I-64 Road Trip
We are a family leaving tomorrow for a road trip along I-64 from southern Illinois to Charlottesville, VA. Any suggestions for must-visit eating places along the way? Nothing too exotic as we have an 8-year old girl with us. Thanks.
I can second Lynn's Paradise. My 24 y.o. daughter insists we go there every time we pass through town, which we do every Christmas. I wasn't aware, but apparently Bobby Flay recently did a breakfast "throwdown" there. One other possibility, though unfortunately it's very close to Lynn's and therefore an appetite killer--there is a Culvers at exit #105 in Indiana, about 1/2 hour before you reach Louisville. "Butterburgers" and custard a la Milwaukee. It's a chain, but one of the better ones. Personally I'm not wild about their cheese curds, but others are. Your 8 y o would love it, and so would you.
If you can get off the road a ways, and you like fried chicken, there are two possibilities in Southern Indiana. One is the Bon-ton, a carryout in Henderson Ky just across the river from Evansville, and the other is the "Chicken Place" in Ireland Indiana. Either of them is probably a 1/2 hour each way side trip. Not sure about the 8 y o though.
If you're passing near Jasper Indiana in the morning on a weekday, the City Bakery has the world's best donuts. Again, about a 1/2 hour side trip. Many things for an 8 y o.
You will also pass Huntington West Va. It is known for hot dogs. Do a search and you will find where to go. Holly Eats is a good website that has info on it.
Tamarack is a REALLY great stop. Cool things to see (actual real art, not just touristy stuff) and a decent place to get out and wander around. plus some outside spots/a bit of a playground although your 8 year old is probably too big. i make the drive from richmond to cincy (or break off to cleveland) MANY times a year with 2 kids under 5. :) no great food ideas though personally.
i've heard the edelweiss restaurant is good but it's pretty close to charlottesville so there might be no need to stop. stopped once at a little french place in charleston, WV (downtown so not super convenient but not bad) that was cute. will try to remember the name. enjoy!