Okay, Serious Eaters, my husband and I have decided that next September we will drive the Mother Road all the way from Chicago to California. I have purchased the requisite guidebooks and am doing my homework but with all the recommendations and possibilities it boils down to the fact that one can only eat and sleep at so many places, so I am hoping you all can give me some opinions on the "must eats" and any other downright "musts." Oh, and if it makes any difference (some people think we are crazy for this), we are taking our beloved Doberman. She loves the car and I see many pet friendly lodgings we can take advantage of. We are all super geeked for the trip and want to do it right.