Michael Stern

Michael Stern

Aiken, South Carolina

Michael Stern, co-creator of Roadfood.com – the first food website to feature photography – has written over 40 books about American food and popular culture, including New York Times best sellers Elvis World and The Encyclopedia of Bad Taste. Michael was born in Chicago. He was educated at Johns Hopkins, University of Michigan, Yale, and Columbia University. Before devoting his attention to writing, he produced and directed documentary films for WNBC-TV and the United States Information Agency. In 1992 Jane and Michael Stern were inducted into the Who's Who of Food and Beverage in America for their pioneering work discovering regional food. Michael was an editor at Gourmet Magazine for 17 years. The monthly column he and Jane Stern wrote won three James Beard journalism awards. He was a contributing editor to Saveur Magazine from 2010 to 2015. From 1997 to 2017 the Sterns were regular weekly guests on the Public Radio show, The Splendid Table. In 2016 the Smithsonian Institution acquired the Jane & Michael Stern Roadfood collection for its permanent archives Michael currently lives in Aiken, South Carolina, where he rides horses and writes a weekly restaurant review for The Aiken Standard.


Donutland Express

In this happy little take-out-only shop just off I-10 in Bonifay, Florida, donuts are fresh, inexpensive, and delicious. Maple-bacon is a must! Continue reading Donutland Express | Roadfood Restaurants

Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe

Mrs. White’s is a small Phoenix cafe that has become a southwestern legend for its exemplary soul food, especially fried chicken and fried pork chops. Continue reading Mrs. White’s Golden Rule Cafe | Roadfood Restaurants

Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market

Modern food in a vintage Arizona waystation makes Indian Gardens a best bet for healthful meals, fresh-pressed cider, lattes, and great sourdough bread. Continue reading Indian Gardens Oak Creek Market | Roadfood Restaurants

Hudson’s Hamburgers

A Huddy burger has a light crust and supreme juiciness. One such hamburger in a bun with cheese and pickle chips is a Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, legend. Continue reading Hudson’s Hamburgers | Roadfood Restaurants

Sunset Cafe & Loose Wolf Saloon | Hearty Northwest Eats

Sunset Cafe is a Washington state restaurant serving hearty Northwest eats, from cinnamon maple rolls at dawn to prime rib for supper. Continue reading Sunset Cafe & Loose Wolf Saloon | Hearty Northwest Eats | Roadfood Restaurants

Steve’s Prince of Steaks

Steve’s just might be the best traditional Philadelphia cheese steak: a classic topped with Whiz and grilled onions, packed into a shaft of quality bread. Continue reading Steve’s Prince of Steaks | Roadfood Restaurants

Roseland Apizza

Roseland is a family-run restaurant in Derby, Connecticut, famous for huge portions of Italian-American food, including superb New Haven-style pizza. Continue reading Roseland Apizza | Roadfood Restaurants

Florida Avenue Grill

A soul-food diner in Washington, DC, the Florida Avenue Grill serves square meals to government glitterati as well as taxi drivers and ordinary folks. Continue reading Florida Avenue Grill | Roadfood Restaurants

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

Arnold’s is one of the best restaurants in Nashville, Tennessee, for a meat and 3 meal, from fried chicken and veggies to chocolate pie and banana pudding. Continue reading Arnold’s Country Kitchen | Roadfood Restaurants


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