After I’ve been on the road for a while, I start to crave a meal of basic meat, potatoes, and vegetables. When I’m in this part of the country, one of the places I know I can get this is at a Perkins restaurant. This location was perfect for that, and just one exit away from the hotel we were staying at. It was much quieter than at some chains that serve a similar type of cuisine, and made for a much more relaxing meal than we might have gotten elsewhere. The restaurant was clean, and service was friendly and efficient. It had been years since I’d been to a Perkins, and the food was as good as I remembered it. I ordered grilled pork chops with mashed potatoes and a fresh vegetable medley as my sides. At chain restaurants, I have come to expect “fresh” to mean “fresh just before they were frozen” as opposed to canned when I see the term “fresh” on a menu, so I was pleasantly surprised to find that my vegetables were not only actually fresh, but cooked perfectly. They were cooked, but still crisp, not boiled into limpness. I had several choices of seasoning for my pork chops, and I chose plain salt and pepper. After ordering, I started to be concerned that maybe they would be overly salty, but they were perfect. Both my sister and husband also liked their meals, except that my husband said the mac and cheese that he got as one of his sides was not very good. My sister was impressed that the gravy that she got with her turkey and dressing tasted like actual turkey gravy rather than the standard canned stuff you frequently get in restaurants. The pies at Perkins have always been wonderful, and I can never eat at one without getting a slice. I was full after this meal, but got a slice of caramel apple pie to go. I took it back to the hotel room and ended up eating it for breakfast before we got back on the road in the morning. I'm happy to say that this location did not disappoint. I just wish the chain would expand into my part of the country.
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