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Where is a good place to stop for lunch on the way from LA to Vegas? We're technically leaving from somewhere near the Inland Empire already so someplace about 2 hours through would be great. Looking for a cheap, good roadside place with character. No more than $10 per person. I guess American-type food would be expected, but we are open to anything. Thanks!

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  1. That should put you about Baker. The food at the Mad Greek is the usual American fast food plus some Greek dishes.

    Barstow is closer and has a lot more options, mostly fast food.

    Posting on the LA board might get you more responses. Good luck!

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    Mad Greek
    72112 Baker Blvd, Baker, CA 92309

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    1. re: DiveFan

      go to citycoups.com 2 for 1 coupon for mad greek what a deal

      1. re: JimmyC

        not many options on the drive. Mostly fast food and mad greek has had a B rating for the last year and a half.

    2. You want character? Then you need to get off the interstate for a spell and drive along the fabled Route 66 to Molly Brown's Country Cafe.

      Exit I-15 north on "D" Street and turn left. The signs all state "National Trails Hwy" but that's the official name for Rt66. You'll see the Rt66 logo painted on the road surface every few miles. Molly Brown's will be on your left somewhere near the sign that reads "Welcome To Helendale" on both sides of the same sign. Don't blink.

      After lunch, continue north on Rt66. It becomes Main St. in Barstow. You can rejoin the freeway by turing right on Lenwood Rd., SR58, "L" St. or Barstow Rd. but if you've never driven through Barstow, continue all the way until Rt66 passes over I-15 and turn right onto the northbound onramp. It's a easy drive and a great diversion into history.

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      Molly Brown's Country Cafe
      24949 National Trails Hwy, Helendale, CA 92342

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      1. re: shamu613

        Speaking of character, have you eaten at Holland Burger on old 66? I've driven by many, many times but they always seem to be closed.
        Here's a post on Victorville with some possibilities:
        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/454154

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        Holland Burger
        17143 N D St, Victorville, CA 92394

      2. The Mad Greek is very undesirable and as written by another poster has had a B for as long as I can remember

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        1. re: plenow

          Cmon now! What are you judging Mad Greek against?

          Is it the finest Greek food around? Absolutely not! Is it a bit greasy and reminicent of fast food? Absolutely! Is it better than just about anything else on that long, tedious stretch of road? Probably.

          It's not the greatest but if you are hungary while driving to Vegas, you are not going to do much better. I've actually quite enjoyed their gyros on a number of occasions. If you are in the mood for a milkshake, their strawberry shake is excellent.

          I'll take a B-rating anyday on that lonely stretch of road.

          1. re: plenow

            plenow, Welcome to Chowhound!

            Health department ratings are at the whim of the inspector (brother of former health inspector here). A consistent 'B' rating is actually a good sign. If you are really that paranoid, there's a sparkling clean Dennys :-\ in Lenwood that serves purified water. Really!

            1. re: DiveFan

              While there are many inconsistencies in restaurant ratings I would hardly call them at the whim of the inspector. After 20+ years in the restaurant industry so I am hardly paranoid. I just know there are far too many restaurants out there with an A that I would not eat at a consistent B...especially one that makes their letter grade difficult to find.

              1. re: plenow

                Just a little update I stopped by Mad Greek on my way to Vegas today and they are back up to an A rating.

          2. If you like beef jerky, the crazy "Alien Fresh Jerky" store in Baker is a hoot, and the jerky is a guilty pleasure of mine! It's a bit sweeter than most, and more moist, as well. They use HONEY of all things in their recipies, but I actually love it.
            This way, you can grab a quick snack for the car, till you get home.

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            1. re: Honeychan

              I second this recommendation. They also have nuts and other stuff, and as a jerky fan I went a little bit crazy there, but quality is much higher than the kitschy surroundings would lead one to expect....

            2. It's a Chain but MUCH better in Barstow.........Del Taco The Taco's are packed with Meat & LOTS of Cheese and a 1/2 tomato slice. And $1.35 each