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By Andrew Kochirka GoErie.com staff blogger
Food has been an integral part of Andrew's life from a young age; from cooking with his mother and grandmother to creating recipes in his own kitchen. Now he scours the area's non-chain restaurant scene to find the best of the best of local food from chicken wings to French cuisine.   Read more about this blog.
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Summer Foods in Review

This Thursday starts the annual downtown festival, Celebrate Erie. I will be there Thursday evening at the GoErie photo booth eating food from the “Taste of Erie” as well as talking about food and taking pictures so please, stop down and visit.

Summer is probably the most active season for Erie. Between the festivals, concerts and parties, there is always something to do and somewhere to eat. This food tour gave me the opportunity to eat at some new places as well as some old favorites.

My overall favorite place was Lucky Louie’s Beer and Weiners. I credit the suggestion to Nina Ferrare. I wouldn’t have known about it if it wasn’t for her. I have been back many times and owner, Katie Schmid sure knows what she is doing. I have been trying to work my way through the entire menu and have just over half tasted. My favorites include the Franks ‘N’ Beans, the Chicago Dog, the Hog Dog and the Seattle Dog. The bacon wrapped dogs on a stick are also amazing. Their extensive menu includes options for vegans and vegetarians as well. Vegan dogs can be substituted for anything on the menu.

Another fantastic place that was new to me was The White Turkey Drive-In. Amanda and I had a blast driving out there and eating at such a nostalgic place. The service and food were fantastic and the location alone is worth the drive. I loved everything we tried, but I have also heard rave reviews of their burgers, so that alone is grounds for a return trip (as well as the turkey sandwiches and the root beer floats).

Another fantastic piece of history was Eddie’s Footlong Hot Dogs. I would buy their secret sauce by the gallon if I could. Though I haven’t been dining there since I was a child, the nostalgia and local love is strong and makes for a great experience. The other great thing about it is the fact that it is across from Casey’s Ice Cream which was my favorite stop for a frosty dessert. What better way to end a savory meal than with a sweet treat of Meadville Mud or Cinnamon Bun ice cream? If you like ice cream and haven’t been to Casey’s you really are missing out.

Out of all of the locations I visited with outdoor seating, my favorite was Edinboro Lake Resort’s Sunset Grill. The food was good, but the view was even better. The calmness of the water and perfect weather made for a great trip down route 99. The two pizzas we tried were delicious and I would love to sample more from their menu.

Thank you to everyone who made this Summer tour awesome, including the people who helped with my blind hot dog taste test. That was a highlight of the eight weeks and I would love to organize more taste tests in the future.

The next few weeks will be based around products that Erie is known for such as pepperoni balls, ox roast, Greek sauce and chocolatiers. If you have any other suggestions of Erie products or places for me to visit, please submit them here or to my email at AKochirka@goerie.com.

Until next time,

Andrew – Beard vs. Food

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