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Just finished driving the moving truck cross-country,
tried to search for good road food, made one discovery
worth sharing. In the town on Stuart, Iowa, about
halfway across the state on Route 80, was a place
called, I believe, Harris Family Restaurant. Went
there for lunch and was served real homecooking. My
pops, who drove with me, had a french dip filled with
thick well-done slices of homemade roast beef,
absolutely delish. My club sandwich, likewise, was
composed of thick slices of home-cooked ham (although
the turkey was pressed, so I'd recommend a ham-and-
cheese rather than the club). The crinkle-cut fries
were merely okay, but on the dinner menu were such
promising items as Iowa-style pork chop and prime
rib. If you're doing the drive and can't stand
another bite of fast food, stop in this joint, where
they do American food right.

Nothing much else to report, except that I am loving
Berkeley. Am too broke to eat in any restaurants but
I love to cook and grocery markets are fantastic. I
am having a Fulton Farms free-range roast chicken for
dinner tonight, with baked potatoes, sauteed mustard
greens and a 1994 California Cabernet. Who could ask
for more?

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