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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 02:47:05 (permalink)
Flagstaff AZ Breakfast - http://brandysrestaurant.com/menu/breakfast/
Flagstaff AZ Burgers - http://www.diabloburger.com
If you're traveling on I-40 in AZ, between Flagstaff and the New Mexico state line in Winslow AZ, You MUST stop Here!
http://laposada.org/
http://laposada.org/turquoise-room.html
Chef John Sharpe was nominated for the James Beard Award in 2011.      
Rated as one of the top three restaurants in the U.S. in the 2009 Conde Naste Gold List
Reservations are recommended.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 07:14:28 (permalink)
How about stopping in West Texas for some kolaches.
when in St. LOUIS go to and area called the Hill for some great Italian food and a throw back in time.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 09:17:26 (permalink)
Both of those recommendations are well worth adding to your list.
WINSLOW, AZ has one of the few remaining 'pristine' rail station Harvey House facilities left in the USA. FBM is correct in his evaluation of the place.
 
WEST, Texas is a town on I-35 north of Waco--not the region of Western Texas. It was founded by Czech settlers who have maintained their culture and provide fine baked goods and other Czech foods in shops at the Exit area near the freeway. A really nice stop for a change of pace on a busy road.
 
In LAS CRUCES, NEW MEX. try either NELLIES OR NOPALITO. Both have received excellent reviews from RF travelers whose opinions I trust. 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 10:17:48 (permalink)
Chicago:  Chicago Style (Hot) Dog, Italian Beef Sandwich, Italian ice, pizza (I am not wild about deep dish pizza, but many people love it, and if you are going to try it, you should try it in Chicago, where it originated).
 
 
  
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 11:19:14 (permalink)
I need to expand a couple of my earlier comments. Dale's endorsement of BUCKHORN EXCHANGE is valid  for a comprehensive sample of game meats and the famed "Rocky Mtn Oysters".  Also the Truck Stop known as "The Fort" on I-25 on the North side of Denver offers traditional truckers 'over-the-road  menu items you may want to try, depending on your schedule.
Climbing out of Denver on I-70 at the US 40 exit is the town of EMPIRE. The small cafe there-- JENNIES-- offers an excellent Ribeye sandwich for a reasonable price in an old mining town envionment...makes a good lunch break at moderate cost..if the timing is right for you  --link-- http://www.menuism.com/me..jennys-restaurant-77658
 
Backing up a bit- to Nebraska- from Des Moines passing thru Omaha to Blair, NE--- Fine Steaks at JOHNNIES CAFE  in Omaha  and always good food at the Bohemian Cafe in the city also. Both places are reviewed in the restaurant sections on this site.
 
Moving on to Texas It appears that you will have a very short time in the Austin area before heading North to Dallas. Is this correct?
It matters greatly as to what area you can cover, touching on the best of the BBQ locations.
If time is there, I would urge a ride that includes the three Lockhart locations,- Blacks-Kreuz Market-Smittys- plus Southside Inn in Elgin and Louis Muellers in Taylor as you head North.
If time does not permit that additional mileage, then the Salt Lick BBQ and the Belton Stop would prevent the "line clogging" waits of the urban 'que stands in Austin.  
Don't restrict yourself to BBQ in the Austin area. Oklahoma has some fine 'que stands, as does both Kansas City and St Louis in Missouri.  Styles change from region to region, but the concept is the same.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 11:22:09 (permalink)
When in S.D. try Black Hill Burger and Bun Co. In Custer on your way to Denver. Everything is fresh, buns baked daily, beef or bison ground daily, homemade desserts. Go for the hot granny, very good!!
In Las Vegas try Tacos El Gordo on the strip just past the Wynn. Read up on how to order there as they have several lines depending on what you choose to order. Lots of police eating there. A good sign to be sure. In Denver try highland tavern, best chicken wings I ever had!
Have a good trip!!
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 11:28:51 (permalink)
Wow now this is plenty of suggestions :) will try as many as possible, I just hope I won't fly back to Europe 20 kg heavier :) just joking ! 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 11:31:59 (permalink)
Also while in Pierre S.D. be sure to hit the Silver Spur for steaks or burgers!! Say hi to my mother in law Patty or brother in law Todd. They run the place and do an amazing job with it!!
Tell them Robb and Jennifer sent you!! Btw, Silver Spur wings are in a dead heat for #1 position!!
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 11:49:27 (permalink)
Why are we suggesting that Dan try American versions of European foods? The last thing I want when I travel to Europe is a burger in Bourgogne, casserole in Casino, or barbecue in Barbera. I think the 'Italian' food served in the USA could result in an international incident.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 12:00:04 (permalink)
I can only speak for myself, but I'm suggesting the Italian-American food in Chicago and St. Louis because it is iconic. It doesn't purport to be classic Italian food. Lidia Bastianich did a whole series on it.
 
"Lidia's Italy in America explores the food, artisans and ingredients at the heart of Italian-American cooking. Over the course of 26-half hour episodes, Lidia traces the impact of Italian culture on American food, drink, art, music and fashion. She travels from the East Coast to the South to the Midwest to interview Italian-American families still making wine and vinegar in their garages or curing their own prosciutto, to visit the "Little Italys" keeping old-world traditions alive and to meet third- and fourth-generation Italians putting their twist on authentic recipes."
http://www.createtv.com/createprogram.nsf/vprogramsbynola/ldtl#
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 12:07:24 (permalink)
But it isn't even the best 'Italian' food in the US. Just ask anyone from NYC or NJ.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 12:31:17 (permalink)
....or Rhode Island.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 12:48:43 (permalink)
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When in S.D. try Black Hill Burger and Bun Co. In Custer on your way to Denver. Everything is fresh, buns baked daily, beef or bison ground daily, homemade desserts. Go for the hot granny, very good!!

Man, I sure hope the hot granny is one of their food dishes..... 
 
Since I will be in Custer in a few weeks, this grabbed my attention.  We will definitely be stopping in.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 13:00:09 (permalink)
I LOVE US50 and the Black Canyon. I'd go for
Green chili stew in Colorado and skip the RMO.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 13:03:40 (permalink)
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But it isn't even the best 'Italian' food in the US. Just ask anyone from NYC or NJ.
why is that? Because they're closer to Italy. I'm sure they'll tell us. Endlessly.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 13:21:56 (permalink)
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I LOVE US50 and the Black Canyon. I'd go for
Green chili stew in Colorado and skip the RMO.



I disagree -
Get to Bruce's Nut Hut in Severance on the way up to Cheyenne from Denver for a true RMO delight.
You get to choose bull or bison or a combo of both if you wish
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 13:24:37 (permalink)
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....or Rhode Island.




 

 
Hey....don't dis the Italian food in Rhode Island.......it's .........EVERYWHERE........
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 14:12:48 (permalink)
1. BuffetBuster, In Custer, SD, Please let us know the details of "HOW Granny Bakes your Buns". I hope you furnish some photos of the process in your review. I am sure Dan will be interested in observing that !
 
2. Dale. Dan will be coming South from Wyoming to Colorado then heading SW to Durango. Can you give a specific review of the Fort from you visit a while back?? I was working from your memory in my comments above.
 
I need to make a pitch here for the "stop and smell the roses" attitude so necessary to enjoy a roadtrip , especially out west in the USA. All to often they become a series of stops for food and photo opps and then rush to the next stop listed in the "Plan". Manage your time well, but allow for some unscheduled visits to places you come across as you travel.
A couple of examples- coming into a small town in Iowa one morning we noted that the composer Dvorck had resided here for a year or so, and that two gentlemen had whiled away the winters making clocks..very elaborate wooden clocks, now on display in a small museum. We took an hour out of our travels to check out the display, then asked the caretaker about a cafe or place to get an early lunch before getting back on the road.  He told us to wait right there.... called his wife and she brought over two dozen freshly baked Kolache boxed and ready to travel. She wouldn't hear of accepting payment for the pastries, just wished us well on our travels, and off we went.  Many times we have received far in excess of what we asked for when shopping in farmers markets and fruit stands all over the USA.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 14:56:14 (permalink)
Good advise Al about "stop and smell the roses".  I have to add here that Europeans tend to do that much more than us Americans.  They're not in a hurry.  They don't stop at McDonalds for a quick bite because they have to move on.  They have 2 hours for lunch!  And dinner goes on for hours with many courses, much conversation and a lot of wine.   
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 15:12:28 (permalink)
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If Dan follows the European format to this trip, I predict he will be enjoying a DONNER PARTY THANKSGIVING FEAST somewhere in the UPPER ROCKIES !!  A compromise agenda that allows him to make his scheduled work meetings, and still have some time to sample the foods (and sights) of the regions he visits can be done, but only with some really careful planning.
 
A two week roadtrip of this distance needs assurance of good weather, no mechanical delays, good health, and an extended work-day for the entire period to allow for some recreation inside the already accounted for 'touring time'. OH Yeah, and enough clothing to allow for "not doing laundry during the ride'.
 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 17:37:31 (permalink)
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2. Dale. Dan will be coming South from Wyoming to Colorado then heading SW to Durango. Can you give a specific review of the Fort from you visit a while back?? I was working from your memory in my comments above.
 
 




Here is that review of The Fort from 6 years ago....yes 6 years ago...The Famous Kansas City, Omaha College World Series and Denver trip (with Albuquerque thrown in for me) 
 
http://www.roadfood.com/Restaurant/Overview/5843/the-fort
 
 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 17:40:02 (permalink)
I'll say. It's a pretty rushed roadtrip this time around due to work meeting schedules in different places on different days of the week (very spread out: Hartford, WI; Denver, CO, Albuquerque, NM and Dallas, TX) but I'll try to do as much as possible. And yeah we have quite a food tradition and then to have 2 hours stops you're right, something I won't be able to do this time around. The main thing is: it's a Chicago to Chicago roadtrip because in America you have one way drop-off fees for cars that, frankly, are completely insane :) 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 17:42:29 (permalink)
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in America you have one way drop-off fees for cars that, frankly, are completely insane :) 




 
Dan, they don't have one way drop off fees in Italy? What about if you are traveling around Europe? 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 19:08:16 (permalink)
If you're taking I-80 out of Illinois into Iowa I have always found the Machine Shed about 30 miles into Iowa to be a great stop. There isn't anything there I wouldn't order. The Cinnamon Rolls, Pecan Rolls, and fruit filled Danish sell out fats in the morning. You can very easily bring the extra with you and reheat it for a little home cooked snack at another time.
 
Have a fun and safe trip!
 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 21:06:59 (permalink)
Andy's comment about I-80 brings up a good point...
 
Dan, have you established your route yet?  Since it sounds like you're under some time constraints I'm guessing you'll have a significant amount of travel on the interstate highways.  Will you be driving by yourself or will you be with someone else or a small group?
 
And speaking of I-80, if you happen to be in the vicinity of Ladd, IL (just west of I-39) you should try to spare the time for some fried chicken at Lanuti's or Rip's.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/28 23:47:59 (permalink)
Note his first work session out of Chicago is in Hartford Wisconsin then to Des Moines, Iowa/ That pretty much eliminates I-80 in most of Illinois, I would think??? But I may be second-guessing our visitor. Here's a link to the Machine Shed mentioned in another post above- several locations that might work for your schedule.
http://www.machineshed.com/
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/29 00:05:34 (permalink)
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But it isn't even the best 'Italian' food in the US. Just ask anyone from NYC or NJ.
why is that? Because they're closer to Italy. I'm sure they'll tell us. Endlessly.

Because that's where the best Italian food in America can be found.
If you've never eaten Italian there you wouldn't understand.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/29 00:39:45 (permalink)
Let's focus on helping Dan, Please.
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/29 03:45:22 (permalink)
Yeah I've pretty much sortes out my route but I am open to changes of course. I will do some interstate travel of course, but I will also take some back roads. For example in Iowa I will drive the white poles road from Stuart to (I don't remember the name of the city) and then divert north to Audubon and take the 44 to Missouri Valley. 
 
As for drop off fees and those who ask: I'll be honest with you, I have no idea whether we have them in Europe :) the fact is that in Europe public transport is so well developed that renting a car is really the last resort. We have very cheap airlines (our low cost is really low cost haha you can get a flight for as low as $20 and it used to be even less, I remember flying for $0.01 a few times) and very good trains :) 
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Re: Some Suggestions for My Road Trip 2014/08/29 09:44:56 (permalink)
The Machine Shed is a mini-chain located in four states and basically is a Cracker Barrel in concept and presentation. Sorry, that is hardly a definition of roadfood. Their food is OK but not great.
 
In Des Moines, Iowa you will have your best opportunity to try what Iowans are so most fervent about and that is the deep-fried breaded pork tenderloin sandwich. You can't miss finding them because just about every restaurant that serves sandwiches will serve them. The best known and the quintessential one, but not necessarily the best, IMO, is at Smitty's Tenderloin Shop at 1401 Army Post Road. But then it is the experience you seek and Smitty's would be most representative. They are giant sandwiches that resemble a Shnitzel overwhelming a hamburger bun.

Smitty’s Tenderloin

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