Truck Stops

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mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
2003/04/17 10:02:57
We have stumbled into and been led to by the Stern's, some very interesting food at large truck stops across the country. I posted a description of one under the Chicken fried steak thread down the list somewhere.
Anyway, one of the best roadfood-Mainstream of America- stops we have visited has been the Dixie Truck Stop in McLean, IL. At the junction of I-55/US66 and US 136. It was in the original edition of Roadfood in the 70's and has maintained it's role even as the surrounding countryside has turned 'modern'. If you are headed up or down I-55, I recommend that you check out this icon to a bygone era.
Several companies have developed chains of stops that cater (no pun) to the trucker's, but there are lots of independent's also. I like the Petro Brother's at Corning CA on the I-5. Good food, easy access and a short run up or down the 99 beside the freeway will get you tons of olives fresh-smoked-pickled etc from stands along the road in Northern CA's olive country.
Have you had any good experiences with the common truck stop?
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/17 10:14:14
Mr. Mayor, you mentioned the olives in northern CA. Not too long ago while driving from San Fran to Seattle, I stopped at an exit just south of Redding and there was a huge olive store there. I bought enough olives to last me a life time. I bought olives that I don't even eat, but at the time seemed like a good idea. I got them stuffed with everything from jalapenos to garlic to sausage. I even bought an olive burger while I was there. It was OK, but not exciting. I got off at Redding and took the road west to the coast and drove the rest of the way into Seattle via the coastal highway.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
johnnym
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/17 10:49:59
Dysart's Truck Stop - Bangor, Maine. Just off 95, about two exits south of Bangor. Just plain great. Homemade fresh bread, lots of great pies, they leave the pot of coffee on the table for you, and they include baked beans with several meals, including breakfasts, which really seals the deal for me. The Maine cuisine that people from away don't think about in their obsession to find 'quaint' lobster shacks. That's ok. All the more baked beans for me. Plus the store attached the the restaurant is huge, which I think is a very important part of a good Truck Stop. You have to be able to buy almost any necessity there, at 3 in the morning, after you fill your belly.
Irving's has a Canadian chain of 24 hour Truck Stops, with a bunch of Maine locations, and they do a pretty good job too. The food isn't as good as Dysart's, but the importance of post-midnight coffee and pie can't be overstated. I'm so happy that my hometown had one of these, and not another friggin' Denny's.
Jennifer_4
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/17 17:05:17
Klein's off HWY 99 in Fresno used to be a roadfood mecca. For some reason in recent years the quality has gone so downhill that the food is not worth tasting.. I've had better chicken fried steaks at chain restaurants, frankly. And no matter how I ask for my hamburger steak to be cooked, it's ALWAYS underdone.. all the sides and gravy seem to come from a can or a mix.. it's a shame.. because it used to be a hallmark of good truckstops. It's only worth a stop for traditional "how ya doin' hon" service and local color.
Bushie
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/17 17:16:10
Dorsett's 221 truckstop south of Austin on I-35 is a GREAT place to eat. Big, home-style meals served up with plenty of "Hon's".
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/17 20:53:14
Dearfolk,
Although it sports a Truckstops Of America "TA" logo, Perlis' Truckstop on I-75 down by Cordele, Georgia is a good one, and still family-owned (last time I checked). It seems consistent enough that travelers stop there; it's better than anything else I've ever lucked upon in that area. (Until you get to Tifton, home of Lankford Manor, that is. But that's a WHOLE nother story.)
For sheer home-built funkiness, there is a truckstop/repair service/motel on I-20 at the Ga. 22 exit near Crawfordville, Georgia. It was amazing to find out that the cafe is always open, and - as the waitress drawled - "We get right busy at th' oddes' hours. Folks get tired of them Waffle Houses and chain-done places and all."
Only a mile or so down GA. 22 toward Sparta is a rubble-filled eatery of significant local renown, Heavy's Barbecue. Heavy Grant and family have been cooking and serving from their amazing jam-packed building for about 25 years. This place is also well worth a stop, although it's only open Friday through Sunday.
At this point, let me salute the memory of Mrs. Annie Lou Bonner, who operated the Liberty Cafe in Crawfordville from 1926 until her relatively recent death - in 1999, I believe. For those of you who are unaware, the Sterns featured her place in the original Roadfood book: "Biscuits light enough to be bench-pressed by a gnat," they opined. It's descriptions like that one that have endeared them - and their work - to my heart. I intend to keep turning up "Sternable" eateries as long as possible! So many miles to go, so many meals to eat....
Hungrily Submitted, Ort. Carlton, the Travelling Trencherman of Athens, Georgia.
fdm813
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 05:12:32
Lee Hi Truck Stop, Exit 195 I-81, Lexington Va. Clean, family run, good home cooked meals. Plenty of parking. I have a dedicated run from Roanoke to Richmond and back, five nights a week. I make it a point to stop at the Lee Hi at least two or three times a week.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 13:11:52
FDM,
Is the Lee Hi truck Stop the one that has the owners collection of firearms on display in the lobby and dining area? I spent a couple of hours looking at the collection one morning. Man that guy has a museum in a Truck Stop. I remember it was on I-81 in VA somewhere.
cfitz
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 16:02:39
I'm with johnnym...Dysart's in Bangor rules. There, you can get the best liver and onions I ever ate, as well as an ashtray in the shape of a tire.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 16:06:36
Does anyone know the name of the truck stop that is just west of the quad cities of Rock Island, Davenport, Moline and something. I stopped there while traveling to Des Moines and the place was huge. they apparently have a 24 hour buffet with the regular buffet items along with those huge Iowa porkchops. Pigs must be a big deal in the corn state of Iowa.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 16:20:07
CeeFit,
Funny how Liver and Onions (and Bacon) is linked to Truck Stop food. We don't cook it much here at home, but seeing it on a menu at a roadfood establishment brings out the desire to check it out!
fdm813
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 18:37:16
Mayor, The one with the gun collection is at White's Truck stop, Exit 205 (Raphine) Food there is better then most, has a seperate dining room for truck drivers, cafeteria style, but still not as good as Lee Hi.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 19:09:18
Thanks we now have the name and exit in the log book..next trip east we will find it easily.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 19:19:31
The truck stops are interesting but the cigarette smoke and the noise sometimes overcomes the positives that are there. I have been to some truck stops that almost rivals Walmart in merchandise and groceries. That makes them more intersting because if you are a road warrior, a stop like that increases the stop value. Neat merchandise, clothing, CB radios, lotsa groceries, gas values, particularly good food and all that increases the stop value.

I have nothing against people enjoying a good smoke and on occasion, I enjoy a good cigar. I had some great Cuban's in Buenos Aires where you can buy them legally. But some of the truck stops are over abundant with cigarette smoke and diesel noise.

Maybe a minor complaint, but one that is a little irritating to some.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/04/18 19:31:56
I agree 100%, my Volunteer friend, If there is one thing I miss from my SoCal life, it is the smoke-free restuarants...not just an area, but the whole establishment. I am not an anti-smoke nazi, just don't like it in my food.
muzzlehatch
Hamburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/06/14 21:13:43
Can't believe I didn't stumble on this one until now. I love truck stops! But can't say I've travelled as much as many of you, nor kept track of all of 'em. The ones that come to mind off the top of my head, though:

Dysarts, already mentioned, Bangor ME. Top-notch food, low-key, not as noisy or smoky as many. Had a great Thanksgiving experience there a few years ago, my brother and I stopped by for some pie, it was snowy and cold, waitress gave us the story of her life and while it could have been all just for the sympathy, I felt it and tipped her $10 on a $10 order. Hey it was a holiday weekend.

Romines, Morris, Il. Home of the 2 pound burger. Have to admit right off I've never actually eaten there; place was always too jam-packed! Stopped there a couple of times on my way to Starved Rock state park from Chicago, and the wait was ridiculous. But I did get a glance at their baked goods which looked top-bakery quality, and I've heard great things.

P&H, Wells River, VT. In one of the Sterns' books, and deservedly so. Great maple cream pie, but basically everything's good. Nice atmosphere, seems to be the only place to eat for miles around.

The Pine Cone, Johnson Creek, WI. Also reviewed by Jan and Michael; I had to eat in the small smoking area if I wanted to eat soon, which I did; great breakfast included some of the better sausage I've had and perfect truck-stop coffee. Very cheap too.

seafarer john
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2003/06/14 22:17:33
Mentioned this in a previous item, but, Someplace north of Richmond on I-95 is a big truck stop (maybe at the intersection with I-301) where a number of years ago I had my first taste of brains and eggs- memorable!
ksgirlinchi
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/06/18 11:34:20
This is the Flying J travel Plaza!! Iowa is great for a good pork chop - Farmland foods has quite a few processing plants in the area
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Does anyone know the name of the truck stop that is just west of the quad cities of Rock Island, Davenport, Moline and something. I stopped there while traveling to Des Moines and the place was huge. they apparently have a 24 hour buffet with the regular buffet items along with those huge Iowa porkchops. Pigs must be a big deal in the corn state of Iowa.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/06/18 12:14:58
I must add to the comment on Flying J Truck Stops, while they are a chain operation, the food service varies greatly from stop to stop. We have run into a couple that have been a Hardee's in truck-stop disguise with a lot of fuel pumps, and others like the one described above in Iowa. Look before you eat !!!
In addition I will give them credit for keeping the lowest fuel prices on the highways--- we compared as we traveled the Louisville-Phoenix and return run a couple of weeks back.
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2003/06/18 12:25:50
I've been to the Flyin' J on I-80 just outside of Ottawa, Il. Seemed clean, had a well frequently restocked buffet that was bland. There is not much along this stretch unless you get off at the next interchange (I think Ill. Rte 51) where there is a very busy Wal-Mart and many of the usual chains and a bottle neck of traffic snarl. At least the Flyin' J was an easy in and out.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: Truck Stops 2003/06/18 14:00:48
My favorite truck stop is the Buckhorn at Exit 34 A of Interstate 80 in Pennsylvania. The food is good and the portions are huge. There's another Buckhorn farther west along I-80 at Exit 23. It's smaller, but it's good.

There are a couple of Flying Js in Central Ohio. One north of Columbus off Interstate 71 on Ohio 37 at Sunbury and the other off I-70 near Hebron, east of Columbus. The food and service at the one off I-71 is far superior to that at the other. I like the "country fried steak" for breakfast. They serve a very large piece of meat.
RenoRed
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/08/20 22:10:20
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Mr. Mayor, you mentioned the olives in northern CA. Not too long ago while driving from San Fran to Seattle, I stopped at an exit just south of Redding and there was a huge olive store there. I bought enough olives to last me a life time. I bought olives that I don't even eat, but at the time seemed like a good idea. I got them stuffed with everything from jalapenos to garlic to sausage. I even bought an olive burger while I was there. It was OK, but not exciting. I got off at Redding and took the road west to the coast and drove the rest of the way into Seattle via the coastal highway.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
kland01s
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2003/09/02 13:52:09
Not a offical truck stop but workable, I discovered Christo's yesterday in Oglesby, Ill. This place is right at the northbound exit for Ill.Rte 71, an easy on/off if you are traveling I-39. I-80 is about 10 miles north so it is not all that out of the way in an area that doesn't have much else to offer except the chains in LaSalle. The building and much of what surrounds it looks fairly new with 2 gas stations and McD/Subway all sharing an entrance off Rte.71. There is enough room there that if you had a big truck, it wouldn't be a problem. Broad menu that would have something for everyone (Mex, pasta, steaks,seafood, burgers) at a good variety of price ranges. I had a open face pork tenderlion with real mashers for 5.95 which included soup/salad bar. Almost all the sandwiches and hot plates fell in the 5.95 area. My partner had mostaccioli with marinara sauce that was 7.95 but was enough food for 3 meals and came home with us. The salad bar was basic but during the normal weekdays, a very generous hot buffet is set out. Being Labor Day, it was just the basics with 2 soups (mushroom was very good as was navy bean)and pizzas by the slice. A family of 5 came in and the little ones were very happy with the pizza and chocolate pudding from the salad bar. I don't think Christo's is open for breakfast and forgot to look. Very clean, family run and a good break from driving north in a driving rainstorm. BTW, coming towards us in the southbound lane, we passed hundreds and hundreds of rain soaked Harley riders returning from Milwaukee.
Poverty Pete
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/09/02 19:57:45
I used to open new restaurants for TA. Please don't throw tomato cans at me, I was trying to bring good roadfood to the masses. I wasn't very successful. For a rare exception, try the chile verde at the TA in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/09/25 15:02:11
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Does anyone know the name of the truck stop that is just west of the quad cities of Rock Island, Davenport, Moline and something. I stopped there while traveling to Des Moines and the place was huge. they apparently have a 24 hour buffet with the regular buffet items along with those huge Iowa porkchops. Pigs must be a big deal in the corn state of Iowa.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Sundancer7---are you thinking of the I-80 Truckstop at Walcott junction, Iowa? It claims to be the biggest one in the country and is west of Quad cities (by the way, the name of the fourth town is Bettendorf) Walcott has a huge trucker appreciation celebration every summer and is similar to the Sturgis South dakota motorcycle rally with fancy custom trucks and all. I'm semi-retired, retired from driving semis' that is, but travelled on I-80 enough to have had a few meals at Walcott.
spadoman
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/09/27 04:03:42
HHH at the Junction of I-90 and the Murdo, South Dakota exit, mile marker 192. Good truck stop food during the day and into the dining hours in the evening. Not so good late night except for breakfast stuff. Good roast beef commercial(blue plate)

Eagleville truck Stop, I-35 at the Missouri/Iowa border. Good food, good service. home made soups, dressings, etc etc

Elk Run Truck stop. US 20, 5 miles East of Waterloo Iowa. My wife loves this place and calls it the "best" truck stop. Good food, truck stop fare: roast beef, clubhouse sandwiches, burgers, breakfasts.

Nelson's, I-94 in Clearwater, Minnesota. Bakery, sandwich shop(not subs, but real sandwiches) full restaurant lots o' breakfast selections, good food, plenty of it, gift shop, store, coffee shop along with the bakery. great pastries, cinamon rolls and pecan rolls. (I got big as a house stopping there every winter while on a seasonal job requiring travel by there daily!)
RockyB
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/09/29 11:57:15
Sundancer-7 Finds a problem with Diesel smoke & noise at Truck Stops. What in the world would you expect to find at a Truck Stop?
I agree with the cigarette smoke, but I agree with that in any establishment.
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2003/09/29 12:06:01
quote:
Originally posted by RockyB

Sundancer-7 Finds a problem with Diesel smoke & noise at Truck Stops. What in the world would you expect to find at a Truck Stop?
I agree with the cigarette smoke, but I agree with that in any establishment.


I do not recall mentioning Diesel smoke or diesel noise in my post. I believe I was referring to cigarette smoke and general noise, which tends to be louder for some reason.

Come to think of it, the diesel noise is disturbing, however I was not condoning or condeming either, just my point of view.

I occasionally stop at some of the larger truck stops but only out of convenience.

Some have great merchandise as I compared to a mini Walmart.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
dhaga
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2003/12/16 00:44:50
Sundancer7

I believe the truckstop you are refering to is called Iowa 80 in Walcott IA. It hails itself as the world's largest truckstop. it even has its own movie theatre...
Burp!
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/02/25 14:04:43
Way back in '73 I remember our family stopping along I-5 somewhere in the Stockton/Molesto area at a place I believe was called Carl's (not the FF chain). As I recall it had really good food with large portions. Years later now I've gone through that area, but usually I either didn't need to eat or simply forgot about the place.

Has anyone been to this place recently, and how was it?
Chatmag
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/03/21 01:20:52
Wow, glad I found this site! Prior to my present job as "Imadaboss" of Chatmag, I spent 30 years over the road, primarily doing car hauling, and still drive part time for a local nursery. Driving is something I think I'll never fully give up.

I see that you've listed most every place I've stopped, and agree they are good. I'll add my own favorites to this list.

The Ranch Hand in Montpelier Idaho, on US 30, the shortcut between Little America Wyoming and the Northwest. They have what I believe to be the biggest breakfast in the world, consisting of literally pounds of eggs, bacon, ham, hash browns, and other cholesterol laden goodies. Also a great drive for the scenery and hot springs.

I stopped in at a new place last week just outside of Columbia South Carolina, maybe ten or twelve miles east on I-26. Maggie Mae's I think it is. It's a restaurant adjacent to a small fuel stop, and serves a great southern style hamburger, with all the trimmings and mayonnaise, which I find is usually standard down south.

Most of the chain truck stops are ok, but I have always found the small independently operated places in the south or west are usually the best for food.
LegalLady
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/03/21 11:04:59
There is a "chain" (heaven forbid) of truck stops in Nebraska called Bosselmans, the restaurant is called Grandma Maxs, and the food is excellent, lots of choices, lots of food. The one in Kearney is worth the stop!

Legally Loving Food
LegalLady
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/03/21 11:06:01
OMG, I'm a HAMBURGER!!
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2004/03/21 11:54:32
Congratulations LegalLady,
Keep those posts from the Heartland coming in---
AL
45013
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/03/24 02:33:49
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Does anyone know the name of the truck stop that is just west of the quad cities of Rock Island, Davenport, Moline and something. I stopped there while traveling to Des Moines and the place was huge. they apparently have a 24 hour buffet with the regular buffet items along with those huge Iowa porkchops. Pigs must be a big deal in the corn state of Iowa.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN


Sundancer, you might be thinking of the "Iowa 80" truckstop near Walcott, Iowa, at I-80 Exit 284. It is affiliated with TravelCenters of America. I ate there; not bad.
PatLNH
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/08/12 22:05:43
The Fort truckstop off I-89 in Lebanon, New Hampshire is not to be missed (unless you need to smoke with your meal; it's a non-smoking restaurant). The baked goods are fabulous, especially the crullers and scones. It has some innovative items like Huevos Papas Con Chorizo, one of my favorites, along with the traditional truckstop two-of-everything breakfasts. Real maple syrup. Dinners are pure comfort food: fried chicken, meatloaf with gravy, pot roast, fish & chips. And the price is right, as are the hours ... all 24 of 'em!
BigGlenn
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/08/13 02:40:28
My Dad was a Truck Driver, holidays from school was usually spent "Sneaking" a trip with him. Nothing but good memories. I can still remember most of the trips I took with him. The truck stops seem to be the first to come to mind. The foul language,jokes being told both from the truckers and the waitress's. The smell of the food, cigarettes coffee and diesel. Man that's living.......My Dad is retired now, he says he doesn't miss it at all!
enginecapt
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2004/08/20 08:37:32
There's a small 15 store truck stop chain called Sapp Bros, identifiable by the big neon trimmed old style coffee pot sign at every location. When I was on the road more than I am now, and found myself in the midwest
more often (mainly I-80) I'd make sure to end my shift or run out of hours
near a Sapp Bros if at all possible. They are all clean and friendly , and the food is not bad at all, but my favorite was the one in Peru. Ill. off the 80. I appreciated how all the Sapp stores keep the riff raff out, because when I'm on the road, I don't need trouble to bump into me. It's a family atmosphere also, kind of nice when you're 2000 miles away from yours, heading the other way.

On the other hand, there's a seedy old flyblown truck stop that's seen better days on the north side of I-40 in Tucumcari, NM. I pulled in with 45,000 pounds of refrigerated Japanese beer behind me one bitter, icy night just before they closed the freeway all the way to Amarillo. I figured New Mexico, Mexican food on the menu , how could I lose? By ordering it and trying to eat it, that's how. Then paying for it. I've had alot of junk that tried to be Mexican food but failed, but I've never had any that tried to taste like this stuff did. It was unrecognizeable and unfoodlike. I can't remember the name to avoid, but Tucumcari is only one offramp big, and there's only one truck stop. You have been warned.
syrup
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/08/26 12:41:18
A good thing about truck stops are if you live in an area with few all night restaraunts truck stops come in handy.
mek
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/08/26 13:31:26
White's truck stop. It's on I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley (by either Harrisonburg or Staunton).
queenb
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/08/30 04:54:18
We have another really good Flying J truckstop in Temple Ga, on I-20 19 miles from the Alabama line. It has a little pizza and Chinese food shop, and also all that great merchandise. But the 'regular' restaurant is the best part. When the place first opened a couple of years ago, it wasn't great, but then they hired a new cook who takes pride in his work; he's glad to tell you, "I been servin' truckers for forty years". Sir, we can tell and we love you.
twodales
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/03 14:57:38
A little fancier than most truck stops (lots of wood and antler chandeliers)but real nice folks. We had trout, ribs and bullfrogs (lemonade and Jack Daniels) all very reasonable. It's been a few years but you might want to try it out if you pass through Rock Springs, Wyoming. The name is Cruel Jack's and it's off of I-80 around mile marker 99.
Lunza
Hamburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/03 16:51:28
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

Mr. Mayor, you mentioned the olives in northern CA. Not too long ago while driving from San Fran to Seattle, I stopped at an exit just south of Redding and there was a huge olive store there. I bought enough olives to last me a life time. I bought olives that I don't even eat, but at the time seemed like a good idea. I got them stuffed with everything from jalapenos to garlic to sausage. I even bought an olive burger while I was there. It was OK, but not exciting.


That is the Olive Pit in Corning. http://www.olivepit.com/
Lunza
Hamburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/03 16:54:01
quote:
Originally posted by Sundancer7

The truck stops are interesting but the cigarette smoke and the noise sometimes overcomes the positives that are there. I have been to some truck stops that almost rivals Walmart in merchandise and groceries. That makes them more intersting because if you are a road warrior, a stop like that increases the stop value. Neat merchandise, clothing, CB radios, lotsa groceries, gas values, particularly good food and all that increases the stop value.

I have nothing against people enjoying a good smoke and on occasion, I enjoy a good cigar. I had some great Cuban's in Buenos Aires where you can buy them legally. But some of the truck stops are over abundant with cigarette smoke and diesel noise.

Maybe a minor complaint, but one that is a little irritating to some.


Not a problem in California! At least the cigarette smoke isn't a problem.
fdm813
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/03 21:28:50
If your ever on I40 near Raleigh NC, at exit 152. Ask for the "BBQ Man" on your radio. This guy sells some fine BBQ Pork, Chicken, and Pork steaks. He sells them by the plate with home made sides. You have to eat in your truck. This is carry out only. But worth the stop. Across from Fuel City.
45013
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/06 15:42:00
quote:
Originally posted by LegalLady

There is a "chain" (heaven forbid) of truck stops in Nebraska called Bosselmans, the restaurant is called Grandma Maxs, and the food is excellent, lots of choices, lots of food. The one in Kearney is worth the stop!

Legally Loving Food



Linkage!!! http://www.bosselman.com/
Tedbear
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/08 18:09:54

Rather than recommending a good place, please allow me to warn you away from a really bad truck stop. I would suggest that you avoid Johnny's, which is located just off of I-78, somewhere in the western part of NJ. I'm sorry that I can't locate it any more precisely.

Johnny's seems to be a haven for flies, as well as truckers, and generally displays poor levels of hygiene. I recall making the mistake of ordering a dish of ice cream at this establishment. When the waitress opened the freezer case to scoop out the ice cream, I was able to see an incredible accumulation of ice, and it was not particularly clean-looking ice. The dish of ice cream was essentially inedible, as it had been stored so long that it was composed mostly of ice crystals.

Definitely avoid this place!

Jean R
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/12 19:51:53
quote:
Originally posted by Jennifer_4

Klein's off HWY 99 in Fresno used to be a roadfood mecca. For some reason in recent years the quality has gone so downhill that the food is not worth tasting.. I've had better chicken fried steaks at chain restaurants, frankly. And no matter how I ask for my hamburger steak to be cooked, it's ALWAYS underdone.. all the sides and gravy seem to come from a can or a mix.. it's a shame.. because it used to be a hallmark of good truckstops. It's only worth a stop for traditional "how ya doin' hon" service and local color.
Jean R
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2004/09/12 19:57:05
Klien's in Fresno off of 99 is no longer family owned. (Don Klien) sold it about two years ago. After his dad past away.[|)]
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 06:27:00
Thought I would revive this thread after hearing this. This morning on the early AM Fox news it was reported that a truck stop in Salisbury Md. was voted #4 in the world #1 being on the autobahn somewhere in Germany.

It was also reported that the Md. truck stop had the only active full time chapel there. The name and exit got by me but I'll look for it.
Chow Jim
Jimeats
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 06:41:56
Sorry, It's in Salisbury N.C. Derrick Truck plaza I-85 exit 71.

There is food for the soul but they didn't mention how the other food was. Chow Jim
tiki
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 10:00:39
Just went through and read this revitalized and had a few thoughts---I know that there are still a few great independent truck stops with great food--BUT--after A LOT of miles on the road working with bands and driving all night to get to the next gig i found that for the most part--the old adage that if you look for a place where truckers stop you will find great food should be changed to "If you look for a place where truckers stop you will find a big parking lot with room to park trucks and a dining room that serves BIG plates of rather heavy,carb based,well greased food that sticks to your ribs longer then it ought to"---but there is is the bonus that you meet some very friendly ladies in the lot!---and on Al's comments on Flying J--i agree-VERY variable when it comes to the food quality--but almost always over priced--i know that here in Checotah Ok--at the intersection of US69 and I40--two MAJOR truck roads--its THE most expensive breakfast around and its cooked by a couple of folks that none of the locals will hire.--it LOOKS good--but nothing to write home about--and the food on the buffet is at least two steps lower in quality then if you order the same meal of the menu.
BunglingBill
Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 11:24:31
On our adventure to the Southwest last fall we stopped at a truckstop we had heard about called Deno's 6 & 85 near Commerce City, Colorado.

The place is "well worn" in that the furniture is rickety, and the floors were less than sanitary. Also, the restrooms were TERRIBLE!

But the steaks were just outstanding and reasonably priced. Sides were typical diner food: canned corn, mashed potatoes and gravy, etc. The salads were simple but very good.

It appeared that besides truckers, there were a lot of locals and tourists (judging by the license plates) eating there. We had steaks, but noticed that a neighboring diner's burger looked fantastic.

I wouldn't go too far out of my way to find it, but if passing through, Deno's offers up some good slabs of beef and cold beer.
jeepguy
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 17:16:28
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

Thanks we now have the name and exit in the log book..next trip east we will find it easily.
"Log book"[|)] That's so last year...lol.
Blue Plate Special
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 18:36:13
Great thread to revive.

The Flying J at exit 125 on I35/80 on the west side of Des Moines, IA has a lousy restaurant, but serve some very good items up at the counter in the convenience store. Their gizzards are worth a lunch trip from Minneapolis alone (well...for me at least). Kept "fresh", hot, crunchy and spicy -- gizzard gnawing heaven! They also do something I previously thought possible with a "bagel dog" (hot dog wrapped in a bagel-like casing). Not only is it, literally, a 20 ounce hot dog (in itself no small feat), but it also was very good quality. You really have to like hot dogs though. I haven't seen a hot dog that obscenely large since the Slots O' Fun's $0.99 giant in Las Vegas. Their pizza by the slice is also good. Yes, I ate all three items in one visit two weeks ago.

Johnson's Corner near Loveland, CO (Exit 254 on I-25) is also legendary. www.johnsonscorner.com Monstrous cinnamon rolls and good burgers.

I recently stopped in the Ambest truck stop (aka "Shoemakers Truck Station) west of Lincoln, NE (exit 395 on I-80). The restaurant there is good and if you're a collector of die cast trucks, NASCARs or farm equipment, they had a pretty impressive array.

I also enjoy the Clearwater Travel Plaza in Clearwater, MN (exit 178 on I-94) but for a little more "upscale" truck stop food. This is actually my healthy alternative to fast food on the way "up north". They have an in-house bakery and make very good cold cut sandwiches to order on several types of bread. Choose from a zillion different options. The other baked goods (cinnamon rolls, pies, etc.) are also very good and they have about 10 different coffees at any given time as well as good soups. Skip the sit-down restaurant.

Finally, I concur with the commentary on "chain" truck stops (vary greatly with location), as well as the Bosselman mention (at least in Nebraska, these were very clean facilities...good options).
buttrdish
Hamburger
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 18:45:03
Always a fun truck stop to visit!

Dunnigan, California - Pantyhose Junction

On long drives from Berkeley, California to Eugene, OR to visit my boyfriend, I would always spice up my road-weary mind with a snack at The Aladero, or Pantyhose Junction, Dunnigan, off of I-5. Not only does this greasy spoon serve up some tasty hash and eggs, but it also serves up some pretty fresh waitresses in little French maid outfits that go down to about mid-butt. Luckily they wear frilly lacy white underwear. I guess it started out as a place to entertain the truckers, but my girlfriends and I always stop in to give the gals a little moral support.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
RE: Truck Stops 2007/03/27 19:04:01
Jeepguy- Live with it. No Blackberry or active Streets and Trips in the car. My navigation system is also the beneficiary of my Life Insurance, with a Delorme and a Rand McNally atlas in the door pocket beside her (and maybe a mapquest printout if needed). I do have the cell-phone plugged in, but thats for her to use if necessary. The laptop will be used in the motel most evenings to chart out info for the next day, and the loose-leaf notebook has notes gathered over the last 20 years of roadtrips....Oh Yeah, there is a box of books on the floor in the back seat of Sterns, Triple A (and others) guide books.

I don't anticipated having an online service linked to my moving vehicle .[|)]
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
RE: Truck Stops 2011/12/19 14:01:30
The truck stop at WI I-90 exit 160 (Edgerton) contains the Winchester Family Restaurant (I believe The Mayor has eaten there) and Mrs. SC and I occasionally stop for a weekend breakfast.  Yesterday I tried a "skillet" made up of a bed of hash browns topped with cut-up chicken-fried steak, white country gravy, and 2 eggs (over easy for me) and I really liked it.  Unfortunately I can't remember the specific name other than it started with the letter "P", although I'm quite sure that it wasn't "Portnoy" because I had nothing to complain about!
 
Mrs. SC likes the biscuits and gravy and they serve up a pretty decent burger, too.
 
Brad
Foodbme
Porterhouse
RE: Truck Stops 2011/12/19 18:21:01
I was a Director of Merchandising and Distribution for the 35 Truckstops of America back in the early 80's and worked closely with the Restaurants. If you think running a restaurant is hard, try running them 24/7/365 AND maintaining consistantly high quality in every unit all the time.
They all had the same menu, they all used the same ingredients for the most part---The difference was in the quality and skill of the people. Despite high corporate standards, some locations had excellent food and results, some didn't. It's the same issues many chains face every day. People make the difference.
So generally speaking, you will always find those gems that serve outstanding food and service and those dogs that don't. Just keep a notebook of the good places or use Roadfood as your guide!
timbiscut
Junior Burger
RE: Truck Stops 2011/12/30 19:05:54
Smittys Burgers in Ramona has to be the best in Cali of the 76 freeway try the venisin burger
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