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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/27 11:59:03 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2016/12/19 10:01:26
Two of the most iconic Roadfood restaurants that I can think of that would qualify as "just off the Interstate" would be Titusville's (FL) famed Dixie Crossroads, less than a mile off of I-95 and The Varsity in Atlanta. 
 
It did occur to me as I was typing this, though, that if by "just off the Interstate," what you really meant was "a quick stop," then I am not sure that Dixie Crossroads would fit the bill, as there is most often a wait for a table.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/27 13:19:49 (permalink)
TTM - Good recommendations. The wait at Dixie Crossroads is not bad if you get there during Senior Hours.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/28 19:55:37 (permalink)
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Wow, Dale decided to be 'Butthole' Rob Lowe today.



No
it simply sounds like another excuse to go to Burger King and McDonalds. We were in a hurry to get home yesterday and enjoyed a great meal at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. I just don't buy the "in a hurry excuse"


I'm glad to hear that they are still there. A year or so ago, they were going to close.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 10:00:11 (permalink)
Marty's Pizza in Delafield, WI is right at I-94 exit 287 (the original location is in Brookfield and not as close to the highway).  We like to stop once in awhile for a tavern-cut, thin-crust pizza (I don't know if Marty's makes any other style) on our way home from Milwaukee.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 10:09:35 (permalink)
I like Marty's, too. I think they have only one style of pizza-which you described.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 11:16:41 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2016/12/19 10:02:14
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Wow, Dale decided to be 'Butthole' Rob Lowe today.



No
it simply sounds like another excuse to go to Burger King and McDonalds. We were in a hurry to get home yesterday and enjoyed a great meal at the Student Prince in Springfield, MA. I just don't buy the "in a hurry excuse"


I'm glad to hear that they are still there. A year or so ago, they were going to close.



I had no idea that they closed. After seeing your post, I looked up Student Prince and they did in fact have an amicable change of ownership with one of the former owners family members staying on as Maitre D/Head Chef. Apparently the new owner bought the place for "a song" and then did extensive renovations. So they did in fact close for about 5 months at the end of 2013 and then re-opened. This got me thinking about another restaurant that I had visited once back in 2007 in suburban Chicopee that I really enjoyed, Collegian Court a Polish Restaurant initially recommended by Wheregreggeats. I thought they had closed a couple of years later, I wonder what became of the building and imagine my surprise and delightment when I discovered they had reopened under new ownership
Otherwise, I always considered Springfield MA a culinary wasteland (probably because I don't know enough about the area. I have been to White Hut once before and put it in my "one and done" category as I really didn't care for it much, I enjoyed The Student Prince and Collegian court much more and honestly consider both places more "roadfoody" than White Hut
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 15:03:23 (permalink)
Most everyone will be happy with this good place if travelling on I-90 through my town of La Crosse WI.
 
Nutbush City Limits is just off Exit 3, maybe a half mile to the north, very easy on and off.  They are definitely a tavern, but more so, a very good restaurant.  They are a biker bar with volleyball nets, and everyone in town goes there.  Breakfast on Sunday after church is real big around here, and Nutbush is always packed with churchgoers.  And of course they have a good bloody mary (obligatory).
 
There is everything from a great eggs benedict in the morning to the Friday night fish fry.  I think anyone would leave happy.  And I'm gonna guess your total time investment would be about an hour, or 15 minutes more, from the off ramp to the on.
 
https://www.facebook.com/NutbushCityLimitsBarGrill
 
http://www.wxow.com/story/8680066/nutbush-city-limits-menu
 
http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/188/1016243/restaurant/Nutbush-City-Limits-La-Crosse
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 17:50:53 (permalink)
Two of my favourite BBQ joints are just off the interstate in Alabama.
Bob Sykes BBQ is just off I-20 on the southside of the hwy in Bessemer, Alabama. Good 'que, great iced tea and some of the best pies in the South. Leave room for a couple of pieces of pie, the chocolate is great but the lemon ice box is fantastic.
 
A bit farther north, across from Huntsville and just west of I-65 is Big Bob Gibson's BBQ. Home to white sauce and some serious pork BBQ. Good pies, but mediocre cole slaw. The 'que is what you go for.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 18:20:05 (permalink)
RootBeerMan- Another to add to you list would be the Dreamland BBQ  MOBILE, AL store that sits right next to I-65 within a city block of an exit.
In Kansas City, Arthur Bryants BBQ, is a short two or three blocks off I-70 in the older part of town.
AND, The classic example is the BIG TEXAN STEAK RANCH sitting on the north-side Service Road of I-40 in Amarillo, TX.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 20:00:44 (permalink)
Actually, Mayor if I were going to pick a Dreamland it would be the one off of I-20 in Tuscaloosa, just down from Birmingham. They're the original and not too far off the highway, (a straight shot from the exit). We ate there maybe a decade or more ago and the 'que was pretty darned good. I like their sauce. If I was in the Mobile area, I'd go farther afield and hit up the Brick Pit and Wintzell's. I wouldn't care how far off the interstate they were.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 20:01:49 (permalink)

 
My favorite "just off the Interstate" place is in Flatonia, Texas. Joel's BBQ. A well placed rib, thrown from one of the outside tables, could easily land on I-10. True Texas BBQ from a huge wood smoker. The sausages and brisket are my favorites. 
 
My favorite place near me, right off the I-5 ramp at Oso Parkway, is Dublin 4. It might not be the textbook definition of Roadfood, but the Irish foods are great and they brine their own corned beef. Oh, and they have a great collection of Irish beers and whiskies too! Darren and Jean are great hosts and always greet you with a smile. My suggested dishes are the Dublin Lawyer Pot Pie, the Lamburger, anything with their delicious corned beef in it and their excellent fish and chips. It's right at the offramp, literally the first driveway so easy on/off the freeway. 
 

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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 20:16:23 (permalink)
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Yeah there are holes in the net, ehhh?  How did the pioneers ever make it across to LA ?? (tongue-in-cheek) 


We came in boats to Nawlins from Canada.  Ehhh! 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 20:19:36 (permalink)
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I don't know about anyone else, but when I'm on the road I want to get where I'm going. If I eat anything it'll be a package of peanut butter crackers or something similar that was for sale wherever I had to stop for fuel. Heck, I made several trips from the East Coast to the West Coast and back stopping for nothing but fuel and bathroom breaks. A restaurant? Never had the time. This type of travel is not the sort that appeals to lleechef, so I can't get away with it now.




 
Oh, yes, I've had to do the same thing too,  its called FLYING


I no longer fly commercial airlines. But I've always preferred driving, even when I did have to fly. And driving to South Africa and Australia was always a little too difficult, even for me.


I agree totally, it took us 16 hours by air, I would Hate to see how long it took by car, and then there is the Marianna trench to bypass, that adds a few days to the drive. 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 21:51:55 (permalink)
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In Kansas City, Arthur Bryants BBQ, is a short two or three blocks off I-70 in the older part of town.

Speaking of KC, the Oak Ridge location of Stroud's is just a few minutes off of I-35.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 22:16:13 (permalink)
RB Man, Agree again.. Brick Pit is my first choice for Pork BBQ Nation-wide,  wish it was 600 miles closer
Same for Wintzell's...the Ohio River Oyster's in Louisville just don't compare to those coming out of that Oyster House in MObile!! We have not visited the original Dreamland, yet.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/29 23:41:27 (permalink)
Al,
I have to agree with you about Brick Pit.  Excellent BBQ!!!!  Same for Wintzell's and the oysters!  In 2002 I was in Alaska but got to go to Birmingham for 2 weeks.  We ate at Dreamland.  It was very good.  Then one night we were just cruising around (it was before I discovered Roadfood) looking for a restaurant, based on how many cars were in the parking lot.  We ended up at the original and only (at that time) Jim 'n Nicks.  It was better than Dreamland.  But none of them can hold a candle to Brick Pit!!!!
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/30 00:40:37 (permalink)

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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/30 10:45:23 (permalink)
Last night, I drove from Milwaukee to Madison and recalled a place that a buddy of mine who lives in Watertown recommended, The Pine Cone (http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Reviews/1165/the-pine-cone). It is most assuredly right off the interstate, attached to a truck stop. The food is solid, home cooking - chicken and dumplings, fried fish and chicken (especially on a Friday night!), and a regular menu with more than a few steaks. They have a bakery that produces some almost comically large pastries, like what you might find at Harold's in New Jersey! Worthwhile stop, if you are traveling across I-94.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/30 11:12:50 (permalink)
Years ago there'd be billboards for The Pine Cone ("Start smiling!") along the interstates and most of them touted the $7.95 t-bone, but nowadays it's up to $13.95, at least at the Madison location.
 
Since you're headed that way you could stop and compare the 2!
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/30 12:32:49 (permalink)
Bob stops at the Pine Cone often and always brings me a huge éclair. It takes us days to eat it.....

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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/12/02 09:53:20 (permalink)
I'll never get there, but Pine Cone looks really good!
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2016/12/15 14:39:24 (permalink)
Headed from Tampa Florida to Phoenix via I10 and not on SouthWest Airlines... making the drive. We probably have about 3 days to in the schedule... would love any I10 or close recommendations. I have heard that its a pretty desolate drive especially West of Houston... will be coming home from Colorado so probably take the I20 route back... Appreciate any replies!
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2016/12/16 11:10:02 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby mrc2u 2016/12/16 14:41:18
It has been many years, but El Paso has lots of Mexican. I remember a very wonderful breakfast burrito in Deming.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2016/12/16 14:41:34 (permalink)
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It has been many years, but El Paso has lots of Mexican. I remember a very wonderful breakfast burrito in Deming.



Thanks appreciate it
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2016/12/16 17:30:19 (permalink)
Do you have any designated area's on I 10 or I 20 where you're looking to stop? That's a fairly vast area
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2017/02/11 13:34:36 (permalink)
Anthonys is just off I 495 IN LITTLETON, MA, ,,,,,,,,,or so I thought.......It turns out that they are all over the place.
 Anthonys Coal Fired Pizza, although new to me, is a chain!!!! I had already started this post, so it is stuck here. www.acfp.com is the corporate web site that came up when I posted the local web site from the pizza box, so I have edited to keep my post from being "fake news" Sorry for the tease. BTW, chain or not, they are really, really good.
post edited by tmiles - 2017/02/11 13:47:33
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2017/02/11 19:46:21 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2017/02/12 08:45:09
Revived thread and I am surprised I never responded. In the past decade we have put over 170,000 miles covering 49 states and all the Canadian provinces and the Yukon in our small RV motorhome. We travel by car a lot too and in fact we drove from Minnesota to Washington, DC in a car over the holidays. When traveling in our RV we deliberately whenever possible stay off the interstate highways. My logs say that is over 90% of the time. So I can basically say I don't give a damn about what is just off the interstates. It is dominantly fast food chains anyway.
 
But if you want a superb breaded pork tenderloin sandwich, Gramma's Kitchen is right on the I-80 interchange in Walcott, Iowa and just across the road from the reputed world's largest truck stop, the I-80 worth another look see. Their tenderloin was an IPPA best winner one year and Gramma's Kitchen looks so much like a Machine Shed (i.e. Cracker Barrel) that even the quintessential roadfooder, wanderingjew, would feel right at home.   
 
Terrible me. I couldn't resist that, but the tenderloin is really good and one of the few places I know of just off the interstate. 
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