About

Are you hungry? Are you passionate about food and restaurants? Roadfood is created by and for people who love to eat, cook and travel, and debate where the best pancakes are.

Mission

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.


History

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.


About Jane & 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’s Diary

Gourmet Articles

Jane Stern tells the stories behind the story of Roadfood life: the joys and heartaches (and heartburns) of eating 12 meals a day, including between-meals encounters with America in the raw. The Sterns’ lifelong road trip is here told in vignettes that show the funny, scary, exhilarating, and ultimately delicious experiences in store for adventurous eaters.

See Them Here

From 1997 to 2009, when Gourmet Magazine ceased publication, Jane and Michael Stern traveled America writing a monthly column for the esteemed culinary journal that introduced readers to unique regional specialties, little-known (and occasionally legendary) eateries, and the crazy-quilt of characters who populate the food world. Their reports earned them three James Beard Journalism Awards. Here is a complete collection of those columns.

See Them Here


Smithsonian : The Jane and Michael Stern Collection

 

In 2016, the Sterns donated a number of culinary artifacts to the Smithsonian Museum, these artifacts have since been grouped together in what is now called the “Jane and Michael Stern Collection.” Items in the collection consist of raw materials amassed by Jane and Michael stern as they traveled across the United States, researching for their books. Materials include writings, jottings and notes from their various stops while traveling, photographs and slides of places they visited, vintage postcards collected in their travels, take-out menus and placemats, cookbooks dating back to the 1920s and much more. You can find their exhibit page here, and read more about their induction here.


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

ORDER YOUR COPY TODAY!

 

 


ROADFOOD IN THE NEWS

 

The 8 Best Seafood Spots in New England

The 8 Best Seafood Spots in New England

13 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Weekends

13 Ways to Make the Most of Your Summer Weekends

Second Annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend

Second Annual Smithsonian Food History Weekend

 

Jane and Michael Stern, The Art of Nonfiction No. 8

Jane and Michael Stern, The Art of Nonfiction No. 8

50 Foods, 50 States: The Must-Eat Roadfoods Across America

50 Foods, 50 States: The Must-Eat Roadfoods Across America

The Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Food Strategy

The Ultimate Guide to Road Trip Food Strategy

Parade Magazine

What America Eats: Thanksgiving Recipes Across the U.S.A.

downeast.com

The Definitive Oral History of the Lobster Roll

 


CONTACT US

 

We’re hungry for more! Please feel free to drop us a line anytime.  We love to hear your suggestions, comments and/or questions!

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