Recommended Food Stops
Published: June 2009
1. BIZZ JOHNSON TRAIL
Susanville to Westwood, California
Where to Eat: In Susanville: Hang out with the locals over eggs and pancakes at Walker's Coffee Shop (1600 Main St.; 530/257-3212). · For club sandwiches and apricot cobbler in a thirties setting, go to the Grand Café (730 Main St.; 530/257-4713). · Grab a snack for the saddlebag at Primo Deli (614 Main St.; 530/257-6694).
2. LAKE MINERAL WELLS STATE TRAILWAY
Mineral Wells to Weatherford, Texas
Where to Eat: Sample the Mexican tortilla soup at Pulido's (100 N.E. 22nd Ave., Mineral Wells; 940/325-8664) or the chicken-fried steak at the kitschy Farmhouse Restaurant (112 FM 113 S., Cool; 940/682-7656).
3. KATY TRAIL
St. Charles to Clinton, Missouri
Where to Eat: Order a giant pancake—and get your bikes tuned or pick up rentals—at the Trailside Café & Bike Shop (700 First St.; 573/698-2702) in Rocheport. · In Sedalia, the Wheel Inn (1800 W. Broadway; 660/826-5177), a fifties-style diner, serves a burger with peanut butter. · You might find pesto ravioli and pork medallions on the rotating dinner menu at Abigail's (206 Central St.; 573/698-3000).
4. LITTLE MIAMI SCENIC TRAIL
Milford to Springfield, Ohio
Where to Eat: Young's Jersey Dairy (6880 Springfield-Xenia Rd.; 937/325-0629) is a working farm in Yellow Springs with a petting zoo, a family-style restaurant, and made-on-the-premises ice cream. · The kids will love the rice and lentils—and you'll love the chicken curry and ginger beer—at Loveland's Sri-Lankan restaurant Aralia (215 Loveland-Madeira Rd.; 513/697-8777).
5. PINELLAS TRAIL
St. Petersburg to Tarpon Springs, Florida Where to Eat: The kids can crunch on tacos while you sample the wild mushroom quesadillas at Casa Tina (369 Main St., Dunedin; 727/734-9226). · When you're in Clearwater, be sure to try the locally famous fried grouper sandwiches at Frenchy's Original Café (41 Baymont St.; 727/446-3607).
6. VIRGINIA CREEPER TRAIL
Abingdon to Whitetop, Virginia
Where to Eat: In Abingdon, wake up with espresso, juice, and scones at the Virginia Creeper Bakery (284 West Main St.; 276/623-2253). · For lunch, try roast beef on dark rye or peanut butter with honey on raisin at the Starving Artists Cafe (134 Wall St.; 276/628-8445). Good news for bikers who get hungry between meals: snacks are sold at the old train depot at Green Cove station and at a general store in Taylor's Valley, both right on the trail.
7. CAPITAL CRESCENT TRAIL
Georgetown to Silver Spring, Maryland Where to Eat: If you've worked up an appetite by the midpoint of the trail, try Thyme Square (4735 Bethesda Ave., Bethesda; 301/657-9077), which uses organic produce from local farms for its sandwiches, wraps, and oven-fired pizzas.
8. ISLAND LINE RAIL TRAIL
Colchester to Burlington, Vermont
Where to Eat: Get burgers and penny candy at the 75-year-old Auer Family Boat House (3181 North Ave.; 802/862-9840) on the Burlington waterfront, where brother-and-sister owners also rent boats, sell bait, and dispense local lore. · The Breakwater Café & Grill (1 King St.; 802/658-6276), another waterfront spot open in spring and summer, has live music most evenings.
9. SWITCHBACK RAILROAD TRAIL
Jim Thorpe to Summit Hill, Pennsylvania
Where to Eat: Have an all-American breakfast or lunch in a booth at the 1950's stainless-steel Sunrise Diner (3 Hazard Rd.; 570/325-4093). · For steak or veal tenderloin, go to Macaluso's (1257 E. Catawissa St.; 570/669-9433) at the Lantern, an inn in nearby Nesquehoning.
10. ELROY-SPARTA STATE TRAIL
Elroy to Sparta, Wisconsin
Where to Eat: Get a veggie melt, BLT, or focaccia sandwich at Gina's Pies Are Square (400 Main St., Wilton; 608/435-6541)—but save room for luscious cherry, blackberry, or peach pie, baked in nine-by-nine-inch pans.