Interstate 80 coast-to-coast

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2008/05/02 13:17:51 (permalink)

Interstate 80 coast-to-coast

My son and I are driving from San Jose CA to Bergen County NJ - the entire length of Interstate 80 - departing Sunday May 18.
We need recommendations for good places to eat, the closer to Route 80 the better, although short side trips to worthwhile eateries are not out of the question.
Thanks in advance!
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    Jim Ross
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/02 16:58:19 (permalink)
    Some spots I like in eastern Iowa staying close to 80 -
    +exit 220 - Landmark Cafe - good food, excellent ruebens, frequently see a table of state troopers who have met there for a meal. Across street from a strip outlet mall in case you need to pick up a pair of socks.

    +exit 225 - OxYoke Inn or Colony Village - outposts of the Amana Colonies which are located a few miles north. Good german based food served family style - Colonies are a national historical site if you have the time - http://www.amanacolonies.com/

    +exit 230 - Agusta Restuarant - on the main street of Oxford, about a mile north of I80. Winner of Iowa Pork Producers best breaded pork tenderloin (BPT) in 2008, but that's not even the best thing at this great restuarant. Run by New Orleans residents displaced by Katrina, they have wonderful cajun/creole dishes, as well as some Iowa standards.
    http://www.augustarestaurant.net/Menu.html

    +exit 237 - Jons Ice Cream Store & Restaurant - 1/2 mile north of 80 in Tiffin - turn left on Hwy 6 to Jons. Great soft serve ice cream, sandwiches and some mexican specialties. Closed in winter while Jon wanders Mexico buying pottery. Pottery for sale from trailer out front. Interesting place.

    +exit 240 - major indoor shopping center south of 80, many chains including Steak & Shake & Culvers north of 80. Culvers is about 1/2 mile north of 80

    +Coralville/Iowa City - there are many good restuarants in this area, including fine dining and lots of ethnic spots. It's a University town with lots of motels so If you are stopping here email me and I'll give more recs.

    +exit 242 - many chains, my favorite locals - go south on 1st Ave a mile to 2nd St. - turn right on 2nd St. to Sluggers Neighborhood Grill for breaded pork tenderloin or greek salad. everything is good. Turn left on 2nd st. to Wig & Pen English Pub for great pizza. Sluggers and Wig&Pen closed by 2008 floods, Wig&Pen is coming back in fall of 2008, Sluggers is gone forever

    +exit 244 - downtown Iowa City and main Campus of Univ. of Iowa - lots of good places but not to close to 80, email for suggestions if interested.

    +exit 246 - just south of 80 - Bob's Your Uncle Pizza Cafe - great pizza and comfort food - http://www.bobsyourunclepizzacafe.com/

    more later
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/02 20:01:38 (permalink)
    WELCOME to RF Hugh!
    quote:
    Originally posted by Jim Ross

    Some spots I like in eastern Iowa staying close to 80 -
    +exit 220 - Landmark Cafe - good food, excellent ruebens, frequently see a table of state troopers who have met there for a meal. Across street from a strip outlet mall in case you need to pick up a pair of socks.


    LOL! I want to add that the best Reuben in Iowa is actually in Quad Cities (but officially in Illinois), just off I-80 The Belgian Village Inn, which has been raved about in other forums, is fantastic. I'll find and link the QC forum for you. It's in Moline, IL. Googling it give a map...

    560 17th Ave Moline, IL 61265 (309) 764-9222
    http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&rlz=&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=belgian+village+Inn&near=Moline, [broke url]
    +IL&fb=1&view=text&latlng=9811078861311587313
    [paste url back toegther, I didn't want it to widen this page...]

    Here's the QC link: BeernSnausages is the local expert...
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=20930

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    +exit 225 - OxYoke Inn or Colony Village - outposts of the Amana Colonies which are located a few miles north. Good german based food served family style - Colonies are a national historical site if you have the time - http://www.amanacolonies.com/


    I dig the Amana Colonies! Second that suggestion. I went to the Ronneburg and had a great meal. Thread with other stuff incl that is here:
    http://www.roadfood.com/forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=19807&whichpage=1


    quote:
    +Coralville/Iowa City - there are many good restuarants in this area, including fine dining and lots of ethnic spots. It's a University town with lots of motels so If you are stopping here email me and I'll give more recs.

    +exit 244 - downtown Iowa City and main Campus of Univ. of Iowa - lots of good places but not to close to 80, email for suggestions if interested.


    HAMBURG INN! A don't miss stop! Loads of people around here will 2nd that suggestion...
    See http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=21726

    Also Whitey's Ice Cream at many locations off I-80. See http://www.whiteysicecream.com/locations.asp

    You can also search I-80 since there are a bunch of discussions on that route over the past year or two... check the Trip Report by Buffetbuster on Omaha NE for recent suggestions there.

    Happy travels! (I am jealous...)


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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/02 22:30:06 (permalink)
    The only thing I can think of is that homey diner/cafe in Truckee on Bus. 80, and Home of Chicken & Waffles, but that is next to 880 in Oaktown, and you won't be going by there RIGHT because you're not cheating. You're gonna go up 280 to MILE ZERO of Interstate 80 pictured below.

    Please report back after having a great trip and let us know, on which coast lies the more scenic I-280.
    Oh, and we've set up a camera on I-95 in T-Neck to make sure you go all the way !!!

    [/URL]
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/02 22:58:06 (permalink)


    If you are passing through western Iowa, you really need to try a breaded pork tenderloin, one of those indigenous foods that you don't find anywhere else except Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.

    After you pass through Des Moines headed east, you'll approach Iowa's Pork Tenderloin epicenter, where practically every drive-inn and main street restaurant offers a carefully prepared, handbreaded tenderloin.

    Most of the restaurants close on Sundays so beware. I got the above BPT at the Countryview Drive-Inn in Kimballton, which is about ten miles north of the interstate. There are good BPT places in Atlantic (Farmer's Kitchen), Exira (the Red Barn), Hamlin (Darrell's), Elk Horn (Larson's Catering) and many other places. Check out the tenderloin thread in the Sandwich area elsewhere on this board.

    I took the above photo with my IPhone while driving the backroads of western Iowa in late April, 2008.
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/03 11:47:20 (permalink)
    Jay, has some good suggestions for pork tenderloin sandwiches which by the way are probably only going to be found on your leg through Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. I'll give you another opportunity in Illinois just in case it fits your timing. The Rockwell Inn in Morris, IL on US Hwy 6 parallel to I-80 has an excellent tenderloin as well as being an interesting stop to see Norman Rockwell prints, souvenirs and trivia.

    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=423&whichpage=25

    http://web.mac.com/davydd/Site/Pork_Tenderloin_Sandwich_Blog/Entries/2007/5/15_Rockwell_Inn_Restaurant%2C_Morris%2C_Illinois.html
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/06 19:05:20 (permalink)
    Surely Iowa isn't the only state that has Roadfooders living along 80. Let's hear from some other areas for Hugh---
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/06 23:10:48 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by Jim Ross

    Surely Iowa isn't the only state that has Roadfooders living along 80. Let's hear from some other areas for Hugh---


    LOL after I posted I felt bad. I went back and looked at an entire map of I-80, but the only parts I have been to recently were the ones I mentioned. I didn't notice til after the post. Oops.

    Hopefully others will chime in! Buffetbuster on Nebraska perhaps???
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/07 21:59:33 (permalink)
    Perhaps I can help with some journey's end suggestions for New Jersey.
    In Hackensack, White Manna, stunningly beautiful, historic and good food, too.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Manna
    White Mana
    358 River St
    Hackensack, NJ 07601
    (201) 342-0914

    Northern New Jersey is in the midst of a fried chicken craze--KFC or Korean Fried Chicken. Many of the best kfc the restaurants are located near the terminus of your road trip. Here's a link to a Times article http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/07/dining/07fried.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss
    Plus a good overview at Off The Broiler http://offthebroiler.wordpress.com/2007/06/13/nycnj-dining-the-great-korean-fried-chicken-round-up/

    New Jersey loves hot dogs, especially deep-fried ones called rippers. This isn't my area of expertise so I refer you to a HollyEats section on New Jersey Hot Dogs. http://www.hollyeats.com/JerseyDogs.htm
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/08 13:57:59 (permalink)
    I can't give any RF suggestions, but thought I would post the Wikipedia page so that everyone can see which cities I-80 passes through.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interstate_80

    You'll be going just south of Chicago IL, through South Bend IN, and near Toledo OH - there should be some good places in or near all three. Sorry I can't help more!
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/08 14:15:11 (permalink)
    The fried chicken at Rip's Tavern in Ladd, Illinois...it's been mentioned here several times [url='http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3897']example[/url]). I myself have never had the opportunity to try it but on Sunday the 18th I anticipate being in the area during business hours, so...

    Ladd is just west of LaSalle-Peru and just north of I-80 on IL-89.

    Brad
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/08 14:46:05 (permalink)
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    Originally posted by Brad_Olson

    The fried chicken at Rip's Tavern in Ladd, Illinois...it's been mentioned here several times [url='http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=3897']example[/url]). I myself have never had the opportunity to try it but on Sunday the 18th I anticipate being in the area during business hours, so...

    Ladd is just west of LaSalle-Peru and just north of I-80 on IL-89.

    Brad

    Great chicken, I wouldn't get anything else though. The last time I was there, they didn't serve chicken until 4:30, Weds thru Sunday only. We made the mistake of hitting there at lunch one time and the samdwich was a big disappointment.
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/08 14:52:57 (permalink)
    Thinking about Rip's in Illinois got me thinking about another nearby place I've heard really great things about. I've wanted to stop but it's never worked out for me. Cajun Connection on Hwy 6 in Utica, IL. http://www.ronscajunconnection.com/
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    RE: Interstate 80 coast-to-coast 2008/05/10 17:34:35 (permalink)
    You do realize, I hope, that you'll see hardly any of the Rockies taking 80 through Wyoming. It's not very scenic at all going that way.

    Instead, consider traveling via Grand Junction, Glenwood Springs, and Denver in CO before rejoining the I-80.

    Per Google Maps, this adds just 2 - 3 hours to your travel time.
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