Hot enough for you? As we continue to bake in 90 degree plus heat and humidity we are on the road again. We decided to take a road trip. Unlike some people who may take a trip on Route 66 we took our road trip on Interstate 90. Yes, from Indiana to Boston, Massachusetts on Route 90.
We left last Wednesday evening thinking we would drive 200-300 miles before finding somewhere to stay for the night. What did we forget? That the Republican National Convention was in Cleveland, Ohio. We go through Cleveland, Ohio and about 9:00 pm when we were ready to stop we realized that there was really nothing available within a two-hour drive of Cleveland. Or, if there were something available it was ridiculously overpriced or a hovel. So, we decided to drive to near Buffalo, NY to find a room. But, when we got to Buffalo there were no rooms. Really???? Yes. We found out they were having a 4 day music festival called Kingdom Bound at Darien Lakes Amusement park. So, there were no rooms available until Rochester, NY. I drove 530 miles rather than the original 200-300 I planned.
As we headed towards Boston we needed to find a place we could agree on for an early dinner. My brother-in-law had mentioned a place on FB that they stopped every time they were in Albany. If you ever wonder if FB mentions transfer into something it worked on me! We headed to Grandma’s Pies and Restaurant. Doesn’t the name just make you want to go?
The picture above shows the inside of the restaurant. It is known for its creative decorations for each holiday and its homemade pies.
We all ordered some form of comfort food.
We started off with an order of eggplant fries. Eggplant fries! We had to try them. They came with a sprinkling of freshly grated Parmesan and a side of marinara sauce. These were actually very good. They were lightly batter deep-fried eggplant spears. I plan on trying to make them at home sometime soon.
I started my meal with a side salad. It was HUGE! I didn’t quite finish the salad it was so large.
My son ordered the Chicken and Biscuits with a side of fries and gravy. I tasted it and it was amazing! The biscuits were light and fluffy. They gravy had a delicious chicken flavor with chunks of chicken throughout.
The fries were skin on home cut fries. Yummy!
My hearty slices of meatloaf were coated with beef gravy along with the side of fries. I would order this again and again!
We ended the meal getting three slices of pie to-go. Sorry no pictures we ate them in the car while driving to Boston. We tried the Chocolate Cream pie, Chocolate Swiss Almond pie and Blueberry Pie. Of the three the Blueberry pie was by far the favorite. The Chocolate Swiss Almond was a close second. The chocolate was mixed with whipped cream and piled high. The least favorite was the Chocolate Cream pie. It had a strange sour taste. We think it was the whipped cream. The crust was delicious and flaky but we ended up throwing most of the slice away because there was something just off about the flavor.
We will definitely be heading back to Grandma’s on a future trip through Albany, NY.