layered

lay ·ered  Ëˆlā-É’rd’  noun   ~    a depth or level of meaning

Odds are we have all watched some type of travel food experience show and have a favorite foodie or food. Maybe it’s Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Ray (on a $40 budget), Man vs. Food, or anything bizarre Andrew Zimmern has eaten. Personally, I am a complete sucker for Triple D (Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dive’s for the Food Network newbies). Now, I don’t have a ’65 Camaro and frosted tips, but I do have a pretty big appetite and a reasonably low will power when it comes to dining out on the road, which can be quite often through the year. So, although many of our posts have described the exterior physical realm, we should be clear, we spend a good bit of time inside as well, mostly eating (with a fair amount of shopping as well ”“ but we’ll save that discussion for another time).

We could easily describe many communities as being intensely layered. Maybe it’s the architectural influences, the settlement patterns, or simply development trends that have made them so. To truly reveal the layers in Dubois, however, you should step inside Luigi’s (you’ve seen the billboard on I-80). Quite literally, the walls of the restaurant are layered with generations of posters, regional advertisements, and memorabilia like any Applebees was in the 90’s, but here’s the difference. Equally represented among those items are more family photos than you can possibly fathom. While you eat, you feel like you’re hearing the story of their lives, the lives of multiple generations of the family that has owned and operated Luigi’s for so long. This depth of character, story meaning, and familial lineage flavor the experience.

Dubois dining

Don’t believe me, stop in for the house made ravioli and ask for the warm olive oil. You’ll taste every one of those family experiences!

Don’t wait for the Food Network to show you something great in our home state, just go out and find you own.