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Posted by Cliff Strutz on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 4:37 PM

The "little" in the name of Laura's Little Burger Joint is not for quaintness. This place really is tiny. There is only the one ordering window and the seating is outside at picnic tables, some shaded, some positioned for sun worshippers. Located in farm country a half hour southwest of Kalamazoo, it is very unlikely you would ever just happen by the place. Laura's has to be one of the least likely great burger stands in the nation.

My choice was the Chapman burger, a hefty meal in itself, that includes two seven oz. patties, bacon, grilled onions and pepperjack cheese, all on a grilled, wide bun. The beef is freshly ground, loosely packed, sparingly seasoned and tastes exactly how a burger should. Add in the crispy bacon and the heat from the cheese and you have a winning combination. For just $8.95, you also get a generous portion of nicely salted fries and a drink, making it one of the best bargains in Michigan. We saw another diner enjoying an olive burger which looked so good, it will be our order next time here.

Since this is no fast food burger factory and everything is made to order, it will take a few extra minutes to get your food. But, it will be well worth it. I shared a table with a couple of weekend motorcyclists who love Laura's so much, they drive here on a regular basis all the way from Chicago.

Laura's Little Burger Joint is seasonal and closes during cold weather months.
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Posted on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Pig Platter

The pig platter features a large portion of well-sauced pork meat. The crusty burnt parts are especially flavorful.
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Roadfood of the Day: Forno Italia - Astoria, NY
Posted on Tuesday, September 9, 2014


Pools of fresh mozzarella over tomatoes. Simple and unimproveable.
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Posted on Monday, September 8, 2014

Foot Long

If you ask for the works, Louis will dress your foot long as shown. The frank develops a good crust from the burning coals.
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Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014
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Posted on Sunday, September 7, 2014

Sundae With French Chocolate Sauce

Sundaes are built with Perry's ice cream and homemade toppings.
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Roadfood of the Day: Duff's - Buffalo, NY
Posted on Saturday, September 6, 2014

Duff's Wings

Like most Buffalo wing shops, Duff's well-sauced wings are sold in units of 10. This is a double order (20) of medium hot.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, September 5, 2014 7:44 AM

Le P'tit Stop on the Trans-Canada Highway south of Mont-Tremblant National Park, isn't quite as coarse as most of Quebec's casse-croûtes (snack bars). Food actually is brought to you from the kitchen after your order it at the counter; tables, covered with oilcloth, are outfitted with charming little wood-slat chairs; walls are made to look like pine logs in a rustic cabin.

Here you can get a terrific "hot dog Michigan," very similar to the Michigans in and around Plattsburgh, New York – a bunned hot dog topped with Bolognese sauce rather than Plattsburgh chili. Le P'tit Stop presents the dog and sauce in a split-top bun, grilled to a crisp. Half-pound hamburgers, which a large sign on the roof guarantees to be "100% Boeuf," are formidable (although no burger I have eaten in Quebec delivers the booming beef flavor of those commonly found out west in Alberta). And of course there is poutine – in this case, a masterful balance of crisp fries, squeaky cheese curds, and quite elegant gravy.

What impressed me most at Le P'tit Stop is dessert. There are galettes of fried dough spread with chocolate, cinnamon sugar, or maple cream and, even better, there is sugar cream pie (tarte au sucre). Proprietor Robert Forget told us that this creamy caramel creation in a flaky crust is made in the basement from his mother's recipe, which he was happy to share "Sucre brun et crème," he said. Nothing more. What's better than a wedge of brown sugar and cream, warm and melty?
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Roadfood of the Day: Ramon's - Clarksdale, MS
Posted on Friday, September 5, 2014

Onion Rings

Big, oily hoops of crisp-fried onion make a good appetizer or side dish for a plate of fried (or non-fried) food.
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Roadfood of the Day: Alcenia's - Memphis, TN
Posted on Thursday, September 4, 2014

Egg Custard Pie

There is scarcely anything simpler, or more directly satisfying for dessert lovers, than egg custard pie.
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