Iowa 80, the world's largest truck stop food court
Anyone who has ever taken an extended road trip knows the almost-mystical hold the truck stop food court can have over the weary traveler. Foodstuffs that you’d normally pass up without a second thought suddenly become a Michelin Star event when you’re hopped up on coffee and coming up on hour 13 in your push to Vegas. But at Iowa 80, the delicious chow -- you can choose between Wendy's, Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, The Iowa 80 Kitchen, Blimpy, Dairy Queen and Orange Julius, and Caribou Coffee (all open 24 hours) -- is just the beginning. They also offer a full auto shop, mechanics, a car wash, a barber shop, chiropractic services (!), a museum of antique trucks, a dentist (!!), a gym (!!!), and much, much more.
Cookin' From Scratch
A two-decade-old burger and comfort food joint widely considered to be among the best grubstops in rural America, Cookin’ From Scratch gives old-fashioned favorites like crispy pan fried chicken the same simple Americana treatment they’ve been using since opening, when a pound of lard only got you through Tuesday. To wit: if you've got the fortitude, you can take the Cookin from Scratch Challenge and try to put away a 66oz version of their incredible cheeseburger in 66 minutes -- oh, and the whole thing takes place on Route 66, just for consistency.