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I am moving from St. Louis to Portland, OR. My wife and I are shipping everything, and taking a leisurely car trip to our new city. Our first leg is on 70 to Kansas city, picking up 29 through Iowa, then 80 from Nebraska through southern Wyoming and Salt Lake, with the last leg 84 through Idaho and Oregon. Anyone can do this in 2 and a half days, but we want to extend it to a 4 day trip. Any recommendations on where to stop for great food along the way? My wife and I are food and beverage industry....including everything from working in 5 diamond restaurants to dive bars (we are not food snobs). We are looking for really cool places to grab a bite during our journey.... I already know that Bryants in KC is a must...been there before....

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  1. Malay Cafe is in KC just off of I-29.
    6003 NW Barry Rd
    Kansas City, MO 64154
    (816) 741-3616

    2 years ago, I had a couple of very nice meals at M's Pub in Omaha NE.
    http://www.mspubomaha.com/

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    1. re: MyNextMeal

      wicked mosquitos along the NE/WY stretch in summer...

      We did the reverse drive in '74 so any other recommendations or caveats will prob. be a tad obsolete.

    2. You'll need to post with specific titles in your thread on other Chowhound boards.

      Kansas City, Nebraska, Wyoming, Salt Lake, Idaho, Oregon,
      and then read the specific tips for Portland once you're there. Nice city.
      Very different from St. Louis (former St. Louis girl).

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      1. re: maria lorraine

        Portland is indeed a nice and progressive city. a bit dowdy in places, but I like that. only been 10 years since I was there. good downtown and stunning mountain backdrops. pleasant riverfront. stellar used bookstore - Powell's right?