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Jun 29, 2009 10:11 AM

Road food - Seattle to Yellowstone

Dear CH'ers:

Please share your favorite breakfast, lunch, and dinner spots that:

1. Aren't too much of a detour off the highway,
2. Are ok places to take two smallish kids,
3. Won't break the bank, and
4. Taste good!

Any cuisine. We'll be going in a couple of months.

It's likely that in the park itself, we'll be dining to survive and not for pleasure. But if there are particularly great or horrible eateries there, feel free to chime in too. It's our first trip out that way.


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  1. To clarify, you are taking I90 to Montana, and then south to the park?

    For Idaho and Montana (e.g. Missoula) you will find some information buried among the Hawaii posts on 'Elsewhere'.

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      1. re: sasha1

        Update to the driving plans. We are going 90 to Bozeman out, but a longer route back through much of OR and SW Washington. So Yellowstone to Teton, 20 to Idaho Falls, I 86/84 for Craters Park, Hells Canyon, Hood River Valley to Portland OR then up the 5 with a stop at Mt St Helens.

        Given the new territory, are there any new recs? You guys have been great so far!

        1. re: sasha1

          This is not directly related to restaurants, but on the Craters to Hells Canyon leg, consider going north a bit, and drive through the Idaho mountains, as opposed to 20 or I84 along the Snake River plain. For example go through Ketchum, Stanley, Lowman, McCall and Oxbow (on the Snake). Or instead continue north on 95 through Riggins to Lewiston and then west. Oxbow is closer to the canyon, but Lewiston has more services related to seeing the Canyon. Or, after crossing at Oxbow, take the paved forest service road to Joseph. There's an overview along this road.

          Most of this route is through small towns, so there aren't many exciting food choices. But as a camper, I did find good prices on small portions of beef in the groceries for the night's supper.

    1. I recommend Hudson's, a burger joint in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho.

      1. There are some really good places in Spokane. If you're going through Spokane for lunch, I'd definitely have to recommend Fast Eddies or Domini's.

        I've never been to Sante, but a friend from my childhood is running it, and it looks pretty delicious... so I'd be remiss if I didn't recommend it.

        A kind of good "all around" TGI-Fridays-esque restaurant that kids like and has decent food... Hit up The Onion.

        And as you get to Montana, you should probably stop at 10,000 Silver Dollars. It's a very kitschy but really fun place. The kids will love it.

        Domini Restaurant
        703 W Sprague Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

        404 West Main, Spokane, WA 99201

        Fast Eddies All Purpose Pub
        1 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA

        302 W Riverside Ave, Spokane, WA 99201

        Lincolns Silver Dollar Inn
        Haugan MT, Haugan, MT

        1. We had a very good meal at Bullwinkle's in West Yellowstone. A local recommended it to us. While the prime rib was not the best I've ever had, it certainly was worthy, as was the pan-fried trout. It's definitely family-friendly and has a bar besides. I hear it gets pretty busy in season. It looks like a big log cabin. A good breakfast can also be had at the Outpost, also in W. Yellowstone.

          1. Thanks everyone! Keep 'em coming.

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            1. re: sasha1

              Another place to try in West Yellowstone is the Running Bear Pancake House. Not as pricey as Bullwinkle's.