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What's your favorite "on the road" meal?

Missy Nov 13, 2006 09:15 PM

I have to travel once or twice a month and I always seek out a Japanese place. My absolutely fave meal when travelling is a bowl of good udon accompanied by a seaweed salad and/or plate of oshinko (Japanese pickles) and a really good, fruity, very cold sake.
For some reason that soup is just really comforting to me!!!

  1. AnneInMpls Nov 16, 2006 05:45 AM

    After I've been driving all day, I'm hungry for a Bloody Mary, a steak, and an iceberg lettuce salad with both French and blue cheese dressing. This is extremely unlike me - I rarely drink Bloody Marys, and I NEVER eat steak at home. (I live on take-out Vietnamese and hippie-health-food.) Must be something about sitting in a car for hours at a time. Or maybe it's thinking about farm life as I drive through the Midwest.

    A big bowl of Pho or Udon sounds good, too, but is really hard to find in the middle of Minnesota or Wisconsin. It's a miracle if there's one restaurant that isn't a fast-food chain. Missy, where do you travel that you can find Japanese food when you stop? I should go there!


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      ML8000 Nov 14, 2006 06:15 PM

      Ditto the BLTs, while actually on the road and travelling. It's hard to mess up and it's still light enough not to put you to sleep. When I get to the destination I look for the local food.

      1. cayjohan Nov 14, 2006 05:48 PM

        Small-town diner BLT's. It is amazing how good they can be. If a BLT is on the menu of my road-food stop, I cannot resist it.

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          Wanda Fuca Nov 14, 2006 04:57 PM

          By car I always troll for milkshakes AND interesting diners.

          Roadtrips always include a stop at a quick mart for a Dr. Pepper, Werther candies, spicy pork rinds, one chik-a-stick and a blowpop. Drives my husband crazy especially if he is traveling with my mom and sister in the car. We all do it. Except my sister is Roll-o's and Sprite instead of Werthers and Dr. Pepper. My mother is no candy, but peppered beef jerky and corn nuts with barbeque flavoring and Snapple pink lemonade.

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            RiJaAr Nov 14, 2006 04:16 PM

            i have to admit,if i'm eating it in the car while driving...i usually go for fast food. and 7-11 (*gasp* i know) actually had this really good pita with cubed chicken in a spicy cajun sauce that was really good. but i can't find it very often, and its only really good when its fresh, obviously, and that doesn't happen very often. subs are good too

            if i'm stopping somewhere to eat , and not in the car, i usually go for vietnamese or thai

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            1. re: RiJaAr
              rcheng Nov 16, 2006 01:14 PM

              If you are on a roadtrip and need to grab something to eat in the car, I would recommend going to a Sheetz or a Wawa instead of a 7-11 (if they have those in your area).

            2. toodie jane Nov 14, 2006 03:49 PM

              o-o-o-o-o! a good thai curry, pho, or katsudon. So comforting because the ingredients are usually very fresh, and I love strong flavors.

              second choice, a good hand-made milk shake to share. (I wish you could get 1/2 orders of milkshakes!)

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                KevinB Nov 14, 2006 03:42 AM

                While, like DT, I like to try the local specialties, most of the time I'm travelling in the Northeast. And with so many Italians in the area, if I'm looking for a quick road meal, I look for an independent pizza or sub place, and get a meatball sub with cheese. The meatball recipes vary from place to place - some are all beef, some beef/pork/veal combinations - and the sauces are always slightly different. The bun is the most variable element; I prefer crusty over soft. Usually, the package is quick, tasty, inexpensive, and unique.

                Of course, if I was in the South, I'd be looking for BBQ, but when do I ever get that lucky?

                1. Davwud Nov 14, 2006 01:10 AM

                  If you're talking about in the car, I think I'd take a sac of Krystal's.
                  If you're talking about what I look for when I get to my destination.... first and foremost. The local specialty.
                  The in-laws are in the south, so it's BBQ when we're there. On the way, if we stay in Cinci, it's chili. In Kentucky, I looked for burgoo. I think you get the point.


                  1. MMRuth Nov 13, 2006 10:49 PM

                    I have to confess ... my on the road trips usually consist of travelling w/ my dog to another destination, and Burger King is my food destination of choice for such excursions.

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                    1. re: MMRuth
                      pitu Nov 14, 2006 04:27 PM

                      That's funny - this summer we stopped for BBQ wherever we could, but pulled over a little further down the road for the dog, at Burger King. On reflection, that's just sick.

                      I *wish* I did more traveling to places where I could get good Japanese!

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                      brooklynmasala Nov 13, 2006 10:41 PM

                      I also seek out Japanese, but I usually steer towards Izakayas or sushi.

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