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Dayton-Columbus Roadtrip Report--Young's Jersey Farm

steve drucker | Jun 25, 200108:13 AM

For a Saturday night wedding in Columbus, we flew into Dayton Sat morning and drove on to Columbus. Just east of Springfield--about 30 miles east of Dayton, we stopped for breakfast at Young's Jersey Farm (I-70, exit 52, 5 miles south on US 68).

Young's maintains its own herd of Jersey milk cows, and the place itself is a huge compound. At the north end is the restaurant, followed by 'Udders and Putters'--the miniature golf course with water dyed blue in the fountains, a driving range, batting cage, picnic area, farm animal area with goats and cows (you can pet and feed the goats), and finally the dairy store with the life sized fiberglass cow atop the sign and where you get the great ice cream and raw milk.

We ate breakast in the restaurant two days running. The pancakes were excellent, and the eggs incredibly fresh. My wife, a native atlantan, loved the biscuits, which I have to admit weren't greasy or too light or too heavy. Fresh maple syrup, fresh butter, good coffee and non-glycerided cream and terrific strawberry preserves rounded out the meal. Neither the bacon, dry patty sausage or water-pumped ham were so great, however. Oh well--the meats with nitrates aren't that healthy anyway.

For dessert we had chocolate chip and butter pecan ice cream cones at the dairy store. Great ice cream--higher fat, lower air content and less sweet than most others. After that big breakfast it took quite an effort to eat the ice cream, and we never did get to try a milkshake--which signs said had been voted Ohio's best several years running.

The groom's father--who never met a hamburger, hot dog or fried food he didn't like, stopped at the dairy store and pronounced 'the double quarter pound hamburger as beyond ultimate, and he rated the onion rings a 1, the french fries a 5 (out of 5), and the milkshake as off the meter. Big complements also to the black rasberry ice cream.

When I mentioned to some of the wedding guests that we had stopped at Young's, their eyes went wide and they couldn't believe that we knew about it. Chalk up another for Chowhound! Then they started talking about how the fat content of milk from jersey cows is higher than other breeds, and that's why the ice cream at Young's is so good.

This place is an absolute Don't Miss-worth a detour if you need breakfast, ice cream or milkshakes between Dayton and Columbus.

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