So I am leaving Washington, DC to move back to California and will be taking a long drive from one coast to the other. Two friends are joining me on this trip and the three of us would definitely like to avoid the fast food chains as much as we can.
The trip plan so far is this:
Sunday August 31
Depart in the afternoon and stop for the night somewhere in West Virginia, maybe Charleston
(I-270 to 70 to 68 to 79 to 64)
Monday Sept 1
Stop in Louisville for a late lunch with family
Stop for the night in St. Louis with family
Tuesday Sept 2
St. Louis to Denver
Wednesday Sept 3
Stay in Denver with Family
Thursday Sept 4
Denver to Salt Lake City (maybe to West Wendover, NV)
(I-25 to I-80)
Friday Sept 5
Salt Lake City to S. Lake Tahoe
Saturday Sept 6
Lake Tahoe to San Francisco
I am looking for recommendations that are cheap (less than $10-15 for lunch and less than $15-20 for dinner) and quick (not more than ten miles off the freeway and we don't want to sit down for an hour). Anything with local color would be appreciated and if it is really worth it, we might waive either the cheap or quick guideline. We are open to any and all types of cuisine.
I am looking for help with the road food and not really for the cities that we're stopping in. We'll be with family and friends for every stop except for West Virginia and Salt Lake City.
I am posting this in several boards so for this one I guess the focus could be on the first and second legs of the trip. Is there anything great between DC and Charleston, WV; and Charleston and Louisville; and between Louisville and St. Louis? and if you have any recommendations for the rest of the trip, I'd love to hear those too.