Homemades by Suzanne 
Ashland has strangely remained off our radar for the past one hundred seventeen weeks. Last week we got a recommendation to take a trip out to a restaurant that we could not find. We decided to make the best of our extended lunch hour and went to Homemades by Suzanne in downtown Ashland instead.
You may know the name by way of a box lunch you had at a work thing or a catered wedding. The actual restaurant serves a similar menu out of a store front across the train tracks from Randolph-Macon. Ordering is done at a busy deli counter in a slightly chaotic fashion. There is no back room kitchen. You get to see your lunch being made by the person that took your order. It is refreshing and surprising to have the food prep be such a tangible part of the experience. Drinks and check out were next. At the front of the restaurant there is seating both in and out-of-doors. The whole place has a welcoming country store feel to it.
Ethan snagged the Hanover Club, a sandwich that was made with care and delicious country ham. The Pasta Salad it was paired with was good, but nothing about it made it especially noteworthy. I partook of the Roast beef and Cheddar. The beef was tender and the fixins’ were well balanced. I had the Cucumber Tomato Salad and two Deviled Eggs. The salad was a great mix of sweet and tangy flavors while the eggs were a bit bland. We both filled our cups with strawberry lemonade and limeade that complimented the family reunion style fare on offer.
Homemades by Suzanne turned what could have been a frustrating lunch hour into a real treat. It was nice to be removed from Broad St. Sipping lemonades on the front patio. The good food and calming atmosphere were a brief respite from our busy work schedule.