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2014/06/30 23:37:01 (permalink)

Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access?

Next week I'm doing a trip with a fellow RF'er. We'll be leaving Mobile, AL, taking US98 to Hattiesburg, then continuing on 13 to Jackson, MS. Pick up I-20 through Shreveport (too bad we'll miss each other there BB) and Dallas, up to Amarillo TX where we'll get on I-40. I 40 across through Albuquerque to Kingman where we'll catch US93/95 into Las Vegas and up to Reno. Here's the kicker though----we're driving two trucks and towing trailers. Most of my high-priority items like a genuine green chile cheeseburger seem to be to far off the main routes or else in areas where there is limited parking. RF places like Casa de Bienevidez would be great but it's just going to be too hard to get too far from the freeway and park on a surface street-----I need a place close to a freeway exit with a big parking lot. Outside of that, open to ideas-----chicken fried steak, Delta tamales, anything good along the route that might be super-easy access from the highway. Thanks!
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 01:03:08 (permalink)
I used to work for Truckstops of America. They have stops strategically placed along I-40 , East Memphis AR, OKC, Santa Rosa, NM, Gallup, NM etc. The food back then was pretty good and it would be easy to fuel your trucks there and parking is easy.
If you've never been there, The La Posada Hotel in Winslow AZ is definitely worth stopping to see. It's just off of I-40.
http://laposada.org/
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 01:36:09 (permalink)
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I used to work for Truckstops of America. They have stops strategically placed along I-40 , East Memphis AR, OKC, Santa Rosa, NM, Gallup, NM etc. The food back then was pretty good and it would be easy to fuel your trucks there and parking is easy.
If you've never been there, The La Posada Hotel in Winslow AZ is definitely worth stopping to see. It's just off of I-40.
http://laposada.org/

I know I want to do a photo op when I'm standing on the corner in Winslow Arizona.....
Seriously, though---that's good info. While normally I wouldn't consider truck stop food, on this trip it may be the only choice in some areas. I've seen the TA locations on I-5 but thought they mainly had Burger King, Denny's and Subway inside nowadays. I hope some will have good food. What I'd really like is a truck stop with a great place to eat within a block or two of walking. 
 
La Posada looks interesting. I can just picture Judy Garland in there, dressed as one of the Harvey Girls!
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 02:38:24 (permalink)
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Run a list of Petro Brothers Truck stops. They still have their own cafes ( Iron Skillets, I believe) CFS and eggs is my old standby at them.  Don't skip the BIG TEXAN in Amarillo, right on the I-40 frontage road with truck parking and a shuttle to bring you to the restaurant ...free..
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 02:56:14 (permalink)
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Run a list of Petro Brothers Truck stops. They still have their own cafes ( Iron Skillets, I believe) CFS and eggs is my old standby at them.  Don't skip the BIG TEXAN in Amarillo, right on the I-40 frontage road with truck parking and a shuttle to bring you to the restaurant ...free..

The Big Texan? I'd never fit back in the truck after a 72 oz. steak!
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 03:13:56 (permalink)
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Run a list of Petro Brothers Truck stops. They still have their own cafes ( Iron Skillets, I believe) CFS and eggs is my old standby at them.  Don't skip the BIG TEXAN in Amarillo, right on the I-40 frontage road with truck parking and a shuttle to bring you to the restaurant ...free..

The Big Texan? I'd never fit back in the truck after a 72 oz. steak!

If you finish the Steak, in the allotted time, I'll come up and drive you to CA!
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 03:22:10 (permalink)
When I worked at TA from '79 to '83, we had 35 stops. The company has been bought & sold, merged etc. over the years and are now Travel Centers of America with over 150 locations.
They kept the Restaurant name "Country Pride' with many of them.
Yes, some do have fast food outlets along with a full service restaurant.
Here's the  current "Country Pride" menu with many of the same items we served along with some new "Healthy" items, YUCK!
http://www.tatravelcenters.com/files/restaurant_menus6.pdf
The good news is they're 24/7/365.
 
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 10:57:27 (permalink)
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Big Texan has a wide variety of choices beside the 72 oz challenge.  We stop there every time we go west. Food is decent and it is a fun stop
 
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/01 11:31:53 (permalink)
Sounds like big Texan might be a good stop.Thanks!
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/06 15:42:07 (permalink)
Ed, are you taking 395 or 95 from Lost Wages to Reno..?  Some good eats in Lone Pine, Bishop, & Bridgeport along US 395...including a beef jerky shop & also Schatt's Bakery...if you don't know the routes, be prepared to be pulling some grades & passes, and try to avoid high altitude cooling system overheating...
 
I think you enjoyed Jax in Truckee before, and Joe's in Reno...
 
Joe's is easy to get to...I like their CFS...when entering Reno northbound on Hwy 395 FREEWAY, take the Neil Exit, go east 1 block...Joes's in on the corner of So. Virginia (Business Hwy 395) & Neil...when done, go west 1 block on Neil to Freeway onramp to go north or south (downtown & I-80 are northbound)...
 
You'll take photo's of impressive scenery & yummy food..?
 
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 13:41:51 (permalink)
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Run a list of Petro Brothers Truck stops. They still have their own cafes ( Iron Skillets, I believe) CFS and eggs is my old standby at them.  Don't skip the BIG TEXAN in Amarillo, right on the I-40 frontage road with truck parking and a shuttle to bring you to the restaurant ...free..

ED, skip any salad if you stop in a Petro. Ask lleechef about their salads. Personally, I suggest skipping salads at any truck stop.
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 14:33:41 (permalink)
BackRhodes, we're coming in on I-40 to Las Vegas and taking US93/95 up to Reno, so that's a new route for me. Any ideas on that road? I ate at Joe's and had the sloppy joe. It was good! did you ever see the thread I did on my completed Reno to LA trip on US395? You'd like a lot of this places!
 
Michael, My first choice is usually a soup. Salads are way down the list so I think I'm safe!
 
I'm still trying to decide on the best place for the New mexico Green Chile cheeseburger near the I-40. Any suggestions?
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 14:57:11 (permalink)
Ed, The Owl Café is very conveniently located to I-40 in Albuquerque and makes a fine green chile cheeseburger.  Their lot is decent size, but would still have difficulty with your trucks and trailers.  If I remember correctly they are right next door to a hotel, so maybe you could park it there.  Oh, and if you go, make sure you grab a slice of banana cream pie, too!
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 15:07:26 (permalink)
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Ed, The Owl Café is very conveniently located to I-40 in Albuquerque and makes a fine green chile cheeseburger.  Their lot is decent size, but would still have difficulty with your trucks and trailers.  If I remember correctly they are right next door to a hotel, so maybe you could park it there.  Oh, and if you go, make sure you grab a slice of banana cream pie, too!


Thanks, Cliff. I had seen the Owl Cafe review, but you have exactly the info I'm looking for. I will even have a piece of pie there for you!
 
 
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 19:34:55 (permalink)
Rumor has it you're going to eat at Wintzell's in Mobile.  I am jealous!!  Have a few dz. oysters for me! 
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 19:47:24 (permalink)
Personally I suggest skipping any salad anywhere.
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 20:07:37 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby EdSails 2014/07/07 23:48:46
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You will leave I-40 at Kingman,AZ and go north on US 93 to Laughlin/Bullhead City on the Colorado River at the point where NV/AZ/CA meet. The Colorado Belle is the one Casino I recall using for cheap Prime Rib Dinners during our many weekend visits there.  Parking may be an issue in that riverfront casino town. ( ED- You can do the ride on old 66 to Laughlin, but I don't recomend it pulling anything with ur truck.. It is a fun ride for a motorcycle or car but not a truck. US 93 goes from Kingman up to Hoover Dam and crosses the river there..a smarter way to go.  sorry my mind slipped a gear  here.)
 
A CAUTION NOTE FOR VEGAS-  Taking a U-Haul type truck pulling another vehicle into the "strip-traffic", is not a safe thing to do. Tons of uninsured motorists and tourists  with no idea of where they are, clog the streets. If you attempt to park anywhere there is a real possibility of burglary to your vehicles while you get a meal.  I suggest that you remain out on the perimeter using the same routes as the big trucks and keep your vehicles within sight when you find a place to eat.  Compare it to eating in Compton with an unlocked limo full of boxes of tvs and dvrs sitting in the parking lot while you go into a restaurant.
 
 
 
Then it is North again on 93/95 thru Las Vegas and 95 up the State Line thru Tonopah and passed some interesting rural business estabishments like "The Cotton Patch Ranch" at the Death Valley Road Junction...I guess a lot of folks like to "take a break" before heading into the National Park !! BTW the Tonopah HS mascots are the "Muckers", I had to check their sign twice to be sure I read it correctly when I first saw it.
 
 I like the ride north on 95 , If the traffic is not bad you should find it a comfortable drive, but it is a long way between fuel stops...becareful not to let it get too low.
 
Looking forward to your report.
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/07 23:52:59 (permalink)
Hi Al,
I will be very happy to go around Las Vegas without coming any where close to the city itself. That's why I did this thread----I don't even want to go far into any towns with the trailer and truck. Plus, it would be nicer to find places to eat where we can keep an eye out for them from the table. I think we'll be keeping an eye out for truck routes and truck parking.
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Re:Mobile, AL to Reno, NV-----places to eat along the way with easy vehicle access? 2014/07/08 15:27:58 (permalink)
Ed re-read my post, I made an error and corrected it.  
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