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by Caitlin Saniga

Apple hand pie with rosemary caramel

Each hand pie comes individually boxed, like a delicious little present.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mock turtle soup from Ron's Roost in Cincinnati, Ohio

To be honest, I don’t know if I’d willingly order mock turtle soup ever again. The version at Ron’s Roost was extremely acidic from lemon juice and/or vinegar and had some new-to-me texture combinations like hard-boiled egg and ground beef. A one-time experience is good enough for me. That said, members of Joel’s family who are from Cincinnati LOVE mock turtle soup from Ron’s Roost, and they seemed to really enjoying a hot cup of the soup on the day that we visited.

How cool is this rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant?

How cool is this rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant?

I visited: Ron’s Roost, a Cincinnati restaurant known for its fried chicken (Note the rooster-mobile parked outside of the restaurant) and German-influenced local favorites (hot bacon slaw, sauerbraten, and mock turtle soup).

I tried: A cup of the mock turtle soup, a Cincinnati favorite that has roots in English and German cooking. It’s an imitation of the more expensive green turtle soup and incorporates beef (sometimes calf brains and organs) to mimic the texture of turtle meat.

Why it stood out: There are quite a variety of recipes for mock turtle soup. Joel’s grandma told me about a version that incorporate ground gingersnap cookies as a warm, spicy, thickening agent. A recipe I read in Joel’s aunt’s cookbook included some usual soup suspects: celery, carrot, onion, tomatoes, bay leaf; but it also listed a slew of surprising ingredients: whole cloves, browned flour, chopped hard-boiled eggs, and loads of lemon and vinegar. I can’t be sure of all ingredients used in the soup at Ron’s Roost, but it definitely had a slap of acidity with deep, warm flavors from clove and bay leaf. This was a combination of flavors and textures I have never experienced.

It cost: $3

Find out more:
Ron’s Roost
3853 Race Road
Cincinnati, OH 45211
513-574-0222
ronsroost.net

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$6 Snack is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review! Find out how.

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by Joel Hawksley

Fresh off a long bike ride, the site of a food truck rodeo at The Village Grill in Grandin Village was welcome news. It didn’t take me long to give this sandwich a ride it would never forget.

CAPTION PLEASE. Talk about other menu items?

Despite the line, service was fast.

I visited: Toasted by Casey, a food truck based in Christiansburg, Va., at the Star City Food Truck Stop, held at The Village Grill in Roanoke, Virginia.

I tried: The Trippple Threat, a grilled cheese with deep-fried, breaded mozzarella sticks, American and mozzarella cheeses, and marina sauce sandwiched between slices of “Tuscan-seasoned” bread.

Why it stood out: Anything tastes good after a long bike ride, but this sandwich took it to another level. Paired with a Get Bent Mountain IPA from Parkway Brewing, I was really impressed with how well the fried treat translated to a grilled cheese sandwich. The cheese was perfectly melted inside and out, and the seasoned bread (WHAT ARE THOSE FLAKES?!?!) kicked it up a notch.

It cost: $6

Find out more:
540-818-7679
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$6 Snack is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review! Find out how.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Peach white Zinfandel ice cream

Behold: the only ice cream cone I’ve ever been carded for. When I asked the girl working the counter which flavor of wine ice cream she’d recommend, she replied, “I couldn’t tell you. You have to be 21 to try it.”

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by Caitlin Saniga

Chocolate almond croissant

The chocolate almond croissant was, clearly, amazing, but Joel and I can also vouch for some of Mrs. London’s grilled sandwiches. I tried the Virginia ham on farm bread with cheddar cheese, apple and raisin-walnut dressing. Joel had the sauteed spinach panini with fresh mozzarella, roasted red pepper, toasted pine nuts, basil and olive oil on ciabatta bread. Both were fantastic — a little greasy by the time they’d made it through the panini press, but crispy and melty and delicious.

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by Caitlin Saniga

Mama Kim's is another $6 Snack mecca — almost everything on the menu is less than $6. Joel and I met up on a recent weekday for lunch in Kennedy Plaza, which is in downtown Providence. We ordered a beef bulgogi slider, kimchi mandu, veggie panjun and Korean sweet  ma-tang fries.

Mama Kim’s is another $6 Snack mecca — almost everything on the menu is less than $6. Joel and I met up on a recent weekday for lunch in Kennedy Plaza, which is in downtown Providence. We ordered a beef bulgogi slider ($4), kimchi mandu ($3), veggie panjun ($5) and Korean sweet ma-tang fries ($2).

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by guest blogger Chase Purdy

spicy carne molida taco

Mas Tacos’ menu certainly doesn’t lack options. Chase tried the spicy carne molida taco and a glass of zanaranta (carrot + orange juice).

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by Caitlin Saniga

The Regency Room's peanut soup is a Roanoke gourmet classic.

The Regency Room’s peanut soup is a Roanoke gourmet classic. While most of the restaurant’s menu changes with the seasons, the peanut soup remains on the menu year-round.

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by Caitlin Saniga

We served a couple of huge trays of Al’s chicken paprikash at my sister Holly’s graduation party a few years ago. The food was a fan favorite among guests and is widely popular at the restaurant. Gourmet magazine wrote an article about the restaurant and related meat market in 2007.

I visited the restaurant the day Barberton was holding its annual Christmas lighting festival and parade. The place was packed with families trying to warm up with a hearty meal, but the service was fast-paced and friendly. Beth even made time to catch up with me and Mom. How do you like her festive, pink camo reindeer antlers?

I visited: Al’s Corner Restaurant, a lunch-only Hungarian restaurant open since 1932 in Barberton, Ohio, that serves stuffed cabbage rolls, pierogies, sausage, halushka, strudels, beer bread and, of course, chicken paprikash. Its sister business is Al’s Quality Market, which cranks out Hungarian, Slovenian and other sausages, as well as hams, smoked bacon, headcheese and more. My mom’s cousin Denny Gray and his wife, Beth, own and operate  both businesses.

Chicken paprikash also comes with a slice of bread and butter. My mom ordered stuffed cabbage (seen on the back plate) on our trip to Al's.

Chicken paprikash also comes with a slice of bread and butter. My mom ordered stuffed cabbage (seen on the back plate) on our trip to Al’s.

I tried: Chicken paprikash with dumplings. I had a choice of white, dark or mixed meat, so I chose white, which included a bone-in breast, wing and drumstick.

Why it stood out: Everything I’ve tried at Al’s has been spot-on. But I love that you can make a meal out of this plate of chicken paprikash. Like I mentioned, each serving includes several pieces of your choice of chicken meat, plus a number of golf ball-size dumplings drenched in a creamy paprika sauce.

It cost: $6

Al's is set up sort of like a cafeteria. Food is ordered from a display case of steaming hot trays, and diners sit at booths or a central horseshoe of barstools.

Al’s is set up sort of like a cafeteria. Food is ordered from a display case of steaming hot trays, and diners sit at booths or a central horseshoe of bar stools.

Find out more:

Al’s Corner Restaurant
545 West Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-475-7978
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Al’s Quality Market
563 West Tuscarawas Ave.
Barberton, OH 44203
330-753-7216

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review. Find out how!

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by Caitlin Saniga

Any time company comes to visit, I try to squeeze in a trip to Euro Bakery for some fresh, hot burek. It’s impressive to watch baker Bari Sinani prepare the pastries, and the burek, like this pepperoni and mozzarella version, is to die for. Heck, I don’t need visitors for an excuse to stop by Euro Bakery. I go somewhat regularly for lunch or on Saturdays during my trip to the Roanoke farmers market, which is across the street.

Bari and Elizabeta Sinani own and operate Euro Bakery in Roanoke. On most days, you can spot their young son curled up in the back of the kitchen, watching TV from a folding chair. Bari, who was born in Macedonia, owned a bakery in Serbia. In 2000, he and Elizabeta, of Bosnia, moved to Roanoke. The couple opened the original Euro Bakery in 2010. You can read more about the Sinanis and their business in this Roanoke Times article from 2010.

I visited: Euro Bakery, a vendor inside the City Market Building in downtown Roanoke, Va., that specializes in Middle-European baked goods. Most notable is the selection of burek, rolled pastries made from fresh-tossed phyllo dough and filled with an assortment of goodies, including beef and onion, spinach and cheese, and my new favorite: pepperoni and mozzarella. Also available is a selection of baked goods such as braided breads, pretzels, crescent rolls, dark chocolate-filled rolls, baklava and tiramisu.

Elizabeta uses a rocking knife to cut burek into bite-size pieces.

I tried: This time, I had the pepperoni and mozzarella burek with marinara dipping sauce. But I’ve also tried and have been a fan of just about every type of burek they serve, including many of the specials.

Why it stood out: Bari Sinani, owner and baker at Euro Bakery, makes his own phyllo dough. Each pastry starts out as a small disc of dough that he works into a fine sheet by pressing out onto a flat surface with buttered hands and then lifting and tossing in the air. It’s an eye-catching spectacle. He says many people who prepare and sell burek, even in Turkey where it originates, use frozen dough. His burek is special because everything is fresh and it’s always served hot from the oven, so it’s totally crispy and flaky.

Bari tosses some fresh phyllo dough before rolling it full of beef and onions.

It cost: $5.50

Find out more:
Euro Bakery
32 Market Sqaure S.E.
Roanoke, VA 24011
540-344-0460
Euro Bakery on Facebook

*$6 Snacks is a recurring feature that reviews an area eatery’s snack — for $6 or less. Look at a map of the places we’ve tried. Help our map grow by submitting your own review. Find out how!

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