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Coffee along I-85?

Several years ago I posted a question about places to eat along I-85 through NC, SC, and GA, and I also asked if there was a listing somewhere of Starbucks or other coffee shops at highway exits.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/542151

Note that I do not have a GPS or a smart phone so an app is no help to me. The book "The Next Exit" looks promising but I don't have time to order it.

Anyone know of a WEBSITE with this info??

Yours in caffeinated driving,

momisd

Aug 16, 2011
momisd in Southeast

Non-Q lunch off I-85, around Charlotte-Spartanburg-Greenville

I am resurrecting this old thread hoping someone has that list of Starbucks/coffee off of I-85 through NC, SC, and GA! I am sure "there's an app for that," but I don't have a smart phone or a GPS. This MUST exist somewhere, yes??

Aug 16, 2011
momisd in Southeast

Non-Q lunch off I-85, around Charlotte-Spartanburg-Greenville

Thanks, that looks great, and Gastonia is a great halfway stop.

Jul 29, 2008
momisd in Southeast

Non-Q lunch off I-85, around Charlotte-Spartanburg-Greenville

Unfortunately a lot of diner-type restaurants cook many of their vegetables with pork or with chicken stock, which makes them poor options for vegetarians. That said, Wades looks good and I am willing to try it next time.

Jul 29, 2008
momisd in Southeast

Non-Q lunch off I-85, around Charlotte-Spartanburg-Greenville

So we did stop at 2 Chefs To Go in Greenville SC, and it was excellent. It's only 1.5 miles off off I-85. I took the SC 14 exit instead of Pelham Rd. It's in a strip mall called, I think, "Pelham at 14" or something, and it is, as you might guess, at the intersection of Pelham and SC 14.

We tried the pimiento cheese sandwich, green beans with almonds, asian noodle salad, and fruit salad: all excellent and fresh. We liked it so much we stopped on the way back, too, and had an even better selection: tomato/mozz/basil salad, spinach salad with almonds and dried cranberries, and jalapeno coleslaw. Oh and a chocolate chip scone. Everything I had was a cut or two above similar dishes I have had elsewhere. For example, that tomato/mozz salad can be a drag with rubbery mozz. But this version was perfect. If you are familiar with Foster's Market in Durham & Chapel Hill, it's comparable, but I thought 2 Chefs was better. I am really happy to have found this new option for the Durham/Atlanta drive.

That said, I plan to try the Acropolis too. Freshly made pita sounds great.

As for coffee, I borrowed by parents' GPS device for the drive back and tried a Starbucks search. I ran into one of the limitations of using the GPS when I realized a bit belatedly that "it" was taking me to the airport!

Jul 29, 2008
momisd in Southeast

Non-Q lunch off I-85, around Charlotte-Spartanburg-Greenville

Tomorrow I'm driving with my toddler from Durham to Atlanta and will want to stop for lunch along the way, likely near Charlotte or beyond, like Spartanburg or Greenville. I've done some searches of the boards here and mostly came up with reco's for BBQ and "meat + 2" type places. I can go to those if need be but we are vegetarians. I found one reco for "2 Chefs" in Greenville which sounds good. I'd like not to drive more than a mile or 2 off the highway. Any other ideas? Doesn't have to be the best eats in town, just fresh and hopefully not Denny's!

And coffee--beyond doing town-by-town or other types of searches on Google Maps, anyone know of a good listing of Starbucks and other coffee places along the highway? It seems like someone must have done this work for me already!

While we are on the subject, years ago a friend of mine had a guidebook to eateries along major US highways--anyone know what that might have been? I can't remember if it was comprehensive or specific to one highway or region or what...

Jul 24, 2008
momisd in Southeast

Mt. Airy, NC or Fancy Gap, VA, or anything along highway 52

We are traveling to Mt Airy tomorrow via Highway 52 from Winston-Salem. Looking for a place to have lunch or maybe early dinner. We will have 2 kids in tow (but 4 adults too, so we won't be outnumbered!). Half of us are vegetarians which means we HOPE to find something other than BBQ.

From Mt Airy we will continue on to Ararat, VA, but could make a detour to Fancy Gap if there's a good place there. We could also eat before Mt Airy, say in Pilot Mountain.

Here's hoping...

Thanks!

Jul 03, 2008
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