Category: Ride to Eat

George’s Coney Island – Worcester, Massachusetts

George’s Coney Island – Worcester, Massachusetts

On the way home from Lynn, Massachusetts, where I visited the greatest mural ever, I made a pit stop in Worcester to “eat here and get gas,” as it were. After filling up my tank I filled up my belly with the works (hold the onions).

What is Coney Island’s secret? The between-wars ambiance of the building. The unapologetically splendiferous sign. The secret chili sauce. The American love affair with the hot dog. All may have had a part to play in the business’ success…

ConeyIslandLunch.com

And a splendiferous sign, it is. The first time I ever saw it in a photograph online, I just knew one day I”d have to visit.

The hot dogs were tasty. As a matter of fact, I enjoyed them the whole 100+ mile back to the ferry. #heartburn

I enjoyed my trip to Coney Island and I forsee stopping in again. They’ve been servin’ up dogs since 1918, so I guess plenty of people feel the same.

George’s Coney Island
158 Southbridge St.
Worcester, MA 01608

 

New Haven Pit Stop – Louis’ Lunch

New Haven Pit Stop – Louis’ Lunch

A few weeks ago, Kenny and I stopped by Louis’ Lunch, “the birthplace of the hamburger sandwich” in New Haven, Connecticut. A joint that’s been slingin’ the same patties since 1895 must be doing something right, right? I figured it was worth a look-see.

While the burger wasn’t my thing, I loved the potatoe salad. And the ambiance can’t be beaten if you’re interested in nostalgic eateries. Watching their throwback toaster and their burger broilers in action is a unique experience.

The restaurant is small and I’ve read the line can be out the door and the wait for food, quite long. Kenny and I lucked out, walking right up to the counter to order. But while we waited for our noms, the place filled wall-to-wall in a blink.

Know before you go: Cash only and you get the burger their way. It’s served on white toast, medium-rare, with the choice of the following toppings: cheese, onion, and tomato. Don’t even think about asking for ketchup or fries, you will be killed.

Louis’ Lunch
261 Crown Street
New Haven, CT 06511-6611

Hillbilly Hotdogs in Lesage, West Virginia

Hillbilly Hotdogs in Lesage, West Virginia

A Road Food Oasis Like No Other

While cruising along the Ohio River on my way to Point Pleasant, West Virginia, I made a pit stop at the glorious Hillbilly Hotdogs. If you’re ever in the area, it is not to be missed.

Previously, I posted about a postcard from my friend Chris after his visit to Hillbilly Hotdogs. Seeing the place with my own eyes and enjoying the experience first hand was somethin’ else. I’ll tell you what, this place is worth the trip!

hillbilly hotdogs postcard

Walking up the driveway is a feast for the eyes. With layer upon layer of stuff all over, you don’t quite know where to look first.

After my first pass around the property, it was time to sample the hot dogs. The only problem being that I couldn’t quite figure out where and how to order something. The place is so jampacked full of nooks and crannies, it takes a minute to get your bearings and find the actual door.

welcome to hillbilly hotdogs

The ambiance of Hillbilly Hotdogs is unparalleled. I dined at a picnic table next to a hanging toilet seat. How many times in your life can you say you’ve done that? Since it looked like a horseshoe, I thought it might bring me luck.

Chris mentioned that he’d waited online for something like an hour to get his food when visiting on a weekend.

As you can see from the photo below – lunchtime on a random Tuesday in September is the time to stop in. There was only 1 couple in front of me.

Fuzzy is the bomb!

This weddin’ chapel seemed perfect to me. Perhaps because Kenny and I were married in a bar by an ordained minister named Catfish.

hillbilly hotdogs wedding chapel

And this, the pièce de ré·sis·tance, was my lunch. Say hello to the Strictly Business dog, hold the onions. It featured coleslaw, jalapenos, fried spam, shredded cheese, mustard, and a deep-fried weenie tucked into that bun.

The good luck toilet seat must’ve worked since I didn’t get heartburn or any other stomach distress from eating it. A Christmas miracle.

the strictly business dog from hillbilly hotdogs

Yup.

Hillbilly Hot Dogs
6951 Ohio River Rd.
Lesage, WV

Will Ride for Diners

Will Ride for Diners

One of my favorite simple pleasures is to hop on my motorcycle, ride to a diner and eat some grub. Breakfast is always a winner, even at dinnertime. Here in the northeast, we’ve got some terrific olde tyme diners. I especially like diner cars with swivel stools where I can eat at the counter. Bonus points for vintage signage and a waitress who calls me “hon.”

Do you have many diners scattered around where you live?

Here are some of the places I’ve bellied up to the counter:

Al’s Diner
14 Yelle St
Chicopee, MA 01013

The Cutchogue Diner
27850 Main Rd
Cutchogue, NY 11935

The Winsted Diner
496 Main St
Winsted, CT 06098

Main Street Diner
40 W Main St
Plainville, CT 06062

West Taghkanik Diner
1016 Rt 82
Ancram, NY 12502

Red Rose Diner
526 Main St
Towanda, PA 18848

Martindale Chief Diner
1000 NY-23
Craryville, NY 12521

Wellsboro Diner
19 Main St
Wellsboro, PA 16901

Collin’s Diner
53 Main St
Canaan, CT 06018

For whatever reason, I don’t recall which diner this is. You’d think that the lady from the ships bow might jog my memory but no such luck. My best guess is that it was somewhere in NY state, maybe near Red Hook? Anyone recognize it?

Chelsea Royal Diner
487 Marlboro Rd
West Brattleboro, VT 05301

Moody’s Diner
1885 Atlantic Hwy
Waldoboro, ME 04572

A1 Diner
3 Bridge St
Gardiner, ME 04345

Hello, Sexy! Is That a Banana in Your Pocket…

Hello, Sexy! Is That a Banana in Your Pocket…

Yes. Yes, it is. But I’m still happy to see you!

banana in your pocket

A lot of people talk about how hard it is to find quick, convenient food that’s good for you when you’re traveling. I suppose that could be a symptom of only stopping in places like convenience store or gas stations when you’re focused on riding.

Bananas seem to be my safety net. Cheap, easy and readily available just about anywhere these days.

And… they beat the hell out of gas station sushi.


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Do you eat crap food when you’re out riding?

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