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driving from vegas to LA - where to stop for a delicious meal?

looking for shacks, out of the way places, or anything that is just plain good.

any help would be greatly appreciated

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  1. Along the I-15, I tend to stop at either Peggy Sue's in Yermo for their burgers & onions rings, or the Mad Greek in Baker for a gyro.

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    1. re: vegasmuse

      Pack a lunch. Seriously, the options are uniformly terrible.

    2. Well. There are many amazing places in both Vegas and LA. There are four hours worth of real estate between assuming no traffic. If you can hold out for four hours then this math equation becomes quite simple.

      Sarcasm aside. The Mad Greek is quite worthy in a grubby, broke college student kind of way. It would be at the bottom tier of venues in either Vegas or LA. In the middle of the Mojave Desert, it is quite a find though.

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      1. re: climberdoc

        In this same vein, save yourself for a real meal in Vegas, stop in Baker and get some excellent beef jerky at the Alien Fresh Jerky shop. The Mad Greek is just -bleh- and not really worth it, IMHO

      2. You can't wait 4 hours to eat?
        It's an oasis of fast food and chain restaurants.
        Definitely nothing is in Baker.

        Looking for a "shack"..........Original Tommy's on Lenwood (Barstow)
        "If you don't see the shack - take it back!"

        1. The only place I would consider stopping is Inn N Out in Barstow.

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          1. re: Phoenix99

            Agree, if I had to stop to get a bite In-N-Out would be it.
            Usual stop for me is Starbucks on Main Street Barstow for a cup of coffee and a pit stop.

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            In-N-Out
            3875 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

            1. re: monku

              When did In-N-Out become Chowworthy destination?

              I'd personally skip that place as fast as I'd skip any genero-chain like the arches or the king.

              Are these fightin' words Phoenix 999 and monku? Bring it on!

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              In-N-Out
              3875 Wadsworth Blvd, Wheat Ridge, CO 80033

              1. re: climberdoc

                I-N-O only if I was starving and that hasn't happened yet.

                2 weeks ago on the trip back from LV stopped at Donut Man, but his fresh fruit donuts are out of season right now.

                1. re: monku

                  Where is this "Donut Man" of whom you speak?

                  1. re: Steve Green

                    Donut Man is well known for his huge fresh strawberry and fresh peach donuts. Also some of the most awsome donuts around.
                    Donut Man
                    Off the 210 Freeway
                    915 E Route 66, Glendora, CA 91740-3608
                    (626) 335-9111

                2. re: climberdoc

                  Afraid so. I have a theory about people who don't recognize the simple genius of In N Out. In my case I ate them growing up in Southern California and then went probably 20 years without tasting one. In the meantime all manner of fast food and not fast food burgers intervened. People got used to eating frozen french fries even in nice places and thought hamburger buns were simply to hold the burger. Handleafed lettuce? Unheard of. Burger meat never frozen and ground the same day as the burger was prepared? Not likely. In short, we forgot what a good simple burger and fries was supposed to taste like. After my 20 In N Out hiatus I actually stopped at their store in Barstow and was amazed. I don't eat a lot of burgers period and certainly not alot of fast food burgers but I would never eat one anyplace but In N Out. Chowworthy? Absollutely. They are best in class by a mile and this comes out repeatedly in all surveys such as Zagat and the various food industry surveys.

                  1. re: Phoenix99

                    All right. I guess I'll have to give it a go. I must say that I'm skeptical of any "fast food" burger. I figure I can make it better myself. If not, I can go to places like Diablo Burger in Flagstaff or Burger Bar in Vegas and pay a few more bucks for a burger made with top-quality ingredients. I've always figured that "best in class" is not saying a whole lot for a the reprehensible class of fast food (i.e. best of the worst). Still, respected Chowhounds like yourself swear by it so I respect that and will have to give it a try. At the same time though, some Chowhounds less worthy of respect swear by the gluttonous excess know as the Vegas Buffet which is far from Chowworthy.

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                    Diablo Burger
                    120 N Leroux St Ste 112, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

                    1. re: climberdoc

                      I have to give high marks to the M Resort Studio B Seafood Dinner buffet $25.95 including all the beer, wine and cappucinos you can drink.

                      1. re: climberdoc

                        The key to In N Out, apart from the fresh ingredients, is that the burgers are all made to order, rather than being premade and left to congeal under heatlamps or in warmer modules. Essentially, the drive-in burgers of our youth -- that is, those of us who grew up in the 50's and 60s. I order the fries well-done.

                        1. re: Steve Green

                          Steve

                          Is it really a great burger or just better than the congealed burgers under heatlamps? Since we're in the SW board, I ask you is this a better burger than Burger Bar or Bradley Ogden. I realize there is a price discrepancy but I still have trouble seeing myself donating calories to a cheap, better than your average congealed FF burger when I can pay a few more dollars for a memorable burger experience.

                          Monku.

                          This is a classic case of a troll like myself being confronted by a troll such as yourself. I like it! Thanks for playing. From my snobhound perspective, all you can drink beer, wine and coffee in addition to piles of mediocre gruel is far from Chowworthy and is a glaring example of the gluttonous excess which will kill far more good folks than H1N1 or even terrorism.

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                          Bradley Ogden
                          3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                          1. re: climberdoc

                            So be it, we can agree there are no Choworthy eats on I-15 between LV and LA. When I think about it the OP could be from LV and there are I-N-O's there too, so why stop.
                            Maybe there's something off that beaten trail that's undiscovered and not obvious to most of us.

                            1. re: climberdoc

                              Climberdoc:
                              It's great for what it is -- an old-style drive-in burger, which is IMO much better than a fast-food burger. Haven't had Bradley Ogden's burger, but no, In n Out burgers aren't as good as those at Burger Bar. A different thing altogether. That said, I wouldn't call Burger Bar's fare memorable. I liked LBS Burger out at Red Rock better.

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                              Bradley Ogden
                              3570 Las Vegas Blvd S, Las Vegas, NV 89109

                              1. re: Steve Green

                                Well said. I've had Bradlley Ogden's burger and it was excellent but it's a completely different product (at a hugely different price point). Thought of a couple of other things that really differentiate In N Out; First, their restaurants are spotless; Their pricing is very reasonable; and finally, their restaurants are consistently staffed by well trained wholesome looking young men and women who seem customer oriented and appear to genuinely be enjoying their job.