I think what makes it hard to define the Mecca, is that it is hard to define roadfood. It seems to me there are two types of places we talk about here. First, are the road side joints and diners that were buildt along old travel routes and catered to travelers. An example would be a place like Ridgewood BBQ, which was along the old route 19. The second category would be places that were originally established within a community and tend to cater to the local eaters, such as Faidely’s in Lexington Market. Now granted, both of these places became destinations for food tourists, but that was later in their respective lives.
Thefederal highways(before the interstates)up and down the North east corridor…concentration in the New Jersey-New York area….tons of dinners and mom and pop eateries!And being in the North East…just about any cuisine is available.
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Do you mean specific locales with large concentrations of roadfood, or a specific restaurant? Seems it would vary, depending on the type of food you were looking for. One of the glories of roadfood is that it is so different from region to region, unlike mass-produced mcfood. Seems like it’d be kind of hard to narrow it down to one place or even one locale.
That said, I’ve had good luck in Memphis with roadfood of all kinds.
If you believe as I do that Calvin Trillin is the father of Roadfood and Jane and Michael his
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Arthur Bryant’s in KC.
Try the old school towns on the East Coast. Seems most of the good reports come from there..
Are there any airbrushed paintings that we can look at for a clue? Can there be a book, "The DaStern Code" in the works that we will hear about soon? I’m sure there must be a hidden code somewhere so that we can all find it. Your question has opened QFan’s eyes to what we’re all missing! [:I][:I]
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I’d say the one place that exemplifies Roadfood is a restaurant that serves Roadfood.
Is there one place that exemplifies road food?-if so where is it and how do I get there!
This should be interesting
Is there a MECCA of road food?
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