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  • Joined: 6/21/2003
  • Location: Key West, FL
Decent roadfood on I 90 West Fri, 08/22/03 9:41 AM (permalink)
Going Chicago to Seattle in September
We've made this trip a few times and always look
for new places to eat. Prefer healthy type foods
which are not always easy to find on the road.
Not totally veggy either.

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    • Location: Fairfield, ME
    RE: Decent roadfood on I 90 West Fri, 09/5/03 1:13 PM (permalink)
    I just made the trip last month, so have got a few suggestions. Not much healthy, I'm afraid. (Two kids with cravings for bacon cheeseburgers.) At least they are local places, not the chain of chains you find at every interchange east of the Mississippi.

    Chamberlain, South Dakota. Casey's Drug Store and Cafe. Right off the highway. Pretty standard cafe fare, with good portions, good potatoes, so-so salad bar. They advertise the "perfect cheeseburger," though their authority is a 1976 article by a New York writer just passing through town.

    Livingston, Montana. Clark's Crossing (westernmost I-90 exit) Buffalo Burgers (healthy, low-fat), waffle fries, and very good clam chowder, for some reason. Giant needlepoint map on the wall depicting Lewis and Clark's travels.

    Molly's Restaurant in downtown Spokane, WA. Their motto is "you'll never leave hungry." I had a chef's slad that was quite good, very large, and even had lettuce beside iceburg in it.

    If you get the chance to get off the highway in Missoula, there are several good places, most of which are hippie hold-overs. In fact, there is a store called the "Good Food Store" which started out as a hole-in-the-wall place in the 60's, and now occupies an entire shopping center. I believe it has an eat-in cafe, but if not you can stock up with enough fresh, organic food to last the rest of the trip. Take the Russell Street exit, go south to Third Street South, turn right, it's on the corner.

    I may think of some more places later. When exactly are you leaving?

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      RE: Decent roadfood on I 90 West Mon, 09/8/03 2:38 AM (permalink)
      Arrived in Seattle on 9/5.I guess you have to be fairly liberal
      with the idea of healthy eating on the road. Especially when it comes to "Beef,it's what's for dinner" all over the west. Not to say I didn't enjoy my first Butter Burger In Rapid City or a superb Italian meal at Luigi"s in Spokane.Wa.
      Did I mention the visit to the Spam capital of the world in
      Minnesota? Had a great trip out on the northern route--will return on the southern route and will be asking for advice. Thanks.
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