12 Roadside Restaurants That Are Always Worth Pulling Over For

Thank you, America. You’ve given us so many delicious detours. Explore the country in a 2015 Hyundai Sonata because there’s a lot to see, and eat.

1. Czech Stop (West, TX)

An American Embassy for European Carbs

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Anyone who has driven the Dallas —> Austin route on I-35 knows that this delectable destination is downright required. Established in 1983, the bakery recently made national headlines when it became a place of refuge during the 2013 plant explosion and fire in West, Texas.

2. Johnson’s Corner (Johnstown, CO)

Where Cinnamon Rolls Are Built to Rocky Mountain Scale

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Anyone who has driven up I-25 toward Fort Collins has encountered the buttery beacon of hope called Johnson’s Corner. The truck-stop-slash-restaurant-slash-wedding-cake-bakery has been open 24 hours a day since 1952.

3. Superdawg Drive-In (Chicago, IL)

Home of the World-Renowned Anti-Ketchup Policy

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SuperDawg is a must-stop if you’re dipping through Chicago — but don’t expect to be dipping in ketchup when you visit. (Nailed it.) This iconic drive-in doesn’t even put ketchup on its “everything” hot dogs, claiming traditional hot dog “sandwiches” are “messed up” by the “abomination” that is ketchup.

4. Tony’s I-75 Restaurant (Birch Run, MI)

Where Sandwiches Are Insanely Big, and Bacon Orders Are Even Bigger

No one leaves this Michigan landmark hungry. Although it’s best known for its 1-lb BLT, you can stop off at Tony’s for a Towering Banana Split. Each is made with a half gallon of ice cream.

5. Iowa 80 (Walcott, IA)

The World’s Largest Truck Stop

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Most people stop here. A mammoth rest stop along I-80 (get it?), Iowa 80 serves over 5,000 people a day. You’ll find a handful of familiar fast-food options here as well as a dining option unique to the rest stop — Iowa 80 Kitchen.

6. Buc-ee’s (New Braunfels, TX)

Home of America’s Cleanest Bathrooms (No, but Seriously)

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In 2012, a Buc-ee’s rest stop was awarded Best Bathroom in America in a poll by Cintas, making it a MUST-stop for weak bladders all across Texas. Although it’s not really a restaurant, it has all the road food you can dream of, including homemade queso and salsa.

7. Moody’s Diner (Waldoboro, ME)

Undeniably the Main Rest Stop of Maine

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If you’re feeling dreary while headed up U.S. Route 1, make a stop at this “not-quaint-on-purpose” diner. People have been ordering slices of pies and sleeping them off in the nearby cabins since 1927. It’s an American tradition!

8. Paul Bunyan’s Cook Shanty (Wisconsin Dells, WI)

Where a “Lumberjack” Breakfast Really Means Something

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Picking up some buttermilk donuts from Paul Buyan’s is the perfect way to conclude a trip to the Dells. The restaurant stays true to its name by serving hearty lumberjack breakfasts and hosting a lumberjack sporting competition.

9. Alabama Jacks (Key Largo, FL)

Where Bikers Go for a Riverside Rendezvous

Exclusive to those navigating the tropical roads of the Keys, this place is as much a dive as it is a paradise. If you’re hungry for a taste of the sea, try their blackened dolphin and crab cakes.

10. Tad’s Chicken ‘N Dumplins (Troutdale, OR)

Gorgeous Views ‘N Real Good Foods

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Seated above the Sandy River just off I-84, this local favorite has been drawing in hungry stomachs for over 80 years. Anyone on a long drive to or from Portland knows the menu provides some much-appreciated home cookin’.

11. Herby-K’s (Shreveport, LA)

Home of the Waistline-Busting Shrimp Buster Sandwich

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Taking I-20 through the American South? Dropping into Shreveport for some deep-fried southern seafood is a must. Herby-K’s has been around since 1936 and is a well-known respite for Southern road trippers.

12. In-N-Out Burger (CA)

Reason for the Question “But Did You Get In-N-Out When You Were There?”

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Arguably the most obsession-evoking regional chain in the country, In-N-Out Burger has been doing its thing since 1948. Although the chain has expanded to other states, it’s forever a Californian staple.

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