For this segment of my blog, I am often forced to make tough decisions. I mean, it’s not easy to decide what the best thing I’ve eaten in a particular week is. There are plenty of variables that can go into making a winning meal – taste, presentation, something new or creative, how good it happened to be on a particular night, hurting the other meals’ feelings (those poor stuffed peppers from last week)….
Lots of decisions.
Well, this was not one of those weeks. That doesn’t mean that we didn’t have lots of good stuff to choose from, it just means that one of those meals really stood out.
So we decided to hit up Logansport for the weekend to see Em’s parents. Their family is pretty big into eating out at lots of local little places all around Logansport. That’s one of Em’s (and all of her siblings’) favorite things about going back – the food tour. So as soon as we got into town on Friday, we stopped at B&K – an old fashioned root beer stand where the waitresses bring your trays of food to the window of the car (not on skates). Spanish cheese dogs and frosty mugs of root beer are the specialty there, and they are really good. Really good.
For dinner that night, we went to another local joint that is a bar/food place, Amelio’s and Ike’s. In the past year or two, they’ve re-vamped their menu and now have a legitimately good food selection to go with the 18 draft beers they serve. I had the grilled chicken topped with mushrooms and a side of pasta salad. The pasta salad is what made that dish. (The Blue Moons were refreshing as well!)
So there we have it, two good meals at local little places. But neither of these meals take the cake for the week. They were both good, but Saturday night’s meal stood above the rest (including what we had the whole week before our trip back).
Saturday we started by going to The People’s Winery, which is a small – but very nice – little wine tasting room that has recently gone up in Logansport (who knew they were so classy!). It has a really great atmosphere and feel, to go along with a unique wine selection that is really quite tasty. After the winery, we stopped around the corner to see the new blockbuster, The Avengers (good, but your basic, prototypical super hero movie), and then back for dinner.
Em and I volunteered to make our bruschetta as an appetizer – something that we have darn-near perfected at this point. You really just can’t go wrong with this appetizer: roma and grape tomatoes, red onion, fresh basil, a bit of garlic, in a bit of homemade balsamic vinaigrette (balsamic vinegar, olive oil, squirt of lime juice, salt, pepper, garlic). Take that mixture and use it as a topping on some toasted slices of French bread (toast them first to avoid sogginess), add a bit of parmesan cheese on top of the tomato topping and pop back in the oven until the cheese is melted. Buenisimo!
Off to a good start already, but the main course was easily just as good. We had perfectly grilled strip steaks (medium rare for me) topped with sauteed mushrooms and steamed asparagus. I can’t say how well seasoned and cooked the meat was….I really can’t wait to get a decent grill where I’ll be able to get some of that flavor as well. To go along with the steak and asparagus, was a wonderful, summery strawberry salad. This consisted of sliced fresh strawberries with mixed greens/lettuce, fresh mozz, pecan bits, and a nice balsamic vinaigrette dressing. Absolutely wonderful.
And there you have it, the runaway victor in this week’s installment of Best Thing I’ve Eaten This Past Week. Definitely worth writing home about (or if you’re me, blogging about!). A real crowd pleaser!