Best Stops for Food: Coast to Coast

When you’re driving across the country and you’re on your fifth stop at a McDonalds in three days, any kind of food variety is appreciated. There’s only two big problems – “How do you know what’s good and where do you find it?”

Well, now you don’t have to worry because this list of great places to eat will have you avoiding those golden arches and on your way to an unknown food paradise as you maneuver your way from West Coast to East Coast.

*Special thanks to Guy Fieri and his Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins and Dives for highlighting the various places to eat on this list.

Aldo’s Harbor Restaurant, Santa Cruz, CA
History:
This little joint has been serving the Santa Cruz Wharf and harbor area since the 1950’s. It’s big on tradition and on food.
Best known for:
Eggs Benedict, calamari, fresh salmon and an exquisite ocean view.

Dish Café and Catering, Reno, NV
History:
Opened in the fall of 2002, this café has made its mark in the Reno scene including features in VIA Magazine, Reno Magazine, Reno Gazette Journal’s Northern Nevada Women of Food issue and Reno News & Review. Good food equals good recognition.
Best known for:
Gourmet soups, specialty sandwiches, fluffy quiche, superb salads and divine desserts. Oh and of course delicious coffee and espresso.

Lone Star Taqueria, Salt Lake City, UT
History:
Established in 1995, this taqueria has been supplying the Salt Lake Valley with what Sunset Magazine claims to be the  “West’s best taco.”
Best known for:
Authentic Mexican cuisine including the “West’s best taco,” burritos, chips and incredible homemade salsas.

Lauer-Krauts, Brighton, CO
History:
This family owned restaurant tracks all the way back to old fashioned German homemade sour kraut recipes.
Best known for:
krautburgers – a German pastry pocket filled with hamburger, cabbage, onion and Lauer-Kraut.

Swagger Fine Spirits and Food, Kansas City, MO
History:
Located in the old Waldo district in South Kansas City, this joint offers patrons a fine selection of drinks and gourmet bar cuisine.
Best known for:
Early breakfast, whiskey dinners and a vast selection of gourmet bar food like the pastrami burger, Suribachi burger and the infamous Dead Texan.

Charlie Parker’s Springfield, IL
History:
This breakfast diner was featured on WGN “America’s Sky Dive’s” and voted “Best Place to Meet 10 People for Breakfast” as well as “Best Breakfast Specials” by Illinois Times.
Best known for:
The Breakfast Shoe, Senior’s breakfast, the Early Bird Special and the Four Stack of Giant Pancakes.

Zydecos, Mooresville, IN
History:
For more than 10 years, this little restaurant has specialized in the fresh cuisine of south Louisiana. It was voted “Best Seafood in 2010” by WRTV 6 Indianapolis, listed in the “Top 27 Breakfasts in 2010” by the Indianapolis Monthly, and has been named to a long laundry list of other achievements and awards.
Best known for:
Breakfast, poboys and a fantastic assortment of quality southern seafood dishes.

Lucky’s Cafe, Cleveland, OH
History:
This little but proud café serves breakfast, lunch, pastries, bread, coffee, craft beers and wine.
Best known for:
Gingerbread waffles with hot apples and caramel sauce, topped with whipped cream and real maple syrup. 

Dor-Stop Restaurant, Pittsburgh, PA
History:
Located in a quaint neighborhood in South Pittsburgh, this friendly diner is employed with even friendly people and great food. They’ll keep the coffee flowing and your belly happy.
Best known for:
Delicious non-stop coffee, French toast with blueberries, turkey Reuben with latkes, fluffy hotcakes and Irish Jumbot.

Brick Oven Pizza, Baltimore, MD
History:
Good old fashioned wood fire pizzas with only the finest blend of spices, Italian tomatoes and cheeses. Voted “Baltimore’s Best” on Citysearch.com from 2001-2008.
Best known for:
Only the finest selection of brick oven pizzas, including the White Clam and the Pesto Prosciutto or Chicken pizza.

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