Best Truck Restaurants In USA
If there is anything in the trucking industry that you could call traditional, it’s the US roadside stops and restaurants. They are serving drivers for more than 60 years. Indeed, you will see here that the best American truck Restaurants started their businesses in the first half of 20th century.
But first things first. What do we like about truck stops and restaurants?
Well, the gas prices are generally lower, food stores are also special and there is always some sort of entertainment. But, the real thing is the feeling that you are not alone on the road. A trucker should be constantly reminded of that. Finally, much-needed shower and bed usually comes in affordable prices for truck drivers. Know that a truck restaurant can make a difference between fine and ruined road trip. Therefore, a trucker should know what to expect from the restaurant.
Here is the list of some of the best truck restaurants around the US
Cookin' From Scratch, Doolittle, Missouri
If you're tracing the path of old Route 66, look for the El Camino with the giant chicken on top and take that exit. A favorite of long-haul truckers, Cookin' from Scratch makes pan-fried chicken, piece-by-piece in cast-iron skillets on the stovetop. It's a labor of love that produces a crispy, non-greasy exterior with a hot, juicy center. The Big Pig is a must if you're a fan of pork tenderloin too big for its soft-bun britches, and the homemade desserts, such as bread pudding and wild blackberry cobbler, will leave you in a flavor-induced coma. Owners Tony and Melissa Sherrer work hard to put out some of the best food you would ever taste.
- 90 Truman Street, Doolittle, Newburg (I-44, exit 179), + 1 573 762 3111, website. Open Mon-Thu 10.30am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7am-8pm, Sun 7am-3pm. Breakfast $2.99-$9.99, lunch and dinner $4.99-$13.99
Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery, Shipshewana, Indiana
In some states you're warned of crossing deer and elk; in Amish country you're alerted to horse-and-buggy traffic. But it's well worth negotiating this for the fresh baked pies, homemade bread with apple butter, and moist, dense zucchini loaves at the Blue Gate. Make sure you try the Amish peanut butter, a dreamy spread unlike the thick concoction American mother’s plaster on bread with grape jelly.
- 195 North Van Buren Street, Shipshewana, +1 260 768 4725, website. Open Mon-Thu 7am-8pm, Fri-Sat 7am-9pm, closed Sunday. Meals $5-$16
The Little America Hotel, Flagstaff, Arizona
The Little America Hotel, 90 miles from the Grand Canyon and less than a day's drive from the California coast, has everything one needs when taking time out from a road trip. With a travel center, gift shop, hotel and the wonderful Western Gold Restaurant – where you can indulge in its simple roast turkey dinner – the atmosphere is five-star. Set among the towering Arizona pines, and a haven for truckers and travelers alike, this place offers quality you can see and feel at every turn.
- 2515 East Butler Avenue, Flagstaff, +1 928 779 7900, website. Open daily for breakfast 6.30am-10am (Sat 6.30am-11am, Sun breakfast brunch 8am-1pm), lunch 11am-5pm, dinner 5pm-9pm. Meals: breakfast $4-$15, lunch $8-$16, and dinner $10-$38
Iowa 80 Kitchen, Walcott, Iowa
Built by Standard Oil in 1964, the Iowa 80 has grown into the world's largest truck stop. Housed inside the main building is the kitchen, famed for its 50ft salad bar. Serving 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, is a great place to have breakfast for dinner – eggs any style, airy stacks of pancakes, and bacon that'll make a pig squeal. When you're done dining on what America's heartland has to offer, be sure to visit the trucker showroom and store, which carries more than 50,000 items. And if you happen to be rolling through in July, attend the Truckers Jamboree (11-13 July in 2013iowa80truckstop.com/trucker-jamboree).
- 755 W Iowa 80 Road, Walcott, (I-80, exit 284), +1 563 284 6961, website. Open 24 hours
Captain Cooks, Monticello, New York
Located in the heart of New York's "Borscht Belt" in the Catskill Mountains, Captain Cooks is owned and operated by a lifetime resident and third-generation restaurateur. Its best known for the Sabrett brand hot dog served in steamed buns and heaped with homemade chili, or caramelized grilled onions and spicy brown mustard. But when you taste the meatball parmigiana or sausage and pepper hero, you'll be checking behind the chocked wheels of this food truck for the owner's Italian grandmother.
- 195 East Broadway, Monticello, no website. Open Mon-Fri, 7.30am-3pm. Meals $2-$7
Casa de Fruta, Hollister, California
Air thick with the scent of garlic draws you in, but the fruit, nuts, wine and chocolate will make you clear your schedule for the rest of the day. This "house of fruit" has been in operation since 1908, and now boasts an RV (recreational vehicle) park, restaurant, gift shop and hand-crafted Italian carousel. Nestled in the fertile valley of Pacheco Pass, Casa de Fruta offers complimentary tasting of its fruit wines (apricot, blackberry, pomegranate, Santa Rosa plum), samples of nuts and candy, and the largest collection of gourmet jams, jellies, garlic and other food items you'll ever see at a roadside stand. The fruit is so fresh, it pinches you. Be sure to add this Californian landmark to your road trip "to-do" list.