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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 [Kindle Edition]

Jane Stern , Michael Stern
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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Book Description

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 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.

Editorial Reviews


“[ROADFOOD] is a bible for motorists seeking mouth-watering barbecue or homemade pie.” --USA Today

About the Author

JANE and MICHAEL STERN are the authors of more than forty books, including Square Meals, Chili Nation, and six previous editions of Roadfood. They write the “Roadfood” column in Gourmet, the winner of three James Beard Awards for Best Magazine Series, and are regulars on public radio’s The Splendid Table. They host the interactive Web site,, which Yahoo declared “site of the year,” and frequently contribute book reviews to the New York Times. They live in Connecticut

Product Details

  • File Size: 1772 KB
  • Print Length: 594 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307591247
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Rev Upd edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEFS36
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,683 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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45 of 46 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Once more on the road May 18, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Sterns have once again come out with a book on the great local places to eat in America. They say they have edited and added 200 new eateries. There are the new places, but I found several examples of previous favorites that I have visited recently and they are still up to their old high food standards, but for some reason they were dropped from this edition - one presumes to make room for new places. As for the claim that it is bigger, it is actually 4 pages shorter than the previous guide.

Previously I have been extremely enthusiastic about these books, however I guess I was spoiled by the layout and quality of the Sterns' `500 places to Eat Before it's Too Late' in which the sections were clearly divided and easy to find.
The restaurants in this book are divided into regions and sometime as you are traveling it's confusing to try to guess where a state is considered...deep south or mid south, etc. The index also would be much easier to use if it was divided into states alphabetically instead of having to page back and forth to see what region you are in. In the old edition - at least in the index, restaurants were listed by town under the state, now they are alphabetical, which does not seem to work as well when you are in or near a town looking for a different place to eat.

These are still great road guides, especially if you are not constantly searching on a lap top as you travel. It's also still a great gift to give someone who will be traveling in order to find some casual non-chain real Americana food.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another winner from Jane and Michael January 10, 2012
I discovered these two foodies years ago and have been buying their books every time a new edition comes out. Road Food, Good Food, Road Food/Good Food and Eat Your Way Across the USA - they have all served me and my wife well. We even give copies away as gifts.

Be aware, the authors are not dieters. If you ate every day at the places they chronicle, you might not pass your next physical. But using their recommendations for insider tips when you are on a trip to a new part of this great country is perfectly OK. For example - I was in Charlotte, NC with over 5 hours until my flight home to NJ. I called my wife and she directed me, using Road Food, to Lexington, NC and a great BBQ place (Speedy's). The book has it's limitations too. Because food joints open and close frequently, you could get disappointed, chasing a place that has gone belly up (pun intended). I speak from experience when we looked for a Bratwurst place in Sheboygan, WI, only to find it boarded up. Fortunately, the book directed us to another eatery close by but the lesson learned is call first!

You have to like eating and you have to like eating in casual, "home cooking" kind of places or this book won't work for you. Don't expect recommendations for haut cuisine establishments. Think atmospheric clam shacks, locals-only hot dog stands, cool burger joints and, of course, amazing and authentic BBQ. Our favorite find is Abbott's Lobster in the Rough (I think the first entry in every book they have written). You would NEVER find this place unless someone told you or you read it in a book. Their hot lobster roll sandwich is, as then say in New Yawk - "tadiefor". And I have Jane and Michael to thank for that.

Like to eat? Like local, insider-knowledge only kind of places? And Like to meet friendly locals? Get this book and get ready to hit the road.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Food fun June 24, 2011
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I bought the first Road Food when it first was published, and tried many of it's entries. My love of that book prompted me to buy this one. I was not disappointed! My wife and I enjoy traveling by car abound the country. This book is an essential reference for our trips.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Keep this in your car. October 17, 2011
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As full-time RV'rs, we look through this book when we are on the road. Haven't been disappointed yet, hopefully we will have the chance to try all the restaurants in the book.
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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not well suited to the Kindle September 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The content of this book is very good, but looking something up on it in the Kindle edition is quite a chore. I love my Kindle but wish for this one I had bought the paperback.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadfood for backroads! September 3, 2013
We just returned from a two week road trip to the East Coast and Nova Scotia. The goal was to drive all back roads. There were 6 cars with us on our little adventure. I took the Roadfood book that was purchased specifically for this backroads trip. It was perfect !! We ate in some of the restaurants and they lived up to what was written in the book. I particularly liked that the chapters were separated by regions then by states in that region. Perfect! Great book, it added to the overall adventure!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource April 4, 2014
Jane and Michael Stern have done a great service for anyone who travels around the country (or a region of the country) and isn't content to eat at the Red Lobsters, the Olive Gardens, the Macaroni Grills, and the many other nationwide chains that offer the same fare whether located in Seattle, Los Angeles, Miami, or Boston. "Roadfood" focuses on independently-owned restaurants that offer unique, local fare at a reasonable price. I have been impressed with each edition of the book that I have had and am grateful that the Sterns continue to do their research and update this volume every few years. I've also found their ratings to be pretty accurate, although I'll note that even the one-star restaurants have pretty good food.

I would suggest that if you're traveling, in addition to carrying this book, check on Trip Advisor or some other rating service for local restaurants. New restaurants spring up and old ones go out of business faster than the Sterns can keep up. Moreover, with so much territory to cover, the Sterns can't possibly list all the great local restaurants. We've found some using Trip Advisor that were real gems.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Roadfood made a great Father's Day present
I think that the main reason that my dad travels is because of all the different eateries he gets to try. Now he has a "glove box" book for the road.
Published 4 months ago by Lisa Porter
5.0 out of 5 stars We like to eat!
While traveling in America, we will use this book regularly. We may even use it for a destination finder. The book was well packaged and shipped quickly. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ramon Batiato
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect gift
I have friends and family that travel a lot and this was the best gift for them. They love it.
Published 7 months ago by Amy Rabon
4.0 out of 5 stars useful
Drove cross country with a friend and this book was very useful in giving suggestions as to where to stop. Broken up by state and region, the book was organized and well set up. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Kerri Krasnow
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrived in good shape - sounds good!
Looking forward to visiting some of these places and hope they are still in business with the economy and all
Published 9 months ago by Linda Tinnerman
5.0 out of 5 stars great information
I found the info to be accurate on several places I know off . That helps me to trust that their other reviews are just as honest. Easy to understand, info well organized. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Janet r Dickson
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent as expected.
I love hearing from Jane and Michael on the splendid table. I have wanted this book for years and I'm glad I finally got around to ordering it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by James Hilderbrand
1.0 out of 5 stars NO Organization
Understand that I bought the Kindle version, and have no idea about the print edition. The places are arranged by state, with no organization by city, and no index. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Sandy Man
5.0 out of 5 stars ROADFOOD is simply a must read
If you do not read this before you start driving and you have no cash, it is only your loss.

You must read this book before hitting the road.
Published 12 months ago by Alexander Warren Heldman
4.0 out of 5 stars The Sterns never disappoint.
I bought the kindle edition so we can use it on our next vacation. Pleasantly surprised to see Longacre's Dairy mentioned in this book. Their ice cream is the best.
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