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What foods are a must have when road tripping?

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I never eat McDonald's chicken nuggets at home, but for some reason when I am driving on a road trip I must stop and get them to eat while driving. I also must have spray cheese and Bugles in the car.

What are those strange foods you find yourself eating while driving down the open road?

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  1. Well, if I have to bring something with me on a car, then I like to bring something I can eat while driving like beef jerky, granola bars or yogurt, but I don't always bring them.

    As for eating on the road, I like to try different ones when I can. McDonald is a good one, Waffle House is good, White Castle, Cracker and Barrel....etc. I don't usually buy from Fast Food restaurants and then eat while driving.

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    1. re: Chemicalkinetics

      I'll also go for the Waffle House as there are none in my area.

      1. re: MacTAC

        Yeah, I try to go to the one I usually not in my area -- like Waffle House. :) Smokey Bones is good too.

        1. re: MacTAC

          Ah, Waffle House. While never my first choice, there HAVE been road trips, where they were the only thing available. Mostly good memories, but rather long ago. As Beverly D'Angelo said, in "Honky Tonk Freeway," "International House of Pancakes is the only constant in my life." Once, it was Waffle House for us. While we always tried for some mom-n-pop diner, even back then, they were too few and far between.

          For us, road trips come all too infrequently, as one cannot get from Phoenix to London in the Landcruiser...

          Hunt

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            We don't have Cracker Barrel in So. Cal., so we stop at them every chance we get on the road (yeah, I'm from the South, so I'm well aware of C.B.'s non-authenticness, but love 'em anyway). A road day with all 3 meals at C.B. is a bonus!

            Mr. Pine loves McD.'s coffee--just the plain ole' cup, not the "cafe" ones. Our last road trip, I had to call a halt to stopping every 2 hours for coffee, or we'd never have arrived at the destination!

            1. re: pine time

              We are from the Deep South, as well, but we once stopped at a Cracker Barrel, and my wife was brought to her knees by the aromas in the entry area, almost caused my wife to go into an arrest, since she has asthma. We have never entered one again, and they are a running joke.

              Hunt

      2. I like to get a sack full of banh mi before heading out. In June/July fresh lichee to get my hands and the steering wheel all sticky. If I'm down South I like to pick up some boiled peanuts and fried pies. If going through Louisiana some hot boudin is a must.

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        1. I used to do a run between Manhasset and Vestal NY and would load up on maki, beef jerky, McNuggets and soda water.

          1. Tacos.

            A good friend and I take a trip every year (from the Bay Area to the Central Coast of CA) just after Christmas, and we look for the most out of the way taqueria we can find (preferably in a neighborhood with all the signs in Spanish. This year was our most successful meal; homemade corn tortillas, and all home-made salsas and pickles. I can still taste it a month later...

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            1. re: kcshigekawa

              While we love Mexican food (from many different regions), we limit that to when we arrive, and not on the road. In my callow youth, it was not always that way.

              We'd stop into a "pizza roll" stand, tank up, then drive for 20 hours, but that was then, and this is now. I do not think there is enough Tagamet on Earth, to allow me to eat one pizza roll, or taco on the road. In 30 years, you will understand.

              Hunt

            2. These days my road trips are mostly within CA or from SD to AZ. I like to bring nuts, sandwiches from a local deli, and mineral water.

              I always bring along dried apricots for the last leg of my trip. You can probably imagine why. Good ol' magnesium.

              In my younger and throwing-caution-to-the-wind days, I'd chomp on turkey Lunchables. The thought of that now is not at all desirable. Funny how our tastes change. Damn good thing too.

              Cheers.

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              1. re: globocity

                I'll frequently bring homemade 'lunchables' with me on road trips. With good cheese and lunchmeat, and non-cardboard crackers, it makes a good snack.