Thursday, June 30, 2011

Corvette Cafe (Bowling Green, KY)

Bike:  Buell XB9R
Route:  Google Maps

This quick lunch trip to Corvette Cafe at The National Corvette Museum almost goes against the spirit of my rules, since it sits right off I-65 @ Exit 28. But I went well out of my way to avoid the Interstate, so it counts. And I felt it was only appropriate to take the American bike to the Corvette Museum...

Block Party I.

Block Party II.

Corvette Cafe.
They have tables outside if you're into that kind of thing.
The Cafe is a real simple affair. Just order at the counter...
...and have a seat.
Or, while waiting for your food, you might want to check out the Museum lobby where they display new Vettes waiting for those buyers who selected option R8C (National Corvette Museum Delivery). And you might see a raffle car or two, such as the Camaro on the left. They have huge restrooms and a well-stocked gift shop attached to the lobby, also.

Chicken Philly Sandwich & Potato Salad.

VERDICT:  Let's be honest, nobody really comes here just to eat. And that's a shame because the food is good. If you ever find yourself at or near the Museum for another reason, grab some lunch here. It's simple, it's quick, and the atmosphere is unbeatable. Every sandwich I've had was cooked to order, and the potato salad is excellent.

BONUS:  They might have the nicest restrooms in town. If you ever need to make a pitstop while running between Louisville and Nashville, this is worth remembering since the nearest I-65 rest area has been demolished.

This picture could have been a lot better if I had the GoPro LCD BacPac.
The city just ain't quite as pretty...
Self portrait.

Headin' uphill. Headin home...


UPDATE (12/12/11):  I stopped in for a Reuben while on that side of town today. Good sandwich!

Reuben & Hawaiian Fruit Salad.

UPDATE II (12/27/11):  We went looking for a BBQ lunch, but found three BBQ joints closed for the day (or week), so here we are. We browsed the museum lobby while our food was being prepared. I love this place...

What could be better than picking up your Centennial Edition ZR1 at the National Corvette Museum?  Not nothin'.
2012 Centennial Edition ZR1.

BLT, Potato Salad, Grilled Cheese, & Chips.
Root Beer Float.

I like this place better every time I drop by...

UPDATE III (1/13/14):  Here's a new post with pictures of the museum itself, including a ton of C7 Stingray photos.

National Corvette Museum

Sinkhole Central.

C7 Heaven

UPDATE IV (4/25/14):  Of course the sinkhole has been a huge story and we've spent a lot of time at the museum since February 12th. With a new family membership in hand, we've been visiting the museum every day a car is pulled out of the hole and plenty of days in between. Lots of Corvette Cafe food, and lots of pictures. I'll probably post them sometime around the 20th Anniversary later this year. In the meantime, it's been cool to see some of them on the wall that was built to restrict Skydome access.

Sinkhole Saga.


Sunday, June 12, 2011

Berties Ice Cream (Brownsville, KY)

Bike:  KTM Super Duke R
Route:  Google Maps (the correct location of Laura's Hilltop Restaurant is Checkpoint B)

A friend asked if I knew any good places to eat in the Mammoth Cave area. I don't. But I've heard good things about Laura's Hilltop Restaurant in Brownsville, so I tried to try it out. That didn't work, but no worries. We did score a nice meal and enjoy a fun Sunday ride, anyway...

My buddy Mark got a bug in his helmet before we reached our second stop sign.

We met up with my brother-in-law, Uncle B, at Smiths Grove.

We followed Uncle B because he knows where Laura's Hilltop Restaurant is and Google Maps does not.
Also, he's a cop, so he'll keep us out of trouble. That's my theory.

Laura's Hilltop Restaurant.

Apparently Laura's Hilltop closes early on Sundays (3:00pm), so we didn't even go in. I'll try again sometime, but in the meantime we doubled back to find some lunch.

Back across the bridge.
Berties Ice Cream.
Hamburger Steak Box. She wouldn't tell me what their specialty was, but she said this sold better than the Ribeye Sandwich, so I had to try it. Uncle B got the Ribeye. Thumbs up all around.
Double Bacon Cheeseburger Box. Apparently "double" means double everything. Nice!

We ended up at Berties because of their roadside sign mentioning Ribeye Sandwiches. Also, it was a real nice day to eat outside.

VERDICT:  This place was a nice surprise. We didn't have any ice cream, but our sandwiches and fries were cooked to order and reasonably priced. I won't hesitate to stop by the next time I'm in the area on a nice day. I want a milkshake.

Mammoth Cave National Park.
Waiting for the ferry.

End of the [paved] road.
Back on the ferry.
We weren't lost; we just didn't know where to go next.

We found some real cold, real glass bottles of Coca Cola & Dr Pepper at some corner store somewhere.
Seriously, real glass bottles!
Everybody loves glass bottles on a hot day.

Rocky Hill, KY
Can you spot the county line?
I-65. This is as close as we'll get to an Interstate on this blog.

They don't have a whole lot in common, but all three are black and all three are fun.

Headin' home...


UPDATE (7/7/13):  I stopped again at Bertie's, this time with most of the family after we dropped Bubby off at Camp Joy for a week or so. Little Man got his first root beer float...

Little Man wanted to stay at camp.
Someday, dude...

Berties Ice Cream.

Berties doesn't actually sell root beer, but they'll make you a root beer float if you buy a root beer from the vending machine and pass it through the window. Works for me!

Ribeye Sandwich Plate.

First Root Beer Float.