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I-80 east to west-Central PA--brief report

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I-80 east to west-Central PA--brief report

Elliot | Aug 31, 2001 03:40 PM

This is really a thank you to Steve Drucker, who posted last March on the subject of I-80. Steve's tip for Tommy D's in Du Bois was a good one, and I expect to hit the Pine Barn in Danville shortly, but judging by the low number of posts, most of I-80 in Central Pennsylvania seems like slim pickings. Especially with the coffee shop in the Hotel Dimeling in downtown Clearfield gone forever (although the cafe next door looked pretty good -- creamed chipped beef on homemade toast said the sign). I can add at least one more oasis: Aunt Lu's Cafe in the Sapp Bros. Texaco Truck Stop at the easternmost Clearfield exit. Now don't get me wrong, this is just a truck stop, but, on the other hand, this is a truck stop, so at 10 p.m. on a Wednesday night, in addition to gasoline, National Rifle Association decals and long conversations with big guys in cowboy hats and ladies who probably even go swimming with cigarettes in their mouths, you can get steak and eggs where the steak really is rare and the rye toast is so thick it must be cut by hand and, best of all, the choice is between fresh (not frozen) homefries and fresh (not frozen) hashbrowns. The buffet is carbohydrate dream land: buttered noodles, macaroni and cheese, potatoes and cheese, and stewed tomatoes which, possibly, did not come out of a can. Now remember, this is a truck stop -- not Ilo, but surely worth a look if you've just passed by the exit for Snowshoe, Pennsylvania heading west and despair of ever seeing food again. You can't miss the sign.

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