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sknabnoj 04-24-2021 03:20 PM

Need Road Trip Advice
 
Brethren,
My brother is moving from Phoenix to Chicago in June - I'm flying down to help him with the move and then drive his car up with him the 26 hours. We are huge BBQ geeks so, we'd love some suggestions along the way . I know there are probably a few "iconic" places along the way. Also - we don't discriminate, while we do love and want our fair share of BBQ along the way, we'd love some suggestions of other foodie stops along the way, even some cool attractions.

Some notable cities/towns we can drive through are:

Albuquerque - I'd assume there's a "must stop" Mexican place somewhere
Amarillo - any "iconic" Texas BBQ joints in this area?
Oklahoma City
Wichita
Kansas City - Again, another "iconic" BBQ stop here maybe?
St. Louis
Chicago - Obviously have a few things I'd like to try here, never been to Chicago before...

Thanks in advance - I'm super excited to be able to have some quality time with my brother, haven't seen him much with Med School the last several years - It'll be great to catch up and have a reason to start dieting again when I get back. :becky:

ShadowDriver 04-24-2021 04:45 PM

ABQ
- Barbacoa El Primo - FB Page - Gil's Gastronome Review (I trust these folks) - Google Maps

Do note that these guys are open 0700-1500L... We usually get the barbacoa "libra" - to-go... served with tortillas, veg, limes, and salsa. We usually sit out at their picnic tables in front and chow down... but it's do-able via tailgate or hood, as well.

Safe travels, no matter where you stop!

Mikhail 04-24-2021 05:04 PM

Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.

BuffettFan 04-24-2021 05:15 PM

https://www.rigazzis.com/

It's been a few years since I was there, but Rigazzi's in St. Louis is some of the best Italian food I've had.

sknabnoj 04-24-2021 07:17 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikhail (Post 4468891)
Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.

A big ol' sloppy Chicago Beef is definitely on my list!! Thanks for the recommendations!

bowhnter 04-24-2021 07:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikhail (Post 4468891)
Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.

Agree on a portillos

crayman 04-24-2021 09:39 PM

Amarillo's not a great BBQ town but these two joints are popular. I like to smoke my own but sometimes hit Rudy's for a quick fix.



https://www.spicymikesbarbqhaven.com/


https://tylersbarbeque.com/

ShadowDriver 04-24-2021 09:52 PM

I can second Tyler's in Amarillo. It's been a couple of years, but we enjoyed the stop.

Happy Hapgood 04-24-2021 11:07 PM

I know all the hype about the Big Texan Steakhouse but when we were there it was a Great steak dinner. They know steak. In St. Louis Salt and smoke.



Just my .02. By the way, why would anyone want to move there?

Inthewoods 04-24-2021 11:40 PM

I'm no help.
Someone is actually moving ta Chicago?? On purpose??
I'm gobsmacked...

-D

crayman 04-25-2021 12:15 AM

Chicago is way way to cold for me but everybody I've known to live there loved the place.

kynmo2010 04-25-2021 06:39 AM

Hit up Pappy's in St Louis.

scp 04-25-2021 07:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Happy Hapgood (Post 4469011)
I know all the hype about the Big Texan Steakhouse but when we were there it was a Great steak dinner. They know steak. In St. Louis Salt and smoke.



Just my .02. By the way, why would anyone want to move there?

We stop in Amarillo every year coming back from AZ. 1st year went to Big Texan..really disapointed us...more of a tourist trap. Then found Coyote Bluff Cafe. Hole in the wall ...tried the burgers...really good..tried the green chili..off the charts. They also have a steak which is highly regarded..but havent tried it yet. next time though.

For KC lots of choices..most are good. But lately I have been enjoying Big T's. I tend to like nostalgic places. And this one does not dissapoint...somewhat of a hole in the wall. Here's a story describing a few of the good ones. Scroll down to #6. BTW dont get fooled by Jones at #3.
https://www.kansascitymag.com/the-10...ts-to-pick-em/

Big yes on Chicago Dogs and Italian Beef in Chi-town.

sknabnoj 04-26-2021 03:14 PM

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Originally Posted by Inthewoods (Post 4469020)
I'm no help.
Someone is actually moving ta Chicago?? On purpose??
I'm gobsmacked...

-D

I agree! He got into Northwestern though for his residency (top 10 program in the country) so, I think it's a short term pain for a long term gain in his eyes.

cowboyupbbq 04-26-2021 09:58 PM

Oklahoma
 
If you jog over a bit to Elgin OK, Native Smoke is very good. Open Thursday and Friday, he cooks on a 1000 and 500 gallon Franklin style pits he made, and its the real deal.

Raider18 04-29-2021 09:11 AM

I enjoy Tylers in Amarillo. Not the best bbq in Texas, but its great bbq made by fantastic people.

As for the Big Texan, its a tourist trap with decent steak, but I think it's worth a visit for the experience.

Gore 04-30-2021 01:51 PM

The Big Texan is an institution. I read about them in National Geographic in the 70s. Always dreamed of going there. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but what's wrong with tourist traps? I love tourist traps. It is Americana!

Anyway, there are so many routes you can go. If you head directly north out of Phoenix, one of my favorites is another tourist trap in Flagstaff called Black Bart's. The food is good, but the entertainment is some of the best. The waitstaff are primarily drama students at NAU and they perform song and dance routines during the meal. Nothing like having your waitress drop off your food and hop on stage to sing. Kitschy, maybe, but definitely a LOT of fun. If you're taking I10 east, then be sure to stop and see The Thing at Texas Canyon near Bisbee, Arizona. Another wonderful tourist trap. If you stay in Las Cruces, be sure to eat at the Double Eagle in Mesilla to get a feel for a luxurious old west restaurant. Sunday brunch is fabulous.

sknabnoj 05-04-2021 09:35 PM

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Originally Posted by Gore (Post 4470981)
The Big Texan is an institution. I read about them in National Geographic in the 70s. Always dreamed of going there. Yes, it's a tourist trap, but what's wrong with tourist traps? I love tourist traps. It is Americana!

Anyway, there are so many routes you can go. If you head directly north out of Phoenix, one of my favorites is another tourist trap in Flagstaff called Black Bart's. The food is good, but the entertainment is some of the best. The waitstaff are primarily drama students at NAU and they perform song and dance routines during the meal. Nothing like having your waitress drop off your food and hop on stage to sing. Kitschy, maybe, but definitely a LOT of fun. If you're taking I10 east, then be sure to stop and see The Thing at Texas Canyon near Bisbee, Arizona. Another wonderful tourist trap. If you stay in Las Cruces, be sure to eat at the Double Eagle in Mesilla to get a feel for a luxurious old west restaurant. Sunday brunch is fabulous.


This is great! thanks a ton!

FrkYrPrk 05-05-2021 08:10 AM

If you're traveling I-40, I suggest two NM food restaurants in ABQ:
Monica's El Portal on Rio Grande (the sopapilla's taste like donuts) or Azul's on 12th & Mountain (Carne Adovada, get the queso bowl).

I-10 route requires a side trip to either Iron Door BBQ in Silver City, or Sparky's in Hatch (Former state champ for green chile cheeseburger). Both are closed early in the week, may not fit your schedule

16Adams 05-17-2021 06:42 AM

IH40 as you cross into Texas Exit 36 at Vega. In the NW corner sits an Allsups gas station convenience store. Ask the clerk if the burritos are fresh, gauge her/his response and if fresh grab a sack of Allsups Famous gas station burritos. Grab a bottle of their hot sauce both red and green. As well hit those burritos with mustard packets they provide. Take a selfie in front of the Allsups ad sign showing the five or six kinds of “burritos”. I go straight beef and bean, sometimes Hatch Green Chile which is Like thick green chile stew inside a fried burrito. Awesome. But that beef and bean has been in my life since 10 years old. Chimichanga is not the same as Beef & Bean burrito.. We’ve never had an issue with burritos

Amarillo- I would skip bbq and go to Coyote Bluff. South of IH40 on Grand. Burger from Hell (sounds way worse than it is) plate of green chile cheese fries and an appetizer of a cup of green chile stew.

Mexican food/ two chances to hit El Tejavan. IH40 and Paramount and IH40 and Grand. Both on north side of interstate. Order a side order of corn tortillas. They’re different than what comes with the meal. Excellent

Barbecue - I’ve tried the high rated and I don’t return much. Dyers BBQ at IH40 and Georgia is worth the stop for the onion rings. Seriously famous onion rings.

Whenever I have someone call passing through and inquires about bbq I recommend Rudys at IH40 and Western. 1/2 pound moist 1/2 pound lean brisket, sausage links half a loaf of bread included, onion pickle peppers open veggies bar, make a grand stacked sandwich and a giant Rice Krispy bar for dessert. Rudy’s also has a green chile stew made from their smoked pork that is probably the best I’ve ever tasted. It’s hot, too hot for wife, but we often buy a pint and use it as a starter for a larger pot.

cowboyupbbq 05-17-2021 10:41 PM

I didn’t see a KC Recommendation, but you should stop there. Id go to Joes- the gas station original is great but the food in Olathe is the same and across the parking lot is the Kansas City BBQ Store, which is awesome.

Bill-Chicago 05-18-2021 08:17 AM

Welcome to Chicago, the Birthplace of Everything

Jorge 05-19-2021 09:48 AM

In OKC Clark Crew

A little north of OKC Fri-Sun Butcher BBQ Stand (in Wellston)

Closer to Tulsa stop in Sperry at Buffalo’s BBQ

LYU370 05-22-2021 10:22 AM

Moving TO Chicago? Bet he got some REALLY good rates on a one way truck rental. Prices going the other way are a lot more expensive.

Going through OK all near the Interstate. El Reno for OK Onion Burgers (Johnnie's Grill, Robert's Grill, Sid's Diner). OKC, Cattleman's Steakhouse. Wellston, The Butcher BBQ Stand (Fri-Sun). Tulsa, haven't tried them personally, but have heard Burn Co BBQ is pretty good. Outside Springfield MO in Ozark is Lambert's Café, home of the "throwed rolls". Not sure why, but I have Jones Bar-B-Q in KC, KS starred in my Google Maps.

Once you make it to Chicago, hit up Hecky's in Evanston for some rib tips (close to Northwestern). Bunch of other good Que joints in Chicago.

LYU370 05-22-2021 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by sknabnoj (Post 4468936)
A big ol' sloppy Chicago Beef is definitely on my list!! Thanks for the recommendations!

For a beef, Johnnie's Beef in Elmwood Park or Al's #1 on Taylor street in Chicago. Some people say the original location on Taylor is better than the others.

If you want to try some Deep Dish pizza, head downtown to Pizzeria Uno. If it's packed, head down the street to Pizzeria Due (same owners). Stop and see The Bean in Millenium Park while you're down there. Or Lou Malnati's, lots of locations, also a few downtown. Most people think everyone in Chicago eats deep dish, we don't, we eat a tavern style thin crust cut in squares. :shocked:

LYU370 05-22-2021 02:36 PM

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Originally Posted by Mikhail (Post 4468891)
Can't recommend any BBQ in these places, but once you are to Chicago, hit a Portillo's for Chicago dogs and Italian Beef. Ambrosia.

Portillo's is a pretty good representation of Chicago Dogs & Beef. Started as a small place on the south side of the city I think, back in the 60's.

For some local hot dog places, try some of the following that have been around for ages, but please don't say "drag it through the garden", they'll know you're from out of town.

Mustard's Last Stand, right next to Dykes Stadium but it's been renamed, sorry don't know the new name of the stadium. I used to work right next door back in the mid 80's, we used to go there all the time. Poochie's on Dempster in Skokie, Fluky's on Touhy in Niles, Wolfy's on Peterson in Chicago.

Bit further from Northwestern, ya gotta try Super Dawg Drive In, as they say, it's not a hot dog, it's a Super Dawg. Two locations, both on Milwaukee Ave. One in Chicago and a new one in Wheeling, right next to Bob Chin's Crab House which is SO GOOD!!! Fresh seafood flown in daily, garlic rolls are insane, will keep all vampires away.

And on the way back to ORD for your flight back, leave early and stop at Gene & Jude's in River Grove for an original Chicago Depression Dog. Be advised, there are no seats inside, you eat in your car and no ketchup on the premises.

Enjoy your trip & post some updates along the way!


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