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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Andy Nelson’s Southern Pit Barbecue

A pig on the roof, a pile of hickory logs out back, and a man named Bubba preparing BBQ: Andy Nelson's is the real deal in Cockeysville, Maryland.


Between bacon Bloody Marys and Bacon-Bourbon Ice Cream, Pittsburgh's Bakn serves pound-of-bacon BLTs, bacon flatbread, and bacon flights of 4 different kinds.

Bar B Q King

An old-fashioned Charlotte, North Carolina drive-in BBQ restaurant with from-car ordering, Bar B Q King serves fine pulled pork and fried fish sandwiches.
Charlotte, NC

Bar B Que Shack

Christian County, Kentucky, BBQ at its finest includes hot-sauced mutton, pulled pork and ribs, burgoo and hot slaw on the side, peach cobbler for dessert.

Belgrade Gardens

Fried chicken cooked in lard has earned renown at Belgrade Gardens, which serves it as part of a full, fabulous Barberton chicken dinner.
Barberton, OH

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.

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

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

Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q

Bob Sykes is one of Birmingham, Alabama's most esteemed BBQ parlors (since 1957). Fabulous pork, but do save room for meringue-topped lemon pie.

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.

Capitol Oyster Bar

Seafood shack ambience and a patio overlooking the Alabama River make the Capitol Oyster Bar a favorite destination for casual meals, drinks & live blues music.
Montgomery, AL

Chiriaco Summit Coffee Shop

Chiriaco Summit Coffee Shop in Chiriaco Summit, California, is the last stop for miles serving fantastic hot, affordable meals all day long.

City Billiards

Downtown Aiken's pool hall restaurant specializes in thick, juicy cheeseburgers and chili dogs. It is a friendly and civilized place to eat and to drink.
Aiken, SC

Clem’s Wood-Fired BBQ

** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** Located by the side of Route 322, seven miles northwest of State College, the trailer, carport, and collection of tents that comprise Clem’s are the setting for succulent baby back ribs, whole barbecued chickens, and pulled pork.

Crystal Beer Parlor

Savannah's oldest restaurant is a place to eat, drink & socialize. The broad menu includes burgers, seafood, Greek fare & craft brews galore.
Savannah, GA

Dink’s Pit Bar-B-Que

A Bartlesville, Oklahoma BBQ, Dink's offers brisket, ribs and pork tenderloin. Décor is pop-culture West: steer horns, barbed wire, pix of cowboys & Indians.

El Molino Central

El Molino Central is a creative Mexican cafe considered by some to be the best in California. We won’t argue too much about that.

Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen

A classic kosher-style city delicatessen, 4th Street is famous for huge sandwiches, Jewish comfort food, and chocolate chip cookies. A Philadelphia best!
Philadelphia, PA


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

Fire & Spice | Too Much Bacon? (Insert Irony Emoji)

Creative sandwiches, some with a Jamaican jerk twist, but also classics like BLTs with too much bacon, make Fire & Spice a South Carolina best bet. *CLOSED*

Fresh Air Barbecue

A Georgia BBQ country classic, Fresh Air's menu is a no-frills hall of fame: smoke-cooked pork, meaty Brunswick stew, creamy/crisp cole slaw. Cheap, good, fun.
Jackson, GA

Gates Bar-B-Q

A slick appearance and comfortable dining room belies the fact that Gates really is a cafeteria with sassy (but friendly) service, and real Kansas City BBQ.

GoodLands BBQ Restaurant

GoodLands BBQ Restaurant is a buffet in a former gas station, serving hickory-cooked pork, fried chicken, mac 'n' cheese & all South Carolina complements.

Grumpy’s | Sports Pub Cuisine & Best Beer Menu | Aiken, SC

Sports pub cuisine (wings, burgers, nachos) and 100 kinds of beer plus televisions everywhere make Grumpy's a place to escape from the world.
Aiken, SC

Happy Cafe

In Columbia's utterly charming lunch-only Happy Cafe, expect masterful pimento cheese, quality soup, salads & sandwiches, and the best caramel cakes anywhere.

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


Hildebrandt's is a charming a 19th century Augusta grocery store that makes tall sandwiches and carries many hard-to-find candies, sodas, and nick-nacks.
Augusta, GA


Hodak's of St. Louis is a full-menu tavern, but most customers come for fried chicken, made from a recipe used by the Hodak family since 1962.
St. Louis, MO

Hollingshead’s Delicatessen

Sports bars are a special kind of breed of restaurant. Usually loud, crowded, and filled with people at varying levels of drunkenness – the food offerings are ordinarily heavy, fries concoctions that do little more than soak up the liquor being served. But Hollingshead’s Delicatessen is its own special breed – opting to serve delicious … Continue reading Hollingshead’s Delicatessen

Hosanna Fish Market

Just outside Augusta, Georgia, prices are low and quality high at Hosanna, a hole-in-the-wall fish market cafe with a Korean accent. * CLOSED *

Humanitree House

Humanitree's vegan menu includes sandwiches as well as cold-pressed juices & smoothies with superfood add-ins. Its vibe is laid-back, artistic, counter-culture.
Augusta, GA

Jerry’s Seafood

There's no romantic atmosphere, but Jerry's is for lovers of crab: as soup, crab cakes, crab dip, and huge "crab bombs." Also a full menu of other seafood.


** THIS RESTAURANT IS PERMANENTLY CLOSED ** This taste of Brooklyn in Grand Central Station offers corned beef and pastrami sandwiches, Reubens, and, of course, the legendary cheesecake.
New York, NY

Juniper Valley Ranch

Skillet fried chicken & baked ham with hot biscuits and apple butter put Juniper Valley Ranch on the Roadfood map. Call ahead for reservations (summer only).

Killer Seafood

Killer Seafood is all good: shrimp in glorious Simmerin' Sauce, outstanding grouper, and 4-star Key lime pie. A fun seaside shack, decorated with dollar bills.

Leatha’s Bar-B-Que Inn

As good as the BBQ is at Leatha's in Hattiesburg, sides are better: crisp coleslaw and spectacular potato salad made with large hunks of skin-on potato.

Lexington Barbecue #1

Lexington Barbecue #1 has defined North Carolina excellence since '62. Smoky pork is a festival of tenderness with crunchy bits from the shoulder's outside.

Long Creek Fish Fry

A Gaston County treasure known for big plates of catfish, flounder, shrimp & oysters (with hushpuppies, natch), Long Creek Fish Fry is a Carolina best.

McClard’s Bar-B-Q

A destination for BBQ fans from Arkansas and beyond. McClard's signature rib and fry plate is a rack of meaty bones smothered by superb French fries.
Hot Springs, AR

Miami Smokers

Miami Smokers' artisan smoke-cooked BBQ is classic fare with a modern edge. The restaurant is a serious venture, but a fun place with urban-hip vibe.
Miami, FL


Moishe's is Montreal's high-end steak house with a Jewish accent. Side a gorgeous filet mignon with latkes (potato pancakes) or twice baked Monte Carlo potato.
Montréal, QC

Old San Luis BBQ

Old San Luis serves some of the best Santa Maria-style tri-tip barbecue on the Central Coast, enhanced by pinquito beans and cowboy corn pie.
San Luis Obispo, CA

Original Pantry

Open 24/7/365, the Original Pantry is a sure thing if you are looking for a square meal at a reasonable price in downtown Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA

Palms Krystal Bar and Grill

Palms Krystal Bar is is one of the last locations serving Chicken in the Rough, an early chain known for fried chicken with piles of shoestring French fries.


Parker's is a legendary BBQ restaurant that is also known for superb fried chicken. It's a convenient stop off I-95 in Wilson, North Carolina.
Wilson, NC

Pork Place

Pork Place serves exemplary regional BBQ chipped or sliced, as well as ribs & pit-grilled chicken. A true taste of Central Savannah River Area Georgia.

R.O.’s Bar-B-Cue | North Carolina BBQ & Best Slaw

BBQ is fantastic; even more notable is R.O.'s unique savory slaw. It might be the best slaw anywhere. A must-eat west of Charlotte, NC.

Ridgewood Barbecue

Bluff City, Tennessee. Ridgewood’s BBQ is as good as it gets, sopped with tangy, dark-red, smoky sauce & accompanied by terrific dark-gold French fries.

Roy’s Grille

Although it is a minimalist gas-station cafe, Roy's Grille offers scrupulously well-prepared breakfast and lunch, including masterful shrimp and grits.
Lexington, SC

Saltwater Cowboys

From simple seafood to fancy meals and backwoods cracker specialties, Saltwater Cowboys is a trip to old-time Florida along the marshy intercoastal waterway.
St. Augustine, FL

Santa Fe Bite

Santa Fe Bite serves what many consider to be the best green chile cheeseburger in New Mexico. It might be the best hamburger of any kind, anywhere!
Santa Fe, NM

Sarge’s Delicatessen

Sarge's Delicatessen is a Murray Hill New York destination for first-rate pastrami sided by gorgeous chunky French fries. Sarge's is open 24/7.
New York, NY


Schwabl's is a tavern restaurant that serves Buffalo beef on weck at its best. This very well might be be America's #1 roast beef sandwich.
Buffalo, NY

Scott’s Barbecue

Halfway between Memphis and Nashville, Scott's Barbeque is a whole-hog barbecue parlor that serves superb slow-smoked pork with homemade fried pies for dessert.

Serb Hall

Milwaukee Wisconsin's Serb Hall is the largest fish fry on earth: an eating stadium restaurant serving Friday-only cod or perch with all the trimmin's.
Milwaukee, WI

Shealy’s Bar-B-Que

Shealy’s is the dominant BBQ in central South Carolina, a buffet-style feast that includes pork, pulley bones & countless southern sides.
Batesburg-Leesville, SC

Smokey Pig Bar-B-Que | On the Kentucky BBQ Trail

Monroe County-style barbecue means pork shoulder, sliced and dipped in hot sauce, at Bowling Green's Smokey Pig -- a memorable stop on Kentucky's BBQ trail.


Smoque's devoted clientele come to eat scrupulously created replicas of barbecue from around the United States: St. Louis ribs, Chicago baby backs, Texas sausage, southern-style pulled pork, and even, on occasion, smoked salmon.
Chicago, IL

Sno Cap Drive-In | Car Hop Service in North Augusta, SC

Sno Cap is a stylish vintage drive-in with artisan standards and car hop service. Burgers, are great; root beer comes in frosty mugs.
North Augusta, SC

Southside Smokehouse

BBQ parlor, Cajun kitchen, burger shack and more, Southside Smokehouse is an inventive upcountry restaurant featuring classic and creative South Carolina meals.
Landrum, SC

Spicy Boys

Thai fried chicken is king at Spicy Boys brewery food truck. Tater Tots, dusted with spice, are a must-eat, as is cool Napa slaw.
Austin, TX

Suomi Home Bakery & Restaurant

A town cafe with a Finnish accent, Suomi specializes in Finnish pancakes and cardamom-perfumed nisu toast. Lunch features fine Upper Peninsula pasties.

Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse

Sweet Lucy's offers pulled pork, chicken, brisket, chicken, wings, turkey and kielbasa. Sides are better than at many other area BBQs. Sauce is served warm.
Philadelphia, PA

The Goodwich

The Goodwich does classic American sandwiches, but its own way. Familiar concepts are given smart twists; perfect execution make the food altogether new.
Las Vegas, NV

Triangle Restaurant

Loyal customers come to the 1961-vintage Triangle Restaurant for steaks at supper and meat-and-three cafeteria lunch. A South Carolina diamond in the rough!

Two Ladies Kitchen

The Big Island’s busiest counter serves colorful, artistic mochi desserts with unusual fillings, including fresh island fruit.

Variety Restaurant | Old-School Cool | Seafood & Steaks

Portions are huge, service is old-style cool at the Variety, a favorite of square-meals eaters who know good steaks and fresh seafood.
Aiken, SC

Village Cafe

The Village Cafe is a casual restaurant where food is a cut above: BLTs with smoked salmon added; house-cured pastrami; sophisticated salads & espresso drinks.
Aiken, SC

Willcox Hotel | Grand Hotel | Aiken, SC

A grand hotel restaurant that's casual but pricey with stylish modern food, the Willcox hearkens back to Aiken's heyday as a swank winter colony.
Aiken, SC

Winter Park Fish Co.

Winter Park Fish Co. is an Orlando-area ramshackle restaurant with impeccably fresh seafood prepared every way imaginable. A Florida best!

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