Just a few trips in March, starting in Pocatello, Idaho. It’s not the place you’d think of eating Indian food, but I gave it a try at Himalayan Curry & Kebob House. I had time for a quick lunch, so the buffet called to me, and let’s just say that it sufficiently filled me up in a fast way:
Nothing fancy, but a way to get some much-needed vegetables while traveling. The naan needs work.
My host school took me to dinner that evening to a place called Buddy’s Italian Restaurant. They insisted I start with a salad, which was a massive affair:
Actually, that salad came with my entree: Italian-style ravioli with meatballs. The ravioli are made in-house, so they ask patience while preparing. Very rustic, with the dough too thick. That said, it was fun to sop up the sauce with bread:
I was amazed as everyone dug into their huge portions, with most people taking home leftovers. This enabled room for dessert, with the specialty being carmelo, an “Italian dessert topped with whipped cream & sliced almonds” that was, well, sweet:
My final trip of the month was down south to western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Scrambling behind schedule, I grabbed bites of BBQ when I could, starting at The Original Ridgewood Barbeque in Bluff City, Tennessee:
Vinyl booths, local ladies waiting tables, and interesting characters coming in and out of the restaurant. I went for a platter that came with the requisite baked beans, cole slaw, and dinner rolls:
The meat was a little on the dry side, so I had to keep adding sauce, which was on the sweet side. I liked the little crock of baked beans, though I also had to spike that with some hot sauce. Just plain and simple BBQ here.
Next up was Red Pig Bar-B-Q in Johnson City, Tennessee. This time, the slaw came on the (pulled pork) sandwich. The styrofoamed baked beans weren’t as good as the ones at Ridgewood:
Both places were okay for cheap eats experiences. With more time, I’d try to search out better BBQ.