Updating this thread for this year's trips:
Dietrich's Meats, Krumsville exit 70 still admirable.
This year we stopped in Lebanon - an interesting town tho I did not take along the lebanon bologna addresses and passed no markets so we missed getting any.
Lunch at Heisey's Diner, Rte 72 north of town - simple homey fare, friendly place - excellent country style pork ribs - a large mass with tomatoey sauce just like my dad makes - lots of oldsters chowing down on this daily special. An interesting corn pie - corn cooked in milk with some chopped HB egg added and a light pastry crust - I noticed that local folks were eating it with the crust crumbled in, thickening the sauce. Mac and cheese scarily rich and thick (cream cheese maybe??) we couldnt finish. Pepper slaw had no pepper - too sweet, a flaw of a lot of food in this area. Stewed tomatoes almost syrupy in their sweetness. A very nice noodle and red cabbage side, however. Waitress proudly offered daily pie specialty, fresh peach - turned out to be uncooked peaches in gel, in rather undercooked cardboardy shell, whipped topping was scraped off. At least peaches were excellent. Bad choice.
After this lunch not enough appetite to sample Oakhurst tea room, our Somerset goal. Had a late dinner at Summit Diner (Breakfast following day, too) Another fine rueben, girls liked their grilled cheese and tomato soup. Good breakfast, but pancakes sort of crumbly.
Country Pie Shoppe, Donegal was the next stop. doughnuts, bread and pies are main specialties. We had a "bear claw" which was adelicious piece of fried pastry, made almost unbearable (well, we had just had large breakfasts) by a thick maple frosting. The blackberry pie we took on to Ohio turned out to be almost unedible. Parents looked at me in disbelief for bringing pie to their house. Crust insipid and non-flaky, filling had NO FLAVOR at all, a few blackberry seeds. We threw away the half of the pie we did not eat (made it edible by pouring fresh red rasberry sauce over.) It looked like they have several pie bakers, so perhaps we just made a bad choice.
Stopped at Eighty-Four/Glyde Exit just east of Washington for another visit to the Spring House Restaurant (see prior post) Ate a pretty-good piece of coconut custard pie, and ogled the rest of their stuff, including ice cream, fresh dairy products, breads, pies and cookies (orange drops and sour cream cookies like my grandmother made). Very pleasant worth a lunch or afternoon stop.
Zanesville, Ohio. Tom's Ice Cream Bowl is a classic there, with soda jerks, old fashioned ice cream flavors, roasted nuts. We had small sandwiches (a good little virginia ham with lettuce and relish) and shared a two scoop Tin Roof (vanilla with hot fudge and peanuts, excellent. Their home made peanut clusters were very well received by parents.
Homeward, sampled the Middlesex Diner on Rte 11 (Harrisburg Pike) just east of I-81. I think this is a greek-run diner now, but gives good value. Hamburger hoagie and club were good, desserts looked scary.
Any ideas for good beer distributors for PA beers along this route?