Where to eat between Columbus and Des Moines

This food trip itinerary gives you restaurant recommendations for places to eat over 6 days. Starting from Columbus, you can leave at 9:00 am and drive for about an hour to the first stop.

2624 N US Hwy 68
Urbana, OH
(937) 652-3701
  5 reviews
10am to 6pm
Day 1. Arrive at 10:00 am. Eat for about an hour. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
11 Brown St
Dayton, OH
(937) 222-3227
$$
  583 reviews
Thai restaurants
5pm to 10pm
Arrive at 11:50 am. Explore the area for about 5 hours. Double check the opening time of 5:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
812 S Patterson Blvd
Dayton, OH
(937) 331-5357
$$
  476 reviews
Italian restaurants, Pizza
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 7:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 10:10 am. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
4712 National Rd E
Richmond, IN
(765) 939-7401
$$
  116 reviews
Indian food, Soup
11am to 10pm
Day 2. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about an hour.
310 Massachusetts Ave
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 929-1799
$$
Arrive at 2:30 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 5 minutes.
127 S Illinois St
Indianapolis, IN
(317) 635-0636
$$$
  2082 reviews
Seafood restaurants, Steakhouses
3pm to 11pm
Arrive at 4:40 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about an hour.
101 N Oakland St
Colfax, IN
(765) 324-2168
  2 reviews
Pizza, Salad, Sandwiches
11:30am to 9:30pm
Arrive at 8:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 9:40 am. Then drive for about an hour.
500 N Oakwood
Oakwood, IL
(217) 354-2000
$
  8 reviews
Burgers, American restaurants (Traditional)
11am to 11pm
Day 3. Arrive at 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Enjoy the rest of the day. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 8:20 am. Then drive for about 40 minutes.
201 N Broadway Ave
Urbana, IL
(217) 954-0465
$$
  859 reviews
Barbeque, American restaurants (Traditional)
9am to 9:20am
Day 4. Arrive at 9:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 10 minutes.
60 E Green St
Champaign, IL
(217) 355-6400
$
  647 reviews
Mexican restaurants
11am to 9pm
Arrive at 11:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Enjoy the rest of the day. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 6:00 am. Then drive for about an hour.
1531 Fort Jesse Rd
Normal, IL
(309) 451-5656
$$
  371 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Sandwiches, Waffles
7am to 2pm
Day 5. Arrive at 7:10 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
201 E Lake Ave
Peoria, IL
(309) 966-4234
$$
  174 reviews
Mediterranean food
11am to 8pm
Arrive at 10:00 am. Explore the area for about an hour. Double check the opening time of 11:00 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about an hour.
62 S Seminary St
Galesburg, IL
(309) 343-5376
$$
Arrive at 2:00 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 50 minutes.
1325 S Oakwood Ave
Geneseo, IL
(309) 944-1122
$$
  65 reviews
Sandwiches, Steakhouses
11am to 10pm
Arrive at 4:50 pm. Eat for about 2½ hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
1419 5th Ave
Moline, IL
(309) 797-4100
$$
  367 reviews
Noodles, Salad
4pm to 9pm
Arrive at 7:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Stay overnight. The next day, leave at 7:00 am. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
3408 N Plainview Rd
Walcott, IA
(563) 284-5055
$$
  126 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Comfort Food
7am to 10pm
Day 6. Arrive at 7:30 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about an hour.
17 S Dubuque St
Iowa City, IA
(319) 338-1808
$$
  518 reviews
Breakfast & Brunch, Diners
8am to 10pm
Arrive at 10:20 am. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 30 minutes.
4408 220th Trl
Amana, IA
(319) 622-3641
$$
Arrive at 12:50 pm. Eat for about 2 hours. Then drive for about 2 hours.

Reach your destination in Des Moines around 4:50 pm after eating at 18 restaurants over 6 days. If you were to drive nonstop, it would take about 9½ hours driving roughly 649 miles straight to Des Moines. Looking for more restaurants? You can choose a category below if you want to do an entire road trip full of Thai restaurants, Italian restaurants, Pizza, Indian food, Soup, Southern food, or more. Enjoy the journey!

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