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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1 edition (May 5, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553067117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553067118
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

If you're road-tripping across the good ol' U.S. of A., or if you find yourself flying to a new city for business, and you're in the mood for some truly all-American fare, consult Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A.. Authors Jane and Michael Stern cover some 500 places, including chili parlors, doughnut shops, urban restaurants, small-town cafes, and everything in between, with wit and style. Dividing the country by region, the Sterns survey an average of ten restaurants per state, giving address, phone number, and price information as well as a succinct review of the fare to be found. Informative sidebars, helpful road maps, and the Stern's flair for turning a phrase make this expertly organized guide almost as much fun to read as good food is to eat.

From the Publisher

"If you aren't familiar with the husband and wife writing team, let me bring you up to speed, my friends. The Sterns are road warriors with a full tank of gas and hungry bellies. They are the Bonnie and Clyde of imbibe. They are the king and queen of the royal blue-plate special. Their business cards should say: 'Have bib. Will travel.' They aren't food critics--they are lip-smacking, devoted chroniclers of all things Americana."
--Orlando Sentinel

"Your glove compartment needs Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A."
--The News Tribune

"The book is not only informal and well-organized, it is wacky entertainment. The Sterns, you see, aren't just eatery experts, they're pop culture connoisseurs..."
--Travel Bookselling


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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Ronald Scheer on October 6, 2002
Format: Paperback
This is a book for people who like regional cooking and road trips, more or less in that order. My wife and I took a cross country trip from California to Pennsylvania and back, with this book at our side, and its restaurant/diner/take-out recommendations took us off the beaten track into culinary adventures we still talk about.
We found the Sterns about 90% reliable in their choices, with a few wonderful picks that more than made up the difference. As fans of regional BBQ, we were delighted by a variety out-of-the-way, down-home purveyors of this mouth-watering soul food, from Oklahoma to Arkansas to (even) South Dakota. Our favorite wide-spot-in-the-road place served up both meat and coleslaw on the same bun, with a side of beans; across the street were fresh-baked pies still warm from the oven.
Perhaps the most enjoyable discovery (thanks to the Sterns) was the dining room of the Inn at Pleasant Hill, near Harrodsburg, KY, where the lemon pie was beyond description, and after the meal, at sunset, we took a leisurely stroll around the tranquil grounds of what once was a large, thriving Shaker community.
The book has handy regional maps, for finding those towns you've never heard of, and the descriptions of each establishment are pretty accurate (I found only one place that was not what I expected). The listings were largely up-to-date; only one restaurant had moved, which I found out when I called for directions. (In fact, a cell phone is definitely a plus for finding some places.)
If you're looking for something near where you live, this book may disappoint you. It will probably list the places you already know (e.g., in Los Angeles, Du-Par's at Farmers Market and Phillipe's downtown). The West Coast, for that matter, seems somewhat under-represented.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 29, 1998
Format: Paperback
This outstanding book was of great use in a recent trip across the USA: it led us to pie in Utah, tiny hamburgers by the dozen in Kansas, B-B-Q in KC, custard in St. Louis, and an incredible Jewish deli in Indianapolis, among other delicacies and joints. Each review let us know what to expect: atmosphere, pricing, and specialty of the house. The only drawback was our disappointment at showing up (hungry) to a well-reviewed restaurant in Denver that had since gone out of business. My buddy and I, roadside gourmands with iron bellies, ate heartily and well from California to Virginia thanks to this fun, honest book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 1, 1999
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I'm always leery when out-of-towners write about Louisiana cuisine. But the Sterns pleasantly surprised me with solid reccomendations and knowledge of the exact places to eat, especially in New Orleans. When I travel I usually take the Sterns' advice and I have yet to have a bad meal. I raise my cup of gumbo to them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 26, 1998
Format: Paperback
My wife and I spent three months traveling around the country. With this book, we found some truely awesome places to eat, including the best and biggest cinnamon rolls we'll ever have, in Billings, MT.
The one time we ignored their advice and skipped a restaurant they suggested for the town we were in, we were really sorry. We ate at a truly awful Italian place.
The book not only contains great information about restaurants and regional favorites, but is a pleasure to read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 3, 1998
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Jane and Michael Stern are the original chowhounds...they blazed a trail for food writers by rhapsodizing over roadhouses and joints long before this kind of reporting was respectable, let alone sought after. Their writing is superb, but after decades of cross-country road work they've grown a bit lazy...more and more of their selections are obvious tourist places rather than real uncovered treasure (though there are still some good tips). Nonetheless, their stuff's worth reading for the writing alone...and though you'll be led to some clunkers, it's worth staying current on the authors who set the standard. This is their very latest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Momma Duck on March 20, 2006
Format: Paperback
I take this book along with me on every trip, whether business or pleasure. I have visited restaurants suggested in this book in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, South Carolina....just to name a few.....and I have never been disappointed. In fact there are times, where the restaurants written about in this book are the highlight of my trip!

Most of the restaurants written up in this book, I would never have come across as a tourist. These are mostly places only the locals know about. And the locals know the good places to eat!
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