Packing your lunch full of fresh fruits, cold meats, and sliced veggies is an excellent way to eat healthy and save money while on the road. But if the sight of those plastic sandwich baggies floating around your cab is making you dread today’s PB&J, consider stopping at one of these delicious diners found on America’s highways. These restaurants aren’t your average dried-egg-and-greasy-bacon plate establishments that will cost you many Tums later. In fact, many of them serve up heart-healthy options. So swing into the parking lot, pull up a stool, grab a glass of ice tea, and get ready to dig in at any of these top-rated restaurants:
- Iowa 80 Kitchen, Walcott, IA. Home to the world’s largest truck stop, Iowa 80 also houses a world-famous kitchen with a 50-foot salad bar. The kitchen serves up light-as-air pancakes, crispy bacon, and other tantalizing meals, 24/7.
- Soulman’s Bar-B-Q, Van, TX. Situated on Interstate Hwy 20, this BBQ joint has an aroma of sweet meat smoke that wafts for miles into a hungry trucker’s cab. Ribs are fork-tender, and the brisket is like butter. There’s also smoked turkey and chicken that you can pile high on doughy sandwich bread.
- Gott’s Roadside, St. Helena, CA. Some people call it the most heavenly roadside food ever. This diner is known for its glorious garlic fries and rich cheeseburgers.
- The Griddle, Winnemucca, NV. Cruise along Highway 95 until you hit the Griddle, a place that features homemade pies, pastries, and waffles. The house specialty is a roast turkey sandwich on rye with cranberry sauce.
- Matt’s Big Breakfast, Phoenix, AZ. This famous establishment features omelets made-to-order, crispy hash browns, and rosemary fries.
- River City Grill, Yuma, AZ. This tiny restaurant features a variety of food, including Jamaica jerk chicken, seafood gumbo, and wild raspberries and salmon.
- Ariston Café, Litchfield, IL. Open since 1924, this diner is known for its melt-in-your-mouth steaks and chicken.
- White Hut, Springfield, MA. If you’re craving a burger and you’re in another state, White Hut is worth the drive. They also feature ice-cold root beer floats and hot dogs.
- Mickey’s Diner, St. Paul, MN. This famous diner can be seen as a backdrop in many movies. But its regular job is being one of the best diners in the U.S. Hand-dipped malts and secret-recipe pancakes are just a couple of items on the menu at Mickey’s.
- Blue Benn, Bennington, VT. The eight-page menu at Blue Benn features Indian pudding, baked custard with cornmeal, and huge burritos that can satiate the biggest of appetites.
What’s your favorite roadside diner? Let us know in the comments!