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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Alabama Hills Cafe and Bakery

With a breathtaking view of the Alabama Hills, this small town café serves cinnamon swirl French toast, massive Mountain Man Burgers & homemade pies and cakes.

Amelie’s French Bakery

A French bakery with kitsch decor, Amelie's is a 24/7 beacon of croissants, quiches, tarts, tortes, sandwiches, soups and salads plus coffee in every good form.
Charlotte, NC

Backyard Cafe

The Backyard Cafe is a destination for handsome hamburgers, after-5pm Dixie dinner & from-scratch ice cream atop squares of gooey butter cake.
West Columbia, SC

Beamie’s at the River | Seafood & Drinks | Augusta, GA

Just yards from the Augusta Riverfront, Beamie's is a casual eat-house popular among locals for southern seafood & drinks.
Augusta, GA

Betsy’s Around the Corner

A bustling Aiken restaurant serving sandwiches, salads, burgers, and square meals, Betsy's also is a layer cake-lover's dream. *CLOSED*
Aiken, SC

Blue Scorcher Bakery Cafe

A worker collective restaurant with high-minded principles, Blue Scorcher serves wonderful pastries, good Oregon coffee, and a seasonal-local vegetarian menu.
Astoria, OR

Boll Weevil Cafe & Sweetery

Huge layer cakes rule at Boll Weevil, a jolly cafe by Augusta's waterfront where fine southern fare shares menu space with modern salad, soup & sandwiches.
Augusta, GA

Cafe Latte

Cafe Latte is a breezy St. Paul cafeteria that offers healthful salads, lovely sandwiches, and soups, plus killer desserts including peerless turtle cake.
Saint Paul, MN

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

Concord Teacakes

Since 1984, Concord Teacakes in Massachusetts has earned a sterling reputation for its marvelous scones, tea cakes, short bread, and fruitcakes.

Country Cupboard of Barnwell

Made-to-order sandwiches on house-baked bread, a copious salad bar & a rainbow of Mennonite desserts make Barnwell's Country Cupboard a South Carolina best.

Deerfield’s Bakery

Buttercream frosting on cakes and cupcakes at Deerfield's Bakery is the best anywhere in the Chicago area; for that reason alone, it's worth the trek.

Fairborn Family Diner

Fairborn sports diner values: lots of food for little money, menu highlights including big omelets, pancakes, and country-fried steak smothered with gravy.

Grits & Groceries

True-South meals made with local produce and culinary savoir faire make the crossroads market/restaurant Grits & Groceries a South Carolina foodie beacon.


Elegant southern cooking makes Juniper a destination restaurant for food lovers who come for Friday shrimp and grits, Monday meat loaf, and Sunday brunch.
Ridge Spring, 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.

La Mexicana

Tortilla chips at Houston's La Mexicana come warm with 2 sauces. Fish tacos are grilled mahi-mahi. Take some heart-shaped cinnamon-sugar cookies for the road.
Houston, TX

Lamb’s Grill Cafe

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Stately, trim, and diligent, Utah’s oldest restaurant (since 1919) is a 3-meal-a-day diner and coffee shop with white linen tablecloths and uniformed waitstaff.

Laura’s Luncheonette

Laura’s Luncheonette is home to hearty breakfast basics like fluffy blueberry muffins crisped on the griddle, super thin bacon, and... chocolate cake.


Litton's hamburgers range from minimal beef patties to a Thunder Road burger with pimento cheese, onions & hot pepper, Desserts: good pie & Italian cream cake.
Knoxville, TN

Magnolia Downtown

A downtown Aiken restaurant where healthy eating is the goal, with vegan and vegetarian options (meat, too!). Magnolia's chocolate zucchini cake is a must.
Aiken, SC

Maine Diner

The Maine Diner is one of America's best, featuring exemplary Downeast dishes such as lobster pie and seafood chowder, also classic blue-plate specials.
Wells, ME

Mama’s on Washington Square

Mama's is a San Francisco North Beach restaurant serving Dungeness crab eggs Benedict, apple-yogurt French toast and terrific coffee cakes.
San Francisco, CA


Mamie's is a country cafe and bakery in Litchfield County, Connecticut, known for beautiful weekend breakfast and brunch. **CLOSED**
Woodbury, CT

Martha’s Menu

A small-town cafe with fried chicken and a plethora of Dixie vegetables, plus corn bread and sweet tea: all for under $10 at Martha's of Corinth, Mississippi.

Monument Café

The Monument Café in Georgetown makes some of the best pies in Texas; meals that precede them (including breakfast) are masterful roadside-restaurant classics.

Moose Jaw

Since 1973, Moose Jaw has served Frisco tons of personality, cheap beer and the best smashed burger with ham, bacon, cheese and creamy mushrooms.


A St. Louis soul food best, Niecie's is a 3-meal-a-day gathering place for regulars and visitors. Chicken & waffles is a specialty. As are pig ear sandwiches.

Oram’s Donut Shop

Cake donuts and cream puffs are best bets at Oram's, honey-raisin glazed on Friday. Must eat: the huge, supreme cinnamon roll.

Pamela’s Diner

Hotcakes are as elegant as crepes at Pamela's. From-scratch corned beef hash and a full-service soda fountain make it a Pittsburgh highlight.
Pittsburgh, PA

Peters’ Bakery

At Peter's Bakery, a San Jose, California, institution, the specialty is burnt almond cake, a regional favorite.

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

Red Truck Rural Bakery

Outstanding baked goods such as Kentucky bourbon pecan pie, real mincemeat pie, and chocolate moonshine cake put the Red Truck Bakery on the Roadfood Honor Roll.
Marshall, VA

Rich Farm

Rich Farm is the right place to enjoy a summertime ice cream cone or sundae. It is a stand in the yard of a dairy farm in Rural Connecticut.

SeeWee Restaurant

Specials chalked on the board at SeeWee can include country-fried steak, whole catfish, Jamaican jerk chicken & fish stew. Layer cakes are superb!

Steven’s Barbecue

Steven's is a BBQ dive in genteel downtown Greenwood, Mississippi, featuring Memphis style ribs, Delta hot tamales, and fabulous chocolate cake.
Greenwood, MS

Wise Acre Eatery | Farm to Table At Its Best in Minneapolis

Farm to table dining at its finest in Wise Acre Eatery, a casual, modern Minneapolis restaurant located in a former gas station.
Minneapolis, MN

Yellow Church Cafe

Expertly crafted artisan fare, including house-baked breads and world-class cakes, make meals in Ellensburg's adorable former church restaurant truly heavenly.
Ellensburg, WA

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