I'm just going to put this here. RV travelers know where to find the best eats, and we're learning how to play the game. We've become 'them'...FOODIES! Our method to satisfying hunger madness is asking the locals or using the YELP app on our phones. We can be finicky, but we also love trying the local hidden corner booths. We look for creativity, local flare, affordability, ambiance...oh and clean bathrooms!! So, in our three years as RVers, we've come up with 'Liberty's Delicious Dozen'!
These are in no particular order...
Gaydean's Sweet Art in Mona, Utah – We found this adorable café when we visited the Young Living Lavender Farm in Mona, Utah. We asked the staff at the retail counter where we could get a couple of good sammiches to bring back to picnic at the farm. Resoundingly, they all spoke highly of Gaydean's and pointed the way up the road off the beaten path. We asked for their specialized 'bag lunches'. The secret to their success? Their staff! They were very personable and interested in our travels. We took our bag lunches back to the lavender farm to picnic and OH, the sammiches were simple but scrumptious.
Cajun Greek in Galveston, Texas – Holy moly, if you're in Galveston, Texas and you enjoy Shrimp PoBoys, we found your happy place! We found the Cajun Greek using the Yelp app. We had to park Captain America around the busy intersection corner but the short walk was worth it! We loved it so much, we went twice…or thrice…no, make that FOUR visits! The service was outstanding. Their smiles made the food taste even better. The PoBoy sammiches were overflowing with gorgeous fresh caught Gulf Shrimp and the fries were crispy-licous! The PoBoys were stuffed so full that we also needed a fork to eat our sandwiches.
The Tea Cup in Taylorsville, Kentucky – This small town bakery and cafe does it perfectly with their cakes, breads, pastries, breakfast, and lunches. Dave and Laurie always spoil us with an extra pump of coffee flavoring and top our warmed bear claws with their homemade whipped cream (because they know we love whipped cream)! Whenever we park at Taylorsville Lake State Park Campground or visit our friends, this is our go-to place for breaky just seven miles up the road in the town of Taylorsville. You enter as friends and leave as family.
The Mixing Bowl in Gering, Nebraska – We had the Cali Turkey BLT, Broccoli Cheese Soup and the Salted Sweet Potato Fries. The food was fantastic, tasty and appetizing. Service was swift. This quaint little Yuppie café is in downtown Gering. You don't want to miss this one when visiting Scotts Bluff National Monument. Get a lunch bag to go; you won't regret it!
Giovanna's Pizza in Phenix City, Alabama – When we want pizza, we go for the real deal. No chain stores even come close. While we were staying at Fort Benning, we meandered out to search for this Yelp recommendation after a local hockey game. Their Greek Pizza brought back awesome memories of our days living in the North End and Little Italy in Boston. They don't mess around there. Pizza done the way it's supposed to be.
Childress Vineyards in Lexington, North Carolina – Beautiful entrance to and setting owned by NASCAR Teams Owner Richard Childress! We sat in the Bistro Terrace Dining area that overlooked the beautiful grounds. We were there in the late spring so everything was a lush green. I had the Reuben with Tomato Bisque and Captain Dan had a Club sandwich. We each enjoyed a glass of their signature Classic White and Classic Blush wines with our meals. Classy and quaint with seasonal lunch menu. We were glad we dressed accordingly on a beautiful May day.
Frida's Café & Bakery in Largo, Florida – We visit this European-style bakery and café every time we visit our friends in Largo, Florida. They truly are a sweet lunch spot before heading to the beach to catch some rays. We had the Turkey Guacamole Sandwich with LTO and Dijon on gluten free bread. Their side of coconut bread is always a nice treat! Their Broccoli Soup didn't disappoint. We picked up some individual sized Italian/Greek desserts for later.
Camp Verde General Store & Restaurant in Camp Verde, Texas - A part us doesn't want to tell anyone about this secret place nestled in Hill Country of Texas but we just have to brag about it. Who knew this cool little gem could put out such a wonderful lunch. They are only open 11:00am to 3:00pm and were advised to not come on weekends because they are so busy. Their specialty sandwiches hit the mark as did the friendly service. Clean and tidy aprons and servers with manners made this one of our favorites. We had the Hotsy Totsy (grilled onions, pepper jack, smoked turkey, black forest ham with their signature hotsy sauce on grilled marble rye) and Classic Chicken Salad on a sweet jalapeno bread. We even enjoyed a couple beers to go with our wonderful meal. Not enough stars for this galaxy of vittles!
Four Kegs Sports Bar in LasVegas, Nevada – Don't let the word 'bar' scare you or when you get to the entrance to the establishment. We both had Philly Steak Subs (we are Pennsylvania raised!) that literally required a shovel to eat with because they were overflowing with steak, peppers and onions. Our friends got the Stromboli that was so big, they took half home with them…and that was the small. Expect 'the family' type sports bar setting. Oh, and Four Kegs was featured on Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives", so you know it has to be good! When in Vegas, find this place!
Bingo Burger in Pueblo, Colorado – If you like good grass fed beef burgers, look no further! After trekking to the Great Sand Dunes National Park, our friends RV Wanderlust and we decided to close the day with dinner here. The burgers were outstanding. We all seemed to get the 'build your own' third pounders. We especially loved the caramelized onions! The fries were outstanding too. We ordered from the counter and since it was summer, we all sat outside in the courtyard and were entertained by a small local band.
Symphony's in Pahrump, Nevada – (PahrumpValley Winery) This upscale yet casual 'dine by the vines' is a perfect lunch and dinner escape with white linens and servers perfectly dressed and pressed. While Liberty was moored at Wine Ridge RV Resort, we walked over to Symphony's for lunch…three times! The hostess always let us pick our table out on the white enclosed porch that have views of the small vineyards. Their lobster bisque is a perfect start to lunch. We've had the French Dip, Fish and Chips, Grilled Chicken and Grilled Beef Paninis; all of which kept us happy. Their wine selection is outstanding. Since we visited often, we sampled them all…and took some back to Liberty also!
Southerleigh Brewery in San Antonio, Texas is undoubtedly, the best surprise brew house eatery sprung on us last minute when meeting another RV couple, Michael and Kelly of rvthereyetchronicles.com, for lunch. It was a bit to get to due to construction however, once we got parked and walked to the 'Pearl' courtyard, it put huge smiles on our faces. Our lunch bill was only $35 which paid for a draft brew, bottomless ice tea, Galveston Bay Spicy Shrimp boiler with drawn crystal butter and celery root remoulade and Wood Fired Chicken Wings with molasses chili glaze. The meal was absolutely awesome and the ambiance was a fun 'old brewery industrial' feel. This is now one of our favorite 'go to' foodie finds in San Antonio.
So there you have it! Oh trust us, we've eaten at so many other places, but if we had to pick just 12 that we remember and recommend, these are ours. In your travels, check them out!
And if those weren't enough for you, we would love to share some other's we enjoyed in our travels:
Loveless Cafe in Nashville, TN (Comfort Food! They make the best biscuits and gravy!)
Blue and Gray Bar & Grill in Gettysburg, PA (Wednesday Wings and Yuenglings!)
Wintzel's Oyster House in Mobile, AL (Seafood Galore!!)
Mom's Diner in Pahrump, NV (best breakfast in town!)
Star Drug in Galveston, TX (old fashion soda fountain diner)
Red Snapper Inn in Surfside Beach, TX (best Red Snapper!)
Toucans in Mexico Beach, FL (Blackened Shrimp sammiches rock!)
Snoopy's Pier in Corpus Christi, TX (Fried Seafood...YUM!)
Mollica's Italian Market & Deli in Colorado Springs, CO (Mmmmm deli sammiches!)
Big Texan in Amarillo, TX (Awesome steak on Route 66)
Calico County in Amarillo, TX (Good ole fashion country cooking!)
Dot's Burgerz & Brewz in Big Spring, TX (Captain Dan loved the burgers!)
Le Chat Noir Eatery in Castroville, TX (awesome French breakfasts...no longer open)
Bahia Oaks Island BBQ in Galveston, TX (BBQ at its best!)
Share your favorite eateries in the comments!