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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A-Bear's is a country cafe that serves locals such Cajun fare as chicken and sausage gumbo, oyster po boys, and bread pudding with rum sauce.

Agawam Diner

Agawam is a ship-shape vintage diner on the Massachusetts North Shore featuring such hash house classics as hearty chili and double-layer banana cake.

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

Blue Ribbon BBQ

Blue Ribbon serves the absolute best BBQ we’ve enjoyed in New England. Pulled pork and ribs are a must, all accented by homemade sauces and hearty sides.

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

C&K Barbecue

Take-out-only C&K smoke-cooks the best versions of St. Louis ribs, pork steaks, chicken, and hot links, all with super BBQ sauce.
St. Louis, MO

Capitalist Pig

Operating out of a former jail, The Capitalist Pig is a sustainable BBQ restaurant in St. Louis, Missouri, serving meat conscientiously raised on local farms.
St. Louis, MO

Cleve Edmunds’ Bar-B-Que

Everything on the Central Savannah River Area BBQ menu is done right at Cleve Edmunds', including chopped pork, ribs, chicken, and hash on rice. *CLOSED*
Augusta, GA

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.

Croaker’s Spot

Croaker's Spot is a soul-food seafood restaurant with huge portions, friendly service, and a broad menu that includes wildly creative cocktails.
Richmond, VA

Dandelion’s Cafe

A friendly, eccentric cafe in North Augusta, Dandelion's serves Quebec poutine, mac 'n' cheese skillets, exuberant pizza, & killer cheesecake. *CLOSED*
North Augusta, SC

DeShawn’s Seafood and Chicken

Top-quality, no-frills seafood and great fried chicken make DeShawn's a destination feast in North Augusta. All-you-can-eat crab legs are immense.
North Augusta, SC

Dinosaur Bar-B-Que

Billed as a "Genuine Honkey Tonk Rib Joint", New York's Dinosaur offers Americana in the form of BBQ and blues music. Don't forget Syracuse-style salt potatoes.
New York, NY

Eastside Tavern

For unique appetizers, smoky barbecue, refreshing drinks, and a rustic vibe, look no further than Eastside Tavern in Austin, Texas.
Austin, TX

Eisenberg’s Sandwich Shop

Eisenberg's is a minuscule NYC sandwich shop known for tuna salad, but also a good bet for hot sandwiches & square-meals meat loaf. * CLOSED *
New York, NY

Fat Boy’s Bar B Que Ranch

Fat Boy's is a big, welcoming rural-themed BBQ parlor serving authentic smoke-cooked meals, as well as Alabama Camp stew, fried pies, and peach cobbler.

Frankinbun | Hot Dog Heaven in Palm Springs

Frankinbun is Palm Springs Hot Dog Heaven, elevating the hot dog and more worldly sausages to gourmet status. Hot dog heaven! *CLOSED*
Palm Springs, CA

Freeman’s Bar-B-Q

A third-generation BBQ serving superb South Carolina-style 'cue, Freeman's has ribs, chopped or sliced pork, and chicken -- all with wickedly flavorful sauce.

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.

George’s Old Time Bar-B Que

Hospitable Alabama roadside BBQ parlor offers chopped pork, super-succulent brisket, spare ribs, and loaded potatoes. Plus early-morning breakfast.

Highland Park Diner

Highland Park Diner of Rochester, New York serves diner food at diner prices, but does so with panache and high culinary standards. Everything's from scratch.
Rochester, NY

Highroller Lobster

Maine seafood gets the Highroller treatment in Portland with locally-made brioche, charred pineapple mayo, & lobster grilled cheese you won't want to put down.


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

Hofbrau der Albatross

Hofbrau der Albatross is an old-fashioned California-German roast beef carver hiding out in a beach town fish house.
Morro Bay, CA

Hominy Grill

Hominy Grill is the best opportunity in Charleston to savor lowcountry cuisine at reasonable prices. It's all good, especially breakfast and desserts.
Charleston, SC

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.

Janwiches | Fast Deli Sandwiches in Augusta, GA

Fast deli sandwiches are made with care at Janwiches, a take-out stand surrounded by Augusta, GA industry. Don't miss whole-lemon lemonade.
Augusta, GA

Joe’s Poultry Farm

Meat is moist beyond belief on Joe's bronze-skinned chickens. Buy a whole one and they'll cut it up for you to go. (No seating in Joe's).

Joey’s Hot Dogs

Joey's snap wiener is the thing to eat: a taut, natural-casing frankfurter customarily dressed with mustard, chopped raw onions, and fine-grind, no-bean chili.

Josie’s German Cakes & Market

Fans of unpretentious family-owned restaurants that serve quality homemade meals, German fare in particular, will love Josie's in Mechanicsburg, PA.

La Barbecue

People of Austin, Texas, line up to eat La Barbecue, where smoke-pit specialties include pulled pork as well as brisket.
Austin, TX

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.


Dilapidated but very friendly, Leo's BBQ on the outskirts of Oklahoma City serves fiery hot links, beef brisket, pit-cooked bologna, and magnificent spare ribs.
Oklahoma City, OK

Louis Lunch

Louis Lunch of New Haven claims to have invented the hamburger. Maybe, but it's a great one -- thick and juicy, served on toast with or without Cheese Whiz.
New Haven, CT

Mahogany Smoked Meats

Mahogany is a vintage California bacon & ham smokehouse that serves dozens of varieties of superb jerky and great deli sandwiches.
Bishop, CA

Marshall Diner

A sign outside the Marshall Diner says Home Cooking, but meals in this modest cafe are true Diner Cooking, much of it from-scratch good.
Marshall, VA

Marty’s Cafe

Right in charming downtown Truckee, Marty’s offers all-day breakfast that includes Southwest sloppy Joes and a huge egg-and-chorizo burrito.

McPartlan’s Corner

McPartlan's Corner is a Buffalo, New York tavern popular for Friday fish fry. Haddock comes wrapped in a salty crumb crust along with warm German potato salad.
Buffalo, NY

Neal’s Bar-B-Que

Simple, basic, excellent Georgia BBQ, weekends only, at Neal's in Thomson, west of Augusta: saucy chopped pork, heavy ribs, and uniquely meaty hash on rice.
Thomson, GA

Pappy’s Smokehouse

St. Louis' hugely popular BBQ with a checked-tablecloth rustic theme, Pappy's serves a full array of smoke-cooked ribs, pork, beef and classic side dishes.
St. Louis, MO

Park Row Market #1

In a well-preserved & restored 19th century Edgefield, South Carolina, general store, Park Row Market offers a modern menu of sandwiches & salads plus fine BBQ.
Edgefield, SC


Pitty’s of Tulare, Calilfornia, feels like a family backyard BBQ, except for the fact that you eat inside an airplane.

Pot Smoker BBQ

Pork butts, ribs, chicken, and brisket are featured smoke-cooked meats, along with traditional sides in this Aiken locals' favorite BBQ

Primal Cuts

Bend, Oregon's Primal Cuts is an artisan butcher making thoughtful sandwiches from house-cured products. Get the “porkstrami.”
Bend, OR

Schmankerl Stube Bavarian Restaurant

For authentic German food such as roast pork shank or wiener schnitzel with spaetzel and beer served by the stein, Schmankerl Stube is the place.


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.

Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ

First-class BBQ -- ribs, pulled pork, brisket -- with potato salad, beans, corn cakes, and cole slaw make Shaffer Farms a Tennessee delight.

Smokin Guns BBQ

In a land of excellent BBQ, Smokin Guns' meticulous, from-scratch, smoke-cooked pork, beef & chicken are some of the best. *** CLOSED ***
Aiken, SC

South Street Smokehouse

Lafayette, Indiana: the South Street Smokehouse BBQ pulled pork sandwich is Memphis-worthy, served with slaw on top. Good ribs and side dishes, too.

Swan Market

The Swan Market is a German meat market/grocery located in a residential Rochester neighborhood offering bargain lunch four days a week.
Rochester, NY

Terry Black’s BBQ

Terry Black's is a best bet for delicious barbecue smoked daily in downtown Austin, Texas.
Austin, TX

The Joint

A NOLA Bywater BBQ, the Joint is a carnivore’s delight for superb ribs, brisket, pulled pork & Cajun sausage. Baked beans are some of the best anywhere.
New Orleans, LA

The Pasty Kitchen

A fast food shop inspired by the savory pies of Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The recipes are vintage 1960s; the pies will thrill Michigan transplants.

The Pub Iron Horse Brewery

Pub fare with an innovative beer-infused twist makes the Pub Iron Horse Brewery a favorite stop in Ellensburg, Washington.
Ellensburg, WA

The Rathskeller

Indianapolis's oldest restaurant, the Rathskeller sports beer hall decor and serves excellent pork schnitzel along with a full selection of German beers.
Indianapolis, IN

Tip Top Meats

Tip Top Meats is a restaurant, butcher, German grocery store, and fish market. Great sausages are what keep us coming back.

Vandy’s Bar-B-Q | Southeast Georgia BBQ Legend

Since 1929, elegant smoke-cooked pork has made Vandy's a southeast Georgia BBQ legend. Creamy mustard sauce that crowns pork is magnificent.
Statesboro, GA

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

Waterwheel Road Grocery

Saturday is the day to bring big appetite to this country-road grocery store. That's BBQ day, when Waterwheel's slow-smoked meats are followed by peach cobbler.

Willie Mae’s Scotch House

Willie Mae's is a soul-food Mecca in New Orleans -- a favorite not only among locals but also of food pilgrims in search of the fried-chicken holy grail.
New Orleans, LA

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