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Old 04-13-2012, 08:07 PM   #1
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When Dorsey and I are traveling, we have a habit of trying very hard to avoid the corporate restaurants that populate this land of ours. We have the iPad out looking at the reviews of anything that is not a chain. It becomes the focal point of evening to try and find someplace interesting where you can sample local fare. This is part of what I look forward to when we are on the road. Between Google and an app "Where to" we have had some outstanding discoveries...
Does anyone have a different approach to this?
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A thread search (as before) will reveal depth.

My favorite the past decade has been Roadfood.com - Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
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Old 04-13-2012, 08:27 PM   #3
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My favorite the past decade has been Roadfood.com - Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
I read through about 6 pages of search results before I posted. Didn't see what I wanted...
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bruce, these days the health inspection reports are more important to me than variety ;-) that is one area where the corporate eateries are a plus to me. i will live vicariously through your discoveries!
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When Dorsey and I are traveling, we have a habit of trying very hard to avoid the corporate restaurants that populate this land of ours. We have the iPad out looking at the reviews of anything that is not a chain. It becomes the focal point of evening to try and find someplace interesting where you can sample local fare. This is part of what I look forward to when we are on the road. Between Google and an app "Where to" we have had some outstanding discoveries...
Does anyone have a different approach to this?
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I like to travel secondary highways and in so doing often find that I am in small towns with cafes. One thing that I often will do if there are multiple restaurants in a town, I will visit the city hall or library and just ask about a favorite local eatery . . . and also ask for a recommendation for local specialties. Over the years, I have come to look for Cornish Pasty when traveling in Wisconsin/Minnesota/Michigan, Bierochs when traveling in Kansas/Nebraska, and Steamburgers/Maid Rites when traveling near I-80 in Illinois/Iowa. When there are local specialties, I always try to at least sample as part of the travel experience.

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Go to Indian country in the four corners area, locate a stand beside the road, and get yourself an Indian taco, especially one made with mutton! Yummy! Kind of doubtful that you'll locate any place like that via the Internet, though.


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This is exactly what I am after.... I have become so reliant on the "net" as an information source that I am forgetting everything that I learned in the first 35 years of my life. Now I want an Indian mutton taco.....and what exactly is a steam burger????
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We focus on trying to avoid "mystery food" from the unknown restaurants that show up in many small towns along the routes we take.

It's not hard, in view of the fact that we are towing a trailer that has lots of food in it. I love peanut butter sandwiches! And saving money is fun, too!

Need I say more...?
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When Dorsey and I are traveling, we have a habit of trying very hard to avoid the corporate restaurants that populate this land of ours. We have the iPad out looking at the reviews of anything that is not a chain. It becomes the focal point of evening to try and find someplace interesting where you can sample local fare. This is part of what I look forward to when we are on the road. Between Google and an app "Where to" we have had some outstanding discoveries...
Does anyone have a different approach to this?
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We might ask a local for the name of a good eatery, but more often we just look for local diners. We always have a decent meal and sometimes an extraordinary one. We look for full parking lots, and especially pickup trucks.

We like the back roads, and have found lots of great places this way. Most will have plate lunches, full meals of whatever the special is, at a good price. We usually do this mid-day, and then just a salad or something else light for supper.

It's an adventure.

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This is exactly what I am after.... I have become so reliant on the "net" as an information source that I am forgetting everything that I learned in the first 35 years of my life. Now I want an Indian mutton taco.....and what exactly is a steam burger????
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If you have ever watched Roseanne on TVLAND, you may have viewed an episode where they talk about serving "loose meat" sandwiches in their diner. There was a time when Roseanne and Tom Arnold operated The Big Food Diner in Eldon, Iowa where the featured meal was their "Loose Meat" sandwiches. Maid Rite diners are an old chain of cafes located in Iowa and Illinois along I-80 and throughout that region . . . local copies are called "steam burgers", "loose meat", etc. Basically, hamburger is prepared in a large container cooking until it is well done and crumbly . . . to this is added a variety of liquid flavorings . . . (kind of like a sloppy joe without the tomato sauce). Each interpretation is a little different, but they are very popular with the locals - - I lived and taught school in the area for more than a decade so Maid Rite/Steam Burgers/Loose Meat sandwiches are a part of my favorite foods when traveling.

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P.S.: A typical recipe for Steam Burgers can be found at this link. The only addition that I make to the recipe at the above link is to add a tablespoon of beef bulion flakes and a teaspoon of garlic flakes.
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This was 1500 miles from home
I think I'd like to be 1500 miles from that Airstream... Keep the windows cracked to avoid overpressurization!
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I agree! I love Carrabas, Olive Garden, Taco Bell, you name it... But our favorites are "Pete's" and "Sam's Joint" or "The Dungeon". We have found each of these simply by asking someone in a parking lot or gas station one simple question:

"where does everyone go to eat around here?"

We found a place called "Mineo's" in a strip mall that makes the best burritos I've ever had!
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Our Classic has a stove, fridge, microwave and a nice pantry.

Otherwise it's a good fill-up at Pilot or Flying-J when we need Gas.

If we're at our destination...ask the locals, their usually very proud of the regional specialties, just don't go anywhere but Buffalo for wings.

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