Round America Trip – Road Food

The trip ‘Round America covered 50 states and over 2,500 towns.
We’ll report on each and every roadfood experience right here, and even provide a few photos as we go:

Day — Date Meal City State Restaurant Description
           
1 – April 1 Breakfast Atlanta GA    
1 – April 1 Lunch Madison GA The Madison Gift Mart & Cafe Very good; Ginger was a fun waitress.  Loved the 1/2 tea 1/2 lemonade.
1 – April 1 Dinner Savannah GA Shrimp Factory Great pie — White Chocolate Coconut Cream Pie.
2 – April 2 Breakfast        
2 – April 2 Lunch Savannah GA Soda Pop Shoppe Your basic dog,
2 – April 2 Dinner Savannah GA Lady & Sons Spectacular country cookin’ meal and a singing waitress, too.
3 – April 3 Breakfast        
3 – April 3 Lunch Brunswick GA The Georgia Pig Disappointing, and the world’s nastiest rest rooms.
3 – April 3 Dinner St. Augustine FL Subway We were so bummed that we couldn’t get a hotel room that we broke on of our Rules of the Road and ate at Subway!
4 – April 4 Breakfast        
4 – April 4 Lunch Daytona Beach FL Starlite Diner Stereotypical diner waitresses.
4 – April 4 Dinner Jensen Beach FL Villa Parma Excellent Italian food and Chocolate Bomb Cake.
5 – April 5 Breakfast        
5 – April 5 Lunch Hobe Sound FL Harry and the Natives Simply fantastic — what a wacky, fun place…and the Key Lime Pie was the best!
5 – April 5 Dinner Miami Beach FL Chinese Tired…take-out.
6 – April 6 Breakfast        
6 – April 6 Lunch Miami Beach FL News Cafe Great people watching.
6 – April 6 Dinner Miami FL Chili’s Always good; couldn’t find a local place near our hotel, and it was washing night.
7 – April 7 Breakfast        
7 – April 7 Lunch Key Largo FL Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen Great local spot, and excellent frozen Key Lime Pie.
7 – April 7 Dinner Key West FL    
8 – April 8 Breakfast        
8 – April 8 Lunch Key West FL Blue Heaven Really fun place and the Banana Heaven dessert was amazing!
8 – April 8 Dinner Key West FL Billie’s Bar & Restaurant Good pizza.
9 – April 9 Breakfast        
9 – April 9 Lunch Key Largo FL Harriette’s Classic small-town cafe, and the Dolphin sandwich was fantastic.
9 – April 9 Dinner Bonita Springs FL Mel’s Diner Best hot dog ever, and Rebecca was a great waitress.
10 – April 10 Breakfast        
10 – April 10 Lunch Sarasota FL Big Dogg’s Tiny little place where a tourist would never stop.  Excellent Philly Cheese Steak.
10 – April 10 Dinner Weeki Wachee FL Circle K Fritos and Ginger Ale.
11 – April 11 Breakfast Carrabelle FL Carrabelle Junction Two relatively tough bagels.  One should know better than to buy bagels in a tiny town.
11 – April 11 Lunch Panama City FL The Treasure Ship Fantastic, huge hamburger and great Cocha Mocha pie for dessert.  Jessica nominated for Best Waitress!
11 – April 11 Dinner Foley AL Lambert’s Cafe Fabulous place and incredible meal.  Best so far!
12 – April 12 Breakfast New Orleans LA Papa Joe’s The muffalletta sandwich was good.  Our waiter had no personality.
12 – April 12 Lunch        
12 – April 12 Dinner New Orleans LA Fairmont Hotel The pecan pie was very disappointing — like you’d get at a grocery store.
13 – April 13 Breakfast New Orleans LA Fairmont Hotel I loved the beignets.
13 – April 13 Lunch Morgan City LA The Donut Shop Nothing special except Amber and her hair net.
13 – April 13 Dinner Beaumont TX Rio Rita’s Excellent Mexican food.
14 – April 14 Breakfast Houston TX Mary Lee’s Donuts Very good donuts.  The owner thought I was there to make all his dreams come true by buying him out.
14 – April 14 Lunch El Campo TX The Duson cafe Wonderful Chocolate Pecan Pie.  Elizabeth was an excellent waitress and tour guide.
14 – April 14 Dinner Corpus Christi TX Roadhouse Not great, but not bad.
15 – April 15 Breakfast        
15 – April 15 Lunch Riviera TX The Barn Door Fabulous barbecue in a true local small town cafe.
15 – April 15 Dinner        
16 – April 16 Breakfast Pharr TX The Great Donut Excellent Mexican donuts.  No idea what they were except good.
16 – April 16 Lunch Hidalgo TX Rosita’s Cafe Excellent Mexican food.  Different.  Best Mexican food so far.
16 – April 16 Dinner        
17 – April 17 Breakfast        
17 – April 17 Lunch        
17 – April 17 Dinner Del Rio TX Don Marcelinos Excellent Mexican food.
18 – April 18 Breakfast        
18 – April 18 Lunch Sanderson TX Gas Stateion Goodarts Peanut Patty.
18 – April 18 Dinner Terlingua TX Starlight Theater Good chili with Desert Nachos for dessert.  Yvette was one of my favorite waitresses so far.
19 – April 19 Breakfast        
19 – April 19 Lunch Marfa TX Thunderbird Restaurant   Very good sandwich.  Rose was a wonderful waitress and a superb undercover surveillance assistant.
19 – April 19 Dinner Carlsbad NM Casa de Cortez Excellent Mexican food.  Would be the nominee for the Best but I didn’t like their salsa enough.
20 – April 20 Breakfast        
20 – April 20 Lunch Roswell NM Crash Down Diner Very tasty Alien Pancakes.
20 – April 20 Dinner Pietown NM Pie-O-Neer cafe Very good Peach Pie and equally good Apple Walnut Raisin Pie.
21 – April 21 Breakfast Lordsburg NM Taco Loco Wonderful Breakfast Burrito.  I really liked Phyllis.
21 – April 21 Lunch Bisbee AZ Dot’s Diner Fantastic Rhubarb Pie.  Mary was a very good waitress.
21 – April 21 Dinner        
22 – April 22 Breakfast        
22 – April 22 Lunch Tucson AZ Der Weinerschnitzel Great hot dogs.  Fond memories of late night college relief from the munchies.
22 – April 22 Dinner        
23 – April 23 Breakfast        
23 – April 23 Lunch Tucson AZ Cafe Poca Cosa Very good Mexican food — huge servings — just a little fancier Mexican food than I prefer.
23 – April 23 Dinner Tucson AZ Little Anthony’s Diner Mud Pie was okay, but the servers were great.
24 – April 24 Breakfast Tucson AZ Donut Wheel Extremely good donuts.
24 – April 24 Lunch Dateland AZ Dateland Restaurant Date Shake was extremely good.  Date Pie was so-so.
24 – April 24 Dinner San Diego CA In-N-Out Burger Exceptional food.  Exceptional service.
25 – April 25 Breakfast        
25 – April 25 Lunch Coronado CA Island Pasta We prefer Domino’s Pizza.
25 – April 25 Dinner San Diego CA In-N-Out Burger Exceptional food.  Exceptional service.
26 – April 26 Breakfast Leucadia CA Leucadia Donut Shop Okay.  Not special, but okay.
26 – April 26 Lunch        
26 – April 26 Dinner Rancho Palos Verdes CA Arturo’s Outstanding Mexican food and great company!
27 – April 27 Breakfast        
27 – April 27 Lunch Long Beach CA Hof’s Hot The Cheddar Burger is awesome, and the Banana Cream Pie was huge and delicious!
27 – April 27 Dinner Los Angeles CA Randy’ Donut Shop Surprisingly good donuts; we thought the world’s largest donut sign may be all they had to offer.
28 – April 28 Breakfast Santa Monica CA DK’s Donuts Extremely good donuts.
28 – April 28 Lunch Hollywood CA Skooby’s Best hot dogs, even better fries, and best lemonade ever.
28 – April 28 Dinner Hollywood CA Skooby’s Best hot dogs, even better fries, and best lemonade ever.
29 – April 29 Breakfast        
29 – April 29 Lunch Devore CA Peek’s Cafe The only disappointing meal we’ve had.  Not bad – just plain cafeteria-like food.
29 – April 29 Dinner Needles CA Royal Garden The Chinese food was very good, and Winnie and Gwenny were even better.
30 – April 30 Breakfast        
30 – April 30 Lunch Oatman AZ Olive Oatman Restaurant & Saloon Our Navajo Nachos were huge and good.  Interesting entertainment.
30 – April 30 Dinner        
31 – May 1 Breakfast        
31 – May 1 Lunch        
31 – May 1 Dinner Williams AZ Pine Tree Restaurant Wonderful homestyle dinner followed by four delicious pieces of pie!
32 – May 2 Breakfast        
32 – May 2 Lunch Jerome AZ Jerome Grill Very good Mexican food for lunch.
32 – May 2 Dinner Sedona AZ Black Cow Cafe Banana Split was good.
33 – May 3 Breakfast        
33 – May 3 Lunch Winslow AZ La Posada Hotel Good lunch, special place.
33 – May 3 Dinner Gallup NM Ranch Kitchen Very good barbecue dinner.
34 – May 4 Breakfast        
34 – May 4 Lunch Albuquerque NM La Placita Excellent Mexican food.
34 – May 4 Dinner Santa Fe NM Eldorado Hotel Club Sandwich was quite good, but room service was horrible.
35 – May 5 Breakfast        
35 – May 5 Lunch Santa Fe NM Plaza Restaurant Meal was excellent, but the Caramel Apple Pecan Pie was about the best pie we’ve ever eaten.
35 – May 5 Dinner Albuquerque NM Candlewood Hotel Vending Area Microwaved Lean Cuisine’s.
36 – May 6 Breakfast        
36 – May 6 Lunch Santa Rosa NM Joseph’s Restaurant Excellent Mexican food.
36 – May 6 Dinner        
37 – May 7 Breakfast        
37 – May 7 Lunch Amarillo TX Big Texan Steak Ranch Delicious barbeque, and Lesley is a top nominee for Best Waiter.
37 – May 7 Dinner Lubbock TX Flatlanders The food was so-so, but we loved being with the Shanklins.
38 – May 8 Breakfast Lubbock TX Berlinda’s Kitchen Wonderful home-cooked breakfast.
38 – May 8 Lunch Floydada TX Dixie Dog Delicious, hot, fresh Corny Dogs.
38 – May 8 Dinner Canute OK Ali’s Snow Cone Stand Excellent snow cone.  Nice people!
39 – May 9 Breakfast        
39 – May 9 Lunch Clinton OK Jiggs Smoke House Triple Pig Sickle Sandwich is my nominee for Best Sandwich.
39 – May 9 Dinner Stroud OK Rock Cafe Fabulous Peach Cobbler.  Neat people.  Great old place.
40 – May 10 Breakfast Tulsa OK Clicks Steakhouse via George Robertson Wonderful Toll House Pie
40 – May 10 Lunch Claremore OK Hammett House Good sandwich and very good Lemon Pecan Pie.  Extremely nice folks.
40 – May 10 Dinner        
41 – May 11 Breakfast        
41 – May 11 Lunch St. Robert MO Sonic I got desperate on Mother’s Day, but unlike other franchise chains, Sonic is always good.
41 – May 11 Dinner Chesterfield MO Wild Horse Grill Nicest (aka Uptown) meal yet, and it was wonderful to be with family and friends.  And Uncle Ward paid!!!
42 – May 12 Breakfast        
42 – May 12 Lunch St. Louis  MO Ted Drewes Frozen Custard Caramel Concrete is really tasty.  Always fun to eat at an “institution.”
42 – May 12 Dinner Cape Girardeau MO Dexter Bar-B-Que My barbecue sandwich was outstanding — cole slaw on the bun with the brisket and sauce.
43 – May 13 Breakfast        
43 – May 13 Lunch        
43 – May 13 Dinner Memphis TN Blues City Cafe The ribs were the best I can remember eating anywhere, and the Apple Dumpling dessert was incredible.  The staff treated me like a VIP.
44 – May 14 Breakfast        
44 – May 14 Lunch Memphis TN Cottage Restaurant Fudge Pie and Nana Puddin were very good, but the ladies who work there made it truly special.
44 – May 14 Dinner Nashville TN Jack’s Barbeque Best barbeque overall so far.  Recommended by policemen.
45 – May 15 Breakfast        
45 – May 15 Lunch        
45 – May 15 Dinner Atlanta GA Bozzie Jane’s Kitchen  
57 – May 27 Breakfast        
57 – May 27 Lunch Atlanta GA Bozzie Jane’s Kitchen  
57 – May 27 Dinner        
58 – May 28 Breakfast        
58 – May 28 Lunch Sevierville TN Applewood Grill  
58 – May 28 Dinner        
59 – May 29 Breakfast        
59 – May 29 Lunch Lexington KY Rogers Restaurant  
59 – May 29 Dinner Shelbyville KY Mark’s Feed Store  
60 – May 30 Breakfast Louisville KY Lynn’s Paradise Cafe An absolute hoot, and the breakfast was exceptional.  Great lamps.
60 – May 30 Lunch
60 – May 30 Dinner Indianapolis IN Union Jack Great deep dish pizza — as I remembered it from 16 years ago.
61 – May 31 Breakfast        
61 – May 31 Lunch Greenup IL Stockyards Restaurant Wonderful Rib-Eye Sandwich and good pie, too.  Great waitress = Jenny
61 – May 31 Dinner Highland IL Blue Springs Cafe SIX pieces of pie.  This place does foot high pie!
62 – June 1 Breakfast        
62 – June 1 Lunch        
62 – June 1 Dinner Ottumwa IA Mr. Quick Hamburgers Worst service I’ve ever experienced in a restaurant.
63 – June 2 Breakfast Oskaloosa IA Wes’ Family Restaurant Great cafe; wonderful staff; and mighty good pie.
63 – June 2 Lunch Winterset IA Northside Cafe Worst pie of the trip.  Hamburger was good, but the service was very blah.
63 – June 2 Dinner Lincoln NE Misty’s Restaurant Fabulous steak and exceptional service from waitress Toni.
64 – June 3 Breakfast        
64 – June 3 Lunch Minden NE Southfork Drive Inn Poor meal.  Not a personality in the place.
64 – June 3 Dinner        
65 – June 4 Breakfast        
65 – June 4 Lunch Great Bend KS Granny’s Kitchen Great cafe; wonderful staff; and mighty good pie.
65 – June 4 Dinner Garden City KS Comfort Inn Free soup — not bad at all.
66 – June 5 Breakfast        
66 – June 5 Lunch Pueblo CO Sonic I was in a hurry, so I hit a chain (against the Rules of the Road).  Sonic is almost always good, but not today.  Antacid time.
66 – June 5 Dinner        
67 – June 6 Breakfast        
67 – June 6 Lunch        
67 – June 6 Dinner Salt Lake City UT Candlewood Suites Long day of driving, so I had a bowl of Campbell’s Soup about 1 am.
68 – June 7 Breakfast        
68 – June 7 Lunch Salt Lake City UT Hires Big H Great drive-in car hop service.  Fantastic hamburger and the fries were second to only Skooby’s in Hollywood.  A winner!
68 – June 7 Dinner        
69 – June 8 Breakfast        
69 – June 8 Lunch Las Vegas NV Harley Davidson Cafe Very good meal, but our waitress Amanda was the best part.
69 – June 8 Dinner        
70 – June 9 Breakfast        
70 – June 9 Lunch Las Vegas NV In-N-Out Burger Always good.
70 – June 9 Dinner Las Vegas NV Marriott Suites Sandwich was good.  Cobbler was poor.
71 – June 10 Breakfast        
71 – June 10 Lunch        
71 – June 10 Dinner Monrovia CA Rudy’s Mexican Food Excellent California-style Mexican food.  Fired ice cream wasn’t very good though.  Rudy was great.
72 – June 11 Breakfast        
72 – June 11 Lunch        
72 – June 11 Dinner Santa Barbara CA Rudy’s Cafe Not bad, just not great.
73 – June 12 Breakfast Solvang CA Olsen’s Danish Bakery Excellent pastries!
73 – June 12 Lunch San Luis Obispo CA Linn’s Bakery & Eatery Best lunch and the Olallieberry Pie ranks as one of the best of the trip.  Owner Patty was delightful.
73 – June 12 Dinner        
74 – June 13 Breakfast        
74 – June 13 Lunch Sausalito CA Sausalito Gourmet Deli Great sandwiches, and the Carrot cake was also mighty good.  Really nice people own and operate.
74 – June 13 Dinner Greenbrae CA Ryan’s House Wonderful gourmet meal prepared by Ryan’s Personal Chef.
75 – June 14 Breakfast        
75 – June 14 Lunch El Cerrito CA Circus Chimera Great circus nachos, popcorn, and peanuts.
75 – June 14 Dinner San Rafael CA Celia’s Mexican Food Excellent.  Ryan’s favorite spot.
76 – June 15 Breakfast San Francisco CA Krispy Kreme Not hot, but excellent donuts.
76 – June 15 Lunch        
76 – June 15 Dinner Carmel CA Hog’s Breath Inn Very good — one of the best cheeseburgers anywhere served on a unique bun.
77 – June 16 Breakfast        
77 – June 16 Lunch        
77 – June 16 Dinner Greenbrae CA Ryan’s House Wonderful gourmet meal prepared by Ryan’s Personal Chef.
77 – June 16 Breakfast        
77 – June 16 Lunch        
77 – June 16 Dinner Greenbrae CA Ryan’s House Wonderful gourmet meal prepared by Ryan’s Personal Chef.

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