Pizza coming and going

John and I made our annual trip to Bloomington Indiana to visit his side of the family. This is John’s hometown so there are some places my honey has to eat or it’s just not a homecoming.

When we first started our trips we always ate at Noble Roman’s John’s childhood pizza place. They served breadsticks with nacho cheese dip- Then I thought this was the most decadent pizza dining idea…now it is a standard at our house. Sadly, Noble Roman’s is no longer in John’s side of Bloomington, so instead we go to Cafe Pizzeria on Kirkwood. It’s our tradition to eat there just after pulling into town.

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It’s a total college pizza place and they also serve breadsticks with nacho cheese dip.

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John got his standard cheese.

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I got the veggie but swapped the banana peppers for pineapple (my favorite pizza topping).

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However- I think they put the peppers on there then took them off because it was h-o-t.

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But still tasty.

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When we drove across several states on the way home our plan was to stop at this pizza place in St. Louis that we always see signs for- Stefania’s. Alas it wasn’t open, so instead we opted for the St. Louis classic, Imo’s.

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Imo’s is known for their extremely thin crust pizza. What I was distracted by in the restaurant was a Army pilot mannequin standing in the middle of the booths for no reason.

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I was so weirded out by it I had trouble ordering! I ended up with a salad made mostly of cheese with unwrapped saltines on the side.

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And you guessed it- pineapple pizza .

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I like the way the cut the crust like little crackers and it’s about cracker thin.

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Needless to say, the mannequin was still distracting…

Young Family Breakfast at the Village Deli

Village Deli is my favorite restaurant in Bloomington Indiana. When we visit our family there I have to eat there for lunch (and get the vvd, Village Vegetarian Delight, with homemade potato chips) and for breakfast on our way out of town.

They serve giant pancakes (thank you pancake gods). I get mine with peanut butter chips and this time I added banana and a basted egg on the side. I thought the fruit would be on top, but nope, it was mashed in chunks inside- thank you Village Deli.

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On the road again, again– The Village Deli

My favorite place to eat in John’s hometown (Bloomington, Indiana) is The Village Deli. It’s so good, I don’t even know where to begin. On our annual visit  we ate there twice.

Here’s Lunch:

Look at those homemade potato chips. Dear Village Deli, teach me what you know you potato masters you. I loved the ones with puffy parts.

I had the VVD- a veggie, swiss cheese sandwich with special mustard and John had eggs and breakfast taters.

John eating his breakfast for lunch.

All done. Man I wish I had the rest of that right now. So does Frankenstein.

Here’s breakfast.

We usually go for lunch, but I’ve always wanted to get one of their giant pancakes. Yes, I can order one at lunch time, yet the lunch menu is so good! Because we had a loooong drive ahead of us, I ordered an egg with my pancake for some extra protein. What you can’t tell here is that my blissful pancake is filled with peanut butter chips. What a good idea that turned out to be…I can taste it now.

I love pancakes. I love pancakes. I love pancakes. I love pancakes.

John had toast and eggs on the silly side.

Happy plates.

Happy Steph.

Happy John.