Amish Country in Ohio
Tom returns to Charm in Amish Country in Ohio
Ok, I told you that I would be back and today’s travels took me off of 39 by Walnut Creek and Cheese out to the charming little town of Charm. This does sound repetitive because it is (charm is charming), congratulations if you picked up on that before hitting this line.
I am a huge fan of quality Amish craftsmanship and this day found me traveling out to Keim Lumber and Carpenter’s Cafe, which is located on the second floor of Keim lumber.
Now I will say that the interior of Keim lumber is simply an incredible example of Amish craftsmanship and woodworking skill. The entire structure is over 700,000 square feet under one roof. It is all constructed with Oak and it is not only a showroom, but also a testament to quality. I am not a big detail guy (ask anyone, they will tell you) but even I noticed that this was made with some high quality wood that was actually milled right next door at the Keim Mill. Keim Lumber is unlike any other construction or home improvement store I have ever visited. Most of my experience has been with Lowe’s or Home Depot. When you walk into these big box stores you have to look for aisle markers to figure out where anything is and even then it is a challenge navigating the store. Keim is totally open and you can see everything with little to no effort, which is what I am all about.
After walking into the building I developed an appetite (actually before but that is always the case) so I quickly climbed the staircase to get upstairs to Carpenter’s Cafe. Notice I said I quickly climbed the stairs, remember there is food here folks. The Carpenter’s Cafe offers a great variety of food choices from fried to baked to ice cream (my 3 favorite groups excluding buffet and Amish-Style). I ordered a hamburger with Onion Rings and was expecting an average quality meal. These were the best onion rings I have had for quite a while. They were obviously hand-dipped and made with giant sweet onions. The burger was actually cooked the way that I ordered it, medium. I don’t know about you (and don’t care when it comes to food), but I usually do not receive my burgers the way that I order them. My experience is that either the cook is used to working with Napalm (Napalm is a thickening/gelling agent generally mixed with gasoline or a similar fuel for use in military operations) or doesn’t realize that the meat should not be moving and mooing when placed on a bun and covered with condiments.
Gary is the manager at the Carpenter’s Cafe and he is to be congratulated on running such a great operation that is consistent and reasonably priced. My entire meal including the ice cream cone was about $8 which is very considering that I am a large mammal and managed to leave there feeling full. If you have not been out to Keim Lumber or Carpenter’s Cafe you need to check them out the next chance you are anywhere near Charm, Ohio in the heart of Ohio’s Amish Country.
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