March 11, 2017 (by Angela)
As we travel, Jim and I love buying and eating local; we’ve said this several times before. Sometimes we use the Internet to find good local spots, and sometimes we ask locals. Sadly, whether it is shops, events, or great restaurants, locals don’t always know about the gems near them.
For example, when Jim and I went to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, for the New Year’s Eve Olive Drop, we asked a lady in the post office where a good place to park would be for the evening’s events. Though she’d live there her whole life and worked downtown, she didn’t even know there was an Olive Drop.
Yesterday afternoon, when Jim and I checked into Country Boys RV Park, we asked the lady at registration where there might be a good, local place to eat supper. She said that she couldn’t tell us of a place, and then she went on to say that she doesn’t think any of the local restaurants are good. Unable to get a recommendation from this local, after getting set up, we turned to the Internet, and there seemed to be several locations in Madison with ratings between 4 and 5 stars. We drove the four or so miles to downtown Madison and began looking around. It didn’t take long for us to eye an Italian (geared more toward pizza) place on the Square named Amici. We parked and made our way to the restaurant. The food was amazing! I highly recommend the Pineapple Express pizza.
We’d passed Farmview Market on our way to the RV park. I imagine it is about a mile from the park. I looked it up on the Internet and discovered it is a grocery with organic items and local items. There is also a cafe, and seasonally, an open-air Farmers Market. It is open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. everyday except Sunday. Jim and I decided to go there today for breakfast and to shop. I was in love with the first sip of Jittery Joe’s coffee. The food in the cafe is made from the products carried in the store, and it was great! Below are pictures from the FarmView Market Cafe and the store as well as what we ate and purchased to cook later. I highly recommend!
After hiking today, we explored the town more. Jim had noticed Scoops the night before, so we had our dessert first. If you’ve read our blog enough, you know Jim is drawn to ice cream, so yes, we had ice cream. The ice cream was really good and affordable. He and I had two 1/2 scoops each. At Scoops, what most places call a scoop is actually 1/2 of a scoop there. Jim and I each had a 2 “1/2 scoop” waffle cone for less than $8. The place was very busy, too. We could barely get in when we first arrived. He and I finished our day out with an early dinner at Tequilla’s, a local Mexican restaurant. It did not disappoint, but we forgot to make pictures. Below are pictures from Scoops.
All in all, we found four marvelous places to eat that we can recommend to others and all within 5 miles of the RV Park. I’m sure there are other eateries we would have enjoyed in the area also had our time allowed. The moral of this post is to not assume that the locals really know of the wonderful things around them. If you can’t get a good recommendation, keep looking. Something wonderful most likely is to be found.