For a special vacation edition of Michigan Foodies, I’d like to pay a visit to Trailside Restaurant in New Era, MI. Conveniently located near the Hart – Montague rails-to-trails pathway, it’s an ideal picture of what a small town mom and pop place looks like. I’m assuming there were both a mom and a pop – I saw neither. I especially liked the Christmas tree with markers and pencils hanging from it, and the walls covered with old photos showed the history of the building and the town.
There were a fair number of choices on the menu, but I decided to go simple and get an olive Swiss burger with fries. The burger was good and both cheese and olives were generously heaped on the beef. And if you look closely, you will notice that it’s not an artisan bun. And if you have some kind of X-ray vision, you will see chunks of olives, not olive sauce, and if you can see that, you should probably be out saving the world, not looking at pictures of food.
The downside was the lemon meringue pie. The meringue was good and the crust was flakily fine, but the pie mixture was a little off. The word that comes to mind is faded, as in it wasn’t lemony enough. More lemon! More lemon! That’s what I wanted. Of course, I still ate my fair share of it, until my daughter devoured the last big bit without sharing. Must be bad parenting.