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May 17, 2012 10:54 AM

cross country trip need recs esp from Memphis TN to Albuquerque NM

My cousin and I are driving cross country from Norfolk, VA to LA CA and need recomendations for places to stop, visit, eat, sleep, etc. Have planned out and mapped out the majority of the trip but this stretch seems to be the hardest to plan (we have time to stop and sight see if the sights are worth it and will stop for a nice meal if it is worth stopping for). Any recomendations for must see attractions and places to eat are greatly appreciated. I know from research the the Big Texan is on the way and we will prob have either a steak or eat breakfast here. Thanks!

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  1. Here's a few places to stop and rest. Here are a few places with good road food in Conway, AR near I 40.

    Mike's Place @ 808 Front Street, Conway, AR 501 - 269 - 6453.

    Shorty Small's @ 1475 Hogan Lane, Conway, AR 501 - 764 - 0604.

    Smitty's BBQ @ 740 South Harkrider St., Conway, AR. 501 - 327 - 8304.

    Stoby's Restaurant @ 805 Donaghey Avenue, Conway, AR 501 - 327 - 5447.

    E of Atkins is a good place for lunch or dinner at Morrilton Drive Inn in Morrilton, AR. Beverly's Diner in Atkins, AR is a nice place to stop for good road food. When you get to Russellville, AR you could stop at CJ's, Colton's, Old Post or Pudgy's for good road food. Headed East on I 40 you could stop in Ozark, AR for good BBQ @ Rivertowne.

    Morrilton Drive In Restaurant @ 1601 Oak St., Morrilton, AR 501 - 354 - 8343.

    Beverly's Family Diner @ 502 North Church St., Atkins, AR 479 - 641 - 0046.

    C J's Butcher Boy Burgers @ 2803 North Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 479 - 968 - 2300.

    Colton's Steakhouse & Grill @ 2320 North Arkansas Ave., Russellville, AR 479 - 880 - 2333.

    Old Post BBQ @ 407 S. AR Ave., Russellville, AR. 479 - 968 - 2421.

    Pudgy Pig BBQ @ 2405 E. Parkway Dr., Russellville, AR. 479 - 967 - 6062.

    Rivertowne BBQ @ 205 S. 3rd St., Ozark, AR. 479 - 667 - 1808.

    Get off I 40 at Exit 325 at Ft. Smith, AR and go E on Robert Pine Blvd. which turns into Garrison Ave. when you cross the river. Go to Rolando's Restaurante for outstanding Mexican cuisine for lunch or dinner. If you prefer BBQ go to Neumeier's Rib Room just down the street.

    Rolando's Restaurante @ 223 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 479 - 573 - 0404.

    Neumeier's Rib Room @ 817 Garrison Ave., Fort Smith, AR 479 - 494 - 7427.

    Gegt off I 40 at Exit 13 and go to Catfish Hole.

    Catfish Hole @ 24 Collum Lane, Alma, OK 479 – 632 – 9718.

    In Oklahoma City, OK take Exit 139 off I 40 N to Kilpatrick Turnpike. Go 5 miles and take Highway 66 E. Go 6 miles to Ann's Chicken Fry House for outstanding road food for lunch or dinner. When you get your fill of good fried chicken go E less than a mile to I 44 and go S to I 40 about 3/4 miles to I 40. Get over in your left lane going S and take the I 40 E ramp to I 40 E. For outstanding BBQ get off I 40 at Exit 150 A and go N on S Walker Ave. Take your second left on Reno and go E to Oklahoma. Take a right on Oklahoma and go to S E 2nd. Take a right and go to Johnny Bench Drive to Earl's BBQ. You can see Earl's from I 40 but it sure is difficult to reach. The BBQ makes it worth the effort.

    You may want good ole country food for breakfast or lunch or a fine steak for dinner. Cattlemen's Steakhouse located in the Oklahoma Stockyards offers outstanding road food and it's the most convenient location off I 40 in Oklahoma City, OK. Get off I 40 at Exit 148 A and go S on S Agnew Ave. to Cattlemen's Steakhouse. I would have a hard time trying to choose between fried chicken, BBQ or Cattlemen's country food.

    Ann's Chicken Fry House @ 4106 Northwest 39th St., Oklahoma City, OK 405 - 943 - 8915.

    Earl's Rib Palace @ 216 Johnny Bench Dr, Oklahoma City, OK 405 - 272 - 9898.

    Cattlemen's Steakhouse @ 1309 South Agnew Avenue, Oklahoma City, OK 405 - 236 - 0416.

    Get off I 40 in Amarillo, TX at Exit 68 B to Georgia St. Turn N and go to Frontage Road. Take a left then take your first right on S Kentucky to Dyer's BBQ for outstanding road food for lunch or dinner.

    Dyer's BBQ @ 1619 South Kentucky St., Amarillo, TX 806 - 358 - 7104.

    Get off I 40 at Exit 332 in Tucumcari, NY and go N on S 1st St. to Tucumcari Blvd. Take a right and go to Kix on 66 for good road food for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

    Kix on 66 @ 1102 East Tucumcari Boulevard, Tucumcari, NM 575 - 461 - 1966.

    Get off I 40 in Albuquerque, NM at Exit 159 B to I 25 S and go to Exit 224 B on I 25 S. Exit and go back E on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. Go 5 blocks and take a right on Maple. Go 3 blocks to Central and turn right to go to 66 Diner for outstanding road food for lunch or dinner. For outstanding Southwest cuisine for breakfast go 7/8 blocks E on Central from Maple to Frontier Restaurant.

    If you want good road food in Albuquerque and don't have time to get too far off I 40 get off at Exit 160 and go N on Carlisle Blvd. NE to Rudy's Country Store and BBQ.

    66 Diner @ 1405 Central Avenue NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 247 - 1421.

    Frontier Restaurant @ 2400 Central Avenue SE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 266 - 0550.

    Rudy's Country Store and BBQ @ 2321 Carlisle Boulevard NE, Albuquerque, NM 505 - 884 - 4000.

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    1. re: Littleman

      OMGosh! This is amazing, thanks so much!!! What do you mean by "road food?" I cant wait to try some of these places and will update the board after the trip to let you know where we went :-)

      1. re: Littleman

        Thank you, littleman, for this comprehensive list that we returned to time and again on our trip from Albuquerque to Memphis this past week.

        Dyer's BBQ in Amarillo, TX - our first BBQ of the trip, a good 22/30, great onion rings.
        Rivertowne BBQ in Ozark, AR - outstanding overall BBQ, great sauce, smoked meatballs and spicy beans to die for. 27/30.
        Central BBQ in Memphis, TN - a bit overhyped, but very competitive. Wet ribs and house chips worth returning for. 23/30.

      2. I wouldn't miss Gus' World Famous Hot & Spicy Chicken in Memphis. Amazing fried chicken.

        1. Gabriel's, north of Santa Fe: Was recommended to me by a local during my own cross-country drive. Get the guacamole (made fresh tableside) and a beer, and enjoy.

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          1. re: kooshball5

            ohhh sounds like heaven, big fan of fresh guac and beer lol will def check out! Thanks