Fifth Annual BEST EATS Awards!


It’s that time again! Regular followers of Bob & Ellen’s Great RV Adventure know we love finding great meals on the road. Bob’s such an excellent cook it’s hard for us to want to eat at a restaurant to start with, so when a place impresses us, we like to spread the word.

Unfortunately, sometimes a place isn’t the same when we return. New owners, different cook, maybe just a bad day. Sometimes we’ve discovered a sanitation issue since our previous visit that’s made us not want to return (eeewwwww! but sadly true).

Restaurants that use local and organic ingredients, and prohibit smoking and animals are favored. We haven’t yet found a casino where we either didn’t have to walk through the smoky gaming areas to get to the restaurant or sit in a roomful of residual smoke, so you won’t see many casinos make the BESTS list — at least not yet. We’ve heard California doesn’t allow smoking in casinos, so this might change in future BEST EATS lists.

For brevity, this year’s list only includes new categories and categories where the #1 or #2 spot changed. For full lists, see previous years’ posts.

Have your own list of bests? Disagree with any of our choices? Chime in! We’d love to hear your recommendations!

New for 2015:

Best Pancakes:
1. Blueberry Pancakes — The Crossing Grill, Wisdom, MT


Best Waffles:
1. Bear Paw Cafe — St. George, UT

Best Seafood Breakfast:
1. Oyster Browns — The Tides, Hoodsport, WA

Best Omelet:
1. Hawaiian Omelet (with pineapples!) — Sunrise Family Restaurant, Caldwell, ID

Best Eggs Benedict:
1. Made with cornbread instead of an English Muffin — Marlin’s, Sioux Falls, SD

Best Traditional Breakfast:
1. Hazel’s — Clarkston, WA
2. Jiggers — Kadoka, SD
3. Main Stop Restaurant — Kittitas, WA


Best Soup:
1. Navy Bean Soup — Minnie’s Montana Cafe, Thompson Falls, MT
2. Minestrone — Blue Moose Cafe, Port Townsend, WA

Best Potato Salad:
1. Blue Moose Cafe — Port Townsend, WA

Best Broccoli Salad:
1. Smith’s Grocery — Pahrump, NV

Best Mac & Cheese Adaptation:
1. Deep-Fried Mac & Cheese Wedges at Bob’s Cafe — Sioux Falls, SD


Best Wraps:
1. Steak & Shrimp Wrap with Spinach Tortilla — Red Raven, Williams, AZ
2. Any chicken wrap on the menu! — Mamacita’s, La Grande, OR

Best Turkey Melt:
1. Star Cafe — Star, ID


Best Unique Sandwich:
1. Turkey Gobbler with sliced turkey, cream cheese, and cranberry sauce on your choice of their bread — Cottage Bakery, Long Beach, WA

Best Garlic Bread:
1. Italian-To-Go — Nampa, ID

Best Pizza (West of the Mississippi)
1. Garage Pizza & Brewing — Temecula, CA
2. Independent Ale House — Rapid City, SD
3. Moose’s — Kalispell, MT

Best Salsa:
1. Tacos Mi Rancho — Yuma, AZ [tie]
1. El Jefe’s — Pahrump, NV [tie]

Best Seafood Burrito:
1. Puerto Vallarta — Sioux Falls, SD


Best Fish Tacos:
1. The Cove — Long Beach, WA
2. Tacos Mi Rancho — Yuma, AZ

Best Fajitas:
1. El Jefe’s — Pahrump, NV

Best Spaghetti:
1. Italian-To-Go — Nampa, ID


Best Lasagna:
1. Campini’s — Temecula, CA

Best Beef Burger:
1. Jiggers — Kadoka, SD


Best Elk Burger:
1. Heather’s Country Kitchen — Plains, MT

Best Oysters:
1. River View — South Bend, WA


Best Fish Cakes:
1. Halibut Cakes — The Cove, Long Beach, WA


Best Fish & Chips:
1. Tuna & Chips, using locally caught tuna — Portside Cafe, Ilwaca, WA

Best Comfort Food:
1. Scalloped Potatoes — Minnie’s Montana Cafe, Thompson Falls, MT
2. Chicken Pot Pie — Minnie’s Montana Cafe, Thompson Falls, MT



Best Fried Chicken Dinner:
1. Millhouse Restaurant — Sioux Falls, SD [tie]
1. Bob’s Cafe — Sioux Falls, SD [tie]

Best Dinner Experience:
1. Clam Hush Puppies (appetizer); Macadamia Nut Encrusted Cod with Mango-Lime Beurre Blanc (entree) — Dupuis, Port Angeles, WA


Best Unique Dish:
1. Oven-Roasted Native Squash — Arizona Room, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ
2. Oyster Tacos — River View, South Bend, WA

Best Cannolis:
1. Campini’s — Temecula, CA
2. Italian-To-Go — Nampa, ID

Best Scones:
1. Electrolux Cafe — Baker, NV
2. Kneadz Bakery — La Grande, OR

Best Chocolate Muffin:
1. Sprouts — Temecula, CA

Best Red Velvet Cake:
1. Italian-To-Go — Nampa, ID


Best Peach Cobbler:
1. Jambonz — Sturgis, SD

Best Apple Pie:
1. Electrolux Cafe — Baker, NV
2. Sugar’s Shack — Pahrump, NV

Best Carrot Cake:
1. Oscar’s — Springdale, UT

Best Chocolate Cake:
1. Sugar’s Shack — Pahrump, NV


Best Chocolate Cream Pie:
1. Minnie’s Montana Cafe — Thompson Falls, MT
2. Cottage Bakery — Long Beach, WA

Best Ice Cream Treat:
1. Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches — Lehman Caves Cafe, Great Basin National Park, NV


Best Unexpected, Unusual Food Find:
1. Peanut Butter Bread — Spiffy’s Restaurant at I-5 & Rt 12 in WA)

Don’t Try This At Home (or… Won’t Order Again, Anywhere, Anytime):
1. Steak Fingers — Mountain Village Restaurant, Stanley, ID
Note to establishments listed here: You’re welcome to use the Bob and Ellen’s Great RV Adventure BEST Badge on your Website, Facebook page, or in other promotional materials. We just request that you include a link to the blog when used online. E-mail Ellen for a jpg or gif at ellenbehr[at] Thanks for giving us such great service and yummy food!



About Ellen

Fiction writer and photographer, I travel the country with my sweetheart of a husband as a "full-time RVer."
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10 Responses to Fifth Annual BEST EATS Awards!

  1. I love reading your list and after reading this one I am hungry!

    • Ellen says:

      I get hungry writing it, then I get hungry again when I add the photos to it, and by the time I post it, I’m starving!! But so worthwhile when it helps get the word out about great places to eat! Where’s your favorite spot for a good meal on the road?

      • Most of my favorite spots are in the south. Here are just a few from the last couple of years. Shrimp and Grits at Smith’s Coastal Grill in Eatonton, Georgia. BBQ Brisket at Cooper’s BBQ in Llano, Texas. Pulled pork BBQ at Jones Bar-B-Que Diner in Marianna, Arkansas. Tamales at Doe’s Eat Place in Greenville, Mississippi. Crawfish Etoufee at Poche’s Market and Restaurant in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. Steamed seafood platters at The Crab Shack in Tybee Island, Georgia.

    • Ellen says:

      Beth — For some whacky WordPress reason I can’t respond right under your most recent comment, but I want to send a huge THANK YOU! for your suggestions. Every year we think it might be time to cover those southern states we haven’t hit yet, but every year it seems to pour rain, threaten hurricanes, or turn so hot and humid it could steam broccoli!! (Yep, I’m a weather wuss…) Even so, I’m going to add your favorites to my “recommended eats” list in hopes that we’ll get out that way. Thanks again!

  2. I love that so many of your favorites are in my neck of the woods ~ PNW. Means I can reasonably visit these places to check them out myself! I do like all of your blog entries, though. I feel like you’re chatting to friends while sitting around a campfire, drinking cowboy coffee and relaxing. 🙂

    • Ellen says:

      Thanks so much! I guess it pays off that I talk to myself sometimes…. gives me practice 🙂 Would love to hear *your* favorites up around there! We just can’t find any good places to eat in Forks, WA, so if you have a suggestion, we’ll try it out next time we’re through there!

  3. RV Cheaper! says:

    Wow, with some luck I can go try all of those places some day soon 🙂

  4. I loved your list. What a nice thing to do. When Kay and I travel we love trying the local cuisine. I think we need to keep a log.


    • Ellen says:

      When we pull into a town after being away for awhile, I’ll say, “Oh… this is where we found that great [insert favorite food]!” and Bob says, “How do you remember stuff like that?” I tell him it’s this list. Making a list… checking it twice… letting it evolve over the years… all that helps me to remember 🙂 Let us know what great eats you and Kay find along the way, okay?

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