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.


Simones Hot Dog Stand

A small corner restaurant that’s been a favorite among Maine diner fans for over a century. Bright pink dogs put Simones’ on the Roadfood map. Continue reading Simones Hot Dog Stand | Roadfood Restaurants


A few years back, country singer Ray Stevens invited a New York friend to join him at one of his favorite Nashville lunchrooms, a place called Hap Townes. The New Yorker was a professional efficiency expert whose business was telling restaurateurs how to be successful. When he and Ray arrived at Hap Townes, a one-room … Continue reading Meat-And-Three

Bon Ton Cafe

Bon Ton is the New Orleans restaurant in which to taste such Creole classics as crawfish etouffe, jambalaya, and signature Red Fish Bon Ton. Continue reading Bon Ton Cafe | Roadfood Restaurants

Wright’s Chicken Farm

One of the biggest restaurants on earth, Wright’s Farm serves a classic Rhode Island Blackstone Valley chicken dinner with fixin’s, all-you-can-eat. Continue reading Wright’s Chicken Farm | Roadfood Restaurants

Walker Brothers Original Pancake House | A Chicagoland Best

Must eats at Walker Bros include the baked apple pancake — a Chicagoland best. From coffee and fresh OJ to thick-cut bacon, it’s all great. Continue reading Walker Brothers Original Pancake House | A Chicagoland Best | Roadfood Restaurants

Old Edgefield Grill | New American Dixie

Contemporary culinary style meets Southern tradition in the polite dining rooms of the Old Edgefield Grill. New American Dixie dining! Continue reading Old Edgefield Grill | New American Dixie | Roadfood Restaurants

Oxford Creamery

New England summer seafood at its best. Oxford Creamery lobster rolls are legendary; fried clams are superb, too. A Mattapoisett, Massachusetts restaurant gem! Continue reading Oxford Creamery | Roadfood Restaurants

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

Rye Harbor Lobster Pound

A minimal menu features lobster at its best, including sherry-scented lobster rolls and fluffy chowder, which is a swirl of butter, cream, and sweet crustacean. Continue reading Rye Harbor Lobster Pound | Roadfood Restaurants


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