Ha ha it’s roadfood when the burger is served with fries / rings on wax paper and there’s a sign there that says "pay before you eat!". And, you sit on stools at the counter and listen to much bantering and town gossip. [:o)]
With a giant pile of onions grilling right along side them!
The way a Roadfood Burger Joint smells outside as you inhale that wonderful greasy, "we got lots of great burgers cookin inside" air, usually is a dead giveaway on how good the Fare is.
When there are hand-written signs that have been added to, as they think of things to add to it.
A place I frequent for lunch (awesome tenderloins) has a sign stating:
"No Personal Check or Credit Cards"
Below that in different ink:
"No Large Bills"
Followed later by:
"That Means Larger Than A Twenty"
I’ve found that if the aroma permeating the parking lot is wonderful so will the ‘featured’ food. I can smell a good hamburger cooking ‘a mile away.’
One of my favorite restaurant rating systems is from the book "Blue Highway", by William Least Heat Moon. He makes a cross country voyage of discovery in the mid 70s, sleeping in his van. He talks about his method of rating cafes and diners by the number of advertising calenders on the wall. Two or three calenders are OK, four or five is very good, and somewhere out there is the whispered about, but never seen seven calender Holy Grail of diners. This is a great read, written before the chain stores and restaurants took over small town America. The title Blue Highway represents the color of the two lane roads on the map, which he travels on almost exclusively.
When you see these kind of napkin holders!
If you see cops, truckers or cabbies there, the place is likely to serve roadfood.
Basic split top hot dog/frankfurter rolls, like you get in New England.
Side split I can get, I miss the N.E. style.
I know that Freihoffer and JJ Neissen make them, as do many others–This really should be in the Hot Dog forum..Kinda got hijacked.
See photo above.
What type of hot dog buns are you looking for, exactly? Just curious.
If ya email me, I have a friend right now in Mass.. buying me some and sending them down.. I will get more and get them to you if you want.
Or if there is a roughly equal mix of pick-ups,Jaguars, and SUV’s, all with local tags. (Nothing about driving a nice car keeps you from loving good food.)
I also have been searching for some, and some real hot dogs!
If I find some, I will let you know and send ya some!
Guess I may just have to have a friend from Massachusetts send me some….
Have been trying to find split buns here in Huntsville, AL, to no avail. I have checked every grocery stores bakery and bread aisle. We have bratwurst every week, and I absoltey cannot stand regular hot dog buns. I did find a bratwurst type roll at Target, but it wasn’t a split bun (top loading). There are lots of types of hogie rolls (split in half). I’ll keep looking and hopefully will find them soon.
Back when that sign went up I bet it was easier to find a good burger, and taking up a seat at the counter to eat and read the paper, during prime lunch time, would coast the owners money. Makes sense to me!
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