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Feb 20, 2008 06:41 AM

Chow between Seattle and Minneapolis

Hey 'Hounds, my boyfriend and I are roadtripping from Minneapolis to Seattle and back next week, most likely along I-94 through North Dakota, and need recs for places to stop for meals and good coffee. Also, heads up on any novelty places to stop, weird cafes, chowish things to break up an otherwise long drive would be helpful. We're only taking two days to do this in either direction, so we're not looking to go very far off the freeway, but a few miles or so is no problem. Thanks!

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  1. Good luck with this one... I did that drive a while ago and it was pretty slim pickings the whole route, we just kept driving since we couldn't wait to be done. All I can add is when you start seeing signs for Caribou Coffee, I'd say stop. It's a chain, but it's a good chain with cozy interiors, ok coffee for a chain, and clean bathrooms (a must on roadtrips for me). I used to always get the mint highrise (I think that's the name) with an extra shot... it's a latte (might have become a mocha though... haven't had one in ages) with crumbled up andes mints on top, so they sink to the bottom and melt.

    1. Try Hudson's burgers in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

      1. Any ideas for meals in Billings, Bozeman, or Spokane? I anticipate passing through these three around meal times or we could wait till we get to one of them to eat. I hear Bozeman has some good places and I remember getting a passable coffee in Billings once a couple of years ago... Thanks.

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        1. re: slowfoodgrrl

          When I take a trip like this, I check out Jane and Michael Stern's I see they have quite a few results for Billings. There's forums there, too.

          1. re: christy319

            There are pork chop sandwiches in Butte and other Montana cities.

            1. re: christy319

              There's two just off the freeway that are worth a stop in Spokane. These are especially easy to get to from I 90. Heading east, take the Argonne/Mullan Road exit (Exit 287) and head south on Mullan to Ambrosia Bistro. It's a lunch and dinner spot, the food is seasonal, inventive and thoughtful--all within a Spokane aesthetic.

              The next suggestion is a little farther down the road, off the Lincoln exit (Exit 280B) you'll find Wild Sage Bistro. Chef Alexis has won the hearts of diners in Spokane, winning a slew of 'best of' awards. I've had one of the best meals, but also a mediocre one, there too--hopefully it has evened out. They bake their breads, crackers, and desserts all in house, and you won't go wrong with any of the soups. Also a lunch/dinner place.

              A great option for breakfast is Cafe Marron in Browne's Addition. It's a popular neighborhood spot with a really nice breakfast menu. Also surrounded by some pretty restored old homes, a great place to stretch your legs with a walk around the block.

              Open at 7:00 AM on the weekdays and 8:00AM on the weekends. This one is a little trickier to find, but you'll have no problem using MapQuest or something similar.

              Enjoy your trip and let us know what you find along the way.

          2. I just read about fantastic bacon from Wooly Pigs in Spokane, in the latest issue of Saveur. The Valley Cafe in Ellensburg, WA, is a great place. And you'll only be 90 minutes from Seattle.

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            1. re: zoogrrrl

              Thanks for mentioning Wooly Pigs! I just was introduced to them today... at the W.Seattle Farmer's market. I came across this thread while researching places to eat breakfast enroute to Spokane. Going to have to try the Valley Cafe. Thanks again!