The smiley face first….In the regular reply mode–not the quick one but the one that says "reply to topic" 1. type your message..2.put the cursor where you want the smile of choice to appear..3. click on the smile of choice, you should see a typed image of the smile appear at the cursor’s location…4. go to preview of the message and see if you did it right…if not repeat the process.
If you use the quickie reply mode you can place a smileface at the end of the message but you can’t go back and put it in the text.
Now for the vacant space in the I-40 quest… In Shawnee OK-VAN’s PIG Stand is a short distance into town from the freeway. Good BBQ stand.. Check out the BIG TEXAN in Amarillo TX, right next to the freeway. 72 oz steak free if you can eat it (and the rest of your dinner) in an hour. Plenty of other choices on the menu. A bit touristy, but a fun stop and change of pace from drive-thrus. I like Dyer’s BBQ in Amarillo better, just off the freeway, comfortable, calm, and good BBQ also.
In New Mexico we have tended to stay in Gallup and have yet to find a special place for food there.
In general both Flying J and Petro Truck Stops have decent food stops included in their site.
Lastly In CA, Just east of Barstow, Peggy Sue’s 50’s Cafe is in Yermo. It is actually at the Yermo exit for I-15..but that is only a couple of miles from the Daggett exit for I-40. I recommend it for burger/diner food. Avoid it on Friday evenings and all day Sunday as it gets buried in the L A to Vegas and return Traffic. (If you have never been in the weekend Vegas traffic on I-15, you haven’t experienced CA driving at it’s best. It is a 250 mile traffic jam with a 75mph minimum entry speed !!)
There is a restaurant called the Log Cabin on I-40 between Nashville and Jackson, TN. It is at the Linden exit and is the one just before the TN river.
You will never have a better breakfast. They have wonderful homemade pies with meringue piled up high. They are friendly and you can also buy jams and jellies from the region.
If you are by Oklahoma City at mealtime and in the mood for great steak, go a little south of I-40 to the stockyards and grab a "blue ribbon" at Cattlemen’s Cafe. For pizza, check out one of the "Hideaway" locations around OKC (just off 63rd on Western), Edmond or Norman. For burgers, try the "Charcoal Oven" or "Johnny’s" on Northwest Expressway. For chicken & dumplins, meatloaf, fresh veggies and other "country" specialties, get to "R.J’s" on Santa Fe. And regardless of the time you are through there, follow one of the signs to a "Braum’s" ice cream treat.
For a break in the driving action, check out the fabulous "Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum" and the very moving "Muir Building Memorial" (not just the memorial, but also the displays in the museum next door). The Muir memorial at night is unforgettable.
Really—BARSTOW???!!!—but about "Frisco"—i remember being blasted for calling-"the City"-Frisco LONG before the first yuppie bought a Volvo–like 1968–all my Bay Area native friends hated the name "Frisco’–at the time i remeber feeling that was pretty uppitty for a town that served a corned beef sandwich on white with mayo, lettuce and tomato!!
I was reading this thread tonight and it caused me to get out a map. It looks to me like Creepyjap is going to gain 75 lbs in the first 750 miles of his drive. And, given the above responses, he is going to starve to death between Ft Smith, AR and Barstow, CA. What’s to eat in that Great Heartland of ours? OklahomaAmarilloGallupNewmexicodon’tforgetFlagstaffKingmanSanBernadino? I have never taken that route. So I don’t know. Driven I-20 a couple of times and taken the train 3 or 4 (great trip, highly reccomended in the "Great Train Trip" world. Or is it that there just isn’t that much out there?
I would put a big smile and a wink on this, because it is a joke, but no one has helped me out with my non working emoticon question;)
BigGlenn – re our above & other posts re the Sawmill Cafe in Forrest City, AR; thought of you when pigging out there yesterday on everything they served, particularly their great catfish and world’s best turnip greens; both so far superior and more reasonably priced than those of Cock of the Walk (or any other) restaurants for that matter. Wished you had been there. I ate a few extra for you.
RE- BARSTOW, CA. I don’t believe anyone but the military units assigned to train at Fort Irwin or the Marine depots in Daggett or Yermo….or even 29 Palms would ever consider ending a journey in Barstow!!!
But for a Train Freak like me, Barstow is one of the great locations in the Western USA to ply our hobby. A gazillion trains, some great places to shoot super photos of rail action…AND as commented on above..TOMMY’s.. One can sit at a picnic table, consuming great Burgers and the accessories and watch the arrival and departure of 90+ trains a day.
ED, Don’t let the Anti-SoCal folks get to you…Just call the city by the Bay "Frisco" like all the world did before the Yuppies took over our language and started insisting they were ‘above all that’…must be the fog affecting the brain or something ![;)]
As you are traveling I-40 through NC – a detour to Stanley, NC to visit the WoodShed at 210 Main St. would be highly recommended. Stanley is off Hwy. 321 which is off 40 – serves the best prime rib in the southeast in my opinion – the freshest salad bar and tomato and onion sandwich marinated in something called Witch’s Brew. Only open for dinner and prime rib is served only during the week – Tues, Wed and Thursday due to the preparation time required to do it "right". I think you would definitely be more than happy you took this little detour. Steaks are terrific too.
[:o)][:D] Can we all just lighten up!
I-40 ends in Barstow of course and it’s entirely possible that is your final destination in California. If you are instead, swinging north via Boron and Bakersfield to Northern California there is one set of choices.[:D] If you are taking I-15 into I-10 and the heart of Southern California I will light a candle and pray for your eventual escape. In the meantime there are one or two places that would be worth your time to stop and taste while you await salvation and rescue.[8D]
And who now will speak up and defend the honor of the Jewish American Princess? Just eat my friend and don’t worry so much about evil intent in a few scrambled letters.
What if "JAP" was this persons Initials? I use "Big" in my name. I hope I haven’t offended any of the "Fat" people out there. May I assume since you pinch pennys your Jewish? See just how crazy this can get? If that person used it he must like it. So be it…… Big Fat Glenn LOL
Originally posted by pennypincher
I’m surprised that the possibly derogatory (toward those of Japanese descent) member user name was allowed to stand on this message board.[:(]
When you hit Kingman, AZ swing down to laughlin, NV- Edgewater Casino buffet, absolutly the best.
Barstow, CA Tommy’s (An LA legend) Cheap too.
Regarding Craig’s. You got to put it in perspective. This place is in DeValls Bluff, for godsakes. That gives it a hell of a lot of brownie points right there. Also it’s a shack. More points. And they have created their own sauce. Points through the roof. The sauce seems to have a touch of cinnamon. Real nice on a sandwich. Maybe not the best BBQ in the state. But possibly one of the best landmarks in the Western Hemisphere. And Black owned. Possibly the only other one in Roadfood to claim this is Arthur Bryant’s.
Thanks so much for your above post, CoreyEl, for you expressed my opinion of pennypincher’s post so much more effectively and civilly than anything I could come up with. Closest I could come to any words which would be decent to post was, "uhoh, another case of political correctness run amuck". Know a lot of you readers of this form may disagree with me, which is your right, but this current "political correctness" craze in this country; this "we" (big brother, government, those who are "the enlightened", "the blessed", whoever) know what is best for you and will dictate to you, the individual, the "correct, acceptable" thought, speech, actions, is too scary to me to keep my mouth shut.
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