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?
Should you find yourself in Chamberlain, SD
PS: I just assumed you searched or asked on Chowhound as a first step.
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