Start the car, and bring your appetite. Here are the absolutely best places to eat along Western highways
Gott’s Roadside, St. Helena, CA (pictured). Not South Beach. Not the Zone. No diet plan encourages the consumption of thick, rich, two-full-glasses’-worth-in-the-metal-canister milkshakes. But you’re on vacation, remember? You don’t care. Which is why, when you hit a truly great milkshake stop like Gott’s, you proudly order an Espresso Bean shake with added Oreos. And, no, you don’t share. $; 933 Main St.; 707/963-3486.
Big Dipper, Missoula, MT. Classic shake shack atmosphere, down to the star-studded Big Dipper neon sign. But the milkshake flavors veer into the intriguingly outré, like Mexican chocolate, cardamom, and chai. $; 631 S. Higgins Ave.; 406/543-5722. Also in Helena: 58 N. Last Chance Gulch; 406/513-1051.