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Apr 28, 2010 05:18 AM

good food along I 80

I'm a foodie driving from Vancouver to Chicago along I 80, and I'm looking for some good food. I can't do another cross country trip surviving off of McDonalds! Help me please!!!

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  1. 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.

    Farmer's Kitchen
    319 Walnut St, Atlantic, IA 50022

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    1. re: zataar

      Farmer's Kitchen is worth the drive. Make the short trip and enjoy some great scratch made food.

      Farmer's Kitchen
      319 Walnut St, Atlantic, IA 50022

      1. re: zataar

        A secret of the midwestern snowbirds to and from AZ is York Steakhouase, York, NE.. Not fancy, a typical rural NE steakhouse, but, A chowhound find.

        Just drive downtown York, look for the pickups and SUV's parked, and you will be close to the Steakhouse, 3 - 4 miles from I 80.

      2. 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

        1. rbonn, there is an exceptional place in Grand Island,Nebraska along I80 called Uncle Ed's Steakhouse. I've ate there several times while traveling. the menu is really big. They have a web site too. Order the steaks, totally superb!

          1. 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.


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            1. re: mi2ca2mi

              It's not horrible, but it is a shadow of the restaurant it was back when it first started out. It's more of a tourist trap, these days, in my opinion. Yeah, you can get some decent food there still, but not a place I recommend to visitors.

              1. re: Inthewater

                The Machine Shed is a great choice, especially if you are looking for your standard midwestern food. Way better than the Cracker Barrel chain that is also popular along this route.

            2. 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.

              Django Restaurant
              210 10th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

              El Chisme
              2920 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310