2. Johnson’s Corner (Johnstown, CO)
Where Cinnamon Rolls Are Built to Rocky Mountain Scale
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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’.
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.
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.