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Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sundays in My Neck of the Woods


Just off the Maine Turnpike at 530 Cold Brook Road, in Herman, Maine, it a great place called Dysart's Truck Stop.

It is literally a truck stop; there are rows of gas pumps, a truck wash bay, a huge convenience store, shower facilities, laundry facilities, a 'truckers' lounge', and a full service restaurant.  The place was founded in 1940 and has grown in size, service, and popularity over the years.


Inside the restaurant section there's an old pickup truck, all spiffed up and decked out as a bakery display of all the wonderful homemade baked goods available there such as breads, pies, muffins, rolls, biscuits, and cookies.

The front end of an old truck all painted and polished over-looks the dining room.  Because truck drivers often travel alone, there are long tables to encourage socializing, as well as smaller tables to pick from if one prefers.

Mr. Eva and I had eaten a late lunch, so we weren't terribly hungry.  We had planned to meet Mr. Eva's cousin for dinner.   This seafood chowder, with lots of chunks of fish, potatoes, and onions in a thick, creamy broth was all it took to satisfy his taste buds, along with a nice yeast roll, fresh from the oven.

I chose homemade vegetable soup, brimming with celery, carrots, peas, green beans, tomatoes, some pasta and a few kidney beans.  It was piping hot and delicious! 

 And the fresh-from-the-oven homemade biscuit served with it was to die for!  It was so huge I ended up eating only half of it!


Cousin Jim had baked beans, coleslaw, and one of those yeast rolls: perfection!

Though we were too full for dessert, we took home slices of the incredible pies:  Mr. Eva opted for Banana Cream and I chose Coconut Cream from a list of about a dozen different choices.  Although I didn't take photos of the pie, since they were already in closed containers when we received them, I can assure you they were heavenly!

We looked back wistfully as we drove away, wishing the truck stop wasn't 2 and a half hours away from our home!  It's a place we'd stopped before, and we definitely will stop at again when we're in that neck of the woods.

Note:  We were not compensated for this review,  although cousin Jim paid for our dinners

EVA

20 comments:

PⒿ @ $ € € ₦$ ₣®0₥... said...

Truck stops, diners and dives have some of the best food. The Source and I used to zero in on them for breakfasts when we were traveling.

River said...

I've heard about american truck stops, mostly in books and movies. The food has to be hearty to keep those truckers trucking.
I love the spiffied up bakery truck.

Brian Miller said...

nice...i love places like this...where no one else would assume to go but you find out it is great...

Tara R. said...

What a cool diner find. Goes to show you can't judge a truck stop by its gas pumps.

She Writes said...

Biscuits are my FAVORITE!

Facing50.Blog said...

A truck stop with a truck in it - now that is cool!
I wish I could get Hubby to take me out to places like that- he only eats an apple and yogurt for lunch - what a bore!
Catching up on all the posts I have missed here and sending you all my best.
xx

David Allen Waters said...

I live near a place like this and eat there as often as I can...it all looks and sounds wonderful....leaving hungry, again...lol

Life with Kaishon said...

Your biscuit looks delicious. YUM : ) I am glad you could meet with your cousin. Sad that it is so far. I love your reviews : ) Very nice work. I also love that cousin Jim paid for your dinner. What a treat!

Kristina P. said...

That first picture definitely makes me feel better about gas prices here!

Clipped Wings said...

I've found that truck stops usually do have very good food. Love the truck with the baked goods, cute idea.

Pat said...

We have always found in our travels that the best place to eat is where the truckers stop to dine! I like the idea of the long tables for the truckers to socialize!

Unknown Mami said...

That chowder looks really good to me.

Jen said...

Only have been there once, very impressive....a place one is happy to return to!

Kristy said...

You have a knack for finding those gems out there!

KSK said...

Those biscuits look divine!!! Truck stops have some amazing food sometimes! *My parents have been driving truck for a few years - and they say that they find some of the best little places to eat!

Leslie said...

Hi Eva! This is my first time visiting your blog. (Found it thru Sundays in My City.) I absolutely LOVE your header!!! :)

Reading this post has made me SO hungry and has brought back SO many memories. I used to travel a lot with my grandparents when I was younger and their favorite place to stop to eat was always the truck stop. :)

The Vegetable Assassin said...

Jeez I do it every time. I KNOW I should never come over here when I'm hungry, damn it. Every. Time.

Eva Gallant said...

SheWrites: me, too! and these were amazing!

Facing50: If I had his discipline, I'd be svelte!

Clipped: The baked goods were awesome, too!

Jen: Mr. Eva would be there way too often if it were close by!

Veg: Sorry about that!

Renee Weatherford said...

mmm - chowder :D

Sue said...

I love a good truck stop!

=)