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Driving from RI to OR, regional food recommendations?

geschwho Sep 22, 2011 01:19 PM

I'm driving cross country from RI to OR next week and interested in some food/driving recommendations. I don't have my route nailed down exactly so I'm open to all suggestions. I'm an amateur bread baker really interested in traditional and old world style baking techniques. I'm also really interested in places that showcase a region's specialties. Road trips for me are all about seeing the country on a close local level so I'm also interested in routes that give me a sense of the local culture. I'd really appreciate any of your tips on special bakeries, areas with an ethnic or interesting food focus, dishes synonymous with a particular area or just unique spots. Thanks everyone!

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    shaja Sep 22, 2011 04:37 PM

    I think I'm misunderstanding your post, because it sounds like you're planning your driving route based on the suggestions given here. If that's not the case, could you nail down a vague vicinity? I wouldn't want to suggest visiting the Amish colonies along US-20 in Indiana and Ohio when you'd actually be hours away in Kentucky. Or a fish fry in Wisconsin if you're headed through St. Louis.

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    1. re: shaja
      geschwho Sep 23, 2011 05:07 AM

      Thanks shaja, sorry for being unclear. I'm looking to plan my route around suggestions received that I want to check out. I am thinking more of the OH-IL northern routes more so than KY, but I want to leave it open in case I hear of something I decide to check out. Thank you!

      1. re: geschwho
        shaja Sep 23, 2011 06:42 PM

        Then if you are driving along I-90, I would definitely suggest getting off the interstate and driving along US-20 through an Amish colony. US-20 runs somewhat parallel so it's not too out of the way to get back on when you need to make time again. I don't have one specific place in mind, but when we've driven through I've seen a number of restaurants and complexes open to the public that feature Amish cooking, and I've visited Amish general stores with some wonderful baking ingredients. Delicious homemade butter for sale, too.

        1. re: shaja
          Fibber McGee Sep 26, 2011 05:09 AM

          I think US-20 is a tad too far North for the Amish in Ohio. US-30 would be a better bet, although the largest concentration of Amish is further South that that.

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