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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 Paperback – May 10, 2011


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Clarkson Potter; Rev Upd edition (May 10, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307591247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307591241
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.1 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #223,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“[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, Roadfood.com, which Yahoo declared “site of the year,” and frequently contribute book reviews to the New York Times. They live in Connecticut

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Customer Reviews

We can't wait to use it on our next road trip!!
Mary Beth Schaible
My husband and I are both retired and we love to travel --- AND we love to EAT!
K. Carsey
Broken up by state and region, the book was organized and well set up.
Kerri Krasnow

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

45 of 46 people found the following review helpful By wogan TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 18, 2011
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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 By Dom Miliano VINE VOICE on January 10, 2012
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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 By Elbert W. Friday on 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 By JC Girl on 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 By Thomas Evans on September 7, 2011
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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 By Lyann Somers on September 3, 2013
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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 By Doug Erlandson TOP 500 REVIEWER on April 4, 2014
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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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