Ramon wrote:Hey, seebee, what day are you going? I'm looking for a new place to go this Sunday, as this weekend it's just us 3. What's to eat along the way?
Sorry I missed this, Ramon, but I wouldn't have been much of a help anyway. we stay with friends who have a place just down the road. We always end up grilling, or ordering pizza. As for food along the way, i have no clue at all. There is that Aurora outlet mall which prob has some restaurants. There are some little diners along the way once you get past Aurora, but I've never stopped in those. There are also some bar/grill "friday fish fry" type places in the town of Waterman which you pass if you take the I88 route.
It's a fun place.
They have a donut / pie shop -
Apple Cider doughnuts:
I'd give these a B. I have had better (Oak Park Farmer's Mkt) but these were good, don't get me wrong. Dozen $5.95. Worth it.
Rumor was the pies were very rich and delicious. Heard this from several people throughout the place. We didn't try one.
They also have a snack shop / country store / cider / apple shop -
The cider was REALLY good. $3.49 1/2 gallon. Drier and more crisp than the ones I've had before. LOVED this cider. They also sell gallons, not sure of price - perhaps on website? Country store had all of the Kitschy things you'd expect along with samples of dips, jams etc. Also sold several varieties of pre-picked apples in bags (pecks?) I opted for a small bag of Honeycrisps (one of my all time favs.) WOW. These were good apples. Cheaper than Jewel prices which isn't saying much, I know, but these were worth it. I figured I paid about 2.00 /lb for these, and they are borderline worth it. Biggest Honeycrisps I have ever seen, and they still retain the honeycrisp characteristics. SUPER crunchy, juicy, and tart. Just gave one to a co-worker who is a staunch Fuji fan as am I. He claimed this Honeycrisp was almost sexy it was so good.
They have the animal petting pen with a few ducks, and a tame goat, and lamb. (Don't hold your donut bag too close to the fence!!)
Apple trees were FULL, although I was not a fan of the apples currently ready for picking. The Honeycrisps were only being sold in the store, and the Fujis were not yet ready to pick. You buy a bag, and then get a hayride of sorts out to the picking site. It was a very busy day there on Sat, and we were told that the raspberries had already been well picked through. Next time we go, we will check on apple variety availability, since they will not let you pick just any apple - only the ones that they list as ready to be picked which is fine, and probably for the better. Pretty nice place all in all. And only about an hour away (if not less.)
Also, there is a winery just down the street from the place probably about a block. Also a nice stop to buy local wine. They mostly have sweeter wines, but do have three or four drier varieties. Two dry reds, and two dry whites. Worth a stop (free tastings.)
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