My husband and I will be traveling through the Great Plains en route to a wedding in Spearfish, SD in mid-September. Our time in each city will be very limited, so I'm looking for some star suggestions for places to eat. Like most hounds, we eat anything prepared well. I'm especially interested in experiencing the local flavors. At least one BBQ joint and one awesome mid-western steak are a must. With a good butcher recommendation, we could even purchase steaks along the way and grill them when we get to the Rockies where we'll spend two nights.
Here's the itinerary:
Monday lunch: St. Louis, hopefully somewhere convenient-ish to the Arch.
Monday dinner: Kansas City (No idea where we are staying. It's just a quick overnight.)
Tuesday brunch or lunch: Somewhere along the Oregon Trail between KC and Kearney, NE. Towns we'll be passing through include Topeka, Manhattan, and Marysville, KS & Fairbury and Hastings, NE.
Tuesday dinner: Somewhere between Kearney, NE and Estes Park, CO (not part of the Great Plains, I know.)
All day Wednesday is in Estes Park and the Rocky Mountains.
Thursday we head toward Spearfish where we'll be through Saturday for the wedding. Any suggestions in the western part of SD are welcome.
Finally, on the way home we'll probably hit Omaha, NE around dinner time on Sunday. The rest of the trip east will be quick road food between Omaha and Charleston, SC.
Thanks for your help!