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Old 04-17-2010, 09:54 AM   #21
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Places You Have to Eat -- The Sequal

Well, take 2. Doing the same drive -- mostly I-90/80 to the East Coast -- but this time it's for a much better reason. My daughter graduates college next month. I am putting all the restaurants recommended last time in my GPS as we speak and will hit as many as I can. I'm doing the drive east solo so will need a good meal break everyday. I may skip the deep fried gizzards this time. I had some two night ago and that may have been enough for this year.

The drive home might be OK. NYC to Seattle via New Orleans, the North Rim of Grand Canyon and too many other places to mention. Somewhere in there we might find some decent food. Actually, it's pretty likely. We've committed to no franchise food for the trip.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:26 PM   #22
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I love Waffle House. My wife's convinced that must put crack or something in the waffle's with pecans. Only bad thing is they closed the one down the road from my brothers and turned it into a diner.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:39 AM   #24
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If you continue on I 70 on your way to Seattle you should make a stop at The Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita, Colorado. By far the best pizza around and they have 8 New Belgian beers on tap.

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Old 04-22-2010, 04:18 PM   #25
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If any of you are traveling through west Texas on I-20, Pappy's BBQ in Monahans, TX was the best BBQ we found. Family owned and not open on Sunday. About $10 per person.

This has been mentioned here before, but the Whoa Nelly Deli in the Marathon Station in Lee Vining, CA is unbelievable. We eat there about 3 times a week when in the area.
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I always stop in Williams on I-5. They have a great green olive pizza provided it floats your boat...
http://www.granzellas.com/
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If you are on highway 395 near Lone Pine and need a burger fix, this is the place. One of the best burgers I've had. Very large. I am sure the rest of food is great. All home made.

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Re: Places You Have to Eat

Colorado and California are probably the only two western states I won't hit on this trip. The plan is to turn north in Arizona and head up through Utah, Nevada and Oregon.

I wouldn't mind hitting the Cowboy Dinner Tree in Central Oregon at some point. I don't think I could survive it at that point in our journey though. You have to choose between a whole chicken or pound and a half steak.

http://cowboydinnertree.homestead.com/main.html

BBQ I'll eat every other meal if I get the chance while we're in the south. It's something I love but not something they really have in Seattle. Not that's worth considering, anyway. Great beer yes, BBQ not remotely.

We plan to spend a number of days driving the Gulf Cost -- it'll be interesting with the oil spill ongoing. Strange time to be a tourist --so I know we'll eat well on at least part of the trip.

I'm heading out tomorrow unless the Cascades are snowed in and the passes closed. Let the eating begin.
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In Oakhurst not too far from Yosemite...provided you can afford it!

I've never been there but Erna's Elderberry House is supposed to be the best restaurants in the area. I wouldn't know how to act in a place like this.
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No joy on The Shack in Missoula. They seem to be closed tonight.

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