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Driving from RI to OR, regional food recommendations?

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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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  1. Hi,

    You're probably on the road by now - hope you are enjoying your trip. My wife and I are born & bred Rhode Islanders, now living in Taos, NM. Like you, we enjoy shunpiking and seeing the real America.

    Don't know which routes you are taking,so have no specific restaurant recommendations.

    However, when you get to the South Dakota area, have a buffalo (bison) burger at any local restaurant. I'm sure you will enjoy it.