I'm writing because I've spent some time surfing the midwest boards and while I've found some interesting suggestions, I can't quite find the kind of help I'm looking for. Last year, I asked for your help to identify the perfect roadside food stops between Cincinnati (my hometown) and Detroit along I-75. As a result, I've eaten well from Dayton to Toledo and several tremendous places inbetween.
This weekend, I take a trip to Grand Rapids and will be going through Indiana, specifically I-74 up to Shelbyville where I'll take Indiana Highway 9 north to Anderson, and I-69 through Fort Wayne and into Michigan. Some of the specific towns I'll pass are:
Harrison OH, Lawrenceburg, Batesville, Greensburg, Shelbyville, Greenfield, Anderson, Muncie, Gas City, Marion, Fort Wayne, Auburn, Angola, and a couple towns in Michigan (Coldwater, Marshall, Charlotte)
What I'm seeking is AUTHENTICITY with a side of convenience. Someplace where I can experience local food and culture and ideally not have to venture too far from the highway to make it happen. Happy with anything from dives to fine dining, if it's real.
What do you think? What are the "can't miss" stops?
Thanks so much!