The mecca of roadfood is Mecca, tons of folks eating along the road to it, no pork though![;)]
I don’t know if it’s the "Mecca" of road food but, we do have a place in Dallas called, Mecca. And, it could definitely can be considered, "roadfood".
I thought THIS was the Mecca of Roadfood…
Also a Southerner, I concur with Mr. Smith but would add the state of Connecticut. Pizza, burgers, dogs, and seafood in abundance. Just be sure to fill your gastank in New Jersey on the way up, gotta’ be the most expensive gas on the east coast!
You can’t go wrong at the MECCA on Harry Hines in Dallas. A classic Mom & Pop kind of place, breakfast and lunch only. Terrific yeast rolls, chicken fried steak and veggies.
The Mecca of RoadFood is MECCA, SAUDI ARABIA. Millions of people go there every year!! [:I][:I][}:)]
ROFL!!! Bill that is CLASSIC.
MFL thanks for interesting links!!!!
i95 thanks – as always – for the laughs and great pics.
For some reason the "mecca" in my head is Nashville. I suspect – but not sure why – that Buffetbuster will agree with me… perhaps.
But really, there are far too many places to choose just one! [:p]
Trudy and I consider Tucson and New orleans roadfood meccas. Mi Nidito, Le Cave’s donuts, Gus Balon’s , Mariscos Chihuahua, Pat"s Drive-Inn. Millie’s Pancake House, nearby La Cabana in Nogales , Arizona, and Elvira’s in Nogales, Sonora, are testify to tuscon’s varied culinary pleasures. The dining delights of New Orleans are known to all
Al-of course I know…long story[;)]
My own choices for meccas of Roadfood in my realm of knowing would have to be (in no particular order):
1) Lexington, North Carolina for their style of BBQ.
2) Greenville, South Carolina for amazing short-order-and-breakfast places in abundance (at least 25 or 30 that I have never tried)… leak over into Anderson, Seneca, Greer, and Spartanburg.
3) Birmingham, Alabama and Charlotte, North Carolina each for a multitude of great Greek-family-owned eateries that are continuing into now the third and fourth generation.
4) Batesburg/Leesville, South Carolina for the unbelievable buffet at Shealy’s Bar-B-Que on U. S. 1, to be washed down with the smaller, maybe-even-better one at Jackie Hite’s over on Railroad Street, three or so blocks away (PLUS two mom-and-pop diners that have been recommended to me).
5) Columbus, Georgia for the Scrambled Dog and all that goes with it. (God bless you, Lieutenant Stevens!)
6) Zolfo Springs, Florida, for both the Acapulco Mexican & American Cafe’ AND The Pioneer Restaurant.
OH — I LEFT ONE OUT!
7) Shelby, North Carolina (leaking over into Boiling Springs) for proving to the world what can be done with… you guessed it… livermush.
8) Okay, one more. Cincinnati, Ohio. Can’t go wrong there with five-ways, coneys, and goetta.
Now I’m getting hungry again, and I just ate (gwumble, gwumble).
Elmer-Fuddlianly, Owt. Cawlton in Wondewful Athens, Geowgia.
If you believe as I do that Calvin Trillin is the father of Roadfood and Jane and Michael his
Kids, start at Arthur Bryant’s in KC.
Regards Calvin Trillin, I couldn’t agree more.
Back when I lived in Nashville, Tennessee in 1986 and 1987, I used to venture up to Kentucky to hear a band (Government Cheese) in Bowling Green. When time allowed, I took odd back routes to get there to take in new-to-me scenery (and Roadfood!).
Once my friend Bruce "Loose Goose" Kinard (where the heck IS he, anyway?) drove up and took in a record auction in the poor, neutron-bombed-out-looking town of Guthrie, Kentucky (birthplace of Robert Penn Warren). Imagine our glee to find a WONDERFUL eatery there!
I concocted a hypothetical bumper sticker for the place: "CALVIN TRILLIN NEVER ATE AT BOB’S BAR-B-QUE IN GUTHRIE, KY.!", it would have said… and had he done so, he might well have approved.
It may well have been the single best restaurant I went to during my time in that area, even beating out Farley’s Bar-B-Q Pit in Ashland City, Tennessee (but only by a nose!).
Alas, Bob’s is no more, but we still have Calvin Trillin. Next time I’m out having a good glass of ale, I will raise a toast to him and thank him for what he has done for all of us.
And if anyone finds any decent spaghetti carbonara in the Atlanta area, let me know so I can go and try it and see what he’s raving about, book after book!
Not Trillin’ My High Notes, Basso-Ort. Carlton in Thumpasaurus-Monsterly Athens, Georgia boomp boomp.
NPR just had a feature on America’s first roadfood chroniclers, the WPA writers hired to document America’s different foods. The series was called America Eats and it remained relatively unknown until recently. Here’s ath NPR link: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4176589
If you want to do some sleuthing check out Nelson Algren, the writer and Stetson Kennedy, the photographer. These writers covered the entire United States and Algren’s (later to author "The Man With The Golden Arm") portion is still available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/America-Eats-Iowa-Szathmary-Culinary/dp/0877453616 Do an "America Eats" & your state Google search, many interesting things pop up.
I’d say Lexington NC….over 10 small bbq joints in a town
the size of Mayberry.
Strouds fried chicken and Bryants BBq here in Kansas City!
NO flirting! lol
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