Tripadvisor has made traveling across country much more pleasant for my wife and me. We like to avoid the usual fast food places and find something local or wholesome or both. In the past this has meant leaving the main roads and circling through the town that was bypassed. Occasionally we got lucky and spotted a local café. Sometimes these were great; sometime they were simply fast food served in a different setting. Now with the help of technology we can view what is available on-line and choose with more information. Tripadvisor is our source of choice.
A prime example of this happened yesterday driving to St. Louis from Springfield, MO. We came up with Sybill’s Restaurant and Gift Shop a few miles off I-44 near St.James River a bit east of Rolla. It was great. A restaurant that looked like a stately home set among shading oaks. Great food. Great service in spite of being crowded (often a good sign). Fair prices. This is the type place a little off the beaten path—if you aren’t a local—but well worth any extra effort to reach it. In fact the diversion was probably less than ten minutes and we wasted twice that driving through the business route through Rolla (to the west) just looking before resorting to the iphone.