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.


City Café

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** The City Cafe of Elgin, Texas, has a fine full menu, but its chicken fried steak is supreme: gnarled and crusty, golden brown with a brittle crust. Continue reading City Café | Roadfood Restaurants

Al’s Place

Al’s Place is a tremendously colorful steak & pasta house in the old Chinese town of Locke, California. Every table is outfitted with peanut butter and marmalade! Continue reading Al’s Place | Roadfood Restaurants

Saukville Meats

While it isn’t a restaurant, we cannot resist Blau’s Saukville Meats for its fabulous supply of smoked sausages, cheeses, and lake fish. Continue reading Saukville Meats | Roadfood Restaurants

The Shack

The Shack is a good stop along I-95 in Connecticut for big breakfast, and such hearty fare as shepherd’s pie and Yankee puddings for dessert. Continue reading The Shack | Roadfood Restaurants

Three Brothers

Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Three Brothers, located in a vintage corner brewery, serves classic Serbian food at its finest. A memorable heartland restaurant! Continue reading Three Brothers | Roadfood Restaurants

Wolfy’s: No frills Chicago style street food

At the big sign of the frankfurter at Wolfy’s, count on classic Chicago street food, including great all-beef hot dogs served fast and with plenty of sass. Continue reading Wolfy’s: No frills Chicago style street food | Roadfood Restaurants

Blue Dolphin

Katonah, New York: Blue Dolphin Diner is a diner-turned-restaurant offering homemade pasta, fresh seafood, sophisticated salads, and masterful cappuccino. Continue reading Blue Dolphin | Roadfood Restaurants

Wiz’s Eatery

Happy American food makes Wiz’s a Batesburg big-appetite destination for pizza, burgers, house-smoked meats, and seafood. Continue reading Wiz’s Eatery | Roadfood Restaurants

Maytag Dairy Farms: New location at Nostalgia Wine and Spirits

Maytag cheese is among the world’s best blues. You can no longer visit the farm, but there is a new location downtown Newton, IA to visit! Continue reading Maytag Dairy Farms: New location at Nostalgia Wine and Spirits | Roadfood Restaurants


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