Due to our extensive experience of years and years of cooking, we feel qualified to critique and/or review local (and then some) restaurants. We will give offer our opinion on the best food and most value for your money. So before you decide to go out, check out our Restaurant Critique. You may just find that new place to call your favorite.
Sumburger is one of the few orginal 50′s restaurants still in operation. Their concept has always been carhops and phones at every booth.
They first opened for business in 1953 on South Bridge Street in Chillicothe Ohio in a trailer. Its name was very descriptive — The Trailer Drive-In. A short year later the trailer was moved to its orginal location of North Bridge Street and named Logan View Drive-In
Customers would usually refer to the hamburger as “some burger” hense the name change in 1974 to Sumburger
Next year 2013, they will celebrate their 60th year in business.
This ‘hamburger Joint’ must be doin somethin right!
Their hamburgers are one of a kind and the cole slaw is always deliouis. Now…… they have other things on their menu, like Shrimp, Chicken, Hot Dogs, Fries, Mushrooms. But their biggest seller by far is their Sumburger Platter.
We stop by in the summer and park in the back and have a carhop bring us the food. Now the outfit has changed, but not the reminesence of what it used to be like in the 60′s and 70′s at a Drive -In. Priceless !!
Until March 1st, 2012, you can enjoy any Sumburger Platter and get the next one (of equal value) for only $1.00. This is only good for Drive-up window orders. The food is still wonderful whether you eat it there or at home.
For this I give it a:
LaRosa’s Restaurant- Jackson Ohio
I have had the pleasure of visiting LaRosa’s twice now since its opening in Jackson Ohio. I have never been to one of these restuarants before and I must say, I was pleasantly surprised.
For this restaurant to call itself a Pizzeria is really not a fair description. Its much more. The items on the menu are vast, more so than what a Pizzeria would offer.
The atsmosphere was welcoming and very roomy as far as the setting goes
Italian restaurant that offers pizza, appetizers, chicken wings, sandwiches, pasta, desserts & more is more than a Pizzeria. Delivery and carryout are offered at all locations within a limited radius. Catering is available
Veiw their menu and coupons at LaRosa’s
This was a unexpected treat for me, because I thought we were going to a strickly pizza restuarant. This is far from that. The food was reasonably priced, service was very good and the dining experience was very enjoyable. For this I give it:
Thumbs up !!
Restaurant Critique – Frankfort Restaurant
After the Corner Restaurant shut its doors, the people of Frankfort lost its communality for a period of time. These Villagers would congregate at this local restaurant for morning and afternoon meals not just for the food but for the conversation and fellowship that was enjoyed around the tables. Here they would talk about the happenings of the day, what happened yesterday and what may come to pass.
There was a period of time when you didn’t see people sitting and talking over the days events. But things are achangin!
Frankfort Eatery has entered the picture, with owners June Weaver and her son, Chris Welch. They opened their doors on Main St. in March 2011. They employ 3 waitresses and themselves.
When I walked in I was greeted not only by the waitress but by a very comfortable, homey atmosphere with hand painted pictures on the walls. The cleanliness of this restaurant was to be admired. The setting was roomy and in the middle of the dining room was a round table along with a long table. I was told that this was the “Liars” table where everyone sits to congregate and to tell “big fish stories”.
The proprietor takes pride in the fact that the ‘olde crowd is coming back’. So far she has concentrated on Breakfast and Lunch, but she is eager to get the ‘Dinner’ crowd back as well. They have extended their hours to accommodate late eaters.
Monday-Wednesday 6 a.m-3 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 6 a.m.-7 p.m.
The prices are comparable to that of other local eateries and portions of food are well rounded. They also participate in Restaurants.com
The Frankfort Eatery deserves a chance to mark its place in history books of small town America. Stop by and check it out for yourself. I think you may just start making it a weekly dinner out, or maybe daily (join the local table) For this I give it a:
Has everyone seen the New Chick in Town
Move over all you Delis’ that serve chicken. There s a new chicken in town that may just be giving you a run for your money.
When I first saw this Logo Chicken on Bridge street in Chillicothe Mall, I laughed because it was running a close neck with Frisch’s Big Boy Logo. I was wondering what was going on…a Gas Station serving chicken??
I had to stop and take a picture of this oddity. Now, I normally would not critique a gas station, but this one struck my fancy. I researched the origins of this company and found that it has been around for years.
The Broaster Company began in 1954 with a broasting technique of not only deep frying but also pressure cooking at the same time. This seals in flavor and juices and makes the chicken more tender. They supplied their products and techniques to a wide range of restaurants, food service suppliers, grocers and even Military and Government food operations.
They serve Spicy, Cajun, and Original among others. They have chicken fingers, wings (bone in/out), chicken nuggets and also potato wedges. Make no mistake, this is not a sit down, napkin in lap, place to eat.
What it is, is a good place to get chicken to take home on those nights when a sit down dinner is out , but you still want a good meal. This chicken would be wonderful on top of a salad with some spicy dressing. (copycat recipe coming for Bob Evans Wildfire Salad using this chicken.)
Now, I would not report on this unless I tried it first. The chicken was hot, moist and tender and the breading on it was delicious. For that reason I will give it:
The Golden Lamb
The Golden Lamb is recognized as the oldest continuously operating business in the State of Ohio. On December 23, 1803, Jonas Seaman spent $4 for a license to operate a “house of Public Entertainment”. The Golden Lamb got its name due to the fact that many early pioneers could not read, so giving a business a name that could be easily drawn and recognized, such as the Black Horse or Golden Lamb, was a necessity.
The brick building where the Golden Lamb moved to and currently resides was built in 1815. The original building was a two story structure located where our lobby area and Dickens dining room currently stand. In 1844 a third story was added. Shortly after, in 1854 a three story wing was added which is where our Shaker and Buckeye room dining rooms currently stand. In 1878, a fourth story was added to accomodate the workers who would bring the railroad to Lebanon. The gift shop and Black Horse Tavern were added to the structure in 1964.
The Golden Lamb was visited by so many prominent guests in the early 1800′s because it was located halfway between Cincinnati and the National Road (U.S. 40). Robert H. Jones’ ownership of the property beginning in 1926 marked the transformation of the old hotel into the great attraction and marvelous restaurant it is today. Under their guidance, the inn’s great reputation became well known throughout the country. Their ownership also marked the restoration of the hotel to its original name, The Golden Lamb
12 Presidents ate and stayed at the Golden Lamb over the years. The last President being George W. Bush. (They even have guest rooms that bear their names).
Lebonan is a small town that is filled with antique shops and during the month of September, they have an Applefest (September 24-26).
This would be a wonderful fall daytrip that you can take a family on and just spend the whole day shopping, ending up with dining at the Golden Lamb
If you want a full grown, down home, country meal, don’t stop at the Golden Lamb. This is a dining experience that should be saved for that special occasion and be prepared to spend an extra dollar (or two). We were here a couple of weeks ago because our Grandson is leaving for the Army on Oct 2nd and he wanted to try The Golden Lamb. So it was a special occasion and a memorable one!! The food was exceptional, but watch what you get, because sometimes the food seems to vanish on the plate depending on what you order. Because the food was over the top, for this reason, I will give the Golden lamb:
Thumbs Up !
Below is a sample menu from the Golden Lamb ( prices subject to change)
To Whet Your Appetite
Chef’s Stockpot Soup Cup 2.95 Bowl 3.95
Chilled Shrimp, Cocktail & Lemon 9.95
Lump Crab Cake , Sweet Corn Relish & Red Pepper Aioli 10.95
Golden Lamb Sauerkraut Balls, Cocktail Sauce 7.95
Golden Lamb Entrées
All Entrées & Classics Served with Signature House Salad, Fresh Yeast Rolls, Apple & Dairy Cream Butter
Tossed Caesar or Cottage Cheese & Fresh Fruit can be substituted for 1.95
Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breast, Lingonberry Jus, Mashed Potatoes & Fresh Vegetables 20.95
Beef Tenderloin Tips & Gravy, Amish Egg Noodles , Pearl Onions & Mushrooms 17.95
Grilled Duroc Pork Chop, Maple Bourbon Glaze, Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable 19.95
Seared Organic Scottish Salmon, with Herb Potato Cake, & Citrus Salad 19.95
Shrimp & Scallop Pasta, Mushrooms, Leeks , Spinach , Roasted Garlic Cream Sauce over Fettuccine 19.95
Filet Mignon, with Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms, Baked Idaho Potato, Seasonal Vegetable
President’s 10 oz Cut 31.95 First Lady’s 6oz Cut 24.95
Prime Rib of Beef, Au Jus Horseradish Cream, Baked Idaho Potato , Seasonal Vegetable President’s 16 oz Cut 24.95 First Lady’s 12 oz Cut 19.95
Golden Lamb Classics Since 1803
Gerber Farms Fried Chicken with Pan Gravy , Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetable 16.95 Double All White Breasts 19.95
Roast Butler County Turkey Breast , Sage Dressing Mashed Potatoes , Giblet Gravy Seasonal Vegetable 18.95
Grilled Lamb Loin , Merlot Blackberry Reduction, Mashed Potatoes, Fresh Vegetables 26.95
Golden Fried Cod & Chips, Sea Salt, Caramelized Lemon, Tartar Sauce 15.95
Angus Burger, Tillamook Cheddar, Lettuce, Tomato, Onion , French Fries 9.95
Creamy Caesar Salad topped with Garlic Croutons and your choice of:
Grilled Chicken 10.95 Grilled Salmon 12.95 Crab Cake 14.95
Golden Lamb Relish Platter, Egg Salad & Toast Points, Sweet Pickles, Watermelon Pickles, Dill Green Tomatoes, Black Olives 6.95
The Olde Wayside Inn—-West Union, Ohio
We took a drive the other day on Rt 41 thru Adams County, Ohio. Even though the trees have not turned yet, it was a relaxing and scenic drive. We ended up in West Union and almost passed what people say is the oldest Inn (205 years) still in operation in Ohio.
The atmosphere is homey along with the feel of History the Inn provides. According to the owner, Andrew Jackson, Henry Clay and the Mexican General Santa Anna have all slept under its roof. These rooms are named for the Dignitaries and other peoples of interest who have stayed behind these walls. And you can stay in these same rooms because it is still an operating Inn.
The lunch we had was buffet style where the host served you. You had salad, choice of meat and 2 sides, which was $6.99 Drink and dessert were extra.
We arrived around 11:30 and were the only people in the place. We knew that this was not a good sign. But we were really early, so we decided to stay. (right before we left another couple did show up)
We spoke to the waitress and she said that they were no longer open for dinner, because people were going to another restaurant that was built a few years ago right outside of town. Like so many restaurants that are trying to survive, they will cut hours, cut staff etc. This restaurant is no exception.
As we ate, the atmosphere of the place made the stop well worth it. Not a lot of choices for what is assumed a ‘buffet’, but the food was homemade and really very good.
What is so sad is that this is a wonderful place to visit because of the history, but with no business, how much longer will they be there? When you have no customers and trying to keep a business open, it would be hard.
For the history, please go and visit this Inn. For the food I give it: