A visitor writes:
I grew up in Richmond and drove to Hagerstown to eat at a place called Lydia's Restaurant. They served meals "home style" and had a dish there called escalloped cabbage. I realize the restaurant is not there anymore, but does ANYONE have that recipe? I sure would love to make that dish - it was a favorite!
I do have one of their dessert recipes - the lemon layered dessert (a BIG favorite) and I'd be willing to trade!!
Growing up in Richmond in the thirties, forties and fifties, I enjoyed the restaurant cooking. I enjoyed the Maid Rite sandwiches, and the pork tenderloins that you could get at many restaurants. Last summer visiting Richmond the only pork tenderloin I could find was a pale reflection of those I remember. Instead of thick pork in a crispy coating, it was a thin piece of fat and tough meat drowned in mayo. I have a question for my next visit to Richmond, next summer. Where can you buy a good pork tenderloin? For that matter, does anyone make a sandwich like the old maid rite? Thanks.
For a breaded pork tenderloin, my personal favorite is the Hilltop Drive-in in Cambridge City. They are located on U.S. 40, just as you begin going up the hill heading west out of town. They are hand-pounded and very tasty! (705 West Main, 765-478-5880).
If you're really hankering for a Maid-Rite, there is still a Maid-Rite shop about a half-hour from Richmond in Greenville, Ohio. (121 N Broadway St., 937-547-1938.)
Where was the Maid-Rite, that sounds familiar? In the late 60's we used to get our tenderloin at the place in front of the White Kitchen, NW 5th & Indiana Ave. 2 big sandwiches (and maybe a Coke) for 99 cents.
Rich, the Maid-Rite in Richmond was located about where the Stake N Shake is now on east side. The name of the drive-in where you got the tenderloin on N.W.5th was called the Penguin drive-in.
Regarding "escalloped cabbage" I believe my mother in law can make that. I will find the recipe. I am from Hagerstown and know it has to be known here. I think Welliver's might have even served it.
Enjoy blog reviews of Palais Royal in Centerville, Indiana (still open, by the way, in the evening
in May 2008) and Galo's Italian Grill in Richmond, Indiana.