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Driving from Michigan to Moline Quad Cities IL via I-94 and I-80

Food Tourist Oct 14, 2010 06:26 PM

Planning a quick weekend road trip from Canada through Michigan and Indiana to Moline IL. Planning a stop for takeout Lou Malnati's deep dish in Tinley Park near the I-80. Where should we stop to buy interesting beers, cheese, and other food souvenirs to take back across the border? Any good shopping besides Trader Joe's?

Where should we stop to eat breakfast, lunch and dinner en route (e.g. no more than a 5-10 minute detour from the highway)? e.g. early Sunday breakfast in Moline area or meals along the I-80 and I-94 in Illinois, Indiana or Michigan? Are there any other must-eat regional specialties such as beef dip sandwiches, unique drinks or desserts, etc. for road trip nourishment?

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    gooddog RE: Food Tourist Oct 15, 2010 09:19 AM

    Zingerman's roadhouse in Ann Arbor is about a 1 minute drive off I-94, well worth a stop for any meal.

    www.zingermansroadhouse.com

    1. coney with everything RE: Food Tourist Oct 15, 2010 12:09 PM

      when in Detroit, coney dogs and/or Middle Eastern would qualify as regional specialities.

      1. jmcarthur8 RE: Food Tourist Oct 15, 2010 12:25 PM

        In southwest Michigan, near New Buffalo, are a winery or two that have showrooms off the highway. One is in a former Stuckey's building.
        Redamak's in New Buffalo has burgers that the crowds line up for. They close for the winter, but I think they are still open now.
        Stop at Tiebel's in Shererville or Rodini's in Michigan City Indiana for breaded, broiled and buttered yellow lake perch. There's nothing like it anywhere!

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          ray73 RE: jmcarthur8 Oct 15, 2010 06:20 PM

          if you miss zingermans you really have missed out (ann arbor, michigan). Then I would be the type of guy that would have to drive up to Chicago for Dougs (make sure you get the fries, they are amazing and the dogs rock hard).

          http://www.hotdougs.com/
          http://www.zingermansroadhouse.com/

          There are a ton of great places in Chicago, A little drive but if I am within 50 miles of that place I have to get into the city and stop at one over several places I enjoy there.... Detroit is out of your way I assume but there are some fine places in Dearborn for arab food.

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            nsxtasy RE: jmcarthur8 Oct 20, 2010 12:25 PM

            >> In southwest Michigan, near New Buffalo, are a winery or two that have showrooms off the highway.

            You can find maps and more information at www.michiganwines.com

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            Mizer RE: Food Tourist Oct 15, 2010 10:18 PM

            Here's a place just off I-80/94 in Indiana where you can get good food and nationally-famous beer:

            http://www.3floyds.com/brewpub/

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              aquapacata RE: Food Tourist Oct 29, 2010 09:15 PM

              Food Tourist, it looks like you posted on the Great Plains boards too. I am just realizing that now that the Midwest is broken up, the Quad Cities are half on Great Lakes and half on Great Plains!

              I like Ganson's for breakfast - http://www.gansonscafe.com/home.php
              They have good egg dishes and good coffee if you stay away from the special coffees.

              Ross's Family Restaurant in Bettendorf (first exit off of the I-74 bridge in Iowa, about two blocks up the road if you go straight) uses only local, Amish eggs, and other fresh ingredients when possible, and is famous for their "Magic Mountain" - a pile of texas toast, fries, cheese, chili, etc. I think their cinnamon rolls are where it's at. I also like Cafe Fresh in Moline but they no longer serve breakfast. Jim's Ribs, if you eat meat, are really good but you should go to the East Moline location. The hours are not as good as the Rock Island location, but the food is much better. The tapas and desserts at Star Bar, which is part of Le Figaro French restaurant in downtown Rock Island, are good - and if you call ahead the chef will prepare his native Moroccan cuisine for you.

              Other good places in the area include Trattoria Tiramisu in Bettendorf, La Flama and Primavera (mexican places in Moline), Cafe Indigo in Davenport.

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              Cafe Fresh
              1231 5th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

              La Flama
              1514 5th Ave, Moline, IL 61265

              Le Figaro
              1708 2nd Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201

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                2KENNEYD RE: aquapacata Jul 1, 2014 03:09 PM

                Definetly good places. Also, take advantage of the regional breweries in the quad cities, especially Bent River. Their menu is really good. On paper it looks basic, but every item is as close to "made from scratch" as possible. When we stopped in the chef came out to us and talked for a minute. Cool people and the Beale St. burger is awesome, and the turkey with raspberry mayo is kick ass.

              2. Food Tourist RE: Food Tourist Nov 2, 2010 07:02 PM

                Thanks, everyone! We didn't read this in time, so ended up with butter burgers and frozen custard at Culvers, fried chicken at Popeye's, and the spectacular classic Lou's and fresh roma tomato and spinach deep dish at Lou Malnati's (fresh much much better than their bake-at-home frozen pies). We really wanted to try White Castle for the first time, but when we exited at Grosse Pointe, it had been torn down!

                But, don't worry, I get the feeling all your tips will come in handy again soon!

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                  SonyBob RE: Food Tourist Nov 2, 2010 09:21 PM

                  If you're around New Buffalo, MI around lunch time (Fri thru Sun only) and are looking for something really unique and delicious, try PierreAnne's crepes. Both the savory and sweet are wonderful and I'm a steak and spud kinda guy.
                  www.pierreanne.com
                  Bob

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                    Iowaboy3 RE: Food Tourist Apr 2, 2013 03:41 PM

                    Looking for an update: Searching for a good place to eat dinner off of I-94 between Benton Harbor and Jackson, MI. Driving Thursday 4/4.

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