one Italian-American-and-more place quite close to the turnpike in Warren, Ohio,: the Sunrise Inn:
They also mention a barbecue joint a little further off the turnpike, in Canton, Ohio: Kennedy's BBQ:
I haven't yet investigated the PA options, because we'll be leaving the Detroit area later in the day and won't make it that far on day one.
If you're into meat, two suggestions relatively close to the Turnpike in Streetsboro, south of Cleveland:
Mr. D's market has homemade sausage (and also decent "sides"). It's a small place w. limited hours (more a shop than a restaurant).
Also, there's a jerky superstore right off Route 43 in Streesboro that has a zillion kinds of (yup) jerky that comes recommended from jerky friends.
Also, farther west, you could definitely stop at one of the Honey Huts! In fact, you really should. Local ice cream chain made with honey. Try the honey pecan. Or their malts. They are a little farther off the Turnpike though.
Sidenote: I've been to Crave, the place in Akron mentioned above, and while it was a pleasant space I didn't enjoy the food. It felt like they were trying too hard to be fancy and cutting edge (lots of elements on the plates, unusual combinations, etc) and some of our dishes, well, just didn't taste good. Just based on one visit so YMMV.
Wow, I can't think of anything less appealing for a road trip than stopping at stores that sell sausage and (gulp) jerky. Jerky? Seriously??? The difference between disgusting foods like that, vs a restaurant that has appealing, creative dishes on the menu, is just mind-boggling! But, each to his/her own tastes... :)
>> Without knowing your origination point it is hard to guess what may be your route / transit points.
The OP is starting in Detroit, as noted in the title! The quickest and most likely route is via the Ohio and Pennsylvania Turnpikes (aside from the first and last hour of the trip).
I see you've also posted in the PA forum, which is good - that way you'll get recommendations around Pittsburgh, which is in the middle of your trip.
In Ohio, I'll assume you want to break up the trip, so you don't want to stop around Toledo (too close to home). Places in Cleveland itself are going to require a detour and given the amount of driving you're doing, you probably don't want to add too much to your drive time. But places just off the Ohio Turnpike, like in some of Cleveland's suburbs, would work. I can't recommend the places I've tried in the Youngstown area, sorry (but maybe others here can).
I'm driving a similar trip later this spring. There's a place in Akron I'm looking forward to trying, called Crave. I've heard good things about it from friends in the area, and the website menu sounds great. It's open all day (which makes it perfect for a road trip, since I'm not sure exactly what time I'll be there, but it will probably be mid-afternoon, and not every place is open all day). And a detour to Akron via I-77 and I-76 doesn't add much time at all to the trip. www.eatdrinkcrave.com
>> There's a place in Akron I'm looking forward to trying, called Crave. I've heard good things about it from friends in the area, and the website menu sounds great. It's open all day (which makes it perfect for a road trip, since I'm not sure exactly what time I'll be there, but it will probably be mid-afternoon, and not every place is open all day). And a detour to Akron via I-77 and I-76 doesn't add much time at all to the trip. www.eatdrinkcrave.com
I've done a bit more research on places in the greater Akron area, since I will be passing through in both directions on my upcoming trip. I found this discussion particularly helpful:
Akron restaurant recs - www.chow.com/topics/848473
Here are the places I'm considering, based on that discussion; I'll also note what meals they serve which may be useful in case you're passing through at an odd time (like mid-afternoon, when not every place is open):
1. Crave (Akron, contemporary) - www.eatdrinkcrave.com - open all day weekdays, dinner only Saturdays, closed Sundays
2. The Office Bistro (Cuyahoga Falls and Akron, bistro) - www.theofficebistro.com - Cuyahoga Falls open all day 7 days, Akron open all day 6 days and dinner only Saturdays
3. Downtown 140 (Hudson, finer dining) - http://downtown140.com - open for lunch till 2:30 weekdays, dinner 7 days
4. Chowder House Café (Cuyahoga Falls, seafood) - www.chowderhousecafe.com - open all day weekdays, dinner only Saturdays, brunch only Sundays
5. One Red Door (Hudson, American) - www.onereddoorhudson.com - open all day 7 days
6. 3 Point Restaurant (Akron, American) - www.3pointrestaurant.com - open for lunch weekdays, dinner 7 days
7. Whitey’s Booze N’ Burgers (Richfield, burgers) - www.whiteyschili.com - dinner only 6 days, brunch and dinner Sundays
Geographically, Hudson is halfway between Ohio Turnpike exits 180 (at OH-8) and 187 (I-480). Cuyahoga Falls is just north of Akron and both towns require exiting the Turnpike onto OH-8 for a few miles detour. Richfield is 3 miles south of the Turnpike from exit 173 (Brecksville Road).
If I decide I don't want to take the time to exit the Turnpike for a nice sit-down meal, Panera Bread has locations in the service plazas at mileposts 139 and 170.
I ate at Crave in downtown Akron yesterday, and I thought it was absolutely OUTSTANDING! It's a lovely room, decorated with contemporary art and amazing pendant lamps. The food was just wonderful. Much of the menu consists of small plates - appetizers, salads, and other small plates - with a smattering of entrees at the end. So it's suitable for anything from a light lunch to a full-on dinner. And portions of those "small plates" were generous. I had the crab cakes, which were excellent. And then I had the duck confit salad, which was one of the very best salads I've ever had! This was the biggest portion of duck confit I've ever seen, and the salad underneath was really nice (the drunken goat cheese was a particularly worthy inclusion). I had been also hoping to try their BLT - the L stands for lobster, and I hear this was named the best sandwich in Akron - but I was sufficiently full after the two other dishes that I didn't want to push it. I LOVED Crave; the food was incredibly delicious. Now I just have to decide whether to go back there on my way back home, vs trying one of the other places I mentioned above. HIGHLY recommended! www.eatdrinkcrave.com
I ate at the Office (the Akron location) on my way home yesterday. I liked it a lot! It seemed a bit more bar-like than Crave, with beer specials, etc., but it was also a nice restaurant. I had the mussels appetizer which was outstanding - the mussels were very fresh and flavorful and cooked properly, and the broth was a bit spicy, a very nice dish. I also had the braised short ribs main course, which was also excellent, with a large portion size, and very tender and flavorful meat without being overly fatty the way short ribs sometimes are. The tap water had an off taste, FWIW. Service was friendly and efficient.