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Haag's Hotel off 78 (Schillerstown), pretzels, mustard, Herr's

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Haag's Hotel off 78 (Schillerstown), pretzels, mustard, Herr's

dairyqueen | Jul 1, 2002 09:54 AM

On our way to a wedding in Bethel, PA this weekend, my boyfriend and I stopped at Haag's Hotel off 78. This is somewhere around exit 20, I think. I'd seen the posts about it earlier on this board.

I had a pretty stellar grilled cheese sandwich--made with that fluffy PA Dutch bread, which fries up very nicely, especially when it's been flattened with a press so that it crunches up. The b-friend had a *bowl* of chicken sandwich--nice thick shreds of white and dark meat, that same fluffy bread (potato bread?), potato "filling" on the side, and a small lake of gravy over. To finish, an overly sweet apple pie--bottom crust somewhat leaden.

On our way back out through the smoky bar at the front of the establishment, we picked up a bag of Tom Sturgis pretzels and a jar of "local" sweet hot mustard. A few exits later, we ripped into the bag of pretzels, marveling anew at PA's facility with bagged snacks. Crispy, nicely done pretzels with not too much salt...went well with the very sweet but not at all hot mustard.

On the return trip from Bethel, we stopped at Haag's AGAIN because the line to eat at Kum Esse, the diner in Myerstown by our hotel was WAY too long. This time, we were running on NYC time, so we were of course late for breakfast. Still, we were able to get a sausage platter and a plate of ham and eggs for me off the lunch menu, go figure. The sausage was tasty, but a bit too "smooth" in texture for the b-friend, who prefers the hearty chew of an Italian or Filipino sausage. Ham was nicely fried, with a lovely ribbon of skin still attached; it went nicely with a big, frosty glass of local milk. Shoofly pie was...an acquired taste...same leaden crust, what were we thinking?

On the way back to NYC, we stopped off at the b-friend's parents in Easton, PA. I prepared a great dinner of chicken kebabs on the grill (chicken marinated for six hours in olive oil, chives, garlic and salt)...and munched on a bowl of Herr's Hulless Puffed Corn while we waited for them to cook. Interesting snack I've only seen out in PA--like popcorn without the hulls, or Corn Pop cereal (but salty, not sweet).

All in all, not a bad food weekend! Was there anything we missed on the way to/from Bethel?

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