Top 12 Cafés and Culinary Corners

Seemingly, RV travelers know where to find the best eats and we’ve learned how to play the finder’s game.  We’ve become them…FOODIES!   Our method to satisfying hunger madness is simple; asking the locals. If that doesn’t work, we rely on using the YELP app.

We love finding the local hidden corner booths of oldie but goodie, sometimes messy, diners. We also enjoy taking in classic ambiance and clean white table cloths. We’ve come appreciate how important it is to review creativity and  local flair, affordability, and ambiance. We also check to see how clean restrooms are.

Since becoming RVers, we’ve narrowed down our Delicious Dozen!

These eateries 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 farm’s 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 learned about the Cajun Greek using the Yelp app.

We had to park Captain America around the busy interesection 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 sammich.

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.

Dave and I at The Tea Cup

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 Scottsbluff National Park.  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

This winery has the most beautiful entrance 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 took home 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 because we want to hog it all to ourselves. However, we just have to brag about it because its that good.

Who knew this cool little gem in a General Store could put out such a delectable lunch.

This cafe is only open 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. The staff said the weekends are their busiest, so if you want to avoid wait times, go during the week.

Their specialty sandwiches hit the mark as did the friendly service.  The wait staff’s clean pressed aprons and cordial manners made this one of our favorites.

I enjoyed the Hotsy Totsy (grilled onions, pepper jack, smoked turkey, black forest ham with their signature hotsy sauce on grilled marble rye) and Dan chowed down Classic Chicken Salad on a sweet jalapeno bread.  We also enjoyed a couple bottled brews to go with our 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. Its not really in the most desirable part of town.

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. They were so big, we probably should have just shared one.

Our friends got the Stromboli that was so big, they took half home with them; and that was the small. This is a no-frills family type sports bar setting.  Oh, and Four Kegs was featured on Guy Fieri’s Diners, Dives and Drive-ins, so you know it has to be good!

When in Vegas, find this place!

Bingo Burger in Pueblo, Colorado

If you prefer good grass fed beef burgers, look no further!  After trekking to the top of Great Sand Dunes National Park, our friends Brittany and Eric of RV Wanderlust and we decided to celebrate our hikes with a good meaty dinner here.

The burgers were outstanding.  We all seemed to get the build your own third pounders.  We especially loved the sweet caramelized onions!  The shoestring fries were outstanding with large granular sea salt sparkling on top.

Since it was a warm summer evening, we congregated outside in the courtyard to eat while being 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 in Pahrump, Nevada. While off the beaten path away from Vegas, we were pleased to find the tables adorned in crisp white linens and servers perfectly dressed and pressed.

While we were staying at Wine Ridge RV Resort, we walked over to Symphony’s for lunch and dinner several times.  The hostess always let us pick
our table out on the white enclosed porch that has views of the small
vineyards.

Their lobster bisque is a perfect start to a delicious lunch.  Its one of our favorites. We’ve enjoyed the French Dip, Fish and Chips, Grilled Chicken and Grilled Beef Paninis; all on different occasions.

Their wine selection is outstanding.  Since we were parked at the winery, we wine-tasted before and often so, we knew exactly which ones to order before being seated.

On our way out, we always purchased a bottle or two of their wines.

 

Southerleigh Brewery in  San Antonio, Texas

This place is undoubtedly, the best brew house eatery in San Antonio. We’ve been there a few times. Its become a gathering and meeting place of others we meet up with while in the city.

Located on the the other end of the Riverwalk, Southerleigh’s is perfectly situated for a pre or post meal stroll.  I enjoyed a draft brew, the Galveston Bay Spicy Shrimp boiler with drawn crystal butter and celery root romoulade. Dan decided on the Wood Fired Chicken Wings with molassas chili glaze.  Both  meals were absolutely awesome. The ambiance was a fun old brewery meets industrial architecture. Our lunch bill was only $35.

Southerleigh’s is one of our favorite foodie finds in San Antonio.

 

So that should give you a taste of our Delicious Dozen.

We’ve eaten at so many other places but we had to pick just twelve that we set apart from the rest.  In your travels, we encourage you to check them out.

Other foodie joints we’ve enjoyed in our travels:

Loveless Cafe in Nashville, TN (Country comfort Food!)
Blue and Gray Bar & Grill in Gettysburg, PA (Weds 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 locally-caught 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 (Need I say more?!)
Big Texan in Amarillo, TX (Big huge beef eaters place 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 (Sadly, they are now closed)
Bahia Oaks Island BBQ in Galveston, TX (Coastal Texas BBQ at its best!)

 

 

If you see one of these in your travels, GO EAT!

 

Bon Appetit!

 

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