Please help- Going on a road trip
So I'm not sure if this is geographically the right place to ask this, but, well, here goes nothing. My brother and I are traveling from Sacramento, CA to Spring Green, WI, through Salt Lake City and Omaha. I'm vegetarian, he's not, but we would like places to eat that aren't McDonalds and the line. Any suggestions?
When you're in Salt Lake City, it would be criminal not to stop at the Red Iguana. Best mole I've ever had (and I've tried a lot). They have a secret, not-on-the-menu mole sampler which gives you a bit of each of their seven homemade moles to try before you choose one.
Don't go to the Blue Iguana - not the same thing. (I think it's owned by a family member, but the food isn't as good.)
736 W North Temple, Salt Lake City, UT 84116
This probably means that you are driving I-80 across Wyoming and Nebraska, not exactly known for their meatless fare. However, there's a Mexican restaurant of some sort and a (usually) mediocre Chinese restaurant in just about every town -- and there's always something vegetarian on the menu. Just check whether the Mexican dish that looks good is made w/ lard. I was recently in Cheyenne and Laramie, and was quite surprised that even steakhouses now have veggie options. No reason to go to McD's or any other fast fooderies -- EVER.
Gotta go with monopod's rec - the best Mex for hundreds of miles, and plenty of yummy stuff for vegetarians to enjoy. Very easy access from I-80. Only drawback is the lines can be very long at the original location. They have opened a second location to handle the overflow, but I would go to the original. If you can hit it at off peak hours so much the better.
We just made the drive from Stockton to norther Colorado and the only thing I'll add is if you get to Winnemuca NV around lunch time hop off and try the Third Avenue (?) Bistro. My wife's rule of thumb is that anyplace with the word "bistro" in its name is probably better than just just trusting to blind luck.
We spent the night in Winnemuca (bad timing on starting our drive) and tried this place for breakfast. It was very nicely done (unexpected in this town) and worth the stop. If we make this trip again we'll make sure to get an early start from Stockton and have lunch there, then drive to SLC of someplace else for the night.