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May 1, 2008 04:56 PM

Eats on way to Vegas [moved from L.A. board]

Driving to Vegas Saturday a.m. with a fussy couple.
Need a place to stop and eat.
Never made the drive before and I am clueless.

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  1. mad greek in baker

    be warned, lines are LONG during lunch time.

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    1. That drive is not really designed for fussy eaters the way I would define that term. But there are a few non-fast food, non-chain places that could do the trick.

      Just North of Barstow is Peggy Sue's Diner, a 50's nostalgia place that is popular with travelers and truckers. Not earth-shattering, but pretty decent.

      In Baker, there's The Mad Greek, which is an order-at-the-counter place that does a pretty decent job with traditional Greek foods as well as burgers.

      There are probably some decent alternatives in Victorville, but I haven't found anything there but the chains (On The Border, Outback, Applebee's, Olive Garden, Marie Callender's, Red Lobster, Ruby's, etc., etc..

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      1. re: Midlife

        You don't say where you're coming from or if you have any control over the schedule, but we drive to Vegas from Sherman Oaks several times a year. We don't bother to eat on the way. Maybe twice we stopped at Donut Man in Glendora (off the 210) for a snack. We leave at 7am, pick up coffee at our local Starbucks, stop at the drive-thru Starbucks in Baker for more coffee, and hit Vegas in time for lunch. If I remember I bring almonds or fruit for snacking in the car. If I had to eat in Baker I might try the old Bun Boy which is now a Big Boy. But really, it's probably just a waste of time and calories.

        1. re: Debbie W

          Original plan to two of us leave from Studio city area nice and early and drive straight through with bagels and coffee. Suddenly we have companions who are very nice but fussy eaters so a stop is now involved. Oh well. Think it will be Mad Greek in Baker. I should be mad by then.
          thanks for your advice.

          1. re: arlene

            I guess I don't understand what being a fussy eater has to do with being unable to make it from the SFV to Vegas without stopping for a meal. I'd think if they're fussy then you could have stronger grounds to argue that you shouldn't eat until Vegas - lots of excellent choices for fussy eaters there.

      2. The drive to Vegas is a mere 5 hrs and when you get there, you can eat whatever your hearts desire. I suggest you eat here in SD, or perhaps Temecula, then suck it up and land in Vegas where you will find one of the greatest cocentrations of really amazing choices for your eating pleasure in North America. (Take that New York!)

        Guy Savoy. Gary Danko. Michael Minna. Picasso. Nobu. (gulp) Buffets. Just to name a few.

        And not all Vegas options are on the high end like these above. We love - LOVE - Lotus of Siam. Decidedly not Vegas atmosphere. Off strip, but nearby to the south end hotels. Google it - you'll see it's one of the most well-regarded Thai places in the world.

        But if you must nosh en route, there's a Tommy's in Barstow (


        Happy travels.

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        1. re: mimosa

          Not aware of a Gary Danko in Vegas - what restaurant are you talking about?

          1. re: Debbie W

            I meant to say Bradley Ogden in Caesars Palace. I just read an article about GD and it was on the brain.

        2. Shouldn't this be on the Southwest board with the Las Vegas posts?