Category Archives: Dining Out

Road Trip to DC: Primanti Brothers

Rewind from the last post

So, our road trip to DC began on a Friday afternoon. We left home around 3:00pm…which put us in Chicago by 4:30pm. As you can imagine, we ran into just a little bit of traffic. We knew it was not an ideal time to hit the Chicago area, but it couldn’t be helped. Unfortunately, it did slow us down and put in doubt our ability to get to Pittsburgh, PA before we stopped. Luckily, Jason was feeling good and we managed to make it to Pittsburgh by midnight. We had very important plans for the next day in Pittsburgh: a visit to Primanti Brothers.

If you don’t know what I’m talking about, I would refer you to a wonderful little show called Man v Food. Host Adam Richman visited Primanti Brothers for one of their famous sandwiches, and Jason and I have been obsessed with it ever since. Honestly, a big motivating factor in the decision to drive to DC was the chance to stop at Primanti Brothers.

The sandwiches at Primanti Brothers are a complete meal in between two pieces of bread. You have your meat and cheese topped with fresh cut french fries and coleslaw. Oh, and a tomato. It sounds good, it looked good on TV, and it was incredible in person.

I had the Corned Beef & Cheese.

So. Good.

First, the corned beef was some of the best I have ever had. It was some serious meat. As a french fry connoisseur, I can say that the fries were terrific. Then you have the coleslaw. Now, I happen to prefer oil & vinegar coleslaw over the creamy version, so this was right up my alley. It was perfect. I kind of wanted to get a side order of it, too.

Primanti Brothers is only the first of the Man v Food featured restaurants we want and intend to visit. What an great way to kick off that quest!

Fish Fry Without the Fry

Long time, no see. I’ve been MIA from the blog this week. Time has seemingly gotten away from me, but it’s time to get back on track  🙂

Since we had our niece over to camp in the backyard last Friday, we skipped Friday fish fry. So in the spirit of getting back on track, we headed out for our regular Friday night fare. Tonight, we went to another (former) Whitewater area institution, the Cold Spring Inn.

I added the “former” since it’s no longer the hoppin’ place Jason and I remember from childhood. Growing up, Cold Spring was that place where everyone seemed to go. It was always busy. Times have definitely changed. If you go on a regular weeknight, you will often be at one of maybe two or three occupied tables. Friday nights are busier, but the crowd is very different from what I remembered as a kid. Not to be snobby, but the crowd is decidedly white trash. Sorry  😕

The other sketchiness – all of the employees that you can see are thin, adolescent girls. No boys, no “adults.” It’s like a restaurant run by children. Mildly creepy.

Having said that, the food at the Cold Spring Inn is AWESOME!

I had the steamed cod with a baked potato. If you ever wanted a “healthier” version of a fish fry, this is probably it.

Jason enjoyed their combo option of fish and chicken. He loves their chicken – it’s baked, not fried, and the seasoning is excellent.

Other high points include a nice salad bar with good soup. (Well, at least they usually have good soups. Tonight’s options, creamy asparagus and cheesy seafood, did not sound appealing 😐 ) Beyond the fish fry, the rest of their menu is pretty tasty. Jason really enjoys their burgers. I like their fried shrimp.

I both like and dislike the Cold Spring Inn. Great food, not so great atmosphere. I don’t know what happened to it over the last few decades, but I miss the restaurant from my memories.


Fish, Not Duck or Woodchuck

Tonight, we headed to a Walworth County institution for fish: The Duck Inn. This is one of those places where our parents went for fish and our parents’ parents. In fact, Grandpa Jacobs joined us for dinner tonight at this classic supper club.

The Duck Inn offers fried cod, baked cod, or a combo plate. I went with the combo, which included a large baked cod fillet and three small pieces of the fried cod. I also had to have a little coleslaw, because I actually like The Duck Inn’s coleslaw. It’s not creamy, but a vinaigrette-style coleslaw. A lot lighter and more flavorful, if you ask me.

Non-creamy coleslaw.

They had my favorite wine, Staller Estate’s Horizon Cuvée. Makes sense seeing the winery is right across the road.

Unlike most places I’ve been, The Duck Inn has excellent baked cod. It’s always well seasoned and the fillets are always firm. Baked or broiled fish tends to be bland and almost watery. Here, it’s actually better than the fried  😯 . Speaking of which, the fried was a little bland tonight and wasn’t as good as it’s been on past occasions. Maybe it was just an off night.

After dinner, we dropped Grandpa off at home. As we pulled into his driveway, we spotted a woodchuck hightailing it for cover. Now, we’ve had woodchucks at our house before, and they are not good. When we had our woodchuck issue, I made Jason trap them and release them elsewhere. This worked for the two younger ones, but not for Big Mama. Big Mama went to Grandpa’s to get shot  🙁

I’m guessing the same fate will await this one, but tonight was not that time.

Yes, Jason, I’m going to take a picture of you with the gun.

Just another fishy start to the weekend  😀


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