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Anything of Note Between KC and Des Moines?

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San Diego Chowhound driving from KC (MCI airport) to Des Moines in late Jan (if and only of the weather is not snowing).

Anything worth a Chowhound stop anywhere along that long stretch of road?

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  1. ooof, there's not much in between those two cities on I-35. May be able to find someone to comment on a side of the road small town grease pit, but that's about the best you're going to get. If you're hungry when you get off the plane, check out Zona Rosa.. then set the cruise at 75 for the next 3 hours.

    1. We've eaten at a more than decent truck stop several times called the Dinner Bell. It's at the Eagleville exit, in Missouri, just south of the Iowa border on I-35. We've had what tasted like totally homemade soup, great chicken fried steak and a very good pork tenderloin sandwich, as well as good breakfast food. The food is typical truck stop fare, with great big cinnamon rolls and homemade pies. The people working there were very nice. A young Amish couple sells handcrafted baskets right off the entrance ramp in the summer months.

      1. I would check out the roadfood website. It always lists out-of-the-way places.

        1. Thanks for all the suggestions. I saw the Dinner Bell but it was the wrong time of the day for a meal. I held on and had lunch at LC's in KC. But all of you were right-it's a very undeveloped piece of America. Thanks to all.

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          1. re: Bob Foster

            How was L.C.'s?

          2. LC's was its normal wonderful self-although the beans seemed a bit more liquidy than I remember and a bit spicier. The ribs and fries were superb.

            1. Gawd, that sounds good.