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Hello all!
I am moving northern mexico (as we like to call corpus christi, tx) to chicago, il at the end of july/early august. My best friend is making the trek along with me and we are both amateur foodies. We need some good recommendations for the 22 hour drive up. We are looking at not straying to much from the path because I want to get her up to Chicago to have enough time to show her the city i love. However she does get cranky when her blood sugar gets low :) any suggestions???? the route will take us from austin to dalles (i-35) then entering oklahoma we will be on us-75/69 up until missouri then on i-44 towards st. louis and from st. louis on is i-55.
Thanks for any help you can offer!

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  1. Don't stop in McAlester/Krebs to visit any of the Italian restaurants. They're mediocre at best, and your money would be better spent at Olive Garden. Keep on the turnpike and stop in Tulsa where you'll have the choice of a number of good eating spots. Our favorite Italian haunts are Villa Ravenna in The Farm shopping center (local restaurant, more upscale), and Carrabba's on 71st St just East of Hwy 169 (national chain, more casual). For an excellent burger and fries, try Ron's Hamburgers. Our favorite store is in Jenks on the corner of Main and A, but equally as good is the store located in The Farm, just down from Villa Ravenna. We also enjoy the ElChico restaurant located in Promenade Mall, 41st & Yale. That particular store in the chain has consistently good Mexican food. If you're in the mood for pizza, Hideaway is a must. There are several stores in Tulsa and locations are on their web site. You might also visit urbantulsa.com and browse their restaurant reviews, too.

    Now, if you're planning to take I35 into OKC, that's another post in itself!

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    Ron's Hamburgers
    7119 S Mingo Rd, Tulsa, OK 74133

    Villa Ravenna Restaurant
    6526 E 51st St, Tulsa, OK 74145

    1. That looks out of the way to me. I would go to Texarkana through Houston to Little Rock Memphis and Chicago on I 55................

      1. Couple places in Belton off I 35 are Dead Fish Grill @ Exit 292 and Oxbow Steakhouse @ Exit 292.

        If you are going through Dallas to OK get off at Exit 70 on I35 to Dickey's BBQ. They have some outstanding BBQ.

        http://www.dickeys.com/index.aspx

        1. On I-44: in Rolla, Missouri, Alex's House of Pizza

          In St. Louis, Missouri: Iron Barley or Crown Candy Kitchen

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          Iron Barley
          5510 Virginia Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63111

          Crown Candy Kitchen
          1401 Saint Louis Ave, Saint Louis, MO 63106

          1. Fifteen minutes north of Springfield Illinois exit 115 is the small town of Elkhart. We stop at the Bluestem Bakery for lunch, cinnamon rolls and cookies. Across the street is a Tea House but we have not tried it. This stop should keep the sugar in check until to arrive in Chicago.