During a recent jaunt from Eugene, Oregon to San Diego, California, on to Ashland City, Tennessee to see my family, we stopped at a couple of TA Travel Centers of America to have breakfast. I have to say, both were disheartening. If that’s what our truckers traveling the US are eating, their health is definitely an issue.
The first truck stop we stopped in was on our way to Tennessee. My hubby and I were very hungry and figured it was time to stop and eat. The place appeared to be clean on first appearance. As we were seated, the little dirt we saw was inevitable. But, we weren’t feeling grossed out, as we knew truckers from all over the nation stopped to eat at these places. Most truckers were seated at the “bar” though, but we gave the place a shot. It wasn’t as if it was gross enough to make us leave.
Our waitress was friendly enough. She smiled and seemed a little interested in her job. Overall, the people waiting on us and working in the restaurant were nice, friendly and appeared to care.
The waitress brought our food and set it in front of us. I had ordered biscuits and gravy and my hubby was craving the sausage and eggs. The biscuits and gravy were not the best I ever had, by any means. I order some at times from a local Dairy Mart at home and they have more flavor than the order from TA. The Country Pride Restaurant (associated with TA) could have tried a bit harder.
I don’t blame the cooks. The food was cooked perfectly. It’s not too difficult to mess up frozen food. Everything we ate that morning tasted packaged, not fresh.
The toast was a huge issue. The bread was toasted well, although it tasted like it had a gallon of flavorless fake spread soaked into it. It was the worst tasting toast I have ever tried in my life.
The eggs my husband had ordered were not cooked over-easy as he prefers. They were cooked a bit less than desired. Runny eggs are not what you want sitting in front of you the first thing in the morning.
The sausage he had ordered was definitely packaged garbage, without flavor. They were hard and had no taste and that’s difficult to do with sausage.
The whole breakfast was a waste of $25 plus tip. We ate further down the road a couple of hours later.
We ate at a second Country Pride Restaurant on our way home, assuming it may be a one-time thing. It was a disaster again. I had ham and eggs. The ham was good but the eggs were under cooked once again. My husband ordered sausage and eggs and once again, flavorless, lifeless, horrible food. It was inedible. We had another meal elsewhere.
When traveling, it’s difficult to know where the best meals are served. We ate at many places along our 5,842 mile trip, but the TA stops were the worst. If you’re traveling and see a TA or Country Pride sign, move on. Save your stomach and money.