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After reading a recent post by Trey & Susan, I got thinking about how many folks on here would be excellent sources to share some of the great eating establishments throughout North America.

 

Now I could be totally wrong, but I would bet would bet that Susan and Trey (and ME) are not the only foodies on this forum.

 

Here's a challenge to everyone, list out some of those little whole in the wall places or the places that you either regularly go to or definitely recommend to friends.

 

The Triple D show is great though it is rumored that a lot that wind up on the show was due to money being paid by the business owner. It might be fun to see what some of the members here could come up with.

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Milt's diner - Moab Utah. Old fashioned burgers, home made fries, and milkshakes. Got there every time we are in Moab (which is quite a bit). Parking is hit or miss. If the place is empty, you could pull a rig into the parking lot (in and out access), but if the place is packed, find a place along side the road and walk.

http://www.miltsstopandeat.com/

 

Bruce's bar - Severance Colorado (between Ft. Collins and Greeley). Used to have awesome Rocky Mtn Oysters. It is in a very small town, so any where you park is within walking distance.

http://www.brucesbar123.com/

 

I'm sure I have more....

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Here's my list:

 

Santa Fe Bite, Santa Fe, NM -- one of the best, thickest, juiciest hamburgers you can find. Don't try going there in an HDT though.

 

Hoskin's Rexall, Clinton, TN -- old-school lunch counter.

 

Joe & Aggie's Cafe, Holbrook, AZ. Easy HDT parking, might be tight with a long rig.

 

Chili Works, Los Alamos, NM Real New Mexican food. Park at Smith's and walk a couple of blocks.

 

Hickory House, Gahanna, OH

 

Massey's Pizza, Reynoldsburg, OH (other locations in Columbus area, plus one in Pawley's Island, SC)-- Columbus-style pizza. Easy parking in back (Kroger shopping center)

 

Cattlemen's, Oklahoma City, OK -- Right in front of the stockyards; one of the best (and more expensive) sirloins I've had. Sat at the lunch counter--there was an hour's wait for a table for one even at 10:00 on a weeknight. Park in back.

 

Char-Grill, Raleigh, NC -- no easy HDT parking. Order on paper, and drop it in the chute straight to the cook doing the charring.

 

Cook-Out -- lots of locations branching out a couple hundred miles or so from central NC. Best $5 you can spend on a meal. Many locations open until 4am on weekends (and usually busy too). Most don't have indoor seating--good place to go on a nice day/night.

 

Parkway Bakery & Tavern, New Orleans, LA. Home of the Po' Boy. Take the Smart.

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This is a great start!

 

I will start a spreadsheet with the info that everyone submits and forward the info to the powers to be for inclusion in the Heavy Hauler Guide or similar document.

 

If possible, please include info about HDT friendly parking and either a link to their website.

 

Thanks,

 

John

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John, you've started a snowball down a steep and slippery slope.

 

Just so ya know, a bunch of my motorcycle friends and I used to call ourselves "Buffet Racers". :ph34r:

 

Best fried chicken, Wagner's in Oldenburg, Indiana, 3 miles north of the Batesville exit on I-74. On street parking only, but you can leave your rig here and I'll take you. Order family style, 1/2 chicken each, smashed taters and real chicken gravy, green beans and very good slaw. Chicken here is lightly breaded and VERY peppery. Pan fried in lard.

 

Mile high pie at Blue Springs Cafe, just east of the I-70/I-55 split near St. Louis. Cream pies measure 11 1/2" tall, and fruit pies were 4 1/2". Split a sandwich so you can each get a piece of pie. Plenty of parking for the rig.

 

I might add that I've eaten at a bunch of places Triple D has featured. About half were really good. A few were awful.

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One of my favorite resources is the RoadFood website. There aren't nearly as many listings as some of the other restaurant directories, but each listing has pictures of food to make you hungry and enough detail to decide if it's worth going. Something about rating restaurants based on how far you should drive to go fits in well with a travelling lifestyle...

 

If that's not enough, there are active forums with all kinds of suggestions.

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John, you've started a snowball down a steep and slippery slope.

 

Just so ya know, a bunch of my motorcycle friends and I used to call ourselves "Buffet Racers". :ph34r:

 

Best fried chicken, Wagner's in Oldenburg, Indiana, 3 miles north of the Batesville exit on I-74. On street parking only, but you can leave your rig here and I'll take you. Order family style, 1/2 chicken each, smashed taters and real chicken gravy, green beans and very good slaw. Chicken here is lightly breaded and VERY peppery. Pan fried in lard.

 

Mile high pie at Blue Springs Cafe, just east of the I-70/I-55 split near St. Louis. Cream pies measure 11 1/2" tall, and fruit pies were 4 1/2". Split a sandwich so you can each get a piece of pie. Plenty of parking for the rig.

 

I might add that I've eaten at a bunch of places Triple D has featured. About half were really good. A few were awful.

It might be slippery, but what a slope to slide.....lol

 

Any HDT'er who does not love enjoying a great hole in the wall place or cherished culinary treasure, well, they should just be publicly stripped of their HDT and anything having to do with this forum....

 

I will add some of my places soon.

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One of my favorite resources is the RoadFood website. There aren't nearly as many listings as some of the other restaurant directories, but each listing has pictures of food to make you hungry and enough detail to decide if it's worth going. Something about rating restaurants based on how far you should drive to go fits in well with a travelling lifestyle...

 

If that's not enough, there are active forums with all kinds of suggestions.

Good points and I will be adding a link to Yelp or some similar food site for folks.

 

The problem with some of the sites like Yelp, is that it can be hard to tell whether the great overwhelming reviews are from the owner and staff, while the overwhelming horrible reviews are from the competition and disgruntled former employees. The one advantage here is that most folks will not have a horse in the race as to reviews. Also who better to add the HDT parking info, than one of us?

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Mary's Place, Theodore, AL

 

BK Tacos, Tucson, AZ

 

The Ridgewood

900 Elizabethton Highway, Bluff City, TN

The best pulled pork anywhere! Hard to find, but worth it.

 

Beyond Bread, Tucson, AZ

 

Melio's Trattoria, Tubac, AZ

 

Fred's Arena, Tucson, AZ

 

Tiny's Saloon

4900 W Ajo Hwy, Tucson, Az

 

La Septima Cafe, Brandon, FL

Cuban sandwich

 

CK Smokehouse, Parish, FL

 

Cock of the Walk, Nashville, TN

Catfish

 

Jack's Bar-B-Que, Nashville, TN

The one on Trinity Lane

 

Black's BBQ, Lockhart, TX

 

Lexington BBQ, Lexington, NC

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Mary's Place, Theodore, AL

 

BK Tacos, Tucson, AZ

 

The Ridgewood

900 Elizabethton Highway, Bluff City, TN

The best pulled pork anywhere! Hard to find, but worth it.

 

Beyond Bread, Tucson, AZ

 

Melio's Trattoria, Tubac, AZ

 

Fred's Arena, Tucson, AZ

 

Tiny's Saloon

4900 W Ajo Hwy, Tucson, Az

 

La Septima Cafe, Brandon, FL

Cuban sandwich

 

CK Smokehouse, Parish, FL

 

Cock of the Walk, Nashville, TN

Catfish

 

Jack's Bar-B-Que, Nashville, TN

The one on Trinity Lane

 

Black's BBQ, Lockhart, TX

 

Lexington BBQ, Lexington, NC

Great info!

 

If you get a chance can you share what you like at those places, or what is special about the place?

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No big rig parking, but if you're camping on the "Quiet Side of the Smokies", here's the best breakfast place I've found. Country ham breakfast, or biscuits and gravy are both very good:

 

https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.riverstonefamilyrestaurant.com%2F&source=maps&ved=0CAkQ61goBDAAahUKEwjF_4KfpYTHAhVHmIAKHRmuB-0&ei=Jdm6VYXZD8ewggSZ3J7oDg&cd=1&usg=AFQjCNFzCCLF9pQOdb7FMsaRiYsKrF9dgg&sig2=z6a1ptM6d9pWrdoA3s0j3w

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Mel's Diner, where the movie "Mel's Diner" was filmed in Phoenix, AZ They are big rig friendly, parking in the lot and on the side street. Just off I-17 about a mile to the east, and south of McDowel Road, on Grand Avenue. A waiter named Frank works there, and is surley and in your face if you catch him right..... just like Mel was.

 

Bigtrailer

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Near Clemson, SC is a bar-b-que "joint" called the Smokin' Pig. It's only open Wed - Sat from 11am - 9pm...or until the meat runs out! The pulled pork sandwich is the best I've eaten....that includes Memphis, KC and Texas. It's a dirt parking lot and next door could fit an HDT or two but a Smart guarantee's a space! LOL

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