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Where to eat in America?

We'll be traveling through the US on I-80 in December and wonder if anyone can recommend places to eat, good local specialties/holiday foods to try.

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    1. I would highly recommed Chez Panisse in Berkley, CA. But there are so many choices around the Bay area that posting on the CA site is definitely a good idea.

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        1. In Salt Lake City, the Red Iguana is a great place for Mexican food-- they have a bunch of different types of mole (and will give you a plate of little tastes if you're having trouble deciding which to order).

          Tamales are a popular holiday food in the Southwest; I'm not sure where to get good ones on your route but searching this board may turn up some, or you could ask in a specific city. I'd guess somewhere in Utah would be your best bet for these as well.

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          Red Iguana
          736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

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          1. re: bortukan

            I've only been to Salt Lake City once, and the Red Iguana was the highlight of my trip. It remains one of my favorite spots in the country. Don't miss it, if you're near there.

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            Red Iguana
            736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116

          2. OK, my original sarcastic post was deleted but seriously, the USA is a big place and I-80 does go coast to coast. How much time are you taking and what cities will you be visiting? That might make it easier to pin down some recommendations. The fried chicken at the Holiday Inn just off I-80 in Grand Island, NE is pretty good, however.

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            Holiday Inn
            10 E 120th Ave, Northglenn, CO 80233

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            1. re: PitLab

              PitLab, you are my hero! Remember the best thing to ever come out of Nebraska is Interstate 80.

              For the "Southwestern" board other than SLC, there is nothing much, except the Basque places in Elko and Winnemucka. If its food and scenery you want take I 76 to Denver and then I70 west. Be careful about getting over passes. If I was headed west in December, it would be down to I40 and then west. That means BBQ, New Mexican, Flagstaff and Vegas. This board has lots of suggestions for all those locations.

              1. re: BlueOx

                We'll be heading back that way, from Ohio to Nashville, Memphis, OK city, Taos, Bay area.
                Though I know we're headed into some food Meccas, any ideas are welcome.

                1. re: BlueOx

                  Years ago I ran across a book entitled something like "Dining on the Road in America." When you turned to "Nebraska" there was one page containing one sentence: "Don't eat in Nebraska."

                  1. re: mandycat

                    Ha-ha-ha. I bet you think that's pretty clever! Was the book was written by someone from L.A.? Have you ever visited Omaha? Or Lincoln? Some pretty darn good restaurants there. Also, some down home gems in Hastings and Norfolk. No, I don't live in Nebraska.

                    1. re: PitLab

                      OK PitLab, why no mention of the infamous runza, the unofficial state dish of Nebraska. And further facts about the state: The N on their football helmet stands for Nowledge.

                      From Wikipedia: A runza (also called a bierock, fleischkuche or Kraut Pirok) is a yeast dough bread pocket with a filling consisting of beef, pork, cabbage or sauerkraut, onions, and seasonings. They are baked in various shapes such as a half-moon, rectangle, round (bun), square, or triangle. In Nebraska, the runza is usually baked in a rectangular shape. The bierocks of Kansas, on the other hand, are generally baked in the shape of a bun.