Once outside Pittsburgh, we drive through Irwin and Greensburg and take our first stop in Latrobe at the Lincoln Highway Experience museum. It’s a great place for an introduction to the Lincoln Highway, with artifacts and photos from the road’s history.
It’s a short drive from there to Ligonier, where we stop at the Ligonier Tavern. No chili that day, so we detour to the soup menu. The tomato and chicken soup is hearty and filling, courtesy of asiago cheese; the French onion soup, from a 20-year-old recipe and topped with Wisconsin brick cheese, is perfect for a winter day. The chocolate-peanut butter pie is a gooey delight, and the coconut cream pie — light with toasted coconut and raspberry sauce — would make Granny proud.