Driving Tour

33 MILES | 54 min | by Michael Stern

For barbecue, Birmingham is hard to beat. Roadfood favorites include Miss Myra’s Pit Bar-B-Q and Bob Sykes Bar-B-Q. It also is a great breakfast city, including blue-plate classics at Fife’s and artisan pastries with fancy coffee at the Alabama Biscuit Co. As a primary distribution center for southern vegetables, “The Pittsburgh of the South” (so nicknamed for its steel industry) boasts a few cornucopia-like cafeterias with literally dozens of good side dishes, Niki’s West being our favorite (for fantastic pies and puddings, too). A great eating day in Birmingham concludes with dinner at Bessemer’s Bright Star, a grand old dining room where seafood is impeccable, steaks are mighty, and desserts are outlandish.

Driving Tour

7 MILES | 20 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Department of Transportation praises the byway around Lake Pend Oreille for its “abundance of recreational opportunities, postcard-quality scenery, and historical elements.” We like it for huckleberry pie, hearty diner breakfast, and four-star coffee.

Driving Tour

163 MILES | 4 hr 15 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.One of the most beautiful such roads also happens to be one of the most delicious: the drive along Oregon’s coast from Astoria south to Brookings. As described by the Department of Transportation, it “winds by estuarine marshes, clings to seaside cliffs, passes through agricultural valleys, and brushes against wind-sculpted dunes. Charming small towns, museums, state parks, overlooks, historic bridges, and lighthouses ensure a delightful journey.” We add only one suggestion: bring plenty of appetite!

Driving Tour

71 MILES | 1 hr 46 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.The Merritt Parkway of Connecticut is a rolling, limited-access four-lane with bridges that display beautiful Art Deco styling of the 1930s. Opportunities to eat well just off the road are plentiful, and short detours lead to New Haven’s legendary pizza and shoreline seafood as well. This tour includes only places within 3 minutes of the Parkway.

Driving Tour

149 MILES | 2 hr 38 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Department of Transportation describes the Loess Hills Scenic Byway through westernmost Iowa as “truly an American treasure.” The trip from Omaha, Nebraska, to Sioux City, Iowa, and over the border to Elk Point, South Dakota, offers Roadfood adventurers a bevy of unique local eats.

Driving Tour

307 MILES | 6 hr 2 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation.The Great Lakes Seaway Trail takes you through Niagara Falls and the 1000 Islands and into the vastly underappreciated regional-food bonanzas of Rochester and Buffalo, New York.

Driving Tour

109 MILES | 2 hr 41 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The Department of Transportation describes a trip out the Overseas Highway to Key West as “One of a kind. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico stretching out as far as the eye can see, it winds through vistas of natural beauty, areas rich in history and legend, views of spectacular sunrises, sunsets, sparkling stars, and moonlight. It’s a highway where travelers from all over the world experience their own adventures in paradise.” Need we mention that Gulf seafood and, of course, Key lime pie, along this route are extraordinary?

Driving Tour

360 MILES | 6 hr 18 min | by Michael Stern

America’s Byways® are a collection of 150 National Scenic Byways and All-American Roads designated by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. One of the most delicious is El Camino Real (“The Royal Road”) through New Mexico. In addition to spectacular natural beauty, travelers will encounter all kinds of opportunities to savor one of the nation’s most distinctive regional cuisines, much of which is based around the state’s two official co-vegetables: the chile pepper and the pinto bean.