Anyone, with a fragment of commonsense, can follow directions given by a dash mounted GPS (GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEMS DEVICE). And, with today’s technology, if asked, it will supply a list of eating establishments within a given area, but here is what it can’t tell you. Which places are worth taking the time to stop and experience.
Recently, I had the opportunity to be in “Upper Northwest” Ohio, near the Michigan state line, on business. This is farm country. Miles and miles of fields of corn, now just beginning to pop their tender shoots out of the ground served as my roadside billboards. Because it was an overnight stay, I enjoyed a meal and the company of a few of the area locals.
If you are up this way and love expressing a confrontational city attitude, don’t stop here. In fact, leave your “tude” in the city. You will enjoy the trip a lot more. But, I happened upon this place called, R & H TRUCK STOP / REPP OIL COMPANY. For you - know it all city folks - an oil company like this, serves the locals and surrounding area with heating oil, diesel fuel and gasoline. Not what you would call big oil with floating tankers and all. Anyway, this little truck stop has a restaurant with tables and chairs for about 50 diners.
I, being the shy guy that I am, elected to join whom I assumed to be a local patron and was right. For my act of boldness, “I” was treated to an intelligent, spirited and enlightening conversation from Lee, the gentleman I intruded upon and nearly a half dozen of his local friends, while consuming a delicious and well prepared meal. I will not bore you with details only to say, don’t stop if you aren’t hungry.
It turns out, this small town of Fayette, Ohio. is filled with down to earth, realistic, and very well informed country folk, that know how to cook and don’t gouge you on the price. How so, try a cup of coffee for $1.50 (bottomless). Or, a 4 piece Chicken Dinner for $8.25, including your choice of vegetable or potato, and choice of cottage cheese, coleslaw, applesauce, toss salad, or tapioca. “ARE YOU JEALOUS YET?” Needless to say, I ate too much.
By now you are screaming, “enough already, where is it?”
Okay listen carefully. If you are on the Ohio Turnpike, (Interstate 80) go to exit 25. After paying your toll, take Ohio highway 66 north, toward Fayette. Travel 7 miles –North- to the town of Fayette. At the stop light for Ohio highway 66 and US Highway 20, turn right and go ½ mile. You will find R & H TRUCK STOP on the right side.
I will not recommend a particular meal or dish because, I personally think its all good. Now go by and have a good meal, with good people and enjoy yourself. If you act like you are open for a good conversation, have at it. These are real people, not city slicker politicians. They tell you how they feel and what they think. And, that is very refreshing.