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For road warriors and armchair epicures alike, the seventh edition of Roadfood is the key to finding some of the tastiest treasures in the United States. The indispensable companion for savvy travelers nationwide, Roadfood is now bigger and better than ever. Totally revised and updated, the seventh edition covers over 700 of the country’s best local eateries, including morFor road warriors and armchair epicures alike, the seventh edition of Roadfood is the key to finding some of the tastiest treasures in the United States. The indispensable companion for savvy travelers nationwide, Roadfood is now bigger and better than ever. Totally revised and updated, the seventh edition covers over 700 of the country’s best local eateries, including more than 200 brand new listings along with up-to-date descriptions of old favorites. An extended tour of the most affordable, most enjoyable dining options along America’s highways and back roads, Roadfood offers enticing, satisfying meal-time alternatives for chain restaurant–weary travelers. The Sterns provide vivid descriptions and clear regional maps that direct people to the best lobster shacks on the East Coast; the ultimate barbecue joints in the South; the most sizzling steakhouses in the Midwest; and dozens of top-notch diners, hotdog stands, ice cream parlors, and other terrific spots to stop for a bite countrywide....

Title : Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 800 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More
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Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 800 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-05-08 03:28

    First off, I have to say that this review is for the 2008 version of Roadfood. The writers, Jane and Michael Stern have done several editions and this is the latest. I really expected to like this book; I'm a big fan of the Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives and other offbeat shows and books about food and sadly, this book merely rated average for me. This is a unique review for me in that I'm reviewing other people's reviews and everyone's opinion is different making it hard to judge.The book is separated into regions (Mid-West, Pacific Coast, etc.) and then in turn separated by states. Within the state groupings are the restaurants, hot dog stands and other various eateries (700 of them) listed in alphabetical order. This is one of my complaints about this book, I would have much rather had them separated by type (BBQ, Hotdog, Burgers, etc.) than by alphabet as this would have helped readers with specific tastes in mind. At the start of each chapter is a map of the region with each state showing major roadways and where each of the places was located. This is nominally helpful if you're planning a road trip but it still would have been great to see a list in the back of eateries located next to major highways. Still, I'll take what I can get.To further along our order in the book, each listing has the phone number, address, what meals it serves, and price ranking as a heading. It will also list additional locations and phone numbers and there will be a paragraph to page and a half description for each restaurant. Some of these restaurants got much larger description than others. The back of the book offers a simplistic listing of Region and State eateries also in alphabetical order.I have to say, while there was a wealth of information contained within this tome of foodie goodness, a lot of the writing drove me up a wall. To start out, most of the writing was about atmosphere rather than food. There was some food listings but most were just the food items thrown in with a few descriptive adjectives. And here's where it went all downhill for me. Some of these descriptions used were decidedly stomach turning. It might just be me, but hearing things described as piggy, or hot dogs being constantly referred to as tube steaks (you really don't want to know what I think of when I hear those words), or a pie's filling being described as "warm, like baby food" really made me lose my appetite. And the worst thing is, these, like the rest of the descriptions in the book, were used over and over and over and over for nearly all the entries. When they weren't turning my stomach they were using overly cutesified phrases. For example, if someone didn't like something they were described as a frowner. Hundreds of entries contained the likes of beef-frowner, veggie-frowner, seafood-frowner, etc. and it made me crazy. One other thing I have to mention, I have visited one of the restaurants in this book (Bar B Q King in Charlotte, NC) and I think its a travesty they never mentioned the fried chicken there. That mere fact makes me wonder what other jewels of goodness are at some of these restaurants and never mentioned by the authors.However, now that I'm done ranting I should highlight some of the good areas of the book. There is a lot of information and places to eat listed here and they have all been tested by the authors. This is simple good food and most of the entries are on the cheaper side of the scale (a few expensive ones slip in). They offer a range of foods from New England seafood and Anadama bread (which I had never heard of before and promptly looked up) to New Mexican chiles and doughnuts from the Northwest. Some people may be disappointed that there are more eateries listed in major cities and in the southern and eastern regions, but the authors stuck to what they were comfortable with and that's ok. I'd rather have them do a thorough job on what they know than a haphazard one trying to go all over the place. They still manage to cover a good majority of the continental US (no Hawaii or Alaska).I'll definitely use this book as a guide should I ever be in the areas listed, I just probably won't be looking at the descriptions as a reference on what to eat once there. If you buy this book use it as a map rather than a guide.Roadfood:Copyright 2008573 pagesThey also operate a website by the same name.Review by M. Reynard 2011

  • ba
    2019-05-20 04:51

    If the title Roadfood made you perk up a bit, or if you catch yourself telling friends to go out of their way to visit a particular dive while traveling, or if your own personal map of the country is strung up between a network of places you ate, then this is the reference you need. We consult it before any trip. If, on the other hand, you will be dining at Red Lobster on your next trip, then never mind. And fuck you.

  • Amy
    2019-05-22 04:27

    If you travel a lot in America and love to try new restaurants, this is the book for you!It lists the local hot spots and hidden gems across the country! I will definitely be dipping into this as I travel in the future! It was interesting to see what was included for Virginia and Missouri (both places I've lived). All in all, a great reference book for travelers who love to eat! There are no recipes in this one, it's simply a book with names, addresses and descriptions of various restaurants for each state!

  • Jana Eichhorn
    2019-05-05 22:25

    WARNING: Reading this book when you are anything less than post-Thanksgiving dinner FULL will be something close to torture.While I question some glaring omissions - the book mentions every single pizza parlor in Connecticut, but not ONE in Chicago? Really? - and they did get the one entry from my hometown wrong - NO ONE eats kringle warm and buttered! - it's still a really great book full of don't-miss regional foods.

  • Kella
    2019-05-08 04:35

    Jane and Michael Stern have updated their utterly delicious foodie’s guide across America, RoadFood, with 200 new locations and dining experiences since their previous 2008 version. Ya’ll, we’re looking at more than 1000 food locations total! Pick a state – any state – and get ready to loosen your pant’s waistline because there’s some good eating in here. In fact, I was super impressed with the locations they chose in NC, some I had eaten at and others I hadn’t even heard about. Now, I’m looking forward to the day I get to try them all! 🙂If you’ve ever found yourself on a road trip wondering what to eat that isn’t the typical fast food of golden arches, mermaids, and crowns, then RoadFood is must-have book for you! Chock full of restaurants, diners, drive-ins, and more, this book will have you planning your next travel adventure around the food!I was graciously provided a free copy of this novel from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Jenny
    2019-05-14 04:51

    I wish I would've discovered this BEFORE I came home from a 5 week road trip! Time to go back out again I guess...

  • Yoursexylibrarian
    2019-05-10 01:44

    I just received the 10th edition of Roadfood for a book review. Forget about Guy Fieri. The Sterns are better! This book is a must-have for foodies and people who love road trips.

  • Steven Peterson
    2019-04-25 23:37

    This book is, plain and simple, fun. Making the pleasure the greater is that I have eaten at some of these places. As with all such books, part of the fun is asking why some places did NOT make the list here. Why didn't the "Billy Goat Tavern," made famous decades ago on Saturday Night Live, in Chicago make it? Or the "Blue Moon Cafe" in Baltimore? Or "Kuppy's" in Middletown, PA? And that's part of the fun of books like this. For instance, I went to graduate school in Buffalo. So I was delighted to see "The Anchor Bar," home of Buffalo chicken wings, make the list. And, yes, the chicken wings are wonderful there (But don't get the hottest; in a moment of macho once, I ordered the superhot version because a colleague did, and the end result was painful!). Another Buffalo gem--"Ted's Jumbo Red Hots." Yum! I loved to have all manner of condiments added. And, finally, to complete the Buffalo Trifecta--"Parkside Candy." What a glorious old candy store! So traditional, with exquisite treats. My new home state of Pennsylvania. . . "Primanti Bros." in Pittsburgh has some fabulously rococo sandwiches--complete with meat, French fries, mayo-less cole slaw, etc. You need a whole role of paper towels to get through a sandwich. Or the two battling Philly cheese steak venues--"Pat's King of Steaks" and "Geno's." My real home state (in my heart of hearts) is still Illinois, where I was born. I was delighted to see that "Harry Caray's" made the list. The late baseball announcer has a number of restaurants/bars in the area, and they are wonderful places to sit down a spell and munch away. Any way you cut it, this is a fun book. If you enjoy exploring "roadfood," this is worth taking a look at.

  • Jeremy
    2019-04-29 04:40

    This may be my favorite book ever. The Sterns know food so well that I think they might be made out of cheeseburgers and scrambled eggs. There isn't anything I can think of right now that I don't like better than eating in a run-down diner, and this guide celebrates and achingly describes the best in the U.S. I am not lying when I tell you that I look at the book just about every day. Unfortunately, I have been unable to patronize the vast majority of the included eateries, but the Sterns, perhaps aware of the fact that most people don't get out much, recreate each bite of sauce-drenched barbecue and swig of Southern sweet tea with unmatched foodie passion. There are passages in this book that - seriously - can bring me to tears, in particular a paragraph or two describing a now defunct boarding house in Florida, where ravenous strangers once gathered around an enormous lazy Susan, helping themselves to community bowls of insanely delicious fried chicken and talking amongst themselves, even the least personable of the group roused to jovial conversation thanks to the amazing food and neighborly goodwill exemplified by the woman who ran the place. Another review, yet again for a fried chicken establishment, compares the taste of their chicken to a first kiss. "Bon Ton fried chicken, like a first kiss, is a never to be forgotten experience". Good God. Fried chicken as a good as a first mind goes white with wonderment. I get choked up just typing that. (I really like fried chicken). It's the best food writing I've ever read, and it makes me want to run outside and eat everything in the world.

  • Robert
    2019-04-28 03:48

    Wow what a road trip this has been! It took me over a month but I finally completed this book. When reading 700 restaurant reviews from coast to coast this is going to be one long journey, and don't forget this one runs almost 600 pages. While this may be a book that you would not want to take on like I did, and read it from cover to cover, it is still a great reference book for the traveler. If you find yourself in some strange state and you are looking for some good food these folks can definitely halp out. What I really want to know is how can I get this job?!! I mean really! You get to drive all over the U.S. and eat at these cool spots and just have to write a review of each place. Now that is something I would love to do. If you check this one out you may even find some spot that you did not know about in your own neck of the woods. Be careful though because this book does not cover all of the available eats in every state. This is only meant to capture those places that are serving up a slice of America one piece at a time. And yes there are going to be a lot of folks favorites that get left out, but hey that is life in the big city. Get over it and move on, now let's go get something to eat!

  • Aimee
    2019-05-04 01:52

    The main drawback to this book is that reading it is frustrating. I got so hungry as I read all the descriptions of meals they enjoyed at all the restaurants that I could hardly stand it, and I know I'm unlikely to ever eat in the vast majority of those places. How I would love to join the Sterns on their travels!I agree with another poster who pointed out the cutesiness of some of the language; "fish-frowner" is pretty silly. And I too wondered how many times they were going to describe pork as "oinky" (tell you what, if my pork chop ever gets oinky, I'm outta there fast!) or to sandwich buns as "fleecy." Fleecy? Really? Like my favorite pink hoodie?I would also add that I have emailed the Sterns through their website a couple of times with recommendations of places to eat in my neck of the woods, and have always gotten a very friendly and appreciative response.I have to wonder, just how many people are eating with them when they go to the diners and such? It's rarely clear, and if it's just the two of them, my God, they can put away some food!

  • Tricia
    2019-05-22 23:43

    Do you know what this book really needs? Maps. At least that's what I thought as I thumbed through the relevant chapters on a recent trip to PA and OH. Only after I got home did I discover that is does have maps at the beginning of each region. So you know what this book really needs? Maps at the beginning of each state's chapter, so you can find them (and so they could be larger)! Or tabs to lead you to the maps. Or different colors for the map pages. Something that makes them easy to find!I was also a little disappointed that the listings were mostly in or around large cities on major highways. I guess that's where people drive these days, but I thought the Sterns were known for finding out-of-the-way restaurants. I also didn't find that many listings that appealed to me, but perhaps it was because of the area where we were looking. The phone number for one of the restaurants we tried to contact was wrong. Then again, the number posted on their web site (one digit different from the one in the book) was also wrong...

  • Ethan
    2019-05-17 05:46

    The grandfather of one of the great culinary movements - progenitor of all sorts of media, such as "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" - but even the most recent edition is a little long in the tooth.This kind of guidebook is almost irrelevant in the online age, as demonstrated by descriptions of establishments that are no longer open (or at least have evolved beyond recognition) or quaint backroads explorations before GPS. The Sterns have moved to the web, where the forum is among the best resources for those interested in true regional American cuisine served in non-corporate settings.

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-22 03:31

    There is a certain unique charm in a book with a basket of fried chicken on the front cover. The writing is charming and the book broken down into regional areas. It is clear the authors have a certain craving for specific types of foods I may not be crazy about. I never knew there were so many hot dog restaurants in the country. It's obvious from the narrative of the writing, that the couple actually took a Roadtrip to write about these destinations. The drawback is that they stuck to all the large cities and missed all the smaller out of the way destinations where the real local "roadfood" is.

  • Julie McElhaney
    2019-05-05 23:45

    Whatever the Sterns want to write, I will read! We got the very first Roadfood book, was that back in the 70's?, and have purchased most of the revisions through the years. This is one of the best food along the route guides I know of and it's a pleasure to pull it out and try someplace new. A personal favorite that has shown up in several editions is the Harraseeket Lunch and Lobster in Freeport Maine. My mouth waters just thinking about it!It's such fun to read the reviews, even for places you know you'll never try. The Stern's passion for good food comes through in every tantalizing word!

  • Anne
    2019-05-04 04:54

    Jane Grossman and Michael Stern are impassioned food enthusiasts, taking to the open road and seeking out that figurative and literal slice of Americana in restaurants throughout the United States. I enjoy their regular guest appearances on American Public Media'sThe Splendid Table. The restaurant reviews are divided by region, and then by state. Check out the restaurants in your home state here and also on their website, I can feel my mouth watering and my arteries clogging as I read each entry. This is a fun book.

  • Nikki
    2019-05-12 01:28

    This is the second time I've bought this book, since I figured the 1970s one was probably out of date by now! If you'd like to take a road trip and not just eat at McDonald's or whatever other chain restaurant you find along the Interstate, and don't mind getting off the highway for a few minutes (or are shunpiking), this is the book for you. The Sterns are well-versed in regional specialties and aren't above eating hot dogs in many varieties. Highly recommended.

  • Lisa
    2019-04-27 22:44

    This would be a nice resource book to keep in the car or your suitcase. Short of that, Roadfood does have a useful website full of excellent reviews. I love diner food, but am especially driven to find the perfect Pork Tenderloin sandwich. Trust me: few meet my rigid requirements. It is also fun simply to read the reviews as they give you an immediate flavor for the part of the country in which they are located. Just don't read this when you are hungry.

  • Theeng
    2019-05-23 22:29

    This is a fun read, but I found that it had limited use in the larger scheme of road tripping. The book mentions few locations near the highways one would actually use. The authors must have assumed that most road trippers would stop only in the larger cities and then in the center of those cities. This speaks to either the type of traveling done by the authors or that "better" food is really mostly found in urban areas.

  • Tekes Kochteeyni
    2019-04-25 06:50

    A must read for anyone traveling across this great land with 5-7 pounds to gain. Shows you where the places to truly experience American road cuisine from the Sonoran hot dog to the best barbecue to the finest boudin money can buy. Do it for yourself, do it for America.

  • Doug Pereira
    2019-05-09 01:29

    This is more of a reference guide so it will most likely be on the "currently reading" list. I have an older edition but just got the 2011 edition for my Nook and I am excited to try some of the new additions. Was quite pleased to see Don's Original added to the New York chapter.

  • Marty
    2019-04-24 01:54

    Great resource for those who like to avoid "chain" dining! We do not agree with all of the reviews - one restaurant was a huge disappointment. Another problem is that at lease 3 of the recommended restaurants were closed when we found them! Call before you go.

  • MB (What she read)
    2019-04-26 23:35

    I pored over the early edition of this and checked it out multiple times from the library. I think it was that sense of travel and exoticism combined with pictures that did it for me.I need to get my hands on the newer version of this to see if that blast from the past is still the same kick.

  • Chi Dubinski
    2019-05-24 04:49

    An updated version of their classic guide to independent, mostly low-cost restaurants. It makes you want to jump in your car and hit the highway, stopping for barbeque, clam chowder and coconut cream pie!

  • George
    2019-04-26 04:51

    Another good reference book for those who travel. Contains references that will help locate the best BBQ, burgers, chicken and other local favorites. I call it a " Micky-d " avoidance resource. It lives on Kindle, so it precludes RV clutter.

  • laura
    2019-05-10 22:26

    I use this book (and the ever-growing website) as a reference whether I am going to a new town up the road or driving across the country. I never go on a trip without consulting it. It has steered me wrong once or twice, but the wins are BIG wins.

  • Pat Lampe
    2019-05-21 04:49

    Very interesting and enjoyable. Organized by geographic regions and the states within. All the restaurants sounded great but my takeaway was that I want to take a road trip, anywhere. Skimmed book but read carefully the areas I would like to see. Fun.

  • Steve
    2019-04-26 02:51

    This is the definitive guide to American Roadside eateries. I've owned every edition of this book (this one is the latest), and eaten at dozens of "Roadfood" restaurants. Nearly every restaurant I've tried that Jane and Michael Stern recommend has been outstanding.

  • Chi Dubinski
    2019-05-20 02:43

    An updated version of their classic guide to independent, mostly low-cost restaurants. It makes you want to jump in your car and hit the highway, stopping for barbeque, clam chowder, and coconut cream pie!

  • Lynda
    2019-04-30 03:33

    I love road food. I have an endless facination with food and what people like to eat. The Sterns were the precursors of Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives.