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Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More, now in its 9th edition [Kindle Edition]

Jane Stern , Michael Stern
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)

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Book Description

First published in 1977, the original Roadfood became an instant classic. James Beard said, "This is a book that you should carry with you, no matter where you are going in these United States. It's a treasure house of information."

Now this indispensable guide is back, in an even bigger and better edition, covering 500 of the country's best local eateries from Maine to California. With more than 250 completely new listings and thorough updates of old favorites, the new Roadfood offers an extended tour of the most affordable, most enjoyable dining options along America's highways and back roads.

Filled with enticing alternatives for chain-weary-travelers, Roadfood provides descriptions of and directions to (complete with regional maps) the best lobster shacks on the East Coast; the ultimate barbecue joints down South; the most indulgent steak houses in the Midwest; and dozens of top-notch diners, hotdog stands, ice-cream parlors, and uniquely regional finds in between. Each entry delves into the folkways of a restaurant's locale as well as the dining experience itself, and each is written in the Sterns' entertaining and colorful style. A cornucopia for road warriors and armchair epicures alike, Roadfood is a road map to some of the tastiest treasures in the United States.

Editorial Reviews


"America's leading authorities on the culinary delights to be found while driving"
-- Newsweek magazine

About the Author

JANE AND MICHAEL STERN, winners of three James Beard awards, have written more than 40 books. They are weekly guests on public radio's award-winning The Splendid Table, and contribute regularly to Saveur and Parade. Since 2005, they have hosted gastronomic tours of Chicago, Austin, Nashville, New England, New York, and New Mexico, and annually sponsor the FoodFest in New Orleans. They live in Connecticut and on the open road.

Product Details

  • File Size: 9412 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; 9 edition (March 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00F1W0RMI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,517 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential guide to finding local eateries May 19, 2014
By jdp
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I've had this book since the first edition was printed. I'm not a constant traveler but a yearly traveler. This guide has always been helpful to locate local restaurants where locals know and frequently eat at. This latest edition not only has websites listed but also maps that pinpoint where each restaurant is from major interstates and state roads. They are all within 15 minutes from a major highway. By using common sense it's always easy to order something that is healthy from the menu and avoiding the high calorie, high cholesterol items on the menu that each restaurant may be most known for. Including the phone numbers in the listings is also a big plus to call ahead to be sure they are open when in the area. I'm so glad the Sterns continue to update this guide after so many years. It's a great reference to seek out alternatives to chain eateries and discover a part of Americana.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting book concept...great way to eat! July 23, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I was recently asked to join Random House's Blogging for Books program and much to my surprise, this was the first book I chose! A great read about the joys of eating all across our great country in everything from dives to diners to truckstops and more. is the lovechild of Jane and Michael Stern (assisted by a whole lot of eaters, support writers, and forum chatters) who created the concept of eating great local/regional cuisine that you find out on the open road. Most everything is going to be cheap ($), relatively cheap ($$), or basically inexpensive ($$$), but good food and a great experience. Each quintessential place on the blog is featured with details about what was eaten and the great thing about it. There's price point offerings, ratings, and pictures to make your mouth water (and sometimes, not). Roadfood the book, now in it's ninth edition, features the same great diatribe with a Top 100 list, a cross-section of the United States breakdown by region, a cross-reference section in the back for easy dining, and a little bit about how to use the book (which ends up being pretty self-explanatory - Where am I? What's great to eat around here?). All around, a pretty great book concept with some interesting detailed observations and eating experiences. One slight miff (and I might be biased here), nothing in Colorado made their Top 100 list, but two in Seattle did. Apparently, they haven't spent enough time in either place. Happy reading and then, eating!
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An indispensable part of any road trip! March 4, 2014
By Dakmart
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I don't know if I would compare the Sterns to Guy Fieri -- to begin with, without the Sterns there would be no Guy Fieris or Andrew Zimmerns; they were the first people to write primarily about regional American cuisine (in the process, validating and popularizing it) and are still the best. While Fieri's schtick gets tiresome very quickly, the low-key Sterns are always fun to read and their suggestions are always worth checking out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Angela
Format:Kindle Edition
So excited about this book! Being a military family we travel frequently so this guide will come in handy for a long time! I recently moved to Kentucky and had no idea what regional foods came from here (aside from the obvious KFC and bourbon). I have been trying to stay away from all the chain establishments I'm accustomed to and venture out into more local places. This book has truly enlightened me and has made me more appreciative of my current location. When reading descriptions such as 'pulled up to sturdy old brick-façade building that is Bell's Drug store" or" Bon-Ton Mini Mart has the best fried chicken" my interest was peaked. I would have never gone into either places for food. Now I drive with my windows down and stop at little places that have aromas pouring out that are too good to pass up, regardless of if its a large or well known looking place.

Roadfoods is divided by regions; New England, Mid-Atlantic, Mid-South (which is where I'm located, wouldn't have guessed that!), Deep South, Midwest, Southwest, Great Plains, and West Coast. Not sure what region you live in? All the states are listed so its easy to find the best food joints close to you! There are handy maps at the beginning of each section for quick reference as well. I love this idea, so easy to find out if one of these great eateries are nearby or on your way when planning a road trip.

Roadfoods also lists a Top 100 Honor Roll which is nice since there are over 900 restaurants reviewed. The top 100 are extra special because of a unique expression of something wonderful about American food. The authors include notes about using Roadfoods like approximate cost guide using dollar signs ($$). Each restaurant listed has the name, address, phone number, website, whether open breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner and cost along with the brief review.

I received a copy of this book in exchange for a review.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
My husband and I have been talking for a while about taking a trip together as a family based around fun cities to visit, possible sites to see and most importantly around restaurants where we would like to eat. When we travel, we are big time foodies. We don't necessarily need to eat at the most expensive impressive restaurant in the city. We want to eat at the places that everyone that lives in that city or town know and love. The holes in the wall. The diner. The dive. The family owned meat and three restaurant. Those are our favorites.

We are planning to take our first fun trip in January and our stops will be in North Carolina, eastern South Carolina, and Georgia. We hope to expand our horizons after our first trip and go elsewhere. We will see how it all goes. Our plan is to stay in local B&B's and really immerse ourselves in the culture. FUN FUN FUN!

All of that being said, when we saw the book, Roadfood, up for review with Blogging for Books, we knew we needed to check it out. This book arrived and we were both shocked at the thickness of it. Roadfood boasts a list of 900 restaurants all over the country and even includes a list of the writers top 100 places including some from each area of the country.

For each restaurant, there is an address, phone number and website if available, as well as a price guide for the restaurant. Below that information, a blurb is written about each restaurant possibly telling the favorite foods they serve, a bit of history about the place, etc. Each was fun to read. A restaurant was even listed for our sweet town, The Beacon Drive-In.

This book is a great resource for foodies and those looking for new places to stop on a road trip. We have several places starred to check out on our trip in January.

**I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for this review.**
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars If you live in America you need this book.
I have used this book on trips anywhere in the USA. Easy to use, find great restaurants across America. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Wulfstan
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing selections
I bought this book as a Christmas present for a friend who loves to eat and is planning an extended cross-country trip. Read more
Published 28 days ago by Meghan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great resource
Lots of new, interesting places to go to when traveling! Nicely organized and written.
Published 28 days ago by Tod Herrick
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I thought the descriptions would be somewhat more extensive.
Published 1 month ago by Gisela
4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic guide. Used it on our cross country trek ...
Fantastic guide. Used it on our cross country trek from Los Angeles to Washington DC and ate well. I only wish there were more entries.
Published 2 months ago by AmazonianWoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fun and much needed update
Published 2 months ago by James W. Sparks
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another update of one of my favorite and most useful books.
Published 2 months ago by David Winograd
3.0 out of 5 stars hard to use, only partially informative
a bit of a disappointment. the book is poorly organized - the entries are alphabetically by state and there is no map reference to easily find those which might be on your route. Read more
Published 4 months ago by J. Klugman
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun reference book
Fun book to read & use. Found its listing generally very good places to eat while traveling by car.
Published 4 months ago by M. Waclaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Useful book.
Published 5 months ago by William E. Calvert
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