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Need help with restaurant recommendations on a driving trip [I90 / I94]

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We will be leaving Milwaukee driving to Seattle around the end of June. This trip will be planned around food and friends and the July 4th holiday. Currently the schedule is to take seven days to reach Seattle.

We are looking for suggestions for restaurants, primarily lunch spots focusing on flavor over location. I'm not sure there is a cuisine or food that we don't love. We are not looking for upscale restaurants as much as great finds for a restaurant. Having said that, upscale isn't out of the question.

At home we typically eat out once a week as I use these driving trips to help me come up with recipes to cook at home. These restaurants will be much of my inspiration for the rest of the year.

We will be taking 90 west, but returning on 94 in order to see different scenery and restaurants. Yes, we've done this drive before. I guess we are lucky that we like to travel by car.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions! I will post this in the Great Lakes forum as well.

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  1. Nobody but me is going to take the time to click on a title that doesn't give the location. And me, I know Oklahoma but you want Dakota. (Montana is on another board.) I believe they have restaurants in both North and South Dakota, and I bet they have some hidden treasures well worth the trip, but I haven't heard anything to confirm this. Except that they opened an Olive Garden in North Dakota. That made the national news. (Because of an incredible review in a local paper.)

    1. On I 94, when returning via 94. Best Bfst is at the Viking Cafe, downtown Fergus Falls. If available, sit near the back table, also known as the "Table of Knowledge", and enjoy the repartee. I was a regular member until moving to AZ 13 years ago, and return annually. Just walk in, enjoy the '60's decor, and find a place to sit. Say Hello to Pat, who runs the place.

      North of the Ashby exit, Stub's in downtown Battle Lake, has the best walleye (a local delicacy). On our annual return to our stomping grounds in the area, we always stop at Stubs (5:00 to ??) for walleye, steak, prime rib, etc. Stub is long gone, but his legacy lives on. I'm always chided by my
      Ashby friends that i need to mention the
      Ashby Cafe. Haven't tried it in years.Enjoy the trip.

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      1. re: AZGrandpa

        AZGrandpa-thanks! This is exactly what I'm looking for. Believe it or not, my son's favorite fish is walleye. For his birthday dinner one year at his request, we did a taste-testing meal of fish. We grilled it at the table on the top portion of a raclette machine. Walleye was the favorite - more than the fresh, local whitefish. This was several years ago. He just turned 16 last week, so you can see he is a foodie.

        We will definitely plan on Stub's. Sounds like a perfect place! Again thank you for your suggestions. That's why I love this site.

      2. (Disclaimer: It's been years since I've been there....)

        In southwest Minnesota, Lakefield is right along I-90 (OK, maybe a couple miles off of the interstate) and they've got the Hi Lo Club - http://www.hiloclubrest.com/