We had to drive to LaGrange to take a look at a kiln we considered to purchase. When we were finished with business, I asked the seller where is a nice hole in the wall local restaurant they would recommend. Immediately One Nineteen West Main (119 West Main) popped out of her mouth. One of their favorite. They gave us a quick direction to the restaurant and we were off.
Within 5 minutes we were there, submerged in a block of other stores in the middle of town where the stores are offset enough for the train to run right through the middle of the town and street.
We parked and made our way across the street and was greeted by a piece of paper on the window that says use the other door. A menu fastened to a table cloth; draped over a wooden table, was covered with plastic or lamination of some sort. I love off the beaten path good ole local restaurants, but I was a bit skeptical now. Once in, we were greeted with a smile and pleasant sounding host whom seated us at a table one side a bench seat and other side 2 chairs.
Service was fairly quick as we looked about a nice quaint. The walls were decorated with large murals with an old fashioned game board theme (us baby boomers relate to); monopoly, ladders and chutes, who done it, etc.
As our waitress attended to us taking our drink orders, we viewed the menu. This is not your typical menu. It sort of was like a gentle mixture of different and unheard of items.
The menu item were like snow flakes, no two were the same, a little melting pot of fish, a touch of Spanish flavor, some German touches and other dishes with loco names that pertain to trains.
Our choices were:
The Fish You Wish: We “catch” it and serve this steaming hot, flaky fish prepared your favorite way: crispy fried, blackened, or bronzed (lightly blackened) with lettuce, tomato, and tartar sauce!
Train" your eyes on bronzed fish, creamy coleslaw, melty swiss cheese, and 119-thousand island dressing! Try it….nobody likes a sissy.
Shortly our plates were bused to the table and our experience continued. The home style ruffled chips were crispy and crunchy. The cold slaw was tasty and the fish rebuen with cole slaw versus sauerkraut was scrumptious.
To complete our bon appetite, we were delighted with a train coming through town through the middle of town and the middle of the street. What a touch as you could walk to the window and video the up close sight.
Now the coup de foudre, dessert; Kentucky Bacon Pie, out of this world, you have to try.
If you looking a small town eatery with a nice solid punch of delicious flare and reasonable prices and a train through the middle of town, this is a must.
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