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From Chicago to Los Angeles, the historic, scenic Route 66 is flanked by chow. Amazing chow. You can?t go wrong with any of the classic diners or barbecue joints along the drive, but don't miss these icons:
-- Ted Drewes is famous for its "concrete," a frozen custard treat so thick you can (and should!) turn your cup upside down -- you won't lose your spoon! (6726 Chippewa St., St. Louis, 314-481-2652)
-- Big Texan Steak Ranch is home of the "free" 72-ounce steak. If you can finish the whole thing, you don't pay for it. Indigestion is also on the house -- but worth it. (7701 I-40 East, Amarillo, TX, 806-372-6000)
-- Cozy Dog Drive In may or may not be the birthplace of the corn dog (rivals also claim the title), but the breaded beef here is so addictive, historical debate will be the last thing on your mind. (2935 S. Sixth St., Springfield, IL, 217-525-1992)