156 MILES | 2 hr 45 min | by Roadfood

Along the River

A drive along the Connecticut River is described as a one of “traditions, vivid history, deeply rooted farming heritage, call of the railroads, natural beauty, and recreation.” And memorable Yankee fare in diners and truck stops, at farm stands and sugar shacks, and in town cafes.

Hadley to Sunderland

These three towns offer a range of great Roadfood locations with dishes including foot-long hot dogs, polish dinners and maple flavored ice cream.

  • North Hadley Sugar Shack sells a variety of sweet treats throughout the year. Our favorite was the maple flavored soft serve ice cream that is served starting in May. They also have donuts, pancakes, homemade maple syrup and more.
  • Two great dishes are offered at Tom’s, hot dogs and French fries. The hot dogs give off an audible snap when bitten into and the French fries are fried to perfection. We recommend you order both.
  • Open April through December, Smiarowski Farmstand & Creamy sells great polish food and ice cream. Our favorite of which was the “Polish Power Plate.” This platter comes loaded down with kielbasa, golumbki, baked beans and lazy pierogi. Lazy pierogi consists of all the ingredients of the pierogi but is not pocketed as dumplings.


Putney offers a classic American Diner serving great pies as well as a barbecue that is the self-proclaimed “Ninth Wonder of the World.”

  • Operating in Putney, Vermont, the Putney Diner knows how make a customer happy. Dishes like macaroni and cheese and American chop suey are fantastic and no meal can be completed without a slice of their amazing pie, topped with whipped cream or ice cream.
  • The self-proclaimed “Ninth Wonder of the World” may be the best way to describe Curtis’s Barbecue. Food is smoked outside over a large barbecue and sold out of a blue school bus. The ribs were our favorite dish on the menu but the chicken was also notable.

Lebanon and Newbury

In Lebanon you will find a great local diner operating out of Worcester Dining Car #837. Newbury is home to a gas station that serves excellent food.

  • The Four Aces Diner is a well loved establishment that serves great dishes. Popovers, grilled sour cream donuts, boiled corn beef dinner and turkey dinner are all slid across the well-worn counter daily.
  • A true truck stop, P&H Truck Stop doesn’t only offer beds upstairs, they offer fantastic food below. Bread is made daily and sold by the loaf or slice alongside their all-day breakfast. Also offered are regional dishes, such as a clam roll, and more classic foods like hamburgers and hot dogs.

306 MILES | 4 hr 58 min | by Michael Stern

Blue Ridge Parkway

This five hour trip will take drivers along the Blue Ridge Parkway through Virginia and North Carolina to wonderful regional food served in restaurants that sing of local color.


  • Any piece of chicken is a good piece of chicken at Wayside Takeout & Catering. Our favorites were the thighs and drumsticks, both fried of course. There are also great side dishes offered, such as dirty rice, rice with spicy sausage, and macaroni and cheese.
  • Large square biscuits are a staple at Ace Biscuit & Barbecue. Served with jam, butter, honey or meat, such as pulled pork, BBQ beef and buttermilk fried chicken. Also offered are sides including collard greens and macaroni and cheese.
  • Order the works on your hot dog at Roanoke Weiner Stand. The weiner will come topped with onions, chili and mustard and although you may think you should take off one of those items don’t. The harmony between the flavors is unmatched.

North Carolina

  • If your order the “Pork Barbecue” at Hannah’s Bar-B-Q expect a platter loaded with finely chopped pork, hushpuppies, slaw and French fries. The pork is slightly smoky but still sweet, it is also available in a sandwich.

67 MILES | 1 hr 27 min | by Michael Stern

Big Bend Coastal Trail

Florida’s Big Bend Coastal trail is a “rich heritage [of] barrier islands, sand dunes, beaches, bays, coastal marshes, and springs,” as described by the U.S. Secretary of Transportation. For seekers of Roadfood — seafood in particular — it is one of the most rewarding byways in the nation.


  • Apalachicola Seafood Grill has excellent food and a laid-back setting. Our favorite dishes included grilled shrimp and grouper as well as the fried oysters which were sweet and nutty.
  • Located on the waters edge, Boss Oyster offers seating that overlooks of the Apalachicola river. The food here is fantastic, when our “Oyster Po Boy” arrived, the oysters were so large that we decided to forgo the bread and eat the oysters by hand. The grand grits is a great dish for anyone wanting to avoid oysters.

Eastpoint and Carrabelle

  • As you could probably guess based on the first two locations on the list, the oysters at Lynn’s Quality Oysters were great. Shucked in the restaurant, these oysters taste great raw, we also loved their baked oysters that come with melted cheese, butter and garlic.
  • Ran by Pam Lycett, the Fisherman’s Wife has a variety of seafood on the menu. One dish that stood out to us was the oyster po boy. Served open faced, the sandwich came loaded with fried oysters. Other great dishes include the crab cakes and fried green tomatoes.


  • Smoked fish, especially the salmon, is a staple at Mineral Springs Seafood. As good as the fish is, their smoked fish dip called “Hot Mess” is on a level we have never experienced for. Likely the best smoked fish dip ever made, don’t leave here without a tub.
  • Operating as both a hotel and restaurant, the Wakulla Springs Lodge serves excellent food. Dinner is done big here and has dishes such as oysters, deviled crab and shrimp. Breakfast was our favorite meal however, we ordered the “Fried Chicken Breakfast,” expect a 25 minute wait for the chicken to cook, it is well worth it.

19 MILES | 31 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. Some take you through beauty so remote that there’s nothing to eat along the way, but several also happen to lead to great regional Roadfood specialties. Michigan’s Copper Country Trail, up through the Keweenaw Peninsula, is one of the delicious ones, where roaming appetites will find locally-loved Cornish pasties, a Finnish town cafe, and a fairy-tale bakery in the forest.


120 MILES | 2 hr 7 min | by Roadfood

Road Trip Overview

A road trip over the Cascades through Snoqualmie Pass leads not only to a bucolic, big-sky Washington State and some of the most wonderful fruit stands (apples especially!), but also to memorable restaurants.

TV Perfect

First stop, before heading upwards, is Twede’s Cafe, made famous in the TV Show “Twin Peaks” for its cherry pie. Beyond the Stampede Pass, the town of Cle Elum (meaning swift water in Kittitas) is home to out-of-this-world maple bars and donuts at the Cle Elum Bakery and Seattle-class coffee at Pioneer Coffee Company. Offered here is something called the “White Lightning Espresso.” This is an espresso made from beans that aren’t fully roasted, which gives the beans a pale almond color and causes the espresso to have triple the caffeine.

Long Standing Buildings

In Ellensburg, the adorable Yellow Church Cafe serves artisan meals with outstanding layer cakes for dessert. This cafe operates out of a church that was built around the 1920’s. In Yakima, Miner’s Drive-In is a vintage joint, first opened in 1948, with huge burgers, good fries, and glorious ultra-thick milk shakes.


218 MILES | 4 hr 15 min | by Michael Stern

Skyline Drive

The 105-mile two-lane that threads through Virginia’s Shenandoah National Park, has decent food at its National Park Service Oases. (Try the Smithfield Ham Monte Cristo or the roast turkey with cornbread stuffing at Big Meadows Lodge at mile 51.2.) But when big appetite beckons, we head for one of the four entry/exit points and drive into the countryside for such Roadfood delights as apple butter donuts at The Apple House (near the Front Royal terminus) and vintage sliders at the Snow White Grill. The Thornton Gap exit leads to such Old Dominion classics as peanut soup at the Southern Kitchen and country ham at Fulks Run Grocery. A detour even farther east will yield gorgeous layer cake at the Orlean Market and blue-ribbon pastries of every sort at the Red Truck Rural Bakery. The southern end of Skyline Drive is near Staunton, Virginia, home of beauteous burgers at Wright’s Dairy Rite and the sprawling family favorite Mrs. Rowe’s. And about twenty minutes east is extraordinary pizza and hot milk cake at Dr. Ho’s Humble Pie.


150 MILES | 2 hr 52 min | by Michael Stern

Sheboygan to Fish Creek

The drive north from Milwaukee is a grand taste of Wisconsin. First stop: Sheboygan, renowned for its butchers’ brats (rhymes with hots, short for bratwurst), cooked over charcoal at the Charcoal Inn. In Manitowoc, Beerntsen’s Confectionery cooks candy in vintage copper kettles and hand-dips toffee, turtles, and chocolate-coated sugar puffs (known as fairy food). Wisconsin’s signature butter burger is nowhere more buttery than at Basil’s II; and up in Green Bay, Packers fans love Kroll’s West just across from Lambeau Field for its huge, messy, half-pound butter burgers. Up in Door County, enjoy the unique local meal known as a fish boil at the White Gull Inn, complete with bonfire and strolling accordionist … and, of course, cherry pie for dessert.


206 MILES | 4 hr 3 min | by Michael Stern

North and Northwest

With famously good restaurants serving local and exotic meals, Santa Fe is such a powerful magnet for the appetite that it can be hard to leave. But we highly recommend a drive north and northwest of the city into the breathtaking beauty of Jemez Mountains and the Sangre de Cristo foothills of the Rockies, where you’ll find some lesser-known but worthwhile culinary destinations. A first stop on the way out of town would be Los Ojos Restaurant and Saloon for buffalo burgers and vintage saloon ambience or El Brunos for stacked blue corn enchiladas. Stop and Eat Drive In is worth a visit less for its classic New-Mex fare (green chile cheeseburgers, tacos, and tamales) than for drive-in ambience that seems not to have changed in decades. Up in Embudo along the northern reaches of the Rio Grande, Sugar’s serves up memorably yummy barbecue burritos; and beyond that in the tiny town of El Rito, El Farolito has become famous for its Frito pie and green chile stew.


239 MILES | 3 hr 53 min | by Michael Stern

Interstate 80 is the most efficient East-West route between New Jersey and San Francisco, but long stretches of it are a culinary wasteland. Not Iowa, where memorable heartland eats are within striking distance of the highway. Just west of the Quad Cities, the utterly charming Wilton Candy Kitchen just may be the oldest soda fountain in the nation. A few miles south of the highway on the  square in Sully, the Coffee Cup is a quintessential small-town cafe with pies to die for. Of Des Moines’ many edible treasures, we like steak at Jesse’s Embers and peach ice cream at Bauder Pharmacy. On the way to Omaha, a short detour north to the towns of Hamlin and Audubon takes you to a couple four-star version of the Hawkeye State signature sandwich, the breaded pork tenderloin, at Darrell’s Place.