The Road They Traveled

Picture this: a cloudy day in June, a mother and daughter, on their own in upstate New York, in search of food they can trust — not local food, not the small-town version of “fine dining.” Call them snobs, if you’d like, but these ladies have tried small-town restaurants before — in Minnesota and in South Dakota. They were not impressed. So they want something familiar, something with a name brand. They’ve just endured a nine-hour train ride, and they’re hungry for food they know — not “Jon’s Family Restaurant.” They don’t know Jon, for heaven’s sake. They want a chain restaurant. They want Red Lobster, or Olive Garden, or T.G.I. Friday’s. A little touch of the big city they came from.

So, they traveled this road. Sixty miles from Malone to Plattsburgh. Sixty miles to reach the one chain restaurant in four counties. An Applebee’s. And they sat. And they ate. And it was good. And then they traveled this road again. Sixty miles back to the Super 8. Satisfied. Fulfilled.

You can take the girls out of the city, but sometimes they still need their Nachos Nuevos.

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    Phil said,

    I a gree that JOns maybe not the best bet in MALONE, but the small local dining resturants have character. when I go someplace new I try to find local dining

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    sgaissert said,

    You’re right, Phil. Nellie’s Cafe in Walnut Grove, MN may not have had the best food I ever tasted, but I will never forget the look and feel of the place, and as someone who lives near the famous ‘Burg restaurants in Trenton, NJ, I know that local food can be absolutely amazing.


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