Roadfood restaurants aren't only about good food. They are places with memorable personality: diners, town cafes, BBQs, street carts, even some deluxe dining rooms.

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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.
Nashville, TN


Breakfast all day and meat-and-three lunch are fine at Auten's, one of the few places in Aiken open for Sunday lunch. **CLOSED**
Aiken, SC

Bear’s Den

The Bear’s Den of Macon, Georgia, is a small cafeteria that serves Southern as well as all-American comfort food. Fried chicken is always on the menu.
Macon, GA

Bernie’s Chicken

Superb fast-food broasted chicken earns Bernie's a stellar reputation as one of the best low-budget restaurants in Columbia, South Carolina.

Big Boy’s Smokehouse

One of the best BBQs in South Carolina, Big Boy's is a casual restaurant serving ribs, pulled pork, chicken, turkey wings, even first-rate beef brisket.

Big Mama’s Soul Food

A restaurant in an Augusta, Georgia shopping mall, Big Mama's serves soul food meat-and-3, from fried or smothered chicken to peach cobbler & red velvet cake.
Augusta, GA

Bill Spoon’s Barbecue

A best BBQ restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina, Bill Spoon’s is famed for chopped pork, Brunswick stew, mustard slaw and hushpuppies. *CLOSED*
Charlotte, NC

Brick Pit

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Mobile, Alabama. Brick Pit pork shoulder cooks for thirty hours; ribs for twelve. The result is butter-tender meat and one of the South's best BBQs!
Mobile, AL

Brown’s Quality Seafood

Expect impeccable seafood (fried, steamed, or broiled) in this spacious eat-in-the-rough shack between Augusta and Savannah, Georgia. It's all from scratch.
Waynesboro, GA

Bryce’s Cafeteria

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Bryce's is a beautiful Texas cafeteria serving more casseroles and vegetables than most Yankees see in a year. Dessert: peach cobbler, please.

Buckwheat’s BBQ

Buckwheat's pitmaster is a formidable player in BBQ competitions. Authentic smoke-cooked fare at his restaurant in Aiken, South Carolina, reflects that talent.
Aiken, SC

Cafe 209

Locals love this downtown Augusta, Georgia, lunch-only meat-and-3 for vivid southern vegetables, fried chicken, pork chops, Wednesday ribs and Friday catfish.
Augusta, GA

Carolina BBQ

A family-run restaurant since 1969, Carolina BBQ is a traditional all-you-can-eat pig pickin: smoky pulled pork plus a constellation of side dishes around it.

Carolina Buffet

A no-frills but big-flavored southern-style buffet featuring great fried chicken, vegetables, and banana pudding and/or peach cobbler for dessert.
West Columbia, SC

Chandler’s Deli

Chandler's Deli is a soul food cafeteria restaurant that serves some of the best BBQ, fried chicken, and classic southern side dishes in Knoxville, Tennessee.
Knoxville, TN

Chef Bob’s Café

Daily downhome buffet lunch and lavish weekend dinner make Chef Bob's a restaurant for big appetites. House motto: "If you leave hungry, it's not my fault!" *CLOSED*
Edgefield, SC

Crossroads Cafe

From-scratch Southern comfort-food served cafeteria-style in a diner as comfy as favorite slippers makes Crossroads Cafe a good stop for breakfast & lunch.

Cub’s Crawfish

Whether you call 'em crayfish, mudbugs, or crawdaddies, Cub’s small, freshwater crustaceans are spicy and delicious. Gumbo is real tasty, too.
Pensacola, FL

Deep South Cheese & Grill

Deep South Cheese is a hospitable Georgia roadside cafe that makes its own fresh cheese curds for poutine, plain or fancy. Plus fine burgers & smoked sausages.

Dip’s Country Kitchen

We love to start the day in Chapel Hill, North Carolina at Mama Dip's restaurant with eggs, pork chops and gravy or country ham, sided by biscuits and grits.
Chapel Hill, NC

Duke Sandwich Co.

Duke Sandwich Shop is a clean, simple outlet that sells sandwiches and spreads that feature Duke's mayonnaise, a Dixie favorite.
Greenville, SC

Elliston Place Soda Shop

A soda shop and meat-and-three lunch room, Nashville's Elliston Place serves Southern fare from country ham & biscuits to fried chicken and lemon icebox pie.
Nashville, TN

Fat Man’s Cafe

An Augusta favorite now located in a repurposed industrial complex, Fat Man's offers fine Dixie vegetables along with masterful fried chicken or pot roast.
Augusta, GA


Feed of Humboldt Park in Chicago serves country comfort food: WondeRoast rotisserie chicken, velvety pulled pork, Dixie vegetables, banana pudding.
Chicago, IL


Lunch and dinner are served cafeteria style, but it's table-service breakfast that has made Fife's a Birmingham, Alabama, best bet.
Birmingham, AL

Fish Eye Grill

Fish Eye Grill in the small town of Girard, Georgia, offers estimable southern-accented fare in modern/ rustic lodge-like setting. Save room for dessert.

Galax Smokehouse

A big, family-friendly BBQ, Virginia's Galax Smokehouse is known for delicious pork ribs and beef brisket as well as for secret-ingredient banana pudding.

Gator’s BBQ

One of Jacksonville's best BBQ restaurants, Gator's smoke-cooks pork, ribs, brisket, chicken, & sausage. On the side: Brunswick stew, fried corn, fried squash.
Jacksonville, FL

Harvest House

Expect the unexpected at Harvest House, where even familiar dishes are served with a twist. Don't miss the fried green tomato tower. Burgers are grand.
Landrum, SC

Harvest Table Buffet

For over 40 years, Augusta families have flocked to the Harvest Table, a hospitable buffet offering a tremendous variety of expertly-prepared Dixie favorites.
Augusta, GA

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

Hattie B's has quickly gained a reputation as one of the hottest and best hot chickens in Nashville. Cool the burn with a cup of banana pudding.
Nashville, TN

Helen’s BBQ

Real Tennessee pit barbecue still can be found at Helen's, an out-of-the-way, smoke-worn shack serving sandwiches worth any detour.

Henry’s Smokehouse

Cooked low and slow over hickory smoke, Henry's pulled pork and ribs are Dixie delights served with dandy sides -- especially a (very) sweet potato casserole.
Greenville, SC

Honey From the Rock Cafe

Serving 4-star Dixie cafeteria fare with spiritual purpose, Augusta's Honey from the Rock is known for baked chicken, crisp corn fritters & homemade ice cream.
Augusta, GA

Horace & Dickie’s

Expertly fried seafood stars on a menu that includes southern vegetables, banana pudding & sweet potato pie. Horace & Dickie's is a DC best!

Hot Sauce Williams

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Hot Sauce Williams' specialty is the Polish Boy: kielbasa, BBQ sauce, fries, & slaw all on a bun. Ribs, fried chicken and soulful sides are all very good, too.
Cleveland, OH

Irma’s Restaurant

Irma's is a soulful Houston Mexican restaurant artfully run by its namesake owner. Have enchiladas or fish tacos, then sopapillas topped with nuts and honey.
Houston, TX

J.R.’s Ribshack

A humble roadside BBQ with some of the finest chicken and ribs in the Florida panhandle. JR's Brunswick stew is not to be missed.

Jestine’s Kitchen

Jestine's offers a wide selection of Lowcountry specialties with downhome Dixie atmosphere that makes it a tourists' favorite. **CLOSED**
Charleston, SC

Just Julie’s

A locally-loved shopping-center cafe with an enthusiastic staff, Just Julie's offers well-crafted sandwiches plus homespun soups, layer cake, & banana pudding.

Liliha Bakery

Liliha, a bakery/cafe famous for such island classics as malasadas and taro donuts, is best-known for its unique Coco Puff.
Honolulu, HI

Loveless Cafe

Nashville's legendary country-style cafe got famous for its fried chicken, biscuits, and preserves, but now The Loveless Cafe has a broad downhome menu.
Nashville, TN


Lupie's is a Charlotte locals' favorite restaurant, for fresh vegetables (& mac 'n' cheese!), beautiful burgers and bountiful banana pudding for dessert.
Charlotte, NC

M & M Soul Food Cafe

M&M is a modest, downhome soul food restaurant in Las Vegas, Nevada: fried chicken with highly seasoned crust, succulent pork chops and pancake-style cornbread.
Las Vegas, NV


Martin's serves meat & 3 at its best: great fried chicken, vegetables galore, plus pies that are the pride of Montgomery, Alabama.
Montgomery, AL

Matthews Cafeteria

Matthews Cafeteria is a Main Street restaurant popular among locals who come for fried chicken, meat loaf, or catfish sided by well-cooked Southern vegetables.

Maurice’s Piggy Park

Righteous Midlands barbecue includes pit-cooked pork with mustard sauce, hash on rice, a full roster of vegetables, and banana pudding for dessert.
West Columbia, SC

Mike & Jeff’s BBQ | South Carolina Upstate BBQ at its Best

A small place with a big personality and tremendously good smoke-cooked meats, Mike & Jeff's is South Carolina upstate BBQ at its best.
Greenville, SC

Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q

Miss Myra's is the place to go in Birmingham for BBQ chicken covered in unique north Alabama white sauce. Banana pudding is world class!
Birmingham, AL

Mrs. Rowe’s Family Restaurant

A tourist-friendly restaurant off I-81 in Staunton, Mrs. Rowe's is an easy opportunity to enjoy southern comfort classics, three meals a day.

Nikki’s Place

A small soul food restaurant with a big personality, Nikki's is an Orlando gem. Shrimp & grits, available all day, is a Roadfood best.
Orlando, FL

Old Hickory Bar-B-Que

Exemplary western Kentucky BBQ at Owensboro's Old Hickory includes off-the-pit mutton, pork, ribs & chicken. Plus burgoo, beans & banana pudding.

Opie’s BBQ

A family eatery in the small town of Spicewood, Opie's is a Hill Country best: no-frills BBQ for which people drive miles away from Austin.

Pink Dipper

A vintage ice cream parlor in North Augusta, South Carolina, Pink Dipper offers classic sundaes, shakes, frappes & floats as well as kiddie toys and candy.
North Augusta, SC

Purple Daisy Picnic Cafe

A happy-go-lucky Chattanooga cafe enjoyed by tourists as well as locals, Purple Daisy is a base camp for trips up and around Lookout Mountain.

R & J Southern Homecooking

Soul food heaven! Kudos to owner Julie Peterson's quote: "A chef makes things they want to serve to people; a cook makes people things they want. I'm a cook."

Ray’s Diner

Omelets, hash browns, and creamy grits make this neighborhood diner a breakfast destination in Columbia. Ray's lunch is top-notch meat-and-three soul food.

Red Shed Diner & Produce

A colorful, welcoming roadside restaurant & produce stand, Graniteville's Red Shed serves hearty cafe meals and blue ribbon pies & cakes. * CLOSED *
Graniteville, SC

Rikard’s Roadside Barbecue | South Carolina Midlands BBQ

Expertly crafted South Carolina BBQ by the side of the road makes Rikard's a colorful Roadfood destination.
Ridge Spring, SC

Rodney Scott’s BBQ

Starting as a country-road BBQ parlor up in Hemingway, Rodney Scott's has become a smoke-house landmark on Charleston's Upper King Street. Quality remains high.
Charleston, SC

Ronnie’s Ice House Barbeque

Stop by Ronnie’s for a hospitable welcome and Texas Hill Country-style barbecue turkey that vies for brisket as best meat in the house.
Johnson City, TX

Root Cellar

Downhome southern food with an uptown twist makes the Root Cellar a fun Lexington, South Carolina, restaurant for culinary traditionalists & adventurers alike.
Lexington, SC

S&S Cafeteria

A grand cafeteria in the southern tradition, Augusta's S&S offers a vast array of classic comfort food from Sunday-supper baked chicken to beguiling desserts.
Augusta, GA

Savannah Square Pops | Beyond the Popsicle

Artisan ice pops go beyond the Popsicle. Each is named after one of Savannah's 22 famous squares and made using the finest ingredients.
Savannah, GA

Saw’s BBQ

Cultivated juke-joint ambience and well-prepared BBQ fulfill Saw's intention of being an "upscale dive" in the Birmingham suburb of Homewood.

Shirley Mae’s Cafe

Shirley Mae's Cafe is a Louisville institution serving fine fried chicken and side dishes in a true downhome setting.

Silver Skillet

Downhome food created by masters in humble surroundings has made the Silver Skillet an Atlanta, Georgia, Roadfood legend. Must eat: lemon icebox pie.
Atlanta, GA

Southern Comfort

Comfort food, southern-style, is what this charming little restaurant offers. Don't miss white-sauced smoke-cooked chicken, an Alabama specialty.

Summerton Diner

A 3-meal-a-day, meat-and-3 destination, the Summerton Diner makes especially good fried chicken, served on a partitioned plate along with good vegetables.

Sunset Family Restaurant

A no-frills Tennessee restaurant serving such hearty fare as broasted chicken and country ham, Sunset has fine desserts, too: banana pudding and buttermilk pie.

Sweet P’s Downtown Dive

A well-calculated BBQ restaurant where blues music sets the beat, Sweet P's serves traditional meats and side dishes in entertaining dive surroundings.
Knoxville, TN

Sweet T’s

Downhome cafeteria style southern fare makes Sweet T's a best-bet lunch destination between Atlanta & Augusta, Georgia. Glorious desserts!
Thomson, GA

Tom’s Blue Moon BBQ

Tom's Blue Moon BBQ is known around Lebanon, Tennessee, for having the best BBQ in town. Whatever meat you eat, save room for the great banana pudding.

Wagon Wheel Restaurant

Famous for fried squash, the Wagon Wheel has been serving locals and travelers on old Highway 21 in Fort Lawn, South Carolina, for over 30 years.

Wife Saver

An Augusta-area sextet of fast-food restaurants, Wife Saver is known for crunch-crusted chicken, fried shrimp, and bountiful southern-style vegetables.
Augusta, GA


Zarzour's of Chattanooga, Tennessee, is a family-run lunch-only cafe serving the best square meals and burgers in town, plus homespun Dixie dessert.

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