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America's Byways: Road trip through the Florida Keys

Road trip through the Florida Keys Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico stretching out as far as the eye can see, this drive winds through vistas of...

Road trip through New Mexico | What to eat

Road trip through New Mexico Take a road trip and eat your way through El Camino Real "The Royal Road" through New Mexico. In addition to spectacular natural beauty, you...

Where to Eat | Sedona, Arizona

Drive, hike and eat the best food in Sedona, AZ The drive through Sedona's Red Rock country is one of awesome scenery and good food served with old-fashioned western hospitality. ...

America's Byways: Road trip through Connecticut's Merritt Parkway

Close to the Road America's Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Merritt Parkway of Connecticut is...

Tastee Inn & Out - Onion Chips

America's Byways: Road trip through Iowa

Road trip through Iowa The Loess Hills Scenic Byway through westernmost Iowa is describes as "truly an American treasure." The trip from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sioux City, Iowa offers Roadfood...

America's Byways: Road trip through Ohio

Road trip through Ohio Along this coastal road tip through Ohio, you will cover 119 miles in a little under two and a half hours of drive time. Driving from...

Roadfood Adventures: Las Vegas, Nevada to Palm Springs, California

Road trip Las Vegas to Palm Springs Las Vegas, Palm Springs, and the desert between them are full of wonder, including the brightest of bright city lights as well as...

Roadfood Adventures: Route 66 Illinois

Road trip on Route 66 Illinois Route 66 is a highway rich with crazy attractions, unique museums, America's heartland history, and colorful odes to the joy of exploring the country...

Taste of the West: Rocky Mountain oysters, bison tongue, peanut butter filled jalapenos, bison sausage, guacamole.

Roadfood Adventures: Colorado Springs to Estes Park, Colorado

Colorado Road trip Colorado is famous for its scenery, from the Garden of the Gods to the Rocky Mountains. Its beauties are as diverse as a rainbow. And its food,...

Sign advertises Friday night fish fry.

Roadfood Adventures: Milwaukee to Fish Creek, Wisconsin

Eastern Wisconsin is a joyful place to visit … It is the might of Milwaukee and its diverse heritage, the still shores of Lake Michigan, the football-crazed city of...

LDR Char Pit - Steak Sandwich

America's Byways: Great Lakes Seaway Trail

New York Road Trip: Watertown to Niagara Falls This tour will take you on a five and a half hour drive along America’s Great Lakes Seaway Trail. Beginning in Watertown,...

Eat Your Way from San Diego to Los Angeles

Road trip from San Diego to Los Angeles The trip from San Diego up to Los Angeles County is only 115 miles or so, but with treacherous Southern California gridlock, the drive could...

Roadfood Adventures: Gulf Coast Treasures from Florida to Alabama

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Roadfood Adventures: Covington to Mammoth Cave National Park, Kentucky

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Shrimp Louis is amended by a mound of Dungeness crab

Eat Your Way Around Portland, Oregon

An eating tour of Portland Although shorter than the majority of our road trips, this single day tour will take you to a variety of restaurants around the unique city...

Dinosaur Bar-b-que - Motorcycle Parking

Best Local Restaurants on the Hot Rod Power Tour Route

The Annual HOT ROD Power Tour This is a seven-day, seven-city journey expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators making it the largest traveling car-show in...

Hidden Gems: Key West

Road trip through the Florida Keys Key West likes to call itself The Conch Republic, meaning its culture is unique, like a nation unto itself. Foodwise, that means a wonderful,...

Roadfood Adventures: Winter Park to Miami, Florida

Road Trip in Florida From Orlando and Winter Park down the east coast of Florida to Miami is a journey of never-ending adventure. Here you encounter brilliant sunshine, exotic wildlife,...

Roadfood Adventures: Selma to Montgomery, Alabama

Road Trip through Alabama Sweet Home Alabama! ... from Selma – Queen City of the Blackbelt – to Montgomery -- the Heart of Dixie --  is an inspiring journey through...

Roadfood Adventures: San Luis Obispo to Ventura, California

Road trip along the California Coast Memorable food stops from San Luis Obispo to Ventura with meals that are California's alone. Sophisticated wineries and wine-tasting rooms: these are the pleasures...

Don’s Drive-In - Sign

Roadfood Adventures: Beulah to Moran Township, Michigan

Road trip through beautiful Michigan The northern part of Michigan is known to Michiganders and Midwestern vacationers as "Up North." It's a natural wonderland, surrounded by Great Lakes coastline, covered...

Roadfood Adventures: Cincinnati to Harveysburg, Ohio

Road trip through Ohio A jewel of a city on the Ohio River, Cincinnati once was known as the Paris of America, home of diverse culture and a thriving culinary...

Roadfood Adventures: Dallas Fort Worth to Austin, Texas

Take a Road trip through Texas A road trip deep in the heart of Texas is a genuine wild west expedition and a bonanza of colorful Roadfood. Whether on dusty...

Roadfood Adventures: Scottsdale to Bisbee, Arizona

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North Hadley Sugar Shack - Maple Nut Sundae

Road Trip along the Connecticut River

A Road trip along the Connecticut River A drive along the Connecticut River is described as a one of "traditions, vivid history, deeply rooted farming heritage, call of the railroads,...

America's Byways: Blue Ridge Parkway

Blue Ridge Parkway This five hour trip will take drivers along the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina to wonderful regional food served in restaurants that sing of...

Basket of fried oysters ... seafood & drink

America's Byways: Florida's Big Bend Coastal Trail

Big Bend Coastal Trail Florida's Big Bend Coastal trail is a "rich heritage [of] barrier islands, sand dunes, beaches, bays, coastal marshes, and springs," as described by the U.S. Secretary...

A Day in the Southern Berkshires

The color of New England's autumn foliage attracts seasonal visitors to the southern foothills of the Berkshires, but year around, it is an excruciatingly beautiful land: rolling hills, stone...

Sandwich holds a slab of moist, porky goetta

Essential Cincinnati in a Day

Roadfood knows Cincinnati best for its unique five-way chili, which is nowhere better than at Camp Washington Chili Parlor, open round the clock. In this city that has earned...

Custard, sliced bananas, crumbled Nilla wafers, and meringue are crowded in a diner bowl

Eat Nashville in a Day

After many happy weeks eating our way around Nashville. we've created a one-day eating plan that presents you with the best of the best: five fantastic meals in memorable...

A lobster roll with a ramekin of butter, ready to drizzle

Northeast Seafood Crawl

For a mouthwatering summer road trip to sleeves-up joints surrounded by magnificent scenery, you can’t beat a seafood-eating expedition along New England's coast. At waterside picnic tables and roadside drive-ins, in...

Smashed crispyburger, fully dressed

Route 66 Classics: 21 Affordable Eateries from Chicago to Los Angeles

What a yummy trip it is to eat one's way from Chicago to L.A. along old Route 66! This tour of 21 excellent stops along the way includes some...

Route 66: Texas and New Mexico Edition

The drive along old Route 66 from the Texas Panhandle to the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico is a pageant of natural splendor and...

Joe Rogers Original Recipe Chili Parlor - Sign

Route 66: Illinois & Missouri Edition

In 1946, when Bobby and Cynthia Troup drove their Buick convertible from the East to the West coast in hopes of finding a future writing songs, Cynthia suggested to...

Interstate Bar-B-Q - Sign

Mississippi Blues Highway Feast

The magic of Highway 61 from Graceland down deep into the Mississippi Delta, through cotton fields and past speck-on-the-map small towns, is all about the blues. You might be...

Chicken breast with red-gold crust shares plate with French fries.

Cleveland to Akron, Ohio Road Trip

Scenery-wise, it's not the Pas de Calais or the Beartooth Highway, but an Ohio road trip from the shores of Lake Erie to Rubber City (Akron) is an eager...

Charlotte, NC: 2014 Eating Tour

The 2014 Roadfood.com eating tour of Charlotte, North Carolina, featured four-star fried chicken, barbecue, pimento cheese, and banana pudding.

Virginia's Eastern Shore

The long stretch of flatland threaded by Highway 13 between Pokomoke Sound and the Atlantic Ocean is a bonanza of mid-Atlantic specialties from oysters and crab to multi-layer Smith...

Close view of a western omelet that adds bacon to the veggies inside

Aiken, South Carolina, Horse Country

Aiken has long been a vacation destination for the horsey set – back in the 1950s, weekly non-stop train service direct from New York served wintering horses, horse owners,...

Florida's Panhandle

Route 98 east of Panama City and south of Tallahassee borders what is known as Florida's Big Bend because it is shaped like the one in Texas. But unlike...

Route 66: Arizona & California Edition

While magnificent scenery along Route 66 in Arizona and California is abundant, good meals can be scarce. But it isn't necessary to take a major detour down to Sedona...

Los Angeles along the Coast to San Diego

Starting with refreshing smoothies in Laguna Beach, this Coast Highway drive leads to surfer burgers supreme, tacos by the highway, breakfast of the gods and the quintessential SoCal coffee...

Best Eats from Los Angeles to Palm Springs

Making the drive from L.A. to Palm Springs? Here's where to find the best local, authentic eats along the way, plus where to go once you arrive.

Houston Heading West

A road trip west from Houston, starting with burgers and bbq towards serious smoked meat country and pie paradise

Florida's North Coast

Florida's north coast is an eater's paradise, with fare both exotic and familiar. The menu includes fish camp cooking at its finest, pour-your-own pancakes at the Fountain of Youth,...

Atlanta, Eastward Ho: to Sunday Supper Every Day

A road trip from Atlanta to the east, from pot likker, BBQ and biscuits to fried green tomatoes at the ultimate buffet in the town of Social Circle

Pine Club - Red & Blue Salad

Cincinnati Chili and Beyond

Cincinnati chili is an American icon, but north of the Queen City is an array of great eats, both funky and fine. This road trip starts with a plate...

The front entrance of Walker Brothers Original Pancake House

Chicago to Milwaukee, Twixt 3 Corned Beef Sandwiches

A road trip along the the southwest shore of Lake Michigan offers a wild taste-buds adventure (assuming you can get out of Chicago with any appetite remaining ... but...

New Mexico Roadfood Tour 2010

A visit to New Mexico during the height of chile season takes us from Albuquerque, where the State Fair is underway, north to magical city of Santa Fe, then...

Portland, Oregon Coffee An'

Probably because it is the home of Starbuck's, Seattle gets credit as the Northwest's great coffee city. It is great, no doubt about that, but so is Portland, Oregon;...

Oregon Coast Seafood Markets

If you like fish that is dramatically fresh, served at nautical food bars with do-it-yourself service and dispose-your-own cardboard plates, there is no road trip more rewarding than a...

Cozy Corner - BBQ Cornish Hen

Memphis Barbecue Loop

Memphis is a bonanza of world-class barbecue, smoked and served in humble storefront shops as well as booming dinner halls. Anything and everything can be had barbecued in this...

7 Best Family-Friendly, Affordable Restaurants Near Disneyland

Anaheim is one of the most visited towns in the United States, but there is more to the area than just theme parks.  Great local, cheap Restaurants Near Disneyland and...

Lobster roll

6 best restaurants in New England

Looking for some stops along your Road trip?  Check out our picks for the 6 best restaurants in New England.  This is New England, so there is a plethora...

Clam Shack - Lobster Roll

14 Best Lobster Rolls in New England

Bad lobster rolls are easy to come by.  We've done the research and have found the best lobster rolls in New England for you! In Connecticut they have the...

Red Rocks

Best Affordable Eats Along Sedona's Red Rock Drive

Scenic Driving and Good Eating Rising an average of an inch every 60 to 80 years, the beautiful Red Rock formations that we see today were formed several million years...

Road trip | Seattle to Yakima Washington

Road Trip Overview A road trip over the Cascades through Snoqualmie Pass leads not only to a bucolic, big-sky Washington State and some of the most wonderful fruit stands (apples...

The exterior of Santarpio's Pizza

The Best Hidden Gem Restaurants of Boston | Roadfood Bests

Best Hidden Gem Restaurants in Boston Tradition-bound and cutting edge, Boston has restaurants for every taste, including some of the finest ice cream parlors in the country. Always on the...

Authentic Local Eats, Vegas to Palm Springs | Roadfood Bests

Road Trip Overview This 5.5 hour road trip will take you over  312 miles from the fast paced streets of Las Vegas to the relaxed town of Palm Springs, just...

Where to Eat Breakfast in Pittsburgh | Roadfood Bests

Breakfast in Pittsburgh is especially wonderful. It is one of the nation's great breakfast cities. And we're not just talking about a 3am pastrami and double egg sandwich at...

Multi-meat BBQ meal

Road Trip: Phoenix to the Grand Canyon | Roadfood Bests

Arizona Road Trip! This three day Roadfood Adventure from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon, through the small town of Sedona. With a population of only 10,397 Sedona has three fantastic...

Seattle's Best Hidden Gem Restaurants | Roadfood Bests

Maybe because it is such a coffee Mecca, Seattle also happens to be one of the nation's best breakfast cities. Then, of course, there's an abundance of Pacific Northwest...

Carminuccio’s - Stern Special

The Best Pizza In America | Roadfood Bests

Is there another dish as diverse as pizza? It can be an utterly simple tomato pie – nothing but sauce on crust – or it can be a multi-meat...

16 Best Restaurants In Key West | Roadfood Bests

Dayboat fish, pink shrimp, stone crab claws, and conch are just the nautical highlights of a Key West eating expedition. With Cuba 90 miles away, strong coffee and plancha-pressed...

View of Caro-Mi across the river ... heaven at the Blue Ridge Mountains

The Best Restaurants Around Tryon, NC | Roadfood Bests

A favorite vacation destination for southerners eager to escape summer heat and enjoy the cooler climate of the Blue Ridge Mountain foothills, the area around Landrum, South Carolina, and...

The Best Restaurants in Savannah, Georgia | Roadfood Bests

For conscientious seekers of Roadfood, a brief visit to Savannah can be frustrating. There are too many good eateries to savor them all. Of course, one wants great seafood,...

Poppy seed bun holds hot dog with mustard, relish, and pickle spear

The Best Chicago Foods | Roadfood Bests

Whatever you like to eat, Chicago has it – humble and swanky, familiar and exotic, healthful and decadent, from anywhere on earth and in every imaginable setting. But what...

The Best Restaurants in Richmond Virginia | Roadfood Bests

First, biscuits. Richmond is home to two irresistible bakeries that make beautiful buttermilk biscuits. They come plain or dressed to a fare-thee-well. Beyond biscuits, Richmond's Roadfood treasures include stylish...

The Best Roast Beef Sandwich on Earth

Lovers of roast-beef sandwiches seek out Chicago’s Italian beef, Philadelphia’s cheesesteak, Southern California’s French dip, hot beef in the Upper Midwest, brisket in Jewish delis, wecks in Buffalo, and...

The Best Restaurants In Branson, Missouri | Roadfood Bests

Branson, a city of countless entertainment theaters, not to mention zip lines, wax museums, and mini-golf courses, is a tourist Mecca. But that doesn't mean it lacks good places...

Strip steak on a plate with onion rings

The Best Restaurants in Omaha, Nebraska | Roadfood Bests

When writing our Roadfood guide book, which divides the nation into regions, Nebraska is a problem. Is it the Midwest or the West? Culinarily, it's some of each, but...

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit

The Best Restaurants In Asheville, NC | Roadfood Bests

Asheville menus reflect both new-age nostrums and traditional Blue Ridge Mountain cookery. Vegetarians and vegans, gluten-frees and keto devotees all will find happiness. But so will hungry carnivores and...

The Best Restaurants in Miami, Florida | Roadfood Bests

With ready access to fresh seafood, a thriving population of cooks from Latin America, and culinary culture that's both tradition-minded and cutting-edge, Miami is a great place to eat....

At the counter of Bakin' Bishop ... Smoky Mountain sweets

The Best Eats in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee | Roadfood Bests

Anybody visiting Dollywood, Pigeon Forge, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park will have no trouble finding a place to eat – there are hundreds. The trick is to find...

78-gallon cauldron of cooking hash

The Best Hash on Rice in South Carolina | Roadfood Bests

Hash on Rice is the star side-dish at barbecue parlors throughout the South Carolina Midlands and Upstate. A byproduct of whole-hog cookery, but frequently also made with beef, it...

The Best Eats in Bend, Oregon | Roadfood Bests

For many visitors, a visit to Bend, Oregon, means communing with the outdoors. Hiking, fishing, skiing, and biking opportunities abound. If all that healthful activity and fresh mountain air...

The Best Restaurants in Wilmington, NC | Roadfood Bests

From spectacular dive-bar burgers to elegant, cutting-edge cuisine, Wilmington, North Carolina, is an eater's paradise. The burgeoning downtown dining scene includes high-stylin' cafes with devoted farm (and sea)-to-table cookery...

Best Myrtle Beach Hidden-Gem Restaurants | Roadfood Bests

There is no shortage of places to eat in the bustling beach town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. For an authentic, unique taste, forget the big, tourist-oriented dining halls....

Bunned sandwich of fried bologna, chili, cheese, and onions

Unique Casual Restaurants in Greenville | Roadfood Bests

The South Carolina Upcountry boom town of Greenville is an eater's delight of high-end restaurants, franchised food both high and low, and a handful of one-of-a-kind Roadfood treasures. Our...

Chicago Joe's Spaghetti and Meatballs

The Best Casual Restaurants in Las Vegas | Roadfood Bests

Las Vegas high-end restaurants offer deluxe meals created by celebrity chefs. But what if you don't want to splurge? What if you want delicious food at a fair price...

Manny’s Coffee Shop - Sign

Best Authentic Unique Chicago Restaurants | Roadfood Bests

Are you looking a flavor that is unique Chicago? Eating experiences that are found only in the city or at their very best here? If so, savor these memorable...

The original Sisters of the New South Cafe

The Best Savannah Low Country Flavors | Roadfood Bests

Savannah Low Country flavors are a profoundly colorful swirl of old-time Dixie, of African-American soul, and of the modern South. This itinerary of Roadfood favorites offers a taste of...

Boston: Hidden Gems | Roadfood Bests

Tradition-bound and cutting edge, Boston has restaurants for every taste, including some of the finest ice cream parlors in the country. Always on the hunt for flavors unique to...

Harry Caray’s - Steak

Best Restaurants in Chicago, Plain & Fancy | Roadfood Bests

If you are looking for a true taste of Chicago -- eating experiences that are unique to the city or at their very best here -- savor these memorable...

California's Heartland | Highway 99 Roadfood Bests

California's agricultural artery, CA-99, runs through the fertile San Joaquin Valley along side the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Rather than movie studio tours, this showcases the "other California," farms that...

Eats Near Yosemite National Park | Roadfood Bests

A Cafe That's Worth a Detour in Mariposa Yosemite has entrances, and great eats, on both sides of the Sierras. If you're staying on the Westside of the Sierras, make...

The Best Casual Breakfast in Portland | Roadfood Bests

Portland, Oregon - A Breakfast Lover's Heaven The best breakfast in Portland might include palate-boggling donuts, the original Original Pancake House (and still the best), masterfully brewed coffee and espresso...

Granola topped with fresh fruit

Breakfast and Coffee in San Diego | Roadfood Bests

Southern California is especially well-endowed with significant coffee shops -- restaurants that are more polite than a diner but less formal than a linen-napkin restaurant. San Diego has some...

Crisp pastry tubes are filled with sweet cheese and their ends dipped in green pistachio crumbs

Best Hidden Gem New Orleans Restaurants | Roadfood Bests

While it is possible to eat well for days (weeks, months!) just walking around New Orleans, a car provides access to some of NOLA's more far-flung culinary highlights that...

The Best Restaurants in Knoxville, Tennessee | Roadfood Bests

Where to Eat in Knoxville? Exploring cities can be fun but finding where to eat in one is difficult. A delicious day in Knoxville must begin in the Old City...

Portland Hidden Gems & Local Hot Spots | Roadfood Bests

Do Not Miss These Donuts Although classic donuts are offered at Voodoo Doughnut we recommend you don’t order them. The magic of Voodoo Doughnuts is their creations that are...

66 Diner - Sign

Best Eats On Route 66 Through Albuquerque | Roadfood Bests

Route 66 did not bypass cities. It ran straight through their hearts. Route 66 through Albuquerque is a prime example. Here, the highway goes right past some of our...

Smitty’s - Fire Pit Sausage

Dallas, Austin & Hill Country Texas | Roadfood Bests

Road Trip Overview With a total of 316 miles to cover on this food filled road trip, the predicted drive time is 5 ½ hours. Beginning 30 minutes outside Dallas,...

Delicious Drive From Tahoe to Montana - Part 1 Of a Year on the Road

Road Trip Overview Originally from Ohio and most recently San Francisco, Roadfood contributor Jess Dawson has taken her show on the road, traveling throughout America with her husband in their...

Meat & Three, A Dixie Delight | Roadfood Bests

What Is Meat & Three? A term used through much of the South, “meat and three” quite simply refers to a menu template that lists two to five entrees and...

Beachside Eating, Malibu to Los Angeles | Roadfood Bests

Un-fussy California Fare from Malibu to Santa Monica While Malibu is an upscale place, there are still opportunities to experience casual California beach eats at their best. Try some breakfast...

Eating Through Santa Barbara Wine Country | Roadfood Bests

The road trip from Santa Barbara to Santa Maria offers the great beef and silky wines you’d expect from the ranch and vine scenery, and there are a few...

Huge cheeseburger

Best Casual Restaurants in Palm Springs | Roadfood Bests

Palm Springs - An Eater's Oasis in the Desert Just a few hours east of Los Angeles, Palm Springs is known for its warm weather, golf courses, midcentury-modern architecture, and...

24 slices of tomato pie at Roma Sausage & Deli

Pizza: Original Tomato Pies of the Northeast | Roadfood Bests

Original Northeastern Tomato Pies The original tomato pies in cities of the Northeast were simply flatbreads topped with crushed tomatoes, spice and maybe a few anchovies or a sprinkle of...

12 Breakfast Destinations in the West | Roadfood Bests

As breathtaking as a western sunset is, western breakfast can be every bit as beautiful. Sunrise never tasted better than it does at any one of these dozen breakfast...

5 Fantastic Food Locations on I-70 Across Kansas

Road Trip Overview Beginning in Kansas City, Missouri and heading along Interstate-70 toward the heart of Kansas, this 284 mile long road trip will take participants to a variety of...

Meaty red-hued fried chicken breast atop two slices of white bread

5 Nashville Favorite Destinations | Roadfood Bests

Authentic Eats in Music City Avoid the tourist traps and overly-trendy spots, and opt for fantastic meals in these quintessential eateries in and around the city that will be the...

Grilled grouper steak sits atop roasted turnips in a golden pool of saffron-citrus butter

The 9 Best Places to Eat in Augusta, Georgia

The Masters of Food Augusta, Georgia is most famously known for being the home of one thing, the Augusta National Golf Club, and more importantly, the Masters. However, this event...

Affordable and Authentic Eats in Orlando

Road Trip Overview Driving just two hours total, this road trip will take you in and around Orlando before heading to the coast, visiting 9 memorable restaurants along the way....

Best Mexican Food Augusta, GA | Roadfood Bests

The Best Mexican Food Augusta, GA Everyone knows that the Central Savannah River Area (CSRA) around Augusta, Georgia, is rich with BBQ, peach pie, fried chicken, Coastal seafood, and meat...

Montgomery, Alabama Eating Treasures | Roadfood Bests

BBQ, Bar B Que and Bar-B-Q There isn’t anywhere to eat at Brenda’s BBQ but do not let that steer you away. The BBQ is too good to quibble...

Northeast Pizza Throwdown | New Haven or New York?

East Coast Classic Neapolitan Pizza Showdown Connecticut, New York, and New Jersey all lay claim to the best pizza in America, maybe in the world. We want you to be...

Connecticut: Land of Great Hot Dogs | Roadfood Bests

Connecticut Hot Dogs Along with New Jersey, New York, and Chicago, Connecticut is one of the nation's most fruitful hot dog hunting grounds. In this land of great hot dogs...

Anderson’s Frozen Custard - Frozen Custard

9 Places to Go For Great Soft-Serve

Great Soft Serve There is so much inferior soft-serve ice cream (aerated, chemically-flavored), that soft-serve in general has a bad reputation among ice cream lovers. But there are exceptions, soft-serve...

Double bacon cheeseburger, fully dressed

13 Best Places to Eat a Burger Outside this Summer

Burgers in the Open Air Hamburgers are good year-round, but there’s special pleasure in having one en plein air on a summer day. Check out these baker’s-dozen Roadfood favorite restaurants serving the...

Exterior view of Dave's showing gas pumps ... legendary chili dogs

Memorable Gas Station Food in America | Roadfood Bests

Fill Your Gas Tank and Your Stomach "Eat Here. Get Gas": It's a roadside jest as old as gas stations themselves. (Before gas stations, pioneering motorists bought gas in pharmacies.)...

Mustard's Last Stand - Exterior

8 Best Casual Outdoor Dining Spots in Chicago

Outdoor Dining in the Windy City Some of the best casual outdoor dining in Chicago include meals that are eaten standing up at a counter or at outdoor tables. Here...

13 Best Taco Places in America

Taco Take Over When we started hunting Roadfood many years ago, good tacos were hard to find anywhere other than the southwest borderlands and southern California. Today, great tacos are...

Best Places to Eat in Louisville, Kentucky

Where to Eat in Louisville If you're in Louisville, Kentucky, for the Derby (or any other reason), Roadfood has a few essential eateries to recommend for the best local, authentic...

America's Great Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Grilled Cheese From pressed-flat, wafer-thin, white-bread-and-Velveeta cooked on a lunch-counter flattop to effulgent bouquets of imported cheese melted between halves of an artisan bun, the best grilled cheese sandwiches have...

Great Po Boys in and Around New Orleans | Roadfood Bests

What Makes a Po Boy a Po Boy? How does a po boy differ from a sub, hero, hoagie, grinder, wedge, or zep? First, there’s the bread, which is lighter...

Birmingham Best Eats, Alabama | Roadfood Bests

BBQ, Biscuits, and Beyond For barbecue, Birmingham is hard to beat. Roadfood favorites include Miss Myra's Pit Bar-B-Q and Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q. Birmingham best eats also include some great breakfasts....

Landlocked boat sells fish chips

Seafood and Sea Views: Road Trip Down the Oregon Coast

Road Trip Overview A Road Trip down the Oregon Coast Scenic Byway is one of the most beautiful stretches of roads anywhere, and also happens to be one of the...

Where to Eat Along Idaho's Pend Oreille Scenic Byway

Eating by the Water The Department of Transportation praises the byway around Lake Pend Oreille for its “abundance of recreational opportunities, postcard-quality scenery, and historical elements.” We like it for...

America's Byways: Michigan's Copper Country Trail

America's Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. Some take you through beauty so remote that there's...

Crisp/chewy crust supports peppery pepperoni, roasted red and green peppers, buttery mozzarella, and fresh basil.

9 Classic Must-Visit Restaurants In New York City

Variety in the Big Apple What is the true taste of New York City? Yes, you can dine on the cuisines of the world (especially in the boroughs) and if...

5 Casual Places for Affordable Eats in Washington, DC

Casual Eats In DC Forget the fine dining and not-so-fine dining that proliferates in the nation's capital. These Roadfood restaurants will provide a true and delicious taste of DC. For...

Best 1-Day, 5-Meal Binge in Columbia, South Carolina

Worlds Greatest Cheat Day One day and a lot of appetite are the requirements for this eat-fest in Columbia, South Carolina. The city's signature dish is a pimento cheeseburger, nowhere...

Restaurants of South Tucson | A World Apart | Roadfood Bests

Good Eats of South Tucson, a World Apart The city of Tucson completely surrounds the city of South Tucson.  But legally and culturally – and edibly – South Tucson stands...

Skyline Drive Detours

Skyline Drive The 105-mile two-lane that threads through Virginia's Shenandoah National Park, has decent food at its National Park Service Oases. (Try the Smithfield Ham Monte Cristo or the roast...

5 Best Places to Get Hash in South Carolina

The Best Hash Around Hash (on rice) is the star side-dish at barbecue parlors throughout South Carolina. A byproduct of whole-hog cookery, it is made mostly from viscera and can...

Where to get Menudo aka the Ultimate Hangover Cure

Hangover BeGone Other than drinking more or not drinking at all, the way to banish hangovers is to spoon up some menudo. Made from tripe with a large charge of...

L C’s Bar-B-Q - Close Up

The Best (Real) Burnt Ends in Kansas City

The Real Thing Barbecue's newfound nationwide popularity has put burnt ends on menus across the country, but in all too many cases, the burnt ends are bogus. The best burnt...

Sandwich combines a burger and a brat ... Sheboygan brats

North of Milwaukee

Sheboygan to Fish Creek The drive north from Milwaukee is a grand taste of Wisconsin. First stop: Sheboygan, renowned for its butchers' brats (rhymes with hots, short for bratwurst), cooked...

Sesame bagel is stuffed with lox, tomato slices, and cream cheese.

Jewish Montreal in a Day

Jewish Eats in Montreal Montreal is home to a rich lode of Jewish food (kosher and not), ranging from the city's unique and justly famous bagels (at St. Viateur) to...

Crabill’s - Cheeseburger

America's Best Classic Sliders

Things Have Changed Long ago, a slider was just one thing: a dime-thin patty of griddle-cooked cheap beef from 1 to 2 ounces nestled in a mini bun less than...

Randy's donuts exterior view

First Stop: 25 Great Roadfood Eateries Near Airports

Airport Food Food in airports is better than it used to be, but when we arrive by plane, we can't get out of the terminal fast enough. By rental car,...

Uniquely Connecticut | Roadfood Bests

Dishes That Are Uniquely Connecticut When I moved from Connecticut to South Carolina, I was instantly smitten with my new home's shrimp and grits, fried chicken, local peaches, and, of...

Cozy Corner - BBQ Cornish Hen

Five Essential Restaurants to Visit in Memphis

The Challenge You have one day to eat around downtown Memphis. Assuming you don't want to have barbecue for all your meals -- there's no place better for that strategy...

North From Santa Fe

North and Northwest With famously good restaurants serving local and exotic meals, Santa Fe is such a powerful magnet for the appetite that it can be hard to leave. But...

Atlanta Vegetable Orgy

Non-Vegetarian Vegetables Upon flying into Atlanta, a vegetable lover can lay delicious siege from the airport into town. Make no mistake, though: most of the city's best vegetables, cooked with...

The Best Places to get Hummingbird Cake

Sweet Enough for Birds Southern cuisine includes many famously sweet things, from tea to pralines to sorghum syrup and fried pie. Sweetest of them all is hummingbird cake, a spice...

The 4 Best Places to Eat in Burlington, Vermont

By the Pint The best thing to eat in Burlington, Vermont, is ice cream: Strafford ice cream from Rock Bottom Farm, ginger flavor in particular. We buy it by the...

Spicy shrimp, corn, potatoes and sausage all heaped together

Best Frogmore Stew in South Carolina

What is Frogmore Stew Frogmore Stew is a good-time meal served at picnics, parties, and political rallies throughout South Carolina, especially in the Low Country. The hearty jumble of shrimp,...

Guide to Kentucky Mutton Barbecue | Roadfood Bests

There's Nothing Quite like Kentucky Mutton Following the barbecue trail west of Louisville along the Ohio River and south towards the Land Between the Lakes, Kentucky Mutton is king of...

Old Forge Pizza

Signature Pizza The Lackawanna County of Old Forge has a signature dish that is perhaps the strangest style of American pizza. Bearing scant resemblance to the familiar Neapolitan formula, Old...

White Clam Pizza in Connecticut | Roadfood Bests

The Origin For the best White Clam pizza in Connecticut, you should first head to New Haven. Some consider it the pizza capital of the universe. Clam pizza first appeared...

Golden-crusted, irregularly-shaped bite-size pieces of cracklin are eaten off the paper bag in which they were purchased.

Cajun Cracklins; the One True King of the South

King of the South Cracklins rule throughout the South. They are the star ingredient in many cornbreads; they are fantastic strewn into a barbecue sandwich at Perry’s Pig in Augusta,...

Folded-over tortilla is packed with succulent meat and avocado sauce

A Day's Delights in San Diego

A Day in San Diego San Diego is where fish tacos first got popular in this country, and there are none better than at The Cottage up in La Jolla,...

The 10 Best Texas Hots

Texas Hots in New York Texas hots do not exist in Texas. Unique to New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut, the curiously addictive franks were first created a century ago...

The Best Places for Pork Roll in New Jersey

What's Pork Roll? A New Jersey inamorata little known beyond state borders, pork roll, aka Taylor Ham, is pink like baloney but rugged-textured like salami. It contains enough sugar that...

Shapiro’s Deli Cafeteria - Corned Beef Sandwich

Indianapolis in a Day

Food-Filled Day Indianapolis once was known for its superb cafeterias, and there is one glowing legacy of that fact, southwest of town: the magnificent Gray Brothers Cafeteria, where a dozen...

A whole apple kringle with sugar icing, on a counter ready to cut

Wisconsin Kringle | Official State Pastry | Roadfood Bests

Best Kringle in Wisconsin Only a few states have officially named a state pastry. Maine's is Whoopie Pie; Connecticut's is the snickerdoodle cookie; Texas has two: the sopaipilla and strudel....

The One Must-Eat Food in Each State, and Where To Get It

Unique Regional Dishes After 40 years and 5 million miles spent on the road looking for America's best regional food, we've assembled a list of the quintessential, must-eat food in...

Chicken breast topped with peas and sided by potato logs

Chicago's Chicken Vesuvio | Roadfood Bests

Chicken Vesuvio is served nowhere outside of Chicago, and even many Chicagoans are unaware of it. A dish of sautéed and baked, bone-in, skin-on parts of chicken and wedges...

Sour cream custard flecked with raisins is capped by a tall meringue in this diner's piece of pie

Sour Cream Raisin Pie

An awe-inspiring specialty of Midwest dairy country, sour cream raisin pie is a powerhouse that balances sweet custard and sour cream, flaky crust and silky filling, the concentrated intensity...

Picnic table holds a plastic cup with a balance of lemonade and ice tea ... Maine lobster roll

Yankee Grape-Nuts

Originally marketed in 1897 to compete with granula, which was the predecessor to granola, Grape-Nuts is an unlikely fun dessert. But in the world of Yankee cookery, the little...

Iowa I-80

Interstate 80 is the most efficient East-West route between New Jersey and San Francisco, but long stretches of it are a culinary wasteland. Not Iowa, where memorable heartland eats...

Roadfood team visits Chef Aex at Jozsa's Corner

European Pittsburgh

Of the Steel City's many claims to culinary fame, nothing is more inviting than its abundance of European restaurants. These range from the humble, take-out only Pierogies Plus (in...

Thick square of strawberry cheese torte ... Sheboygan brats

Wisconsin Pie Primer

In the Dairy State, great cream pies are a given. Abundant cherry and apple trees mean outstanding fruit pies as well. In short, Wisconsin is pie paradise, home of...

Java Joe’s Coffeehouse - Espresso

Delectable Des Moines

Even if you are not in town for the annual Iowa State Fair, which offers days worth of good food, Des Moines is a city of eating opportunities far...

Pizzeria Uno - Sausage Pizza

Chicago's Many Pizzas

It is not quite right that deep-dish pie gets all the attention when it comes to Chicago pizza. Yes, the forkworthy casserole-style pizza was first created in Chicago, in...

Pies Across Arkansas

Which is America's #1 pie state? Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, and Maine all are contenders, but we're tempted to give the nod to Arkansas. Cream pies and fruit pies, baked...

Muffaletta cross-section shows thick, chewy bread holding cheese, cold cuts, and oily olive salad

Where To Eat A Real New Orleans Muffaletta | Roadfood Bests

The muffaletta is as much a symbol of New Orleans sandwichery as the po boy. Central Grocery claims to have invented it. Like the Vietnamese Banh-Mi, its name reflects...

The Best Dixie Dogs in America

In the states where they are popular, Dixie dogs are not known as Dixie dogs. They are called slaw dogs or simply hot dogs. But because they originated in...

Corned Beef Factory Sandwich Shop - Corned Beef Sandwich

Chicago Without Utensils

Long before the apotheosis of food trucks, Chicago was a city where a person could eat extremely well without picking up a knife and fork. Here is a day's...

Santa Fe in a Day

Santa Fe's bounty of good food merits at least a week of eating ... or two or three weeks, or more. But let's say you have just one day...

Tall Mexican topopo salad features plenty of carne seca.

Tucson's Topopo Salad | Roadfood Bests

Restaurant El Charro, which dates back to the 1920s, says the Topopo Salad was invented by founder Monica Flinn, who was so impressed when she saw the Mexican volcano...

Rhode Island Chicken Dinner

The Ocean State is known for seafood. It also happens to be chicken-dinner country. (The Rhode Island Red Hen is the official state bird.) All around Woonsocket, in the...

Twigs of pepperoni peek out from the inside of a mini-loaf of Italian bread.

West Virginia Italian

Early in the 20th century, settlers from Italy came to the north central part of West Virginia to work coal mines, railroads, and farms. Their legacy is a bounty...

Coffee Milk Love in Rhode Island

Twenty-eight states have an official state drink. For several in dairy country, it is milk. In California, it is wine; in Maine, Moxie; in Indiana, water. Dine around Rhode...

The Breadbasket - Bierocks

Nebraska's Comfort-Food Meat Pie

When Russians of German ancestry settled the Nebraska Midlands over a century ago, they brought with them recipes for a unique meat pie. A bun of soft bread dough...

Delicious Day in Tulsa

Yes, Tulsa. While not a culinary lodestar on the level of New Orleans or Santa Fe, T-Town is a Roadfood bonanza. Breakfast on elegant pain perdu or house-made granola...

Ted Drewes - Blueberry Concrete

St. Louis Essentials

One day to taste St. Louis's best Roadfood? Not counting the enigmatic St. Paul (an egg foo yung sandwich sold in Chinese restaurants), toasted ravioli (which has gone national),...

The Scones of Utah

A Utah scone bears little resemblance to the dense biscuit that originally was English but has become a familiar morning pastry at coffee houses everywhere. It is a true...

Hunting Huckleberries

A favorite snack among grizzly bears as well as humans, huckleberries grow in the high mountains of the Great Plains and ripen in late summer. They are similar to...

5 Great Seattle Sandwiches to Know About

Seattle beckons to anyone in search of great seafood, Asian fare, breakfast, donuts, or coffee. In addition to those well-known assets, the Emerald City also is a treasure-trove of...

4 Good Barbecues in Augusta Georgia | Roadfood Bests

Augusta, Georgia, is a destination city for anyone who loves Deep South barbecue. In the city and around it, that means pork, hereabouts served with hash on rice and...

Crisp/chewy crust supports peppery pepperoni, roasted red and green peppers, buttery mozzarella, and fresh basil.

Where to Get the Best Authentic New York Pizza

Throughout New York City, countless storefront joints sell pizza by the slice; and some of it is pretty good. But if you are looking for a whole pizza pie...

Charlotte Sampler: One Day's Delights

Eating Charlotte's best could take a few weeks; but if you've got a single day to taste the Queen City's quintessential Roadfood, here is the cream of the crop. Amelie's...

Tujague's - Sign

Classic Creole in a Day

New Orleans has 101 great places to eat. Maybe 1001. We wouldn't want to visit without a porky meal at Cochon Butcher or a po boy at the Parkway...

Blackstone's Cafe - Sign

A Day in the Low Country

Both Savannah and Charleston are culinary Meccas; between them is a paradise of good eats. Meandering up the coast, have breakfast at Blackstone's Cafe (shrimp & grits, please!) and...

Breakfast in Minneapolis

Not that there's anything wrong with a Jucy Lucy inside-out cheeseburger at Matt's Bar or a silver butterknife steak at Murray's, but when we think of Minneapolis, we think...

Speed Queen - Sign

One Day in Milwaukee: Must Eats

Wisconsin is the Dairy State, which means a worthy Milwaukee eating plan must include creamy custard (at the vintage drive-in Leon's) and a butter burger lunch (at Solly's Grille)....

The OTHER Peach State

Did you know that South Carolina produces more peaches than Georgia? Route 23 through Aiken and Saluda Counties takes you alongside endless orchards where the sunshine-sweet fruit thrives and...

Chope’s - Combo Plate with Chile Relleno

Hot Chile Day in Southern New Mexico

The Mesilla Valley in southern New Mexico is chile central, where the best are grown and where the hot pod is enjoyed at every meal. If you want to...

Sausage pizza with slight char on its crust

New Haven Pizza Classics | Roadfood Bests

Connecticut did not invent pizza, but a good argument can be made that Connecticut perfected it. The evidence is in New Haven, on Wooster Street, home of Frank Pepe...

Café Poca Cosa - Tamale Pie

Tucson's Mexican Gems

Among the countless Mexican restaurants in Tucson, these five give the best feel for the amazing range of styles and specialties, from the outlandish Sonoran hot dogs at El...

Hot! Nashville

Fried chicken used to be considered comfort food, but in recent years, a handful of Nashville restaurants have made it the most delicious discomfort food imaginable. All the restaurants...

Breakfast in Vermont

Vermont just might be the nation's number-one breakfast state. Early-to-rise farmhouse hours, a high wholegrain consciousness, and the legendary maple syrup harvest equal superior stacks of flapjacks. Consider also...

Widman’s Candy Shop - Hot Air

12 Best Chocolatiers from Coast to Coast

Twelve champion chocolatiers, from the Oregon coast to downeast Maine.

Paper-thin crepes, dusted with powdered sugar, envelop bananas, walnuts, maple syrup and brown sugar

Brunchtime

Why is brunch so wonderful? One, it almost always includes adult beverages. Two, it's far more bountiful than either breakfast or lunch. Three, there's no hurry to eat it:...

Beautiful Vintage Diners

The term diner has come to mean almost any inexpensive cafe that serves breakfast. But true diners are an elite class of eatery. They are mid 20th century design...

Chocolate layer cake frosted with caramel and pecans

Seductive Cafeterias

For some passionate eaters, a great cafeteria can be a source of tremendous anxiety. How on earth can a person choose from among dozens and dozens of good-looking desserts,...

Southern Kitchen - Pie

12 of the Best Pie Places in America

First, we apologize to the Stockholm Pie Company in Wisconsin, to Nick's Kitchen in Huntington, Indiana, to the Bang Bang Pie Shop in Chicago, and to Beardsley Cider Mill...

Peach Desserts

There are few pleasures in life more sensuously delicious than sinking teeth into a perfectly ripe peach to let its juicy, sugared sunshine flood over taste buds. Because their...

Laurel Diner - Corned Beef Hash

Heavenly Corned Beef Hash

The only possible happy exclamation incited by corned beef hash spooned from a can is "Arf!" But freshly chopped and sizzled to a crisp, crowned with poached eggs eager...

Delta Tamales

From the street corners of Memphis through the Mississippi Delta, tamales are sold in eateries of every kind. There is no clear explanation for the ubiquity of a Mexican...

At the crossroads in Clarksdale, Mississippi, where the blues were born

Mississippi's Delicious Dives

It's a Roadfood thrill to find a memorable meal in a place that looks like an irredeemable dive. No state has so many such treasures as Mississippi, where some...

Roast Beef Sandwich

Every deli serves a roast beef sandwich, but a handful of U.S. restaurants make roast beef sandwiches that go beyond mere lunch meat on bread. The most memorable are...

Dinosaur Bar-b-que - Spare Ribs

Best of Western New York

Of the many eating tours Roadfood.com has sponsored to delicious destinations around the U.S., one of the happiest was a restaurant crawl through Rochester and Buffalo, New York. Here...

Best Benedicts

One morning at the turn of the last century, Lemuel Benedict shuffled into New York's Waldorf Hotel looking for a dish to cure his hangover. He asked for poached...

Oyster Bar - Manhattan Chowder

Clam Chowders of the Northeast

The northeast has four main kinds of clam chowder. Manhattan is tomato-red and full of vegetables, rarely served northeast of New York City. South Coast, a specialty of Connecticut...

Destination Donuts

Donut devotion as fervid as the commitment devotees have for barbecue. Everybody has a favorite kind. From robust cake sinkers to featherweight glazed, styles vary dramatically. In our experience,...

Migas

Migas is one of the nation's great regional breakfasts. It is a Tex-Mex scramble of eggs along with broken-up tortillas that range from crunchy to cornbread-soft, and it also...

Banana Pudding at its Best

It would be crazy to travel through the South and eat only banana pudding, but every place that serves it at its best precedes it with an excellent well-rounded...

The Varsity - Exterior Night

America's Best Remaining True Drive-In Restaurants

"Drive-in" has come to mean just about any cheap-eats restaurant with car-friendly parking. A genuine drive-in is a place where customers park and are waited on and eat in...

Bowl of chili with onions, cheese & chips ... chili nation

Chili Nation | Where's The Best? | Roadfood Bests

Chili is like DNA: everybody's is different. Texans claim (rightfully) that history proves theirs to be the first. Or at least they were the first to make a big...

Horchata

To quench ferocious thirst (non-alcoholically), few beverages are as welcome as horchata. A rice milk that varies from saki-thin to milk shake-thick, served on ice and dusted with cinnamon,...

Florida's Forgotten Coast

Traveling along Florida's Forgotten Coast is a reminder of what the Sunshine State was like several million inhabitants ago. The drive is unspoiled two-lane magic -- blue Gulf waters...

Barbecue's Delicious Dozen

Of the hundred five-star barbecue parlors around the U.S.A. this dozen is the crème de la crème. .

Blue Colony Diner - Club Deluxe

Hot Turkey Sandwich

Every diner, town cafe, and truck stop sells a hot turkey sandwich. A precious few are memorable and as delicious as the best Thanksgiving leftovers. They include plenty of...

Pasties of the U.P.

The pasty (say pass-tee, not pay-stee) began as a portable stew – meat and vegetables sealed inside a pastry crust -- that Michigan miners from Cornwall carried with them...

Urban Burgers

We Americans love our hamburgers, at home and on the road. From mischievous fried sliders to majestic beef pillows oozing juice over coals, burgers are a birthright coast to...

Oklahoma Hamburgers Have No Equal | Roadfood Bests

Oklahoma hamburgers are some of the best in the nation. No state can claim more -- and more interesting -- different styles. El Reno, just west of Oklahoma City,...

Superior Cole Slaw of North Carolina | Roadfood Bests

No matter how delicious it may be, cole slaw always plays second fiddle. When visiting whole hog barbecue parlors in North Carolina, the curious eater will encounter a handful...

Huevos Rancheros

Huevos Rancheros, which means ranch-style eggs, once was an exotic dish that U.S. travelers found only in the southern border-state cafes. With the burgeoning popularity of Mexican food --...

America's Great Pancakes | Roadfood Bests

Pancakes are especially appreciated by travelers in search of significant breakfast. While fair to middling ones are on the menu virtually everywhere, restaurants that serve four-star flapjacks are rare....

Maine Diner - Indian Pudding

Yankee Indian Pudding | Roadfood Bests

Indian pudding is one of New England’s fundamental comfort foods. Despite its name, it is not a native American dish adapted by colonist cooks. Early settlers considered just about...

A plate of creamy grits, topped with shrimp and sided by butter beans

Greatest Grits

Grits can be a watery white side dish to fill out a plate of eggs, or they can be the creamiest, earthiest, most delicious corn cereal imaginable. The addition...

Pastrami Sandwich Honor Roll

Steamy hot, soft and supple, perfumed by spice and smoke, infused with the dripping succulence of animal fat, pastrami is the most voluptuous of delicatessen meats. Great pastrami sandwiches...

Cochon Butcher - Key Lime Pie

Key Lime Pie

Key lime pie is the official state pie of Florida. Once unique to the coral islands at the southernmost end of Route One, the sweet-tart, pale yellow dessert is...

Cozy Corner - Baloney

Bologna Sandwich

Bologna sandwiches are common. Great bologna sandwiches are rare. The very best of them, in particular the one served at the legendary G&R Tavern of Waldo, Ohio, are worthy...

Five and Dime General Store - Frito Pie

Frito Pie Quest

Fritos were created in San Antonio in 1932, but it took some thirty years before the Frito pie was born. Teresa Hernandez, working behind the Woolworth's lunch counter in...

Ploye | Maine's Buckwheat Pancake | Roadfood Bests

Unique to northernmost Maine, the ploye is a buckwheat pancake cooked only on one side. Its underneath gets crisp while the top stays soft and develops countless little holes...

Granola is loaded with nuts, berries, raisins, coconut, etc., etc.

Granola Greats, Coast to Coast

Granola first was invented in the 1860s (not the 1960s) and eaten by health nuts of the day. It was a severe dish made from nothing but double-baked sheets...

Oregon's North Coast

If there were nothing to eat along Oregon's North Coast from Lincoln City to the Columbia River, we'd still come here for its natural beauty. No superlatives exist to...

Julian Pie Company - Apple Crumb Pie

13 of the Best Places to Get Apple Pie in America

Crumb-topped, lattice-topped, or layered with caramel and welcoming a scoop of ice cream on top, apple pie is everywhere from coast to coast. For your pleasure, a baker's dozen...

Sopaipilla Quest

Sopaipillas are are made from dough that is rolled out very thin, cut into small sections, then tossed into boiling oil, preferably lard. The lard makes the pieces of...

Arthur Bryant’s - Sauce

Kansas City Barbecue and More

Even before Calvin Trillin declared Arthur Bryant's to be "possibly the single best restaurant in the world" in a 1974 Playboy magazine article, Kansas City was famous for barbecue....

Custard at its Creamiest

Although ice cream tends to be more butterfatty, frozen custard tastes richer because it traditionally is made with egg yolks. Even when eggs are not part of the formula,...

Goetta: Cincinnati's Plush Breakfast Meat

Goetta, which rhymes with feta, is as much a Cincinnati signature dish as five-way chili. A distant relative of scrapple, it is a loaf of pork mixed with steel-cut...

Steak Houses: Roadfood Favorites

Many restaurants serve steak, but some places are dedicated to it. Although no great steak house is cheap, some of the best are extremely informal (like Doe's Eat Place...

Pimento Cheeseburger | Carolina Original | Roadfood Bests

Columbia, South Carolina gave birth to the pimento cheeseburger in the 1960s. It happened at a long-gone restaurant called the dairy bar, run by J.C. Reynolds. (In fact, some...

South Carolina Barbecue | Roadfood Best of the Best BBQ

South Carolina is a magnificent barbecue state with diverse regional styles. Heading north by northwest from the coast, you'll eat red-sauced, mustard-sauced, and minimally-sauced pork. Hash on rice accompanies...

America's Best Hot Dogs

There's no point getting into a flame war over which American hot dog is best. It's impossible, because the nation's hot dogs are so diverse.  However, we will go...

Fried Chicken: The Delicious Double Dozen

Fried chicken is popular all across America and so different everywhere that it is not possible to say what city, state, or region does it best. While the process...

Huge, multi-layer breakfast egg dish ... Tempe Arizona diner

Phoenix Shacks | BBQ, Burgers & Dogs | Roadfood Bests

The Phoenix restaurant scene is white hot. New, creative, cutting-edge, top-dollar restaurants open all the time. What about those of us who prefer less pretentious eats and casual meals?...

Breakfast in Sedona

It is good to wake up early in Sedona, Arizona, for that is when the sun's first rays make the monumental rock formations around the city glow magic red....

Midwest Urban Barbecue

When barbecue migrated up the Mississippi from its homes in the Deep South and in Texas, it took on a new personality -- similar to what happened to the...

Taco Temple Combo Plate

Chile Rellenos

At their best, made from roasted chilies that still have muscular vegetable walls, stuffed with cream-rich molten cheese and haloed in a coat of featherweight batter fried to a...

Southern Boarding House Meals

While the old-time boarding house is history, boarding house meals remain a highlight of eating one's way through the south. Seating usually is communal: friends, family, and strangers gathered...

Chili Con Carne

As any patriotic Texan is happy to tell you, chili con carne means chili with meat. It does not include beans, peppers, or other vegetables, and such add-ons as...

Lima Beans Glory | Pork Makes The Difference

Lima beans are known everywhere, loved mostly in the South, and a signature dish of Charleston, South Carolina. Soul food cooks simmer the khaki-colored pods with plenty of pork,...

Yankee Donut Destinations

A donut’s very shape is satisfying. It is complete, a whole circle, nice to lift and easy to dunk. Almost any recently-made donut from a national chain offers the...

Mid-South Chess Pie

There are few desserts simpler than basic chess pie and, when it's made right, nothing better. A congress of eggs, butter and sugar with a dash of cornmeal and...

Double decker Reuben sandwich

Midwest's Best Corned Beef Sandwiches | On 4-Star Rye

When people think of good corned beef sandwiches, they tend to envision New York, or maybe Miami or Los Angeles. But in fact, the Midwest's best corned beef sandwiches,...

In a clear plastic cup, ice cream is topped with swirls of hot fudge and caramel, pecan halves, and a maraschino cherry

Heartland Turtle Sundaes

The turtle sundae is not unique to the heartland. Its sublime combination of crisp nuts, hot fudge and caramel sauce atop vanilla ice cream can be found from coast...

Hard, oblong biscuit crowded with cranberries and walnuts, with a cup of coffee

Texas: Deep in the Heart of Pie & BBQ

A trip south from the Metroplex starting with a legendary hamburger, a visit to the town that put sweet kolaches on the map, through Hill Country pie palaces and...

Texas Chicken-Fried Steak

It seems logical that the Lone Star State's favorite comfort food, chicken-fried steak, traces its heritage back to central European immigrant cooks who found themselves in Texas but without...

Brunswick Stew

Brunswick Stew is a fundamental side dish for barbecue in Georgia and beyond. Originally made as a hunter's gallimaufry using whatever critters had been bagged and whatever vegetables were...

Charlottesville, Virginia Fried Chicken

In the late 19th century, Gordonsville, Virginia was known as the Chicken Leg Center of the Universe because the town's "chicken ladies" used to stand on the train platform...

Rhode Island Snail Salad

Snail salad is ubiquitous in the Ocean State. It is on Italian menus, seafood menus, and chicken dinner hall menus, a spotlight hors d'oeuvre at waterside picnic shacks as...

Lobster roll on a round bun

New England Shore Dinner

Along the Northeast's Atlantic coast, the term "shore dinner" doesn't just mean some seafood on a plate. Descendant of Algonquin clambakes in which clams and corn were layered in...

On a sunny picnic table, fried clams are piled high in a red-checked cardboard boat.

Fried Clams | Whole Belly | New England Roadfood Bests

Few eats stir Yankee passions more intensely than fried clams. Most devoted clamophiles insist on whole belly clams (the big gooey ones), and while clam strips do tend to...

Milwaukee Fish Fries

The Friday night fish fry is so popular in Milwaukee that it is rare to find a restaurant that does not have one. From Benji's Deli to the Bya...

Cuban Sandwiches

There are many Cuban sandwiches in Florida, and many opinions about exactly which ingredients one should contain, the primary point of contention being Genoa salami. Most Cubans in Tampa,...

Schwabl's - Beef on Weck

Buffalo Roast Beef on Weck | Roadfood Bests

From the German word "kummel," meaning caraway seed, and weck, meaning roll, a kummelweck, or simply "weck,"resembles a Kaiser roll. But bakers crown it with a mantle of seeds...

Santa Fe Bite - Green Chile Cheeseburger

New Mexico Green Chile Cheeseburgers

Although it isn't shaped like one, this is our kind of food pyramid, containing protein in the form of meat and cheese, vegetables (green chile and maybe onions, too),...

Dickie Dee’s - Italian-style Hot Dog

Newark's Italian Hot Dog | Roadfood Bests

A handful of sandwich shops in and around Newark, New Jersey, specialize in the cornucopic frankfurter known as an Italian hot dog. A double (the only way to go)...

Iowa's Big Buns

Cinnamon rolls can be found almost everywhere, but no state has better (and bigger) ones than Iowa.

Poppy seed bun holds hot dog with mustard, relish, and pickle spear

Chicago Red Hot | Hot Dog Street Food | Roadfood Bests

Chicago is a Hot Dog City Frankfurter historians believe the Chicago red hot (aka hot dog) was first configured in 1929. Abe "Fluky" Drexler first served it at the street...

Kelly’s Roast Beef - Large Roast Beef Sandwich

Massachusetts Roast Beef

Massachusetts north of Boston is rightfully known for excellent seafood, but it also is a source of fantastic roast beef sandwiches. They are a passion in this area, served...

Canada's Smoked Meat

Made from a cured and smoked brisket, the smoked meat of Quebec is a cousin of the pastrami found in U.S. delis. It is luxuriously fatty, packed with spice,...

Oklahoma Route 66 | Roadfood Bests

There are good and interesting eats all along Route 66, from Chicago to San Berdoo. Oklahoma is especially well-endowed with restaurants that deliver good southwestern meals along with Mother...

Smitty’s Tenderloin Shop - King tenderloin

Iowa Tenderloins

There are excellent tenderloins in Indiana, and some in Illinois, but no state has as many great ones as Iowa. By tenderloin, we don't mean a roast that requires...

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Following U.S. 41 beside the cobalt-blue calm of Lake Superior, then wending up the Keweenaw Peninsula through a blaze of October leaves to Copper Harbor where the highway ends,...

Flat, sugar-dusted disk of quick-fried pastry with a cup of espresso

Fall River, Massachusetts: Hidden Gems

Eating around Fall River, Massachusetts, is like eating in a foreign country, and we don't only mean that the Portuguese food is outstanding. (Half the population is of Portuguese...

Wedron Office - Fried Chicken

Illinois Valley Chicken Dinner

In this land of boundless cornfields, crunch-crusted fried chicken is a magnificent obsession in restaurants plain and fancy. Locals sometimes call it tavern fried chicken because nearly every restaurant...

Idaho Panhandle

Sandwiched between Montana and Washington state, Idaho’s panhandle stretches from the wheat-gold hills of a fertile table called the Palouse to the green timbered mountains of British Columbia. Ancestral...

Arizona Border Eats

There are so many good places to eat in Tucson, it can be tough to leave; but if you head southwest, through Sierra Vista and on to Douglas, there...

Oregon Chowder

Whether it includes pork or not, Oregon chowder always is plush and luxurious -- usually more substantial than even creamy New England style chowder. A large bowl of it,...

Orlando Soul

Orlando connotes corporate-fabricated fun, but hungry visitors can explore another kind of magic kingdom: a realm of miraculously good soul food. Here is a cache of personality-plus restaurants where...

Roadside Quebec | French Fries & Poutine | Roadfood Bests

Few of the memorable dishes one encounters at the casse-croûtes (snack bars) of Quebec, between the Laurentians and the Gaspé Peninsula, are notably exotic. There's poutine, of course (French...

Pittsburgh's Strip

There's no neighborhood in America more appetite-friendly than Pittsburgh's Strip. Groceries of every sort, restaurants of every continent, stand-up snacks and sit-down meals abound. It's all within a few...

Randy's donuts exterior view

Los Angeles Open All Night

If you visit Los Angeles from the East and have a stubborn circadian rhythm governor that has you awake and hungry in the middle of the night, prepare to...

Price Hill Chili - Five Way Chili

Cincinnati Chili

Texans, read no further! Cincinnati chili is nothing like a bowl of red. Each serving starts with a bed of well-cooked spaghetti noodles. On top of them goes ground...

Two bunned hot dogs topped with chili, mustard, and chopped raw onions

The Michigan Hot Dog of Upstate New York | Roadfood Bests

Close cousin of Rhode Island's New York System and Coney Island hot dogs everywhere, the Michigan hot dog is a small frankfurter in a soft bun topped with vividly...

Rhode Island New York System

New York system hot dogs are unique to Rhode Island: little weenies in little buns dressed with ultrafine-grind chili sauce, mustard and onions, plus a sprinkle of celery salt....

Breakfast horseshoe is a mountain of hash browns

The Edible Horseshoe of Springfield, Illinois | Roadfood Bests

Technically, the horseshoe belongs to the open-face sandwich category. But its size and scope create a category all its own. Cooks pile lunch and supper shoes with hamburgers, pork...

Steamed cheeseburger with lettuce, and tomato in a bun ...

The Steamer Cheeseburger of Connecticut | Roadfood Bests

How It's Made To make a steamed cheeseburger, restaurants use a special steam cabinet. Into it they put little trays, some with fistfuls of ground beef, others with hunks of...

Heart-of-Texas Barbecue Belt

The barbecue belt of central Texas: east of I-35 and north of I-10 where brisket, prime rib, and beef sausage are cooked in the haze of oak smoke slow...

Philadelphia's Famous Philly Cheese Steaks | Roadfood Bests

Rating and ranking famous Philly cheese steaks is a an obsession in Philadelphia. Differing styles of steak make it all the more interesting. Cooks make traditional versions with thin...

Chesapeake Bay Crab Cakes

Crab cakes are a staple of seafood restaurants everywhere. But the great ones are in proximity to the Chesapeake Bay. Many places here offer them deep-fried, and there is...

Tucson Green Corn Tamales

Green corn tamales, so named because they are wrapped in fresh green husks rather than dry, beige ones, used to be seasonal, available only at the end of summer...

St. Augustine Minorcan Clam Chowder

There is no Minorcan chowder on the island of Minorca, nor anywhere else we know other than Florida's northeast coast, where almost all of the world's datil peppers are...

Buffalo Sweet Shops | Sponge Candy Capital | Roadfood Bests

Everybody knows Buffalo for its chicken wings. Many love its beef on weck. To that formidable duo, add candy. No city has more compelling sweet shops. Family-run confectioners, large...

Nashville Four-Alarm Fare

There is plenty of yummy comfort food in Nashville, from buttermilk biscuits in the morning to banana pudding for dessert; but one of the Music City's lesser known culinary...

Long bun is packed with seared shrimp and colorful garnishes

New Orleans Po Boys & More

Of all the great sandwich cities in America, New Orleans is at or near the top. Home of the muffaletta, the po boy, and the oyster loaf, it is...

Red Rice at Bertha's Kitchen

The Best Charleston Soul Food

You can dine high on the hog in the sophisticated downtown restaurants of Charleston, South Carolina; you also can feast low, on pig tails and neck bones larded into...

Gravy-sopped Italian beef piled into a length of bread with spicy vegetable giardiniera

Chicago Italian Beef

More New-World than Old-Country, the Italian beef sandwich was invented on Chicago's near West Side and it has become a city signature dish as beloved as red hots. It...

Rugged mix of meat, rice, and spice inside a smoked boudin link

Louisiana Cajun Country Boudin Sausage

West of New Orleans from Baton Rouge to St. Charles and from the swamps of Avery Island to the prairies of Evangeline Parish, hundreds of places sell boudin sausage....

Bun holds loosemeats and cheese

Loosemeats of Iowa | Burger's Crazy Cousin | Roadfood Bests

Why Call a Food Loosemeats? Loosemeats has all kinds of aliases, including tavern, Tastee, Big T, and Charlie Boy. Whatever you call it, loosemeats is similar to sloppy Joe, but...

Tucson's Crazy-Good Sonoran Hot Dog | Roadfood Bests

The Sonoran hot dog, most flamboyant of America's wieners, starts as a simple beef frank. The cook wraps it in bacon and grills it in a trough alongside other...

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