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2015/05/26 10:47:48 (permalink)

Just off the Interstate

Often, when we drive, we are in too much of a rush to go looking for roadfood. I thought that it might be helpful to list places in your local area that are within a half mile of an exit
 
In Millbury, Massachusetts, we have Mrs Mack's bakery, close by the exit from I-90, aka "Mass Pike". The quality of bakery products is wonderful, as long as you point out the fresh stuff in front of the case, and ask for that, rather than the easier to reach stale stuff. They also serve a very good breakfast and lunch.
 
Mrs Mack used to be in an electic/tacky building that would have made a good movie set. That building was torn down a few years ago to build a strip mall. Mrs Mack's is now in the strip mall. Easy to find, easy parking. Worth stopping if you are in the area.
 
What is in your town?
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 11:32:00 (permalink)
I'm sorry, Im just having a difficult time  wrapping my hands around  "too much in a rush" I can see that happening with a sudden emegency (ie death of a loved one, sickness  or sudden change in weather ie, torndado or unexpected snow storm) but otherwise I would chalk it up to poor planning (and nothing would change my mind otherwise)
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 11:35:13 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2015/05/26 19:17:58
At exit 122 on I-75 S at the Clinton-Norris exit in a log cabin sits "The Golden Girls"  Great breakfast, fried chicken, deserts and definitely Tennessee cooking.  One of my favorites.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/golden-girls-restaurant-clinton
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 11:55:14 (permalink)
Wow, Dale decided to be 'Butthole' Rob Lowe today.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 11:56:49 (permalink)
Smiley Face.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 12:02:19 (permalink)
The only case when Bob and I were in too much of a hurry was when we were on the road last year and he had a deadline to meet with a delivery. Otherwise he and I tried to find a truck stop near some local places.And we lucked out with some wonderful restaurants and surprises.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 12:17:41 (permalink)
There are times when my priority is to "get on down the road", rather than take the time to side trip off and sit thru a meal then head back to our route again, So I understand why that place near the interchange is noteworthy. It is that sort of decision that brings me to the Culvers/Popeyes/ In and Out sort of FF stop, OR the Iron Skillets of Petro Brothers or the other major truck stops. We keep our RF info and Trip Advisor available on any trip also to give up to date info on food choices. Both references are a big help.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 12:22:54 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2015/05/26 19:17:43
At I-90 exit 163 in WI are Emigail's Roadhouse (Cajun/Creole) and the soon-to-be-reopened Anchor Inn (burgers).  And the truck stop just up the road at exit 160 (currently a construction zone as the interchange's being rebuilt) has the Winchester Family Restaurant, which has been a fixture for years.  I like the chili...
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 12:41:16 (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"
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 12:49:14 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2015/05/26 19:17:32
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I'm sorry, Im just having a difficult time  wrapping my hands around  "too much in a rush" I can see that happening with a sudden emegency (ie death of a loved one, sickness  or sudden change in weather ie, torndado or unexpected snow storm) but otherwise I would chalk it up to poor planning (and nothing would change my mind otherwise)



Dale, I think tmiles is saying..... NOT WHEN YOU'RE SPCIFICALLY DRIVING TO EAT but when you're driving or traveling (let's say cross country) and you're focused on getting to your destination. 
 
Most (not all) usually eat at what they find near the highway exit as opposed to exiting here because timing is never what you think it is.
 
In my area if you're traveling the north-south 405 and didn't drive one block east on Washington Street you could miss the Metro Cafe where you might enjoy some interesting Yugoslavian inspired (Serbian?  Croation?) food or you just didn't want fast food.
 
http://www.metrocafela.com/pdf/dinner.pdf  (I see that they've morphed the menu into something more)'
 
At that intersection most just eat at Tito's or Johnnies but just around the corner lies Metro Cafe.
 
Anyone know of a place to eat in Tucumcari?  I couldn't even find a gas station on the main highway paralleling I10 when driving with my stomach and gas tank on empty.  
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 12:55:17 (permalink)
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I'm sorry, Im just having a difficult time  wrapping my hands around  "too much in a rush" I can see that happening with a sudden emegency (ie death of a loved one, sickness  or sudden change in weather ie, torndado or unexpected snow storm) but otherwise I would chalk it up to poor planning (and nothing would change my mind otherwise)

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Dale, I think tmiles is saying..... NOT WHEN YOU'RE SPCIFICALLY DRIVING TO EAT but when you're driving or traveling (let's say cross country) and you're focused on getting to your destination. 
 
 




I understand what tmiles is saying..... Believe it or not, many of my trips aren't "Roadfood focused" where I'm driving around  just to eat- I have driven cross country many times, and I have limited time to do so  and have therefore  focused on reaching my destination, I still had plenty of time to stop for decent meals along the way. Oh btw- Student prince  which is very "roadfoody"is probably less than a mile from  I-91
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 13:22:26 (permalink)
tmiles inquiry goes back to the "What is Roadfood?" question. Driving from Arizona to North Carolina we were hard pressed to find anything in RF books or the website that was anywhere near "The Road" (aka, the Interstate).

Some "City Food," but not much Roadfood. Getting off the I-system and driving through a city adds an hour or so, plus the eating time. That is simply not an option when I need to get someplace (City slickers in congested New England don't seem to get this 😈).

A back to the Roadfood roots guide of good, non-chain, restaurants within 1 mile of Interstate exits would be most useful.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 13:56:48 (permalink)
This should not become a debate over why someone wants to eat wherever they choose to eat...but rather how to identify the locations by their nearness to the major highways. There are some guides to some of the interstates..75 comes to mind, as does I-80, But I repeat my earlier hint. Link you gps to RF and to Trip Advisor and check out towns at the intervals you plan to stop at...a big time saver and you may find a hidden gem in the files. Add the "Gas Buddy" app for you phone and you can shop for cheap gas at the same time.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 14:08:27 (permalink)
Mayor Al - We tried that and came up blank when feed time came on I-40 in TN. We finally stopped at a Mom & Pop with a roadside billboard. Good place, but we would have kept on rolling to a destiny with fastfood without the sign.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 14:11:40 (permalink)
Yeah there are holes in the net, ehhh?  How did the pioneers ever make it across to L A ?? (tongue-in-cheek) 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 14:24:52 (permalink)



 

 

 
Anyone know of a place to eat in Tucumcari?  I couldn't even find a gas station on the main highway paralleling I10 when driving with my stomach and gas tank on empty.  

I think you were probably looking at a Holographic Tucumcari.
The real one is where US 54 meets I 40 :)
post edited by 1bbqboy - 2015/05/26 14:27:26
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 14:33:26 (permalink)
Just off the IH 35 in Georgetown TX on Austin Avenue one will find the Monument Cafe, a roadfood place if there ever was one. Might have a wait though on weekends.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 14:42:39 (permalink)
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Anyone know of a place to eat in Tucumcari?  I couldn't even find a gas station on the main highway paralleling I10 when driving with my stomach and gas tank on empty.  

We stopped in Tucumcari back in February to get gas and drove through town.  Nothing there that looked good at all.  We saved our appetite for Albuquerque.


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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 16:15:31 (permalink)
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.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2015/05/26 16:17:02
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 16:34:27 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby JRPfeff 2015/05/26 19:16:53
 
Dixie Bones BBQ in Woodbridge, VA. Exit 160 off I-95.  It might be a little more than a 1/2 mile off (but not much more), and well worth it.   In addition to BBQ, they have in-house made pies.  (Do not confuse Dixie Bones BBQ with the dreadful chain called "Smokey Bones".)
 
 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 17:25:59 (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
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 17:44:54 (permalink)
I always made the destination my goal. How fast can I get there. I now make the journey part of the trip. This is the only way I could travel off the beaten track to eat some RF. Roadfood food stops are planned, they don't just happen.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 19:17:25 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman
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.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 20:03:27 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman
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


EXACTLY!!!!  Fly there, rent a car and go everywhere you want!!!  This driving non-stop stuff is for the........well, not birds, cuz they fly.  If I had to drive to Alaska to see the Iditarod, I'd still be driving. 
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 20:25:15 (permalink)
Approaching Silverpoint, TN on I-40, look for the Rose Garden Restaurant at Exit 273. Excellent mashed potatoes and pies can be found here.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 21:09:50 (permalink)
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Anyone know of a place to eat in Tucumcari?  I couldn't even find a gas station on the main highway paralleling I10 when driving with my stomach and gas tank on empty.  

I think you were probably looking at a Holographic Tucumcari.
The real one is where US 54 meets I 40 :)



 
You are quite right.  It was I40.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/26 21:38:30 (permalink)
Mother's Cupboard in Syracuse, NY.  Maybe a mile or two from Exit 35 of the New York State Thruway.  Huge frittatas (only get the "half" size as the whole is way too much for one person!), crusty home fries, plate-wide pancakes.  A tiny, open for breakfast & lunch, cash-only, locals spot and the staff seem to know most everyone in there.  The line to get in can be long but it's worth the wait.  
Roadfood review: http://www.roadfood.com/R...10699/mothers-cupboard
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/27 07:42:02 (permalink)
Well done Glenn1234 et al for actually answering the OP without pontificating, haranguing, or soapboxing.
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/27 11:32:52 (permalink)
Ladd, IL is just north of I-80 on IL-89 (exit 70) and is home to Rip's Tavern and Lanuti's, places known for fried chicken.
 
Otherwise, I really can't think of any places along the interstates I travel most frequently.  I-39 south from Rockford, IL has never offered a whole lot outside of truck stops...
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Re: Just off the Interstate 2015/05/27 11:54:36 (permalink)
Someday I'll turn this into a spreadsheet. I'll include Stern recommended, RF reviewed, and all other recommendations.
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