July 4th Weekend Part II: Burgers, Breakfast and Cheese
Berlin, OH - Events of Thursday, July 2 to Monday, July 6, 2015
After touring the Classic Car Museum with Lora, J. Michael and Lydia, we headed to a restaurant in North Canton Margery had previously found online called Smoke the Burger Joint.
Smoke serves 1/3-pound burgers that are hickory smoked. They have premium burgers for $8 that are loaded with special toppings, signature burgers for $7 that come standard with several toppings, build-your-own burgers for $6 with your choice of various toppings like ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles, lettuce, tomato and onion (all free) and/or a selection of other toppings like cheese, bacon, fried onions, fried pickles and avocado ($.50 to $1 each).
We all had burgers with different toppings. The burgers are a little pricey if you have one of the premium or signature varieties or if you add a couple of extra-cost toppings to a build-your-own burger; but the burgers are juicy and have a delicious, smoky flavor. Smoke also has delicious, hand-cut, twice cooked fries that are available with several different kinds of seasoning sprinkled on them. We'll be looking for excuses to go back to North Canton so we can stop again soon.
After our lunch in Canton, we arrived back at Scenic Hills just in time for Lydia's afternoon nap. Margery made a delicious casserole containing Italian sausage, tomatoes, spinach and cheese for dinner.
On Saturday, we headed out in the morning to have the breakfast buffet at Der Dutchman. Lydia, who was sporting a patriotic shirt in honor of the fact it was July 4th, had baby food for her breakfast. However, she also got to try some small bits of French toast stick (without syrup). She is cautious with new foods, but it wasn't long before she decided she likes French toast.
After breakfast, we stopped at the Walnut Creek Amish Flea Market to browse around. After that, we headed back to Scenic Hills for Lydia to take a nap. Several of the adults also took advantage of that time to nap as well.
Heini's has a wide variety of cheeses. On weekdays, visitors can watch cheese being made through glass windows. The big attraction at Heini's is their tasting room where you can taste just about every variety of cheese they make. On weekends, especially holiday weekends like the 4th of July, it gets very crowded and you just have to get in line and shuffle your way around the U-shaped tasting room waiting your turn to get at the next sample.
After Lora and J. Michael bought a couple of kinds of cheese, we headed back to Scenic Hills in time for dinner.
After dinner, we watched Lydia play as we chatted a while.
When the sun started going down and it started to cool off a bit, we had a campfire. Normally, we would have had s'mores, but we had visited Der Dutchman Bakery after breakfast that morning and had all picked out fry pies for dessert. Yum!
We got to watch Lydia while Lora and J. Michael packed and hitched up on Sunday morning. Lydia is highly amused by Freeway. We have a lot of fun watching her giggle at him.
After Lora, J. Michael and Lydia left, we relaxed the rest of the day. After a busy July 4th weekend and a full campground, we'll be enjoying a little down time. But we can't sit still for long, so we'll have another update soon.