Roadtrip

347 MILES | 5 hr 56 min

The Royal Road

One of the most delicious American Byways 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. This tour is filled with regional dishes, most notable of which is the Green Chile Cheeseburger, also known as a GCCB.

El Paso to Las Cruces

  • The Tex-Mex served at Little Diner is fantastic. Some of our favorite dishes include Gorditas, Flautas and Chile Relleno. The tortilla chips are great, they are made just before being delivered to your table. Chile, both red and green, is a must-try in our opinion.
  • Chiles are a reoccurring item on the menu at Chope’s and for good reason, they are grown locally and taste fantastic. Some of our favorite dishes are the “Chile Rellenos” as well as the “Chile Con Queso” which can be ordered with or without beans.
  • Known best for its “Tostadas Compuestas,” La Posta de Mesilla serves first-rate New Mexican style food. The “Tostadas Compuestas” was invented here in 1939 and consists of crisp-fried corn tortilla cups that are filled with red chili con carne, beans, cheese, lettuce and tomatoes.
  • Operating as a breakfast-and-lunch eatery, Nellie’s packs lots of heat in their dishes. Breakfast includes “Huevos a la Mexicana” which are scrambled eggs with chile and meat. The “Huevos Rancheros” are also a great dish, what has us coming back is the “Green Chile.”

San Antonio

  • Although we arrived at the Owl Bar at 8:30 in the morning, there was only one thing we planned on ordering. That would be the “Green Chile Cheese Burger” or GCCB. This fantastic burger is crafted from a great patty topped with chopped chilies and cheese that holds each component together when melted.
  • Although lesser known, “The Buckhorn,” the name used for a GCCB at the Buckhorn Tavern, should by no means take a backseat to the GCCB served at the Owl Bar. The Buckhorn isn’t as hot as its rival at the Owl Bar and has a much thicker patty. We have a tough time deciding our favorite, try both and decide for yourself.

Albuquerque and Bernalillo

  • Duran Central Pharmacy is a full-service drug store in Albuquerque that also serves great food. Seating can either be at tables or the counter, which has a nice view of the kitchen. Tortillas here are excellent. They are primarily used to wrap hamburgers or as the base for quesadillas but we prefer to simply dip them into a bowl of red or green chile.
  • Everything about Golden Crown Panaderia is amazing. Bread is baked to resemble turkeys, 43 beers are offered on tap, 90% of their lettuce is grown in house, in a soilless system, coffee beans are roasted in house and, the best of all, their green chile bread. The green chile bread is a visual work of art that tastes even better than it looks, anyone going to Golden Crown must try a slice, or a loaf.
  • Famous for their sweet roll, a hot and gooey roll with a cinnamon sugar glaze on top, Frontier is a great stop for anyone in the area. For breakfast we love their “Huevos Rancheros” and breakfast burritos. For lunch and dinner their GCCB is an excellent choice.
  • When looking for down-home food in Bernalillo, locals go to The Range. Our favorite dish here is the “Huevos Con Queso” which is a New Mexican spin on eggs Benedict made from two poached eggs and Canadian bacon on top of a toasted English muffin. This is all covered in a creamy, spicy chile con queso.

Santa Fe and Espanola

  • Operating out of a cart, Roque’s Carnitas serves excellent New Mexican dishes. Co-owner Mona Cavalli explains to us the reason they serve beef rather than pork, and flour tortillas instead of corn, is because their food is “New Mexican, not Mexican.” The difference doesn’t bother us, the food is fantastic.
  • Far from you average Roadfood restaurant, Santacafé is both stylish and pricey. However, if there is one spot to splurge while in Santa Fe, it would definitely be Santacafé. An impressive variety of fusion dishes are offered, we loved the “Smoked Pheasant Spring Rolls” as well as the “Tempura Prawns.” It would be a surprise if we didn’t mention that they also serve a great GCCB.
  • Everything served at Pasqual’s is made in house, no cans and no frozen foods.  Three meals are served a day, our favorite is breakfast. The whole wheat pancakes are featherweight and only made better by the addition of maple syrup.
  • Seating is limited to a few stools inside or the seating in your car at Stop and Eat Drive In but don’t let this deter you from coming here. The GCCB is not as fancy as some of the others along this tour but is excellent in its own way. Also offered is a frito pie, don’t let its appearance deter you from ordering it, it tastes fantastic.
Roadtrip

156 MILES | 2 hr 45 min

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

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.
Roadtrip

306 MILES | 4 hr 58 min

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.

Virginia

  • 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.
Roadtrip

67 MILES | 1 hr 27 min

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

  • 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.

Crawfordville

  • 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.
Roadtrip

19 MILES | 31 min

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.

Roadtrip

120 MILES | 2 hr 7 min

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.