Loved your trip report and wonderful pictures. Again brought back memories of our years in Arizona, visits and stays in Bisbee, Tucson and environs. Wonderful meals, awesome views, interesting history, etc. Nine years of living in Arizona wasn’t nearly long enough but we do have great memories. Will never be able to return but our son still lives in Tempe and keeps us up to date along with our reading the Arizona Republic. That helps to keep us from feeling sort of homesick for Arizona. While there, we did pretty much cover the entire state with the exception of places which required four wheel drive.
Thanks again for sharing you grand adventures and eating pleasures.
What a great report and pictures (I got to view them luckily) and the retro trailer pictures were great. This is where I would stay. I love anything retro.
Thanks for the trip report & especially the pix of Bisbee. We used to live in that area until a year ago, so this has brought back good memories. I worked, roasting coffee at Old Bisbee Roasters, but please do not confuse that place with Bisbee coffee roasters, which is different. They charbuck their coffee, we didn’t.
Chris & Amy-
Would you believe that I drove right past Shields Date Farm and didn’t stop in? I have never tried a date shake and after seeing that picture, I agree, I am missing out.
Thanks for including Shady Dell and Dot’s Diner, a couple of places I have always really wanted to visit. That would have been such a cool experience!
What was John Salley doing there? I’m not going to criticize you for not knowing who he was, since I apparently was the only male on the planet who didn’t know who Giada was.
I absolutely love the way you two travel! Thanks again for all the great photos and descriptions
<thunk> I think you broke me, y’all!
Thank’s once again for a great report and pic’s.
You guys did a great job!!Good looking food choices and even better pictures! You even managed to make Little Ceasars Pizza look top of the line….[;)][:p]
Great report and photos! Thanks for taking us along for the ride!
Probably one of my top 10 road reports read..excellent..keep up the good work!!!![:D]
Excellent report. Trudy , Sam and I spent a roadfood vacation in Tucson a couple years back and enjoyed the hike to the petroglyphs at Saguaro National Park and really liked seeing the dead cacti on the road(for some reason it had never sunk home that cactus are trees). Tucson ranks with New Orleans as a favorite roadfood city and we are looking forward to going back.
Oh lordy lordy lordy!!!!!!!
As always, wonderful… makes me HUNGRY!!!!
Thanks for GREAT report, guys!!!
real nice report!
and great looking huevos rancheros!!
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
It had been 2 hours since we departed Chatsworth (with our box of Earl s Donuts) and we were ready for a real meal. Just as our stomachs began to grumble, we caught sight of the giant Cabazon dinosaurs&
This is a particularly interesting place to stop, in light of the anti-evolution museum /gift shop that exists inside the belly of one of the giant beasts. After learning about how dinosaurs were only 2,000 years old (?), we decided it was time for some grub at the Wheel Inn right next door. Although we read that the biscuits and gravy were particularly good, our first bite told us otherwise. However, the homemade homefries were quite tasty and we enjoyed the plate-sized pancake&
It was back on the road, heading east through the desert, where we passed many huge windmill fields&
Less than an hour later we had arrived at an old favorite: Shield s Date Farms
The last time we went to Shield s it was virtually empty (we were definitely the only ones watching The Sex Life of the Date! ) But this time the store was packed and there was a long line for their famous date shakes. We split up Chris waiting at the ice cream counter while Amy went to buy a box of fresh dates and some hot pistachios. If you have not tried a date shake, you re missing out. Thick, creamy, and flavorful, we slurped this one down in no time!
Finally, it was time to beeline for Joshua Tree National Park. Our plan was to camp there that night, but we arrived to find out that all of the campsites were full (and we re talking hundreds of sites)! So instead we found a small hotel near the park entrance and decided that tonight was the night to finally have the Little Caesar s pizza that we had been joking about for a few years (we have often discussed how far our pizza taste buds have come since we were young). You certainly can’t beat $8 for a large pizza, crazy bread, and a 2 liter bottle of soda:
The next morning we got up before the sun to get in a bit of exploring in Joshua Tree. We basically had the place to ourselves!
From Joshua Tree, we drove straight to Phoenix, where we had planned to meet DesertDog Dean for lunch. Dean had recommended Joe s BBQ in Chandler, and we could not have been more pleased. Here s a picture of the BBQ plate:
And because Dean hadn t tried it yet, we had to sample the root beer cake!
Not knowing who it was, we asked a patron at a neighboring table if he would snap a quick picture of us. It turned out that this shot was taken by none other than John Salley of "Best Damn Sports Show Period" fame (Dean told us this later)! We guessed that this was one of the few times that he was asked to take someone else’s picture!
Although we could have stayed and chatted all afternoon, it was getting late and we had to make it to Tucson by dinner. We made it to town before the sun set and set up our tent at Catalina State Park just north of Tucson. Once our sleeping pads had been inflated, we took off for downtown. After finding a couple of smaller RF restaurants closed for New Year s, we decided to go to El Charro. Although the carne seca plate was good (check out the Sterns review for a full explanation: http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=288http://roadfood.com/Reviews/Overview.aspx?RefID=288), we much preferred the cheese crisp. Simple, but delicious.
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Excellent report and photos…. I live in Chandler myself and you pretty much hit all of the places I take my relatives when they visit from out of town. The Shady Dell is one of those places I try to get to at least once a year, and Joe’s BBQ is one of our favorites for take-home from the walk-up window.
Just a suggestion, and maybe you heard it already, but almost immediately across the street from Joe’s is The Farmhouse. It’s a spectacular place for breakfast with huge omelets and one of the best homemade cinnamon rolls… well, ever. Finally, the same people that own Joe’s BBQ own Joe’s Farm Grill… another place that really shouldn’t be missed if you visit the area (http://www.joesfarmgrill.com/).
Safe travels, and keep the reports coming…
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