• LDR Char Pit

    Rochester, New York

    Rochester, New York. Thin-cut steak is cooked 30 seconds on each side. The result: a seasoned, lean, utterly delicious steak sandwich that belies its low cost.

  • Geste Shrimp Truck

    Kahului, Hawaii

    Maui’s most famous food truck makes what is likely the island’s best plate lunch based on some of the most flavorful crustaceans we’ve found on the road.

  • Parkside Candy

    Buffalo, New York

    Built in 1927, Buffalo’s Parkside Candy is a beautiful temple of sweets. Sundaes, sodas, egg creams are all fine; and the candy selection is staggering.

  • LowBrau Bierhalle

    Sacramento, California

    LowBrau Bierhalle is a modern twist on a classic German beer hall, serving everything from brunch to beer snacks and locally made sausages.

  • Clanton’s

    Vinita, Oklahoma

    An original Route 66 cafe in Vinita, Oklahoma, Clanton’s is where locals gather for chicken fried steak, catfish every Friday, and blue-ribbon pies.

  • Italic

    Austin, Texas

    Italic is a cozy downtown spot that offers flavors reminiscent of Italy — a rarity in Austin, Texas.


  • America’s Byways: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

    11 STOPS | 279 MILES | 5 hr 31 min

    Watertown to Niagara Falls

    This tour will take you on a five and a half hour drive along America’s Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Beginning in Watertown, you will end your tour by Niagara Falls. Along the way, we have picked 11 excellent restaurants and candy shops to fill your journey and your…

  • Local Authentic Eats from Las Vegas to Palm Springs

    8 STOPS | 313 MILES | 5 hr 21 min

    Road Trip Overview

    This 5.5 hour road trip will take you over a total of 312 miles from the chaotic fast paced streets of Las Vegas to the relaxed town of Palm Springs just next to Joshua Tree National Park. With 3 fantastic restaurants in Las Vegas and another 5 in and around Palm…

  • Eat Your Way Through Texas; Dallas, Austin and Hill Country

    8 STOPS | 316 MILES | 5 hr 30 min

    Road Trip Overview

    With a total of 316 miles to cover on this food filled road trip, the predicted drive time is 5 ½ hours. Beginning 30 minutes outside Dallas, the second largest city in Texas, this road trip will take you through small towns and fields, as well as the city of Austin,…

  • 9 Classic New York City Must Eats

    Variety in the Big Apple

    What is the true taste of New York City? Yes, you can dine on the cuisines of the world (especially in the boroughs) and if a food or a chef is trendy, you will find that here for sure; but what are the dining experiences that are nowhere better,…

  • The Best of South Tucson

    South Tucson Treasures

    South Tucson is surrounded by the city of Tucson, but legally and culturally – and edibly – it is a world unto itself, with more excellent Sonoran-style Mexican restaurants than anywhere else. Here are the two great sources of that most baroque American wiener, the Sonoran hot dog — 

  • The Best Places for Pork Roll in New Jersey

    What’s Pork Roll?

    A New Jersey inamorata little known beyond state borders, pork roll, aka Taylor Ham, is pink like baloney but rugged-textured like salami. It contains enough sugar that when a slice is fried, it develops a caramelized crunch on its surface. It can be a plated breakfast meat (like ham) or the…


  • Frito Pie

    Casseroles layered with corn tortillas go back to Mesoamerica, but the Fritos pie (or, if you wish, Frito pie) cannot, by definition, predate 1932. That is when Fritos were patented by Elmer Doolin, who got the recipe from a streetcorner vendor and started selling them at his lunch counter in San Antonio. (Doolin subsequently invented the…

  • Snail Salad

    What Italians throughout New England call scungilli, Rhode Islanders know as snails. And while scungilli salad is fairly rare, snail salad is ubiquitous in the Ocean State. The creature in question is a sea snail, what south Floridians might recognize as conch –a very pretty mollusk in a spiral shell. It is boiled, its meat extracted…

  • Beef on Weck

    Beyond perfectly cooked and expertly sliced roast beef, the “weck” aspect of Buffalo’s favorite sandwich is essential. From the German word Kummel, meaning caraway seed, a kummelweck looks vaguely like an ordinary hard roll spangled with caraway seeds and coarse salt. But it is not ordinary. A correct weck is delicate, its freshness evanescent. Lightness is…

  • Lemon Icebox Pie

    When the climate is hot and a meal is spicy, no dessert is more refreshing than lemon icebox pie with its cool, sweet-tart equilibrium. It is popular throughout the South, but especially so in Memphis and down into cotton country.

  • Hot Lobster Roll

    Simplicity itself: hunks of warm, fresh-picked lobster bathed in butter and piled into a split-top bun that has been lightly grilled (in butter) on both sides. No mayo, no lettuce, no herbs or seasonings. Just sheer lobster-eating bliss.

  • White Clam Pizza

    White clam pizza was first served in New Haven in the mid 20th century. It is a simple pie, made with neither tomatoes nor mozzarella cheese – just freshly-opened clams, minced garlic, a dusting of sharp Pecarino cheese and a sprinkle of herbs. The elegant medley is really more a flatbread than a pizza, its crust…


  • Meeting the Titan of TV News

    For a few years Michael and I bounced among Good Morning America, The Today Show, and CBS This Morning doing Roadfood segments. Decades back, lots of people watched these network shows; and if you were fortunate enough to be on one, whatever you were selling sold. Roadfood sales soared…

  • Jane’s Diary: Rolls Royce Taste On a Burger Budget

    For those of you who do not speak Yiddish, here is a wonderful word to know: chutzpah. The dictionary definition is: audacity, cheek, guts, nerve, and boldness.
    For the most part I lack chutzpah. I am not naturally cheeky. I do however like my luxuries.
    Michael and I wrote for Gourmet magazine for eighteen…

  • Cle Elum Bakery

    Cake donuts and maple bars are at their best in this long-standing town bakery, which also is known for its cookies and bread. Good coffee, too.

  • Eat Your Way Around Portland, Oregon

    A Day in Portland

    This single day tour will take you to a variety of restaurants and local eateries around the unique city of Portland, Oregon. The total drive time is a little over an hour long, however, the order at which you visit these restaurants is up for interpretation, so this time may…

  • Classic Restaurants to Visit on Route 66 Through Albuquerque

    The Best Restaurants in Albuquerque on Route 66

    Route 66 did not bypass cities. It ran straight through their hearts. Such is the case in Albuquerque, where the highway goes right past some of our favorite local restaurants serving authentic New Mexican cuisine, classic diner fare, and more.

    Vintage Pharmacy Lunch Counter…

  • The Best Local Restaurants in and around Palm Springs

    Palm Springs – An Eater’s Oasis in the Desert

    Just a few hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is known for its warm weather, golf courses, midcentury-modern architecture, and fancy resorts.  Many fine dining options abound in this vacationers paradise, but finding casual, neighborhood spots can be challenging in a sea of strip…