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  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway; 1st Broadw edition (May 14, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767908090
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767908092
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,352,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The talented Sterns ( American Gourmet ) hit the highways again for this update of perhaps their most celebrated work. And again, American backroads and interstates come to life through livelier, more active? the authors' almost Grail-like quest for the kind of home-cooked food and restaurants that threaten to fade into oblivion, overshadowed by the homogeneous glare of the chain eatery. Roadfood celebrates venues most travelers would never venture near, let alone enter--like Lusco's in Greenwood, Miss. ("one of the weirdest, and most wonderful, restaurants in America"242 ), where green walls and grimy, chintz-curtained rooms belie the excellence of the "luxurious-tasting"243 (albeit expensive) food. Most of the state-by-state listed restaurants are, however, for dining on the cheap. They include Manny's Coffee Shop in Chicago ("a temple of honest food"129 ), the Smokestack Bar-B-Que in Kansas City, Mo.--where a "serious chaw of meat,"261 according to the Sterns, is "nothing less than the essence of the smoke pit, like barbecue bouillon"--and Duke's Barbecue in Orangeburg, S.C., where "there is no decor to speak of and . . . no music other than the thud of the cleaver hacking pork and the moans of pleasure, slurping, and licking that are a symphonic expression of people enjoying one of the great meals of the Southland."398 While one could hardly map a road trip by the Sterns' restaurant finds--some cities, like Chicago, are overrepresented, while the rest of Illinois is all but ignored--this fun and fanciful volume is pure pleasure.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"America's leading authorities on the culinary delights to be found while driving"
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Andrew S. Rogers VINE VOICE on October 7, 2002
Format: Paperback
Few things can make the tedium of a long drive more bearable than the prospect of a decent place to eat along the way, and the restaurants listed in this guide are destinations in their own right.
Helpfully arranged by sections of the country, road food aficionados will find more than enough to keep them busy. Personally, I wanted to take off and tour Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, as well as old haunts in Virginia. Being in the opposite corner of the country, though, I found a number of interesting looking places here to check out (as well as one or two I've already been to, and so I can attest to the reliability of the Stern's reviews).
I should note, though, that family members in Cody, Wyoming tell me that Franca's, which the Sterns list in this book, has in fact been closed for several years. So *caveat lector.* Things can change quickly in the restaurant world. Nevertheless, this is both a great reference and a fun title just for entertaining (if stomach growl-inducing) reading. If you're out on the road, be sure to keep a copy of this guide in your glove compartment.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Dom Miliano VINE VOICE on August 17, 2002
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I have traveled with the Sterns for many years (virtually!) I have most of their previous books on regional food and their pages are ketchup, mustard and butter stained with notes scribbled in the margins. When I heard that they wrote another new and updated version, I ordered one just in time for this summer's 1000 mile New England odyssey, make that vacation. Every recommendation was right on - priced right and exactly as described. This is important to note because I know in their "Eat Your Way Across The USA" release of a few years ago there were many out of date references. (We were disappointed last year in Wisconsin as our search for a Bratwurst joint ended at a boarded up and abandonded store front.) Happily, this one seems to be more current and we have yet to find a dead reference. If you love to eat and love to travel, this is the book for you.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Martha Ratliff on December 4, 1999
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I always take this book with me when I travel by car. Without fail, it leads me to wonderful and quirky places to eat with Major Atmosphere which I never would have found otherwise. Local color plus. I do hope it will be updated and reissued.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Tom Hinkle on July 28, 2002
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I've read the Sterns' Roadfood/Goodfood series for years, not quite from the beginning, but almost. I have always regarded this series as more than a guide to great regional restaurants, but as an educational tool to the many differing regional cuisines in the United States. This latest volume in the series is as entertaining and mouthwatering as the previous editions, but seems to be lacking in some areas. Half the reviews are about places previously unreviewed and half are updates on old familiar favorites. It's understandable that many eating places listed in earlier versions of the book have possibly declined in quality or even closed, but certain genres of regional specialties have disappeared completely. Where are the best hot wings in Buffalo, the best deep-dish pizza in Chicago, or the best seafood places in Washington State? You wouldn't know if you just had this current version of "Roadfood". In my own state of Oklahoma, all the barbecue joints have disappeared, or at least that what you'd think by this book. Apparently all we like around here is hamburgers. Oh well, I'm sure they'll have a new printing in about five or ten years, so maybe some of these omissions will be corrected.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 21, 2002
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When the very first "Road Food" appeared more than two decades ago, it was an extremely useful find. We carried it with us on a trip through New England, and had a wonderful time seeking out many of the places mentioned.
Unfortunately, through the years, many of the great "mom and pop" places have disappeared, and the survivors have expanded, changed, etc. In addition, an ever-growing food culture (e.g. Food TV, Bon Appetit, internet food sites, etc.) have all visited many of these same places time and time again.
This is NOT the fault of the authors, but as a result, this edition of their book does not feel all that exciting because most of their "finds" have been so publicized that they've been overrun by tourists.

What readers miss are the discoveries and local legends, that made the earlier editions so much fun. Many of the current entries have been widely featured in various television shows, and can also be found in many books such as Fodor's and Zagat's-- making you wonder, what's the point here?
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Avid Reader on October 19, 2004
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Here you will find short descriptions of many non-chain restaurants in out of the way places. Some complain that the food is predictably regionalized. Well, does one get hush puppies in Boston or Oysters in Nebraska? Of course it is sectional because that best describes our nation and its food character. The sad thing is that places like those described in the book are - or should be - placed on the Endangered Species List. On a road trip our west I said if I came to one more juncture with the same four or five places I was going to scream.

Needless to say the food in this book is not for those following the Atkins, Jennie Craig, or any kind of diet. It is filling, wholesome, fat food that tastes as good as it sounds. The real tragedy is that this book will entertain more by the reading than the actual eating. And, as another reviewer mentioned, this is not just a book on food - it is also a book about our great nation, its richness and diversity.
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