Crater Lake's spectacular this time of year http://www.craterlakelodges.com/cratercam.htm
. Had to get in a plug for our local national park. and it's not crowded! Now , in KC consider Stephenson's apple Farm. great food and atmosphere. Hwy 40 in Independence http://www.stephensons.bigstep.com/
. Stroud's is always wonderful at both locations. Current BBQ buzz has LC's pegged as the best in town (2 locations) http://www.gasbbq.net/
For blues and good food there's the Grand
If you head west to lawrence,Free State Brewing has GOOD beer and Food. http://www.freestatebrewing.com/.
Lindsborg is a really neat swedish town in the center of Kansas. http://www.lindsborg.org/ http://www.swedishcountryinn.com/dining.htm
. But, at some point you shuld head down towards either US 50 or US 56, the santa fe trail. Much more scenic and historic + on 56 there's NO TRUCKS! great stuff. When you get to garden City, there's a fairly large Vietnamese community courtesy of the IBP packing plant. Good food there.you can keep on going to Pueblo and onwards to Gunnison by staying on Hwy 50. Monarch Pass. Crested Butte. Yeow!jave a safe journey and come up to Oregon sometime. Missouri mixed with California gets you Oregon. Almost forgot the whoa nellie deli at the east end of the Tioga pass road at it's junction with 395. If you've never taken the high road at Yosemite, it's pretty neat. the deli is much accalaimed with gourmet food, but I've never eaten there, just read glowing reports. http://www.thesierraweb.com/tiogagasmart/
I just noticed your query about Hwy 50 in Nevada-the lonliest road in America-and my answer would be NO! don't take it. Nevada is plenty desolate enough on I-80. you need gas stations every once in a while and there ain't nuthin' on Hwy 50. But! one of the best places I've ever eaten is in Winnemucca, real Basque food served family style at the Martin Hotel. There are several basque places in the muc, but I love the Martin. Jugs of red wine, all kinds of goodies and you sit at big long tables and eat til you're stuffed. Also, I don't know about Tommy's, in SF. There's so many places, so little stomach capacity. I'd go find Clement Street in the avenues and walk up and down it. It's the real SF where the locals eat and shop. an ethnic stew. If you have time, check out College Ave., Shattuck, and Telegraph in Berkeley. There's lot's more to the Bay Area than SF. Do swan's and Tadich though.Must do's, along with North Beach. yum!