Paxton, Neb.: Ole's Big Game Steakhouse. I haven't eaten there, but it looks like a safari hunter's dream.
Lincoln, Neb.: Green Gateau. Outstanding breakfasts.
Anita, Iowa: Redwood Steakhouse. A nice supper club restaurant with a 17-item relish tray that comes with dinners. Great onion rings, too.
Iowa City/Coralville, Iowa: Good variety of restaurants. Great view of the river at the Iowa River Power Co. in Coralville. Linn Street Cafe in Iowa City is good. Stop in Iowa City or Davenport for Whitey's Ice Cream.
Davenport/Quad Cities area: Ross's Restaurant is a greasy spoon if you like those. The Magic Mountain is a dish piled high with potatoes, toast, eggs, meat -- similar to the Springfield, Ill., specialty known as a Horseshoe. The restaurant is in Bettendorf. In East Moline, try the Belgian Village reuben on raisin bread. The slices of bread are enormous. If you want a hot fudge sundae, try Lagomarcino's.
Enjoy your trip... and your dining.
330 S 10th St Ste 110, Lincoln, NE 68508
Iowa River Power Restaurant
501 1st Ave, Coralville, IA 52241
I guess the real question is how far you're willing to drive off of I-80 to get to a restaurant, as there is quite a bit in Des Moines I'd recommend, but it may take you 15 minutes to get there from an I-80 exit. Probably a 5-10 minute drive off of I-80 at the Merle Hay Rd. exit in Johnston, IA is El Chisme. I recommend getting an Al Pastor pizza there, or cabeza tacos. If you drive through Downtown Des Moines on I-235 (easy from I-80) there are a lot of places downtown that I'd recommend, namely Django (French brasserie), Miyabi 9 (sushi), Tasty Tacos. I believe someone mentioned Iowa City also, which has plenty of good food for a small town.
210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309
2920 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310
I've been to the Machine Shed restaurant in Davenport, IA twice lately while visiting the Quad Cities. It is just off I-80. Both times I ate there everyone in our party enjoyed their food. The portions are very generous and there is a pretty wide variety of items to choose from. The waitstaff is very friendly. I do see that they have another location off I-80 in Des Moines, IA, too.
In Omaha, we like Jams open lunch and dinner
There are quite a few recs on thsi board for Omaha
In Oxford, Ia there is Augusta The most excellent tenderloin sandwich.
I would call to find out there hours
Coralville and Iowa City have lots of recs on this board as well
We like Devotay in Iowa City
That can be a pretty grim route. We found very little in Wyoming or Nebraska without some serious detours. Not too far off l-80 in Iowa is The Farmer's Kitchen, in Atlantic. Atlantic is south of the interstate, but worth the extra drive.
319 Walnut St, Atlantic, IA 50022