Roadfood means great regional meals along highways, in small towns and in city neighborhoods. It is sleeves-up fare made by cooks, bakers, pitmasters, and sandwich-makers who are America’s culinary folk artists.
Roadfood restaurants are almost always casual and affordable. They are diners, small-town cafes, seaside shacks, drive-ins, barbecues, and bake shops. The best of them are colorful places enjoyed by locals (and savvy travelers) for their character as well as their menu.
It is our intention that Roadfood lead the way to:
- great local color
- the best regional specialties
- unforgettable meals that are the highlights of the trip
Jane and Smiley, the charming owner of Smiley’s Fried Chicken, in the small town of Port St. Joe, FL.
Roadfood first was published as a guidebook in 1977 and is now celebrating its 10th edition. In 2000, Roadfood.com was created to expand the mission of sharing memorable local eateries along highways and back roads with hungry travelers. Roadfood.com strives to be a great resource on any device, and a place where a community of food lovers from all over the country (and the globe) share road-trip reports, delicious food photos, and opinions on all things culinary.
Jane and Michael, at home in Connecticut in 1975, with the manuscript of the first edition of Roadfood.
ROADFOOD, 10TH EDITION – Now Available
For road warriors and armchair epicures, the fortieth-anniversary edition of Roadfood is the indispensable guide to more than 1,000 of America’s best local eateries — with over 200 completely new listings.
“The bible for motorists seeking mouthwatering barbecue or homemade pie.” – USA Today
ABOUT JANE AND MICHAEL STERN
For any food lover who’s ever heard the call of the open road, Jane and Michael Stern have been trusted, trailblazing guides for over 40 years. After meeting at Yale, where they came to study art, they began a collaboration that has yielded over forty books, including the good-eats guide Roadfood, The Lexicon of Real American Food, cookbooks Square Meals and American Gourmet, and pop-culture best-sellers Elvis World, The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste, and Way Out West.
Jane and Michael Stern drive around America looking for good food. As the creators of Roadfood, the James Beard Award-winning authors have worked to both preserve and celebrate regional American dishes from coast-to-coast, ensuring that whether someone is tooling through Tulsa or rounding the bend outside of Boston, they’ll know just where to taste the most authentic, local flavors imaginable.
The Sterns have won three James Beard journalism awards for their monthly column in Gourmet magazine, which took readers to the best restaurants in small towns and cities all around the country. They are weekly contributors to “The Splendid Table” on Public Radio.
Jane and Michael Stern, circa 1977.
The Way It Was and The Way It Is Now. A long time ago a wealthy entrepreneur interested in investing in Roadfood took us to lunch and asked us what our “five year plan” was. We had no answer. Continue Reading…
Free Food. It is no secret that during our long career as food writers Michael and I ate a lot. Now that we are no longer young I look back on exactly how much food we consumed on the road in our early years, and am in shock. We probably should be dead or stars on My 600 lb. life. Continue Reading…
Arthur Bryant’s. Michael Stern was born in Chicago. I was born in midtown Manhattan. When we first traveled west from our Connecticut home, Michael could not stop talking about the great BBQ we soon would eat. Continue Reading…
The Unfortunate Saga of Cherry Jerry the Cherry Pie Faced Boy.
Everything changes…and I don’t like it. One of the joys of exploring rural America was that Michael and I found astonishingly unique places to eat. Continue Reading…
A Cavalcade of Dreadful Motels. In the more than forty years Michael and I traveled around finding out-of-the-way places to eat, we realized how adventurous we were. Continue Reading…
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