Monday, June 28, 2010

Why I should not wander around the state alone (or why I should)

One day not so long ago, inspired by Alton Brown and desiring real "road food," I decided to visit Gratz, KY on a whim.  When I arrived, however, there was only one general store.  Luckily, it was still open.  I waltzed out and discovered that I'd locked my keys in the car by accident.  :'(  The couple who own the New Collectibles and Antiques Store were extremely kind to me, lending me their cell phone (mine had no reception), trying their own key on my car (didn't work) and waiting with me for my husband past closing time. Mrs. N. watched the Food Network with me, told me about her travels to Alaska in an RV, and let me try one of her homemade pickles.  It was the most nuanced pickle I'd ever had---sweet up front, but then progressing to the usual sour taste.  I really enjoyed it.  She told me that it was for her husband's specialty, the Gratz Burger.  

So of course, I had to return the next day to try it.

The Gratz Burger consists of fried baloney, homemade sweet pickle, tomato, lettuce, and onion on wheat flatbread.  I thought it was okay, and definitely agreed with Mr. N. that the homemade sweet pickle was what makes it special.  I asked Mrs. N. to tell me the ingredients for the pickle I had the night before, since she sells them and therefore wouldn't give me the recipe.  Apparently the secret is sugar, hot sauce, and lots of fresh garlic.  Hmmmmmmmm.......

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