Road Food

This page has a picture of everywhere I've eaten on the bike ride.

The VFW Chicken Barbeque, Greenville, DE. Not a winner.

VFWBBQGreenville (211K)

Sam's Restaraunt and Pizza, Ridgely, MD. Filthy glass, pizza cheese in Chicken Pot Pie.

SamsRidgley (256K)

Restaraunt, US 301 and MD 305. Buy $100 of gas and get a free shower. Buy $150, and the second driver gets a shower too. Very tasty breakfast.

CentervilleTruckStop (172K)

Jimmy's Restraunt, a Fells Point standard

Jimmys (308K)

The Middleton Tavern, an Annapolis favorite

Middletons (253K)
The Tequila Grande, hearty Mexican food in Vienna, VA TequilaGrande (256K)

The White Palace, Purcelville, VA. Tasty burgers, and pie.

WhiteHousePurcelville (192K)

The Mill Tavern, Front Royal. Pan-fried T-Bone. Visitor center across the parking lot would not mention it. Locals mentioned it first thing.

MillTavernFrontRoyal (202K)

The Fox Diner, Front Royal. Cozy place with local folks hanging out and talking.

FoxDinerFrontRoyal (211K)

The Skyland Taproom on Skyline Drive. Tasty soup, crummy sandwich. Attached to a privately run lodge which appears to be frequented by retirees who have outlived their taste buds.

SkylandTaproomSkylineDrive (69K)

Loft Mountain Wayside. Run-of-the-mill snack bar. 10 mile milk shakes.

LoftMountainWaysideSkylineDrive (73K)

Otter Creek Cafe, across Otter Creek from my camp site. Pretty convenient!

Day07OtterCreek (378K)

Blue Ridge Motel Restaraunt, Meadows of Dan, VA

BlueRidgeMotelRestarant (229K)

Mountain House Restaraunt, Meadows of Dan, VA

MountainHouseRestaraunt (203K)

Bluffs Restaraunt, Daughton Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, NC. Revolting spaghetti, but good breadfast.

BluffsRestaraunt (246K)

Dairy House, Jefferson, NC

DairyHouse (235K)

Black Cat Restaraunt, Boone NC. Delicious Mexican food, and lively student crowd. I accidentally deleted the picture. It's the basement of a red brick bunker, with windows at ground level.

Ham Shoppe?, Boone, NC. Gourmet ham and biscuit, across the intersection from the Black Cat. Very tasty for breakfast. The waiter went out to buy me a paper, knowing I'd leave it for him to read later. No charge!

12HamShoppe (240K)

TS Internet Cafe, Hampton, TN. You can have a yummy sandwich, check your email, and watch TV projected on the wall from a PC.

12TSInternetCafe (237K)

The Cranberry Thistle, Jonesborough, TN. Ideal bike food. Ziti, and pinto beans with cornbread. Good people to talk to. I slept upstairs.

12CranberryThistle (329K)

Gayle's Restaraunt, Jonesborough, TN. Not in the historic district.

13GaylesRestaraunt (251K)

The Tannery, Greeneville, TN. Tasty sandwich shop around the corner from the Andrew Johnson Historic Site.

13Tannery (268K)

The Golden Wok, Knoxville, TN. Friday for lunch, my coworkers will understand.

14GoldenWok (226K)

The Crosseyed Cricket Campground Restaraunt. Trout! Hush puppies from cornmeal ground on site!

14CrosseyedCricket (378K)

Las Margaritas, Crossville, TN.

15LasMargaritas (168K)

Yanni's, Sparta, TN

15Yannis (260K)

Krystal, Sparta, TN. Good breakfast for fast food. No other options in Sparta

16Krystal (207K)

Cathy's Cafe, Smithville, TN. Sunday morning mob scene. Only non-fast food restaraunt in town. Very tasty.

16CathysCafe (217K)

The Candle Glow Restaraunt, Smithville, TN. Right next to my motel.

17CandleGlowRestaraunt (281K)

Red Lobster, Nashville, TN. I was in the distant southern suburbs, it was all chains.

17RedLobster (274K)

Weezie's Deli, Tupelo, MS. In shopping strip next to Wal-Mart. Absolutely delicious. Recommended by nice old lady working in the post office.

20WeeziesDeli (178K)

Masonic Lodge, French Camp, MS. Breakfast served until 9:00 on Saturdays. Pancakes with sorghum syrup made across the street. What a score!

22FrenchCampMasonicLodge (224K)

Gaf's Restaraunt, Kosciusco, MS. Filthy and revolting.

22GafsRestaraunt (200K)

Back Yard Burgers, Clinton, MS. A fast-food chain with very high quality burgers.

23BackYardBurger (230K)

Packy's Roadside Cafe, Port Gibson, MS. Note cooker on right. Barbeque Plate at 8:30 am.

24PackysRoadsideCafe (278K)

Fat Mama's Tamales, Natchez, MS. Home of the Knock You Naked Margarita. This was a return visit...

24FatMamasTamales (316K)

Tauton's, Ferriday, LA. Gas station convenience store with great regional food.

25Tauntons (264K)

Big John's, Jonesville, LA

25BigJohns (172K)

Sentry Drug Store Lunch Counter, Alexandria, LA

25SentryDrugLunchCounter (243K)

Ray's Fina, LA SR 28, 25 miles west of Alexandria, LA. That's Ray himself, it says so on his shirt. His bike is to the left. Boudin balls, 2 for $1, inside.

26RaysFina (242K)

Leesville Cafe. It's like a flash mob here at 11:00 am.

26LeesvilleCafe (237K)

Dogwood Cafe, Woodville, TX

27DogwoodCafe (192K)

Courthouse Whistle Stop Cafe, Livingston, TX

27CourthouseWhistleStopCafe (171K)

The Kettle Restaraunt. Next to the Motel 6 in Huntsville, TX

28KettleRestaraunt (169K)

Square One. Excellent restaraunt in Bryan TX. Go figure.

28SquareOne (287K)

Surrey Inn Restaraunt, Caldwell, TX. Good breakfast burrito got me halfway to Austin.

29SurreyInnRestaraunt (145K)

Meyer's BBQ, Elgin, TX. Great sausage wrap (i.e. served on slice of white bread)

29MeyersBBQ (205K)

F. Weigl Iron Works, Austin, TX. Famous BBQ dive, in historic foundry that made ornamental iron decorations for buildings.

29IronWorks (305K)

Pho, Austin, TX. Another state crossed off the list in my quest to have Pho in every state. Very good pho, too. There are bobo tea shops on either side.

30Pho (173K)

Eastside Cafe, Austin, TX. No picture, I forgot the camera. Terrific largely vegetarian restaraunt in an old house in a funky neighborhood. Very remeniscent of the Wild Mushroom. Had dinner with an old friend from my college co-op days.

Opie's BBQ, Spicewood, TX. Terrific BBQ joint in the middle of nowhere. All you can eat beans and pickles with your lunch! Those black things behind the pile of mesquite logs are the cookers. I walked up and asked if they were open and the cook says "let me show you what's ready."

31OpiesBBQ (256K)

Stonewall Pizza and Grill, Llano, TX. Friendly place, humongous portions.

31StonewallPizzaAndGrill (197K)

Burger Bar Cafe, Llano, TX. They serve breakfast, which was tasty.

32BurgerBarCafe (182K)

Willow Creek Cafe, Mason, TX. Novel lunch special "Chicken Fried Chicken". The building has a cast iron facade!

32WillowCreekCafe (204K)

Branding Iron BBQ, Menard, TX. OK BBQ. They have beer, though.

32BrandingIronBBQ (228K)

Amigos Dream Restaraunt, Eldorado, TX. Tasty all you can eat Mexican buffet.

33AmigosDream (238K)

Rosa's Casita Restaraunt, Eldorado, TX. More Mexican food. What happened to the BBQ?

33RosasCasita (171K)

My Friend's Grill, Crane, TX. Tasty breakfast burrito.

35MyFriendsGrill (156K)

Habanero's, Monahans, TX. Very popular Mexican place, quite good.

35Habaneros (134K)

Galle's Coffee Shop and Cafe, Kermit, TX. Next door to my motel, but a dump full of chain smokers. They overcooked my steak. Not a winner.

35GallesCoffeeShopRestaraunt (207K)

Arby's, El Paso, TX. Next door to my Motel 6. I was swayed by the 5 Arby's Melts for $5 special.

38Arbys (166K)

Cappetto's, El Paso, TX. Tasty and popular Italian restaraunt with free Wi-Fi! Upload my web site and carbo load - that's multitasking!

39Cappettos (184K)

Rancher's Grill, El Paso, TX. In the Wal-Mart parking lot a short walk from my motel. Disappointing.

39RanchersGrill (244K)

Village Inn, El Paso, TX. A local chain, this one was across the street from the hotel. All menu choices are illustrated. Excellent breakfast. A big winner.

40VillageInn (204K)

Way Out West Restaraunt and Brewing Co., La Mesilla, NM. Not actually a brewery, but great nonetheless. La Mesilla is a swanky suburb of Las Cruces. Way Out West has excellent New Mexico food (i.e. smothered in green chilis) and microbrews.

40WayOutWest (231K)

B&E Burritos, Hatch, NM. For breakfast, this place is just three generations of the Mexican-American family that owns it sitting around and shooting the breeze. "We can fix you up something, sure. Where are you going on that bike?"

41BandEBurritos (219K)

Hillsboro General Store and Cafe, Hillsboro, New Mexico. Cafe in quaint historic mining town which is now full of art galleries. Tasty burrito, smothered in green chilis, of course. "Bumbleberry" pie for dessert, which is rhubarb and various berries.

41HillsboroGeneralStore (309K)

Jalisco Cafe, Silver City, New Mexico. High quality Mexican restaraunt. I had a ribeye to die for, served with enchiladas smothered in green chilis on the side.

42JaliscoCafe (190K)

Diane's Cafe, Silver City, New Mexico. Fettucini Alfredo, with green chilis. Really great.

43DianesCafe (225K)

Pinon Cafe, Silver City, New Mexico. My stomach absolutely refused to let me order any more green chilis. I had the gnocci, with a New Mexico chardonnay. New Mexico wine is as good as Maryland wine. This place is trying very very hard to be a fine restaraunt. It's not as good as they try to give you the impression it is.

43PinonCafe (276K)

Geronimo's Restaraunt, Silver City, New Mexico. Yummy breakfast burrito, enchilada style (smothered in green chilis) to start the day.

44GeronimosRestaraunt (223K)

Grapevine Restaraunt, Lordsburg, New Mexico. Generic diner with Mexican food attached to a Super 8 Motel. I forgot to take a picture.

Rodeo Grocery and Service, Rodeo, New Mexico. Tasty breakfast at the grocery store/gas station/cafe in the tiny town of Rodeo. They informed me it was 21 degrees outside. I had just packed up the tent.

45RodeoGroceryAndService (187K)

Gasden Hotel Restaraunt, Douglas, Arizona. This is the fancy hotel in the border town of Douglas. I had a burger at the lunch counter.

45GadsenHotelRestaraunt (247K)

The Brewery Steakhouse, Bisbee, Arizona. Good ribs, local microbrews, atrocious service.

45BrewerySteakhouse (268K)

The Daily Diner, Bisbee, Arizona. Breakfast and pies. The owner bicycle tours with his dog, an Australian Shepard. The dog has a harness and helps pull up climbs.

46DailyDiner (271K)

Sunny's Cafe, Huachuca City, Arizona. Decent reuben for lunch.

46SunnysCafe (38K)

Steak Out, Sonoita, Arizona. Terrific T-Bone, dead animals on walls.

46SteakOut (183K)

Hi-Way Chef Restaraunt, Tucson, Arizona. Truck stop, good hearty lunch, pie.

47HiWayChefRestaraunt (177K)

Zachary's Pizza, Tucson, Arizona. Had pizza and good touring discussions with Jerome from local bike shop, and Vincente, another recumbent tourist from Mexico. Jerome is in the picture.

47ZacharysPizza (24K)

Nico's Taco Shop, Tucson, Arizona. Had Thanksgiving day breakfast with Jerome. Very tasty. Flagship of a local chain.

48NicosTacoShop (210K)

Waffle House, Tucson, Arizona. Lunch while waiting by the airport for Jim to get in. Open mid-day on Thanksgiving, no customers, staffed entirely by teenagers.

48WaffleHouse (218K)

Sunny Side Up Cafe, Catalina, Arizona. Mob scene. Very tasty.

49SunnySideUpCafe (261K)

The Chuck Wagon Roadhouse, Cactus Forest, Arizona. Jim was very impressed by the leaning tower of adobe. All you can eat buffet for $6, big Harley crowd.

49Roadhouse (169K)

Old Chicage, Tempe, Arizona. Pub with pizza and beer. Across the street from the 6

49OldChicago (311K)

Los Armondos Mexican Food, Phoenix, Arizona. Mexican food for breakfast is good!

50LosArmondosMexicanFood (198K)

Charley's Steak House, Wickenburg, Arizona. Tasty porterhouse, a good walk from the motel.

50CharleysSteakHouse (168K)

Jim's Lazy G Cafe, Aguila, Arizona. Great breakfast and pie.

51JimsLazyGCafe (187K)

Someplace I forgot to photograph and I forget the name, Weldin, Arizona. Good BBQ sandwich.

Silly Al's Restaraunt and Lounge, Quartzite, Arizona. Pizza joint, very busy, we were the youngest people there.

51SillyAlsRestarauntAndLounge (65K)

Stagecoach Restaraunt, Quartzite, Arizona. Attached to our motel, and opens at 6, so we could eat and start riding at dawn.

52StatecoachRestaraunt (151K)

Lagoon Saloon, Palo Verde, California. There were only hamburgers, because last weekend there was a big off-road vehicle race here and they sold all their food.

52LagoonSaloon (195K)

Mexicali Taco, Brawley, California. Mexican food and beer sure is great after a 112 mile day.

52MexicaliTaco (287K)

Motel Cafe, El Centro, California. Good breakfast, I can't remember the name of the motel.

53StudioZ (181K)

Old Timer's Cafe, Ocotillo, California. The camera messed up and lost the picture

Jacumba Hot Springs Spa Restaraunt, Jacumba, California. They will bring beers to the jacuzzi, but not hamburgers.

53JacumbaHotSpringsSpa (230K)

Live Oak Springs Resort Restaraunt, Live Oak Springs, California. Beautiful place, great food, but horribly slow service.

54LiveOakSpringsResort (241K)

Los Panchos Taco Stand, Santee, California. Excellent Mexican feed at the end of the day.

54LosPanchosTacoStand (195K)

IHOP, Santee, California. Best breakfast option in endless strip mall hell.

55IHOP (189K)