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Old 08-31-2016, 08:23 AM
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Beaujo's in Idaho Springs has long been a favorite of mine.

Along I-70, you have the Vail Valley and Summit County, prosperous ski areas with tons of restaurants. You've got many, many choices there.
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Old 08-31-2016, 08:25 AM
Location: Foot of the Rockies
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There's not all that much along I-70, except for chain fast food places. If you go into the ski towns, you'll find all sorts of (overpriced) places.
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Old 09-03-2016, 10:27 AM
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Well there's comfort in knowing that some of the chains are producing decent food these days. I was delighted to find out that long, tedious stretch of Nebraska now has a chain of Runza restaurants. If they make them halfway decent that will give us a meal to look forward to when we're ready to stop.

Mac Donald's serves a tasty southwest salad.

I'm going to check if you have any Culver's. We have them here in southern MN and they produce a hamburger with an old-fashioned Ma and Pa grill flavor and have excellent frozen custard. But when on a road trip it always seems adventure in taste buds time and I don't care to eat what I can eat here at home.

It's the bane of modern traveling to me that you can drive all the way across the country and sleep in the same hotel room, eat the same food, fill up at the same gas station/quick stop. It seems a pity that all the unique individually owned places have been squeezed out of competition.

Talk about an monotonous homogenization of culture. At least the people and view will be different as we travel. Good thing for that.
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Old 09-08-2016, 03:36 PM
Location: Somewhere in Colorado
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Wow -- tough one...

If you pass through the Idaho Springs area, go on 6-7 miles further west on I-70 to a little town called Empire. Drive slow - it's a known speed trap. Stop there and eat at a place called Jenny's. It's right across the street from the Hard Rock Cafe (no relation). Try the buffalo -- I think they have the first buffalo license in the state.

A southern route thought... If you happen by The Great Sand Dunes National Monument (or is it a Park now?). First, great place to camp. Second, on the way into the park, a couple miles before the main entrance is the Great Sand Dunes Oasis Gas Station and Restaurant. Great hamburgers in the middle of nowhere.

Oh, and both places are shorts and sandals approved.
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Old 09-09-2016, 10:52 AM
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Hit the Minturn Saloon just west of Vail. It's classic!

The Minturn Saloon; A Historic Vail Valley Restaurant
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