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Author Topic: Diners, Drive-ins and Dives?  (Read 7110 times)
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« on: September 20, 2010, 10:28:05 PM »

Recently I asked for input on neat museums that people knew of around the country and got an amazing response. Tonight I was watching the show of the title of my post on the Food network and got to thinking, what neat food places are people aware of around the country where they like to eat and can recommend?
Here are the rules:
1) I don't need to hear that you don't stop anywhere to eat and only eat in your bus or at home, I'm not dropping in to eat.
2) No corporate restaurants! McDonalds, Olive Garden, Red Lobster, Cracker Barrel etc does not count, I'd like to get a list of really cool, quirky and good mom and pop style diners, drive-ins and dives.

Thanks for any and all input!

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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2010, 10:36:06 PM »

You need to divide this into at least states??
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2010, 11:05:40 PM »

I agree but first I need something to divide. After that it could be subdivided many ways, sandwich joints, authentic Mexican, authentic Southern fare, by state, breakfast  joints etc..



Here in Utah sadly we lack many in the immediate area of Salt Lake that I'm aware of anymore, most have closed. Ruth's Diner up emigration canyon is supposed to be really good though I've never personally been yet and the Belgian Waffle house was great for many, many years though lately they began getting cheap using imitation cheese etc. We love to find neat hole in the wall diners, restaurants and such when we're on the road.

   
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2010, 01:42:37 AM »

David -

Dog House Grill, across the street from Fresno State @ Shaw & Hiway 168 in Fresno, CA.

Ever had a Tri-Tip Taco?  Or a Tri-Tip Cobb Salad - so big, one order feeds two!

Great BBQ Tri-Tip sandwiches, too. 

Seasoned French Fries will gladly add inches to your waistline, but well worth it.  A side order feeds two, a basket feeds four college boys!

Yum!

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« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2010, 01:57:57 AM »

David,

The Atlanta area is full of these places, but a few that stand out:

Ann's Snack Shop in East Atlanta, where they make the famous Ghetto Burger.

Mary Mac's Tea Room, just east of downtown, for traditional southern cooking

And, of course, the Varsity, near Georgia Tech, for traditional drive in fare.

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« Reply #5 on: September 21, 2010, 02:12:33 AM »


I'd like to get a list of really cool, quirky and good mom and pop style diners, drive-ins and dives.


My wife watches that all the time, it just makes me hungry. 

Most of the places you seek do not exist anymore, all taken down one way or the other by the recession (which is now over by the way, yeah sure) and are hard to find.  We recently drove over 300 miles after leaving Denver looking for one, we did not want to eat in the regular's that you mentioned (fast food joints).  I am sure there are a some around, but they are far and few between anymore.  It is a piece of the American landscape that has virtually disappeared.

At least that is my take on it.

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« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2010, 03:50:54 AM »

Here in Milwaukee, WI. we are known for a wide range of great restaurants from premium steakhouses to simple hamburger places. But this isn't an official food board so I'll let you decide where you want to eat. However, we have a gem around here that has been around forever. LEON'S FROZEN CUSTARD on 27th and Oklahoma. This is an old style drive in type place that is open all year which has been mostly unchanged in both great quality custard and the appearance of the building.
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« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2010, 04:22:22 AM »

Riviera Beach, FL, Becky's Garden Rd Cafe.  Get off at Exit 76 off of I-95, Blue Heron Blvd, go East toward the ocean, turn left at the first light past the interstate ramps, 4/10ths on the left in an industrial park.  Park on the right beside the canal or in the lot next to the building.  BEST 50's/60's diner I have EVER been too.  Only open 7AM to 2:30PM.
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« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2010, 05:44:13 AM »

One of the best places to find a good steak, Joe Allen's http://www.joeallens.com/

They have won numersous awards as the best place to eat in Abilene, TX!

Another palce we discovered is The Little Pit, off I-20 in Clyde TX. Real good home cooked style food, best brisket I've had in some time. All cooked over Mesquite of course.
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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2010, 06:46:05 AM »

One of the best places we've gone thru was the Dixie Gun Works in Union City, BK's town, they got massive piles of old and rare guns there, I've never seen that many old guns in one place and many of them were for sale, Uncle Ned took me and BK thru on the family plan, was a real treat, we also saw the museum and Uncle Ned explained how the old stuff that we didn't recognize worked, there were so many things there that were from bygone years, long before our time, we were so glad that Uncle Ned was there to explain that stuff. Grin Grin
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« Reply #10 on: September 21, 2010, 07:03:46 AM »

Country's BBQ in Columbus, GA. You get to eat in an old GM Silversides. We were there for my sons infantry graduation about a month ago. Excellent ribs!! Wife can't wait to go back.
Here is a picture of the inside and a link to the website; http://www.countrysbarbecue.com/

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« Reply #11 on: September 21, 2010, 07:35:18 AM »

If you are traveling on I 10  there is a steak house at 20 miles east of El Paso at exit 39 out in the middle of nowhere named Cattlemans been there since the 1940's best in world has free overnight parking for RV few electric connections.
Get off the interstate in Texas and you will find some great places to eat best BBQ places in the states located in central TX off the concrete in Texas you will find smoked meats with 2 different kinds of wood I like the Hickory smoke better than the Mesquite plenty of mom and pop seafood places along the coast,German food in the hill country, Mexican food about any place, and great hamburger joints in the metro areas


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« Reply #12 on: September 21, 2010, 08:08:44 AM »

Hinze's, in Wharton Tx, about a half hour south of Houston on the east side of highway. Great barbque, and all the rest of the food is awesome too. One year we spent the night in our bus next door, so we could eat there again the next day! (just love traveling with no schedule to keep)
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« Reply #14 on: September 21, 2010, 09:14:59 AM »

   If you like Mexican food, San Marcos Restaurant in the shopping center next to Walmart on US 220 near Mayodan, NC (just south of Martinsville, VA). Paula gew up near the Mexican border in AZ and said this the best Mexican food she has had since leaving AZ.
   Not much big rig parking space, but if you are near Mount Airy (Mayberry) NC, stop at Snappy Lunch for a porkchop sandwich. Order it "all the way", they use their own recipe slaw on the sandwich.
   For "atmosphere" and good food, you can't beat Antlers in Ste. Sault Marie. For something different, Stop at Cabela's at Dundee, MI (near Detroit) for an elk, ostrich, etc sandwich.  
   All this thinkin' bout food is making me hungry.  Maybe we will go to San Marcos for supper tonight.  Jack
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