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Grist Mill country-style staples off the grill By Christopher Malone The Grist Mill unofficial “garbage plate” with toast, home fries, and eggs. Full disclosure — I was headed to a different location to accomplish this edition’s restaurant review. Perhaps the appeal of a road trip on a mild, clear-skied Saturday evening with spring-like temperatures and then seeing the lone restaurant off I-81 North, exit 33 for Parish really helps bring out the spontaneity in a guy. For a traveler, the glow of gas prices and the country store aesthetic of The Grist Mill Restaurant, 3039 county Route 26 in Parish, is a beacon for the weary and for the hungry. Although today’s easily accessible technology can show this eatery is open 24/7, clear signage explains faster than fingertips can type. The Grist Mill Restaurant is the epitome of a rest stop with gas pumps, faux stone wallpaper, dingy bathrooms, a seasonal ice cream stand and various grab-and-go snacks. It’s a large restaurant and there are two unique U-shaped sections to the bar, where I sat. As noted, it’s conveniently found right off a highway while embarking on that road trip. The staff will treat you as if you are part