+
General Discussion

Finding eats in the middle of nowhere on interstates, etc

rworange | May 15, 200708:49 AM     13

I had a recent revelation that if there's an off ramp, there is usually more than a fast food joint usually within a mile of the exit.

In that food wasteland on I-5 between SF & LA there is a Carribean restaurant, gourmet sausages, interesting coffee shops with hearty breakfast, etc. Who knew?

The point is that in the internet age, it's easy to find what is out there.

If you know the town name, then googling restaurant "city, state" will bring up at the very least the yellow pages. Often it leads to a chamber of commerce.

Places like yahoo maps and yelp will list businesses by category

Sometimes there are reviews, often not. Still ... I have to imagine most places will be as good as the fast food joint and some may be much better. The adventure might just be worth the price of an occasional bad meal ... after all, McDonald's is down the road if there's only the inedible.

But I have to think out there are small towns where the pie is homemad, the breakfast hearty and the waitress calls you honey.

And ... of course ... you can always report back on chowhound with your hits and misses so the next person driving down that lonesome road will have a tip about what might be out there.

A few examples ...

I-5 Greater Patterson … more than apricots? Sausages, coffee, jam, cinnamon rolls, eggs over easy, BBQ chicken, tri-tip … and Caribbean?
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/382169

Should you find yourself in Chamberlain, SD
http://www.chowhound.com/topics/39915...

PS: I just assumed you searched or asked on Chowhound as a first step.

Want to stay up to date with this post? Sign Up Now ›

More from Chowhound

Unique Chocolate Treats for Valentine's Day
Shop

Unique Chocolate Treats for Valentine's Day

by Jen Wheeler | Move over, Russell Stover. For choosy chocolate lovers, common candies just won't do. If your girlfriend...

Swoon-Worthy Pink & Red Kitchen Gifts for Valentine's Day
Shop

Swoon-Worthy Pink & Red Kitchen Gifts for Valentine's Day

by Amy Schulman | Valentine’s Day is replete with plenty of bouquets of roses and heart-shaped boxes filled with truffles...

Our 2020 Oscar Party Noms: Kale Salad & Ram-Don Noodles
Food Trends

Our 2020 Oscar Party Noms: Kale Salad & Ram-Don Noodles

by Megan Meadows | The noms are in. The snubs have happened. Love it or hate it, it’s time to start planning what to...

How to Throw an Epic Super Bowl Party
Entertaining

How to Throw an Epic Super Bowl Party

by Amy Sowder | There’s one team that everyone roots for, whether your eyes are glued to the game or you’re more focused...

Get fresh food news delivered to your inbox

Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week.