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So, my wife and I are leaving for Vegas this weekend... driving... I-15...from Los Angeles... yup, you know it... long desert stretches and a paucity of eateries.

Any good eats along the way (whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner)? My typical stop (which is not an amazing find) is the Bun Boy (or whatever they're calling themselves these days) or the Mad Greek (for respectable greek food in a really tasteless and run down decorated setting). I'd love to try a new place that someone can vouch for.

I know when I watch Triple D on the Food Network, a hole-in-the-wall gas station restaurant off some Route-XX seems to serve up tastier eats but I don't think I've seen an episode recommending any places (except maybe they did the Mad Greek one time) for this trek.

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  1. Only place I stop is Barstow Main Street at Starbucks for coffe and the rest room.

    Stopped at Peggy Sue's last trip because a friend was driving and stopped there for a restroom break and noticed it was quite crowded with people eating breakfast.

    Otherwise nothing in my opinion no place is worth stopping to eat-- so take your pick of fast food chains. Someone will suggest the Bob's Big Boy there in Baker (formerly Bun Boy).

    1. The Mad Greek's Diner, located at 72112 Baker Blvd in Baker, CA,

      1. (or whatever they're calling themselves these days)
        Bun Boy is dead. Long live Bob’s Big Boy.
        72155 Baker Blvd.
        Baker , California 92309
        760) 733-4660

        Lunch, maybe get a sandwich at the Mad Greek but get some good rings and ice cream at Bob's

        Dinner, maybe The Sycamore Inn
        http://www.thesycamoreinn.com/tour01....

        1. Nothing really good on the drive. Mad Greek is the best bet. I tried Bob's Big Boy last trip for the first time, and it was ok. Nothing special though. I'd eat before you leave.

          1. In n Out in Lynwood.

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            1. re: A5 KOBE

              Yep, In and Out. Vegas trip tradition!

            2. The Alien Farm beef jerky place. (Or maybe it's Alien Fresh). But there is a Mexican place at Stateline in the casino with the roller coaster that has really really great tortilla soup. Have always been tempted to stop at The Mad Greek, but as of yet have not.

              1. Thank you to everyone who wrote. Yeah, I pretty much expected these answers. ;) Sigh. Probably head back to the Mad Greek.

                I have a Bob's within walking distance of my house. Blech (except for the onion rings).

                1. We drive from San Diego, so we like to stop in Victorville every now and then. Seoul Garden Korean BBQ just off 15 (Palmdale exit) may LOOK like a ghost town, but the food is very tasty. They get most of their business catering to tour buses full of Koreans on their way to and from Vegas. I've been there when a tour bus shows up and it's a mad house! The previous incarnation in the same location was strictly an all-you-can-eat buffet, but the new version gives you the option of all-you-can-eat ordered off the menu, or individual portions. There is just something about nursing a battered body after a weekend in Vegas with freshly grilled Korean BBQ.

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                  1. re: camilles

                    This post has become one of those catch 22's. The people who could best answer your question are not reading this post anymore because it was moved to the California board.

                    1. re: camilles

                      Good to know! We drive from SD, too, and most of the time I like to try to stop as little as possible, but some times the kids mutiny. Maybe a stop here will put them in a food coma for the rest of the trip.

                    2. On the way to Vegas..its usually Mad Greek which is pretty good..

                      On the way back from Vegas, I'm usually hungover and quivering like a Chihuahua and a greasy double double from In and Out with extra cheese, spread and grilled onions with some well done fries does the trick with a extra large ice tea with lots of lemons and ice..

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                      1. re: Beach Chick

                        I'm a LA born and bred girl, who's lived in Vegas for 14 years now. I've made that hellish trip on the I-15 WAAAYY to many times to visit my family.

                        The trip is pretty much a wasteland for decent food. I have tried the Mad Greek and wasen't impressed at all. Interestingly enough, they are now with locations in Las Vegas. (2 that I saw, last week) Victorville's one bright spot was a donut shop off of Bear Valley Rd and the freeway we used to eat at, every trip. I haven't been in a couple of years, but it was good.

                        I've been temped to try Peggy Sue's diner, but i've had a few friends eat there, and it wasen't a wonderful road-find like they'd hoped for.
                        I wonder if The Stearns (who wrote Road Finds, and are on NPR weekly with The Splendid Table) have ever searched the boring, mind-numbing I-15 and have found good eats!??

                      2. Have made this drive 50 times or more, and have concluded that stopping on the way is counter productive. Leave in the morning around 7am, avoiding the multi-hour afternoon/evening traffic and the frustration associated with it, arriving fresh and ready to rock. Stop for gas at Arco in Baker, restroom is usually clean and gas price is lowest whenever I check(for Baker). With full gas tank and empty bladder, proceed directly to Las Vegas, and go straght to Ellis Island. 3 1/2 hours door to door every time, without excessive speeding(no tickets so far, knocking on wood!). Ellis Island $7 top sirloin (with craft beer included) is great anytime, but the breakfasts are all delicious and cheap. Love the chicken fried steak and eggs, with country gravy. Ellis Island is also our usual last stop before heading back to LA. I know you already went, but I thought maybe someone might reference this post in the future, hope you had fun!

                        Ellis Island menu: http://www.ellisislandcasino.com/EIme...