Fast Food and Driving Vacations

Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 07:24 AM
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For those looking for Quizmo's location, we use a book called "The Next Exit" which tells what gas stations, hotels, and restaurants are at every exit on all the US interstates. It's a great tool! We usually study the exits ahead for what restaurants are coming up, then base where we stop on where our restaurant is rather than waiting until we're hungry and having to stop at the one restaurant at an exit. Doesn't work for the roads less traveled, though, which I often prefer to the interstate.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 09:57 AM
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We like the Shoney's buffet places. You do have to leave your car but they are very fast, serve some reasonably wholesome things and have enough variety so that everyone will find something to eat and be back on the road in about 20-30 min. tops.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 10:36 AM
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Togos has good sandwiches - I generally will choose them over Subway. Quiznos is good too. Usually on car trips we do the picnic lunch in a cooler thing too. I prefer it because you can stop anywhere and eat.
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 11:54 AM
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We end up getting very tired of fast food by the end of any trip, but w/ two kids, we eat it more than we should on any vacation. We usually try to find buffets at least once or twice to get something a bit different. If we are in a condo, I might cook about once a week on vacation. Cook more than that, and it's not a vacation anymore!!!
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Old Jun 22nd, 2003, 05:58 PM
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I keep trying Subway, and each time I'm amazed there's anyone else in there. Tried some sort of chicken sub--half the thing was gristle. Then I tried the turkey. Thanks, but I left jellied turkey roll back in elementary school. So I tried some other sort of chicken. Mmmm. Pressed chicken parts. Delightful.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 08:50 AM
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I will go to Subway for the veggie sandwiches and, if I'm feeling daring, their turkey subs-- but yeah, their meat sandwiches tend to be pretty gruesome. Had a teriyaki chicken sub there that was essentially inedible.

Quizno's rules-- and Togo's is very good too. I stand by In-'n'-Out as a great roadside joint (oh, is anything better after a really hard workout than to go ruin it by scarfing down a Double Double with fries-- and a Diet Coke, since that ensures the burger's calories don't count?!).
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 09:40 AM
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rjw, if you want consistenly good french fries at in 'n out order "fries well-done". They taste better than the way the fries are generally prepared
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 09:47 AM
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I keep forgetting about that, Suzie! Thanks for the reminder.

Didn't a Fodorite post the "special" In-'n'-Out off-menu items a while back? Like how to order an Atkin's-friendly burger (no bread, served on lettuce leaves)? That's the sign of a true "local" in this area-- and those who know this info sit in smug superiority over a local yokel like me who doesn't know the code....
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 09:56 AM
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OK, but isn't the salient point whether one is stopping to eat, or eating while driving? I would like to hear everybody's suggestions for the latter...I love Quizno's, and Popeye's, and Taco Smell, but those things are just not doable with one hand, so I end up at McD's a lot. Say what you will, but their food is definitely packaged for eating on-the-go.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 09:57 AM
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I'm a Subway fan too. Quiznos are good, but the ones I've been to have been skimpy on the fixin's and higher on the price than Subway.

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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 10:08 AM
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I don't really like to eat while driving so the issue of food packaged to go isn't a factor in my choices. I prefer to get out of the car, walk around a bit, and relax while I eat.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 10:15 AM
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With so many other distracted drivers on the road, let's not give people the idea that it's acceptable to eat while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, OK? I watched some idiot applying mascara while on the freeway this morning (happily, she at least drove below the speed limit, so everyone whizzed past her, honked and flipped her the finger-- just what the moron deserved!), and just think if she'd been trying to eat a McMuffin...!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 10:54 AM
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To Bomber,

I fail to see why eating food that one prepares themselves vs eating fast food stops gas.

To Others,

Taking a cooler or having RV and fixing food doesn't mean you eat while driving. We enjoy stopping and eating. Having our food with us allows us to stop at scenic overlooks and eat places that most people just drive by. We aren't limited to road side rest. We have also stopped at many nice small city parks to eat or large scenic overlooks to name a few. I bet there aren't many people who can say that they had bacon, eggs, potatoes for breakfast up near the summit of the Beartooth Highway in Wyoming!! We can get out stretch, use our own clean facilties and even take a little nap if we want.

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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 11:53 AM
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Traveling with kids you have to have pack healthy snacks/food along or put up with the whining. And no, we do not eat while driving.

RJ-I can top the idiot putting on mascara, I saw a guy one morning with the newspaper draped across his steering wheel.

Utahtea-Did you catch the special on HGTV on RV's? They had one Class A that had a price tag of almost $800,000. That's the one I want. PS. Love your website. ;-)
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 11:56 AM
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Ah ha, Utah Tea, so you admit as much! I had my suspicions!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 12:01 PM
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Heck Brooklyn I bet even the Queen herself passes gas.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 12:03 PM
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Hiya buckeyemom!!

Newspapers...? Yeah, I see that a lot. Also books; magazines; printouts from mapquest.com. Day and night, I might add.

Let us not forget the ubiquitous cell phone, held to LEFT ear, generally blocking views on that side of the face, preventing use of the turn signal, etc. Hands-free devices are about to be the law here in CA, and it's a good thing IMHO (even though Canadian studies say that it's the act of conversing on the phone, not the nature of the headset, that contributes to the accident).
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 12:11 PM
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Don't get me started on cell phones. LOL. One of my pet peeves is people in a store yakking away on them and not paying attention. The other day my daughter and I were at the playground and some woman was on her cell phone to her divorce attorney calling her soon to be ex every name in the book with her son 2 feet away. Every word she said was heard by all.
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 12:29 PM
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That whole cell phone thing cracks me up. People act like their conversations are private because they are talking to someone who is otherwise out of earshot. They don't realize that those of use nearby are completley within earshot. These people must also believe that the cell phone technology is only slightly better than 2 cans and a string because they speak so loudly. What's with that? We can hear you already!!!!!

Don't eat fast food. Hate Mickey Ds. We take a picnic with all the fixins and use it as an excuse to stop and appreciate the trip (or gives DH an opportunity to fish along the way). No driving and eating. DH NEVER does this. He never has food stains on his clothes!
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Old Jun 23rd, 2003, 04:33 PM
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Bomber,

Yah, I admit that eating food can cause gas. So what's your point? How old are you....12?

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