RoadFood by Jane and Michael Stern – Review

Cover- Roadfood

Published: March 7, 2017

Publisher: Clarkson Potter

Genre: Travel

Pages: 480

My Rating: 3.5/5.0

A copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.


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.

This is more of a featurette than review, but here goes. Roadfood is a nice tome of cool restaurants ranging from roadside eateries to more upscale locals around the country. I read through a significant portion of the book, which succeeded in making me ravenously hungry for lobster rolls and tex-mex from the source. Each entry has a neat little description of what’s worthwhile, along with hours, price range, website, and other contact info. If you’re into roadtrips and eating, you might want to check this out, though it’s a bit large for toting around in the car, especially if you’re short on space. I do wish it had some picture of the restaurants and signature dishes, even if they were just scattered around. A few states (especially Nevada) and some areas of states (Virginia and North Carolina) were lacking in options. Overall, this was a neat book and at the very least it gave me some dish ideas.


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