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Martijn
03-09-2010, 03:15 AM
Hello everyone,

After a great welcome from all of you I decided to put up my first post.

We have been planning our holiday to America for some time and finally we made our decision to go to California. As this is our first trip to the US we decided to have the trip planned by a travel agency.

As I love great food and of course great BBQ I was wondering if any of you can help me out by giving some tips on which restaurants to go to.
I have a few ideas of myself which I got from downloading all the POI locations found in "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives". Still, I was hoping you could give me some tips & tricks.

Below you find our schedule (it is not very accurate as we don't have our papers from the agency yet):
10-6-2010 Arrival Los Angeles:-D
13-6-2010 Kingman
14-6-2010 Grand Canyon
17-6-2010 Lake Powell
20-6-2010 Las Vegas
22-6-2010 Death Valley
23-6-2010 Yosemite
25-6-2010 San Francisco
28-6-2010 Montery
29-6-2010 Santa Monica
1-7-2010 Return to Holland:mad:

Thanks in advance for helping me out here.

Martijn

Gore
03-13-2010, 07:57 PM
Hi Martijn,
Unfortunately, you're just outside my old stomping grounds, so I can't be much help. I see you've got some time at the Grand Canyon. I presume that's the north rim, but if you end up down in Flagstaff, I'd strongly recommend Black Bart's. The food is not great, but the entertainment is fabulous, especially if you like musicals. The waitstaff are primarily drama students at the university and at roughly 5-minute intervals perform song and dance from musicals. People tend to love it or hate it -- I like musicals and thoroughly enjoyed myself. You've got a ton of stuff to see no matter what you do.

Rich Parker
03-13-2010, 08:48 PM
To bad you aren't visiting Michigan - We have the best BBQ in the country. :thumb:

Have fun on your vacation.

JD McGee
03-13-2010, 09:09 PM
While in LA you have GOT to stop by and say hello to Bigmista...:thumb: http://www.bigmista.com/

And then...on your way up the coast stop in Ventura to yell at Big Brother Smoke...:cool: http://simplymarvelousbbq.com/store/

Welcome to America Brother Smoker! :clap2:

landarc
03-13-2010, 11:23 PM
Martijn, will you be driving, I can point you to some 'que in the San Francisco area.

Martijn
03-16-2010, 04:31 AM
Thx all for your response.

@Landarc
I will be driving the whole route. So if you have some pointers for me that would be great.

@JD McGee, I have read som ethings about "BigMista" and try to plan something to go and see him. Big Brother Smoke sounds great too, we will be driving through Ventura at the end of our trip (last few days in Santa Monica).

Again, thanks for your help here.

landarc
03-16-2010, 07:04 PM
Well, first off, I would drive on the same side of the road as everyone else. It will make things loads safer. When you get to the Bay Area, we do have some good places to try some of our local brews and BBQ as well. I will come up with a few ideas for you.

Martijn
03-17-2010, 03:42 AM
Thx landarc......(ps. I'm from the Netherlands, we also drive on the right sode of the road, England is the only European country where they drive on the left side :-D)

Gore
03-17-2010, 09:12 PM
Thx landarc......(ps. I'm from the Netherlands, we also drive on the right sode of the road, England is the only European country where they drive on the left side :-D)

You've obviously not driven in Portugal. :wink:

Martijn
03-18-2010, 06:03 AM
True....:icon_blush: One of the few countries I haven't been to (yet) in Europe.

Arlin_MacRae
03-18-2010, 08:08 AM
I'm sure our California and Arizona Brethren will chime in here soon.

Something I've found interesting is the Grand Canyon's magnetic attraction on Europeans. I've been there several times myself, and I've met Europeans there each and every time. Our 'big ditch' attracts quite a crowd!

Martijn
03-18-2010, 10:57 AM
True, it's just one of the things you have to see once in your life.

I can't imagine why Americans visit Holland but still, when they visit Holland they want to see windmills, places where they make wooden shoes, visit the Van Gogh museum or watch some Tulip fields.

The Grand Canyon is one of natures marvells which can be seen from outerspace. I just have to see that. I wonder how many Americans have been to the Grand Canyon?

1_T_Scot
03-21-2010, 08:45 PM
I'll start by saying I really enjoy the Dutch caribbean! We go to Bonaire at least once a hear and have also been to Curacao.

Just a few tips.
At a resteraunt they will bring your check after they ask if you would like dessert (just an American thing usually not meaning to rush you)
Our Gas is about 1/3 of what you are used to paying but you'll drive 5 times farther.

The Grand Canyon is really cool.
There are however places without fences so be careful near the edge. Don't try to hike down and back up in the same day (unless you are a professional mountain climber then have at it).

Las Vegas ahhhhh I have been there more times than I can count.
1. Walk down Las Vegas stip at night the Westside It's the side with Teasure Island and the Mirage. Watch the free shows a Volcano and Pirate show.
2. Dowtown Las Vegas is like "Old Vegas" if you want to see where Vegas started go downtown. The California hotel and Casino has a nice parking garage just take your parking slip to the cashier they will validate it for you. The freemont street experience is really good. Binions is a Las Vegas landmark. Don't pass up the Fried Twinkis.
3. The Palms if your into seeing Movie stars this is probably your best chance.
4. The Imperial Palace If your into classic cars they have a nice collection.
5. If you are into cars don't pass up the Shelby American Muesem and factory (free)
http://www.shelbyautos.com/ Its about 10 miles out of town by the racetrack.
6. The Pinball hall of fame These guys love pinball. http://www.pinballhall.org/page.aspx?p=148
7. The Atomic Test muesem http://www.atomictestingmuseum.org/ Show the history of Atmoic energy and weapons.
8. There are plenty of shows etc... that you can go to. The classic Las Vegas show is probably http://www.waynenewton.com/schedule.html His schedule right now doesn't go out as far as when you will be there.

The only BBQ I've had there was not something that I would reccomend.
If you need more info or have any questions PM me. Have a great trip.

C Rocke
03-22-2010, 10:29 AM
When you get a better idea of time you'll have in LA and Santa Monica, let me know and we can see about getting together. Lots to do for sure, and sounds like a great trip. In SF, try to see Alcatraz, Ghirardelli, and a Giants game if they're in town. In Monterrey, the aquarium is a must see, and Hearst Castle on the drive.

big brother smoke
03-22-2010, 10:41 AM
I am heading to Chicago on the 26th, so we may miss each other. Feel free to PM.

Navchop
03-22-2010, 02:02 PM
I travel quite a bit with my job and I do the same as you. I look up places on the Diners, Drive-ins and Dives web site. I haven't been disappointed yet.

Just north of LAX in Venice is Baby Blues BBQ. It really is very good. http://www.babybluesvenice.com/#/home

Looking at the rest of your itenerary I really can't recommend anything else because I live in the east and south.

Enjoy you trip.

Martijn
03-25-2010, 07:50 AM
Thx all for your advise.
@BBS, when I get the detail about the trip I will see if I can still come and see you
@1 T Scot, thx for this info, very helpfull
@ Navchop, Baby Blues is indeed on my list, thx
@ C Rocke, I will post my itenerary as soon as i get it from our travelagency.