Well here we are. Fairborn, Ohio, a suburb of Dayton. we planned on meeting David and Chandler for lunch. I had done my due diligence and located lunch options near the Holiday Inn in Fairborn. Maps included. However Chandler had to take his car to Springfield for some work. The general consensus of all the folks at the car repair was the best place for lunch was the Golden Jersey Inn of yellow Springs, Ohio, home of Antioch College. The Inn is part of the Young family farm. It’s a huge dairy farm that has been working since around the time of the Civil War. They make their own cheese and their own ice cream. That in itself is worth the price of admission. the Inn is housed in a huge two-story barn. I probably should have taken some exterior shots of the structure itself, but I did take this classic picture:
That’s Pat pretending he’s a farmer on a 1946 Case Tractor
David and Chandler were kind enough to let me sample their lunches. so I have some idea of a few different options on their menu. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the manager on duty. Chandler introduced us as four wayfarers needing advice on what to order. The manager thought we could not go wrong with the buttermilk fried chicken and beef. But before we made any decisions we had to try some of their in house made fried cheese curds. I don’t think David or Chandler knew what they were. But, every body loved them.
Pat decided on fried chicken sandwich with a side of green beans. That is one of the great things about a joint that offers country cooking. You can get a side other than french fries.
David ordered a buttermilk fried chicken salad. The salad was nice size and featured slices of red and green pepper,in addition to the usual salad suspects. A nice touch you don’t usually see that much anymore. The piece of chicken I tried was nicely crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. Just the way country fried chicken is supposed to be. It appears they added crushed cracker pieces into the seasoned flour for the breading. An old-school tradition that gives a delightful crunch to fried food.
Chandlers choice was beef and noodles. On this plate they gilded the lilly by adding a scoop of dirty mashed potatoes. The noodles appeared and tasted as being homemade. About the width of fettuccine but maybe three times the thickness. A great tooth upon biting with good flavor. I did not try the beef ; I was trying to control my fat intake for the day. I could tell by looking at it that it was properly done for a dish of this nature. No Sous Vide here. Simply a nice hunk of beef slowly simmered in liquid until falling apart.
Oh. That extraneous dish? That’s sweet potato casserole. That was specifically recommended by the guys at the car shop. it was a great dish, sweet and with a nice crunchy pecan top.
I fell back on my default choice, meatloaf. It has been a while since I’ve ordered meatloaf. Even at joints that offer it. but I thought that might be a good thing to try here. And I was not disappointed. Thick slabs of savory meat and sweet onion paired with delicious skin on mashed potatoes. And the whole thing smothered, I mean smothered with a rich beef gravy. At first I was dismayed by the amount of gravy used on the beef and noodles and the meatloaf. Sometimes kitchens, even so-called fine dining kitchens distract from mediocre cooking by excessive use of sauce or gravy. But not in this case. It is no wonder people recommend this place for lunch or dinner. Or just to hang out with the kids and eat ice cream.
Now, what kind of customers would we be if we did not try the ice cream at a place that makes its own? We decided to share a Buckeye Sundae, a chocolate chip mint and hot fudge sundae and a side of Cow Patty ice cream. The Buckeye is a tree and the nickname of the state of Ohio also a peanut butter ball dipped in chocolate. The latter confection set atop a dish of chocolate and peanut butter ice cream covered in tiny chocolate peanut butter candies. The other sundae is what you would expect. Mint ice cream loaded with chocolate chips covered with hot fudge and whipped cream. The Cow Patty ice cream is their own particular concoction. Rich chocolate ice cream filled with pieces and parts of chocolate stuff and things. All were delicious. And they were lovely to look at too. It’s a shame I didn’t get a picture of them. The four of us fell on those three little desserts like a horde of locusts on a Kansas wheat field.
So I must agree with Pat. It is not too far a drive if you live in Indianapolis. And if you live in Ohio. What’s your excuse? The Golden Jersey Inn and the Young family farm are treasures. Enjoy them.http://youngsdairy.com/http://youngsdairy.com/