June2009


Big Road Trip Day 33

Posted on June 30th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today I needed to get to New York City, and I needed to be at the Ed Sullivan Theatre by 3pm to pickup my David Letterman tickets. However, I needed to eat in Delaware at least and hopefully also in New Jersey.

For breakfast I went to the European Bistro in Wilmington, Delaware and I had an omelet. It was really excellent, and if you knew my fondness for McDonald’s breakfast you would know that this is a huge compliment, if I lived in Wilmington I might get an omelet here over an Egg McMuffin sometimes. After eating the traffic was a little heavy and so I decided to put off New Jersey until later and went right into New … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 32

Posted on June 30th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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So far I’ve not had a single day without hiking up mountains, driving hundreds of miles, or flying over oceans and tundra, so I had penciled in today as a “rest day,” and this was not what I had in mind for resting My hotel was just a few blocks south of the US Capitol Building, and so I though well I’ll just walk around DC.

I started off pretty well sing the Capitol Building, the House offices, the Museum of Natural History, the Washington Monument, WWII Memorial, Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Korean War Memorial. The I started to head over to the Jefferson Memorial and I think it was then that I managed to tear a … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 31

Posted on June 30th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today the goal was to get to Washington DC, but in a roundabout way, by first going west into West Virginia, then through southern Pennsylvania and finally south through Maryland.

The day started off by going through the mountains of West Virginia which provided many amazing views, although after seeing mountains in Alaska, Colorado, Montana, and elsewhere, I have to say West Virginia seemed to have just big hills Regardless, it was still great to see. I then drove to the college town of Morgantown and Foodio54 recommended Mountaineer Pizza. The pizza was pretty good, which is probably easy to expect of pizza place with competition for lots of hungry college students. After eating I headed through a bit … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 30

Posted on June 23rd, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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I started today in Santee, South Carolina and my goal was to make into West Virginia or at least get fairly close. Additionally I wanted to swing by the Yorktown battlefield site (where George Washington trapped Cornwallis with the aid of French troops and a French fleet in the last major battle of the Revolutionary War).

First things first, I needed to eat in South Carolina. I had Foodio54 give me a recommendation for Florence, SC and the site sent me to Shooki’s Deli. I got a hot turkey sandwich and it was perfect for an early lunch meal.

Back in Helena, Montana I had a lot of difficulty finding places open during lunchtime and I ran into the same problem … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 29

Posted on June 23rd, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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The goal today was to go from Key West to as far into South Carolina as I could.

Going south down to the Florida Keys I took the toll road almost the entire way because my Garmin told me to After looking at my backup paper road atlas it seemed as though I-95 went parallel to the toll highway for a significant chuck of the way. While I normally leave the directions planning mostly up to Garmin I decided that I would try to get over to I-95.

My Garmin was not pleased. Everyone who has one of these things has missed a turn and heard it say in an increasingly annoyed tone “recalculating” when it determines how to get … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 28

Posted on June 23rd, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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The plan today was to get to Key West.

The idea for today was that I would have already been in Key West and I could rest today, but instead I started off driving about 450 miles. I took Florida’s toll road down and I managed to accidentally go past one of the toll lanes, which according to the sign is a $100 fine. The issue was that the divider separating the cash lanes from the Sunpass lanes was way too far up so by the time I realized I was in the wrong lane there was nothing I could do. I called the number on the ticket and they said just to mail in the $13.70 for the toll … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 26

Posted on June 18th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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I was running a little bit behind, and I got a little more behind today. I was supposed to start today in Little Rock and get to Biloxi, MS, but I ended up going from Jackson, TN to McComb, MS and went through Little Rock on the way (well actually way out of the way, but I needed to pick up Arkansas).

My first order of business was to find somewhere to have breakfast in Tennessee, so I decided to have Foodio54 give me a recommendation for Memphis and it sent me to Bryant’s. When I got in the place seemed to be in complete chaos, so I let a few people go in front of me as I checked … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 25

Posted on June 18th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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Today the plan was to get from Columbia, MO to Little Rock, and along the way see the St. Louis Arch, Fort Knox Kentucky, and eat somewhere in Tennessee. This turned out to be a bit much for one day and I ended up stopping in Jackson, TN just outside of Memphis

When I started today it was raining, and the rain seemed to get worse as the day went on. By the time I made it to the St. Louis Arch it was raining cats and dogs. However by the time I realized that there was nowhere close enough to park where I wouldn’t get soaking wet (I should mention I threw out the cheap poncho I had in … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 27

Posted on June 18th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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I started off today in McComb, MS and I was able to make it to Kissimmee, FL. I wanted to get a bit further, but after drinking 2 Monster Energy drinks with little effect I realized I should probably stop.

I made my way down to New Orleans and Foodio54 gave me a recommendation for Red Fish Grill. I was happy to see that this place was located on the famous (infamous?) Bourbon Street, and it was really just about on the corner of Canal and Bourbon. It was casual, but a little upscale. I looked over the menu for something local sounding and I decided I needed to eat either gumbo or jambalaya or something like that. I decided … Read More »


Big Road Trip Day 24

Posted on June 15th, by Foodio54 in Big Road Trip. No Comments

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The plan is going to be a little bit off until I get to Key West. Today I drove through Oklahoma, Kansas, and stopped in Columbia, MO.

For the first meal of the day I stopped in Oklahoma City at Cimarron Steak House. The place was really enormous to the point where they had wagons hanging from the ceiling. The waiter was very friendly, however, I ordered a medium rare steak and I got a probably medium well done one instead. I’m not one to whine and send things back to the kitchen, and the reality was that the steak was pretty good even if it was cooked a little too much, but I think a nice juicy medium rare … Read More »





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