It was early morning, and I had just purchased some coffee, but those words that Beth had said were ringing in my ears. It was a simple instruction, but it came from a lady that just happens to be one of the best cooks I have ever met. She is a guru of the kitchen, and a queen of the recipes. People practically knock her door down for those cinnamon rolls. She had said, “You need to go to Jarrety’s!” So, Before I knew it, I had walked into Jarrety’s Place a block or so north of the Fulton County Courthouse in lovely downtown Rochester, IN. I was impressed with the space and quickly found my way to a table. It wasn’t long before I was enjoying one of their most popular sandwiches called the Huevos. I asked for the wheat bread (btw, it’s Aunt Millie’s Low Carb Wheat), but left everything else as it comes. It is served with eggs, black beans, corn, bacon, habanero jack cheese and chipotle mayonnaise. It was fantastic. I then tested their famous loaded potato soup. I understand from whence it’s fame was derived. I also tried their shrimp and corn chowder which will not disappoint you. I then bellied up to some of their superslaw made with kale, broccoli, carrots and their special dressing. Everything that came out of that kitchen was worthy of the most serious of noshing. The bagels looked amazing and the sandwiches were mouthwatering, whether on the current menu or available by prior knowledge and the blessing of a great waitress. Oh, and I would be remiss if I did not mention the No sugar added Flirt Mudslide Frappe. I will not even attempt to use words to define its decadence. Rochester is blessed to have such a jewel of restaurant, and the patrons, as well as the staff will treat you right.
Ali’s Steak and Lemonade at 25th and College is nestled between a wireless store and a convenient store behind the Citgo gas pumps. Ali is the owner and they have a $9.99 Super Philly special that comes with fries and a lemonade. There simply cannot be many better steak sandwiches West of South Street in Philadelphia. For you purists, you will not get any Cheese Whiz, but I don’t think you’ll miss it either. They have great mayonnaise, quality peppers, tomatoes, onions and provolone cheese. The fries can be sprinkled with your choice of lemon pepper or seasoned salt. The bread is also thrown on the grill, and heated perfectly. Don’t be fooled, either, because not all Steak and Lemonade restaurants are the same. Many of them never get that bread close enough to the grill. There’s not much more of a let down than preparing to bite into a pedestrian bun that was taken straight from a bag. Ali has a wonderful spirit, as do all of his employees, and he knows how to price his products. My daughter recognized that you could get ten macaroni and cheese bites for only $2.99. You already know that we ordered some, and they too hit the spot. I had told Ali that I had to be careful on my bread intake, and he said that he wanted me to see the Chicken Philly salad that they were making. I told him that that was not necessary and ordered a Steak Philly salad for only $5.99. It came with pickles, giardinera, jalapeños and hot banana peppers. I could eat that salad everyday. You simply cannot go wrong with their menu. Enjoy, and don’t forget to say shukran.