Thursday, July 19, 2018

Cairo Edition: North Bend State Park

North Bend

I've been making my way through the state parks in West Virginia, and it's always exciting when they have restaurants.

North Bend

North Bend State Park has lots of hiking trails, streams and more in a beautiful setting.

North Bend

The restaurant is simple, seat yourself with lots of beautiful lighting.

North Bend

The dinner menu is straightforward with a few really unique items.

North Bend

Since when I travel, I usually try a few little things at a bunch of places, I didn't want a huge dinner.

North Bend

But first, warm bread.

North Bend

Then, an interesting take on bruschetta with capers, tons of melted mozzarella, tomatoes, garlic and red onions.

North Bend

Chicken corn chowder!

Top Dawgs Drive In

Also, on this day, I got to see the Blennerhassett Island Historical State Park!

Top Dawgs Drive In

I took a tour of the mansion.

Top Dawgs Drive In

And rode around on the property with these beautiful guys! Such a fun day.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Parkersburg Edition: Top Dawgs Drive In

Top Dawgs Drive In

What was once called Davis Drive In is now Top Dawgs Drive In in Parkersburg.

Top Dawgs Drive In

What remains the same is that I love a drive in restaurant.

Top Dawgs Drive In

And, this is no exception. I pulled into the parking lot, looked back toward the building that had the plastered menu and tried to determine what I wanted.

Top Dawgs Drive In

My first choice was an order of chicken fries. I hadn't had these since grade school, so they hit the spot.

Top Dawgs Drive In

A strawberry milkshake is a perfect complement to any meal.

Top Dawgs Drive In

And, of course, a West Virginia hot dog with chili, law, mustard and onions.

Have you been? What's your favorite?

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Parkersburg Edition: Crystal Cafe

Crystal Cafe

The Crystal Cafe is a classic Parkersburg restaurant that serves homestyle breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Crystal Cafe

After walking in, I seated myself in a little nook so I could take in the whole place - which was full of regulars and smiling faces.

Crystal Cafe

The menu features a little bit of everything.

Crystal Cafe

Those sandwiches caught my eye first because sometimes that's just what hits the spot!

Crystal Cafe

Salads, entrees, burgers and dogs all seemed popular.

Crystal Cafe

But breakfast was what I was here for - and that breakfast wrap with sausage, lettuce, tomato, cheese and mayo had my name on it.

Crystal Cafe

Add a bowl of fruit, and it made for a top-notch breakfast!

Crystal Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, July 16, 2018

North East, PA Edition: The Bean

The Coffee Bean

After leaving Niagara Falls, we found ourselves halfway home and starving.

The Coffee Bean

Lisa scoped out this adorable nearby coffee shop called The Bean.

The Coffee Bean

This sweet coffee shop pairs fresh roasted coffee with breakfast snacks, sandwiches and soups.

The Coffee Bean

And, they had some really cute branded merchandise for sale, too.

The Coffee Bean

I wanted some combination of sweet and salty, so I started with a Mountain Berry muffin.

The Coffee Bean

My best guess is that a Mountain Berry muffin has multiple berries - like raspberries and blackberries.

The Coffee Bean

See how cute the interior is!

The Coffee Bean

I could definitely see myself hanging out here if I was local!

The Coffee Bean

Iced caramel macchiato

The Coffee Bean

Mountain berry muffin

The Coffee Bean

Tortellini salad with kielbasa
Boston Bean Cafe Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Niagara Falls, CANADA Edition: Harvey's

Harveys

Harvey's is a Canadian fast food burger chain.

Harveys
At Harvey's, we have a long history of proudly serving Canadians great tasting burgers. For over 50 years, our restaurants have been Canadian owned and operated, serving Canadians all across our beautiful country. Much has changed in the past 50 years, however our recipe has remained as true and as delicious as ever. Our Harvey's grill-masters charbroil each burger to perfection at 600˚F on an open-flame grill. Once the burger is set in front of you, we let you choose from a selection of fresh toppings and together we build your perfect burger right before your eyes. Your burger made just the way you want it. Now that's a beautiful thing! (ABOUT)
Harveys

The interesting thing about this place is that everything comes plain and you specify how you want it topped - which would be great for picky eaters!

Harveys

I got a cheeseburger and got the standard toppings - minus relish - to try it out. A little ... rubbery, but not horrible.

Harveys

And poutine! Which was OK.

Harveys

Fries are fries.

Harveys

Have you been? What's the best thing?

Harveys

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Toronto, CANADA Edition: Seven Lives - Tacos y Mariscos

Seven Lives

We decided to make a day trip to Toronto because we're crazy.

Seven Lives

One of my requirements was that we find a restaurant so I can document my Toronto adventure.

Seven Lives

We found pretty good reviews of Seven Lives, so we made our way to the area. It was complicated to find parking since many of the roads were shut down in this area so it's pedestrian friendly on Sundays. Cool concept, tough for visitors. After circling around many times, we actually found a parking spot pretty close!

Seven Lives

Seven Lives had a line wrapped around the building, and they were outside turning tacos like crazy.

Seven Lives

I ordered a baja fish taco, and they wrote it down and moved me along the line.

Seven Lives

Look at all those name!

Seven Lives

You can add your preferred salsa and lime.

Seven Lives

Baja taco! This was fresh and tasty. A bit tough to eat with all the toppings, but not bad!

Seven Lives - Tacos Y Mariscos Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato