Driving from DFW to Cedar Rapids in June
I am going to a recumbent trike event in Cedar Rapids mid June, so here is the question.
Where should I stop on the way. I am planning on driving from Dallas to Tulsa the first night, leaving DFW after work, so anything interesting for a late night meal or breakfast would work. I will then drive through to Cedar Rapids the next day.
I am planning to be a bit more leisurely on my way home, with extra stops or overnights as necessary ...
Now for part two:
What kind of produce / meats / cheese should I pick up in Iowa. I have been instructed to get some kind of "special" blue cheese for sure, what else?
That would be Maytag blue cheese, from Newton, Iowa. It is indeed special. What route are you planning between Tulsa and Cedar Rapids? I assume KC, then Iowa on I-35, then over on I-80?
We were in Tulsa last weekend, and ate breakfast at a place called the Blue Dome Diner, in downtown Tulsa. It was a funky diner-type joint, with funky servers. Homemade d bread, some excellent home fries, biscuits and gravy. And I saw some pretty spectacular pancakes going by.
Last year in the KC Star there was an article about a man who drove from the East Coast to Kansas City a couple of times a year just to eat at Stroud's. It is a KC institution for fried chicken and they've been in business for decades. Come hungry they serve large portions.
I don't know if this is too far out of your way...but closer to Wichita/Hutchinson, KS is a charming little Amish community called Yoder, KS. The Carriage Crossing Restaurant is run by the local Amish. The food there is excellent, good enough to put any grandmother to shame. It is all fresh and prepared on site.
Like the Amish, it is not fancy, but well maintained and I challenge anyone to find a cleaner, more comfortable establishment. The pies alone are worth your trip off the beaten path. Incidentally, if you have a horse and buggy instead of a car, there is a hitching post out front to tie up (and yours wouldn't be the only one there).
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If you're going to be turning north at Iowa City to get to Cedar Rapids I highly suggest going to the mall a few more miles east and getting a shake/malt at the western-most Whitey's Ice Cream establishment.
Honestly, until I got settled in I thought the only good thing about the Quad Cities was Whitey's. The ice cream is that good.