I'm writing to seek your perspective on how I can dramatically increase the joy of an upcoming roadtrip. I'll be traveling with a friend from Cincinnati, OH to Charlottesville, VA (and possibly all the way to Richmond). Our route will probably take us on US-52 from Cincinnati to Huntington, WV, where we'll catch I-64 for the rest of the trip.
I'd like to know about places of note that are worth time and attention. As with many of you, I could care less about how many stars the restaurant has-- if it's a great hot dog or BBQ place, I'm in. An amazing four-star French restaurant? Bring it on. My only requirements are that it needs to be unique, and representative of the best of the regional cuisine on display in the area! It would be great if some of the places were near the highway and worthy of a quickish road stop, but am also willing to get off the beaten path a little bit for someplace that is worthy!
For the uninitiated in this area, here are some of the towns I'm likely to pass through:
-Cincinnati, OH (my hometown, I've got a pretty good feel for this one)
-Charlottesville, VA (will be spending a few days here, so particularly interested in this one)
Let's roll out your favorite places, no-holds-barred! Let's have a debate about the REAL issues-- pork or beef? Informal or formal? Greasy or healthy? That's something we can all get behind!
Thanks in advance for setting up this roadtripper to have maximum enjoyment on my visit, which is only a little over a week away!