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Feb 28, 2002 01:07 PM

Food on the way to Las Vegas

  • m

We're driving to Las Vegas for the first time this weekend - any good food along the way? Any food at all along the way?

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  1. I've only stopped there for drinks, but maybe The Mad Greek in Baker? Anyone?

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    1. re: Michael

      The Mad Greek is good. Yummy greek specialties, falafal, baklava.

      Strawberry and coffee shakes are also excellent. This is a must stop everytime I drive to Vegas.

      1. re: Michael

        What is a greek place doing in Baker California?

        1. re: nubi

          I think I summed my opinion above,,,,,

          Thanks Hounds!

          1. re: nubi

            They probably figured that anyone foolish enough to go in to a Greek restaurant in the middle of the Mojave desert would willingly eat anything.

            -Someone Who Foolishly Patronized A Chinese Restaurant In Santa Fe, New Mexico...

            1. re: Chino Wayne
              Chris G...........

              What is it about Chinese food in New Mexico? I had my worst and most bizarre meal ever at a Chinese restaurant in Gallup.

              1. re: Chris G...........

                That would be quite a detour for someone driving from LA to LV.

                1. re: Chris G...........

                  I think that somehow the fusion of Southwestern and Chinese cuisine was mutated from all that atomic testing at White Sands. Or is it that Wen Ho Lee took all the Chinese cooking secrets from New Mexico back to China?

                  1. re: Chino Wayne

                    Maybe that explains why the dishes we ordered had a strange, pink-hued glow (literally!). Of course, part of that was due to the fact that they used pickled sushi ginger in place of fresh ginger. If Wen Ho Lee took New Mexican Chinese cooking secrets back to China, the U.S. should give him the medal of valor because New Mexican Chinese food will bring China to its knees faster than any nuclear weapons arsenal.

            2. re: Michael

              Mad Greek is good, so is Bun Boy, also in Baker. Stopping in Baker has always worked for us on the way to Las Vegas. It's the gateway to Death Valley, is just a whistle stop, and has the world's tallest thermometer. What's not to like. The general store at the gas station there has a little bit of everything and plenty of candy and cold drinks and either the Greek or Boy are good for an easy and pleasant enough lite meal on the way to the Buffet at Caesar's!

              1. re: Michael

                I second the MAd Greek recommendations. Good greasy spoon fare, hamburgers, club sandwiches, and excellent baklava to sate the sweet tooth the rest of the way to Vegas.

                1. re: Michael

                  If I were choosing between Mad Greek and Peggy Sue's, I'd go for the later. Mad Greek is ultimately pretty darned greasy and just ok. Peggy Sue's, on the other hand, has really delicious date shakes and a giant dried everything and nuts store attached. Very nice. Lots of dates.

                2. There's a bunch of fast food places (tommys, In-n-out, Arbys, etc) in Barstow, which is halfway there. Other than that, there's a few truck stop type places (mad greek, jenny rose, etc) and other fast food places in Baker and at the Nevada border towns. Personally, I usually grab a snack @ Barstow either at a fast food place or the Chevron or Starbucks, then save my apetite for one of the restaurants in Vegas.

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                  1. re: Belafkih

                    Reportedly the Barstow McDonald's is the highest volume franchise in the country.

                    1. re: mc michael

                      This the Barstow Depot one? Seemed just as crappy as all the other ones to me the one time we stopped there. (Actually to use the facilities, not for the food.)

                    2. re: Belafkih

                      I would try not to stop in Barstow, if you can make it to Baker. The last couple of times we've driven to Vegas, Barstow has been a complete nightmare. Every fast food place was packed, we ended up eating the worst Subway ever in our car, and it took us 30 minutes to get back onto the freeway because of the intense traffic in Barstow. The outlet malls there have made stopping there a total disaster.

                    3. Well, the last time I went to Vegas, we stopped at Popeye's chicken on the way there and liked it so much that we stopped on the way back, too. Spicy fried chicken -- yum. I have to admit that it was much more pleasurable that the lunch I ate at Olives in Vegas.

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                      1. re: Hilary

                        I agree about the Olive's comment. Everyone told us to eat there and we were disappointed. Food was mediocre and overpriced.

                      2. Somebody will have to help me with the correct name, but a 50's diner that is well known (some name like Norma Jean) is right off the highway at about the Calico Exit. I have friends who never ever go to Las Vegas without stopping there for a meal. It has been featured on Public Television and is supposed to be quite good.

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                        1. re: Al

                          I Believe it is called Peggy Sue's Diner I think on the north side of Barstow.

                          1. re: Sherry A

                            That's It!!! Thanks, my memory sometimes stays in low gear.

                          2. re: Al
                            Martin Slade

                            I hate to say it, but the Marie Callendar's in Victorville is about as good as it gets.

                            It *IS* a VERY nice Marie Callendar's, but still a chain.

                            Coco's in Barstow can be acceptable if your are not too picky about freshness. The pies are, well, just what you would expect.

                            The Officer's Club at Ft. Irwin is pretty good, but a long way off the beaten track...

                          3. Our choice (usually breakfast) is at Bun Boy Restaurant in Baker. Baker seems to be easy in and easy out of town.

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                            1. re: Sherry A

                              If it is lunch time, our favorite place to stop, of course, is In N Out in Barstow at the Kenwood exit, near the outlet mall.