Road Trip Food Stops
Collected by Derk Richardson, AFAR Staff
A road food wish list (and diary) for hoped-for (and experienced) explorations of North American highways and byways.
Fort Bragg, CA 95437, USA
It was a day of variegated culinary indulgences that began with a spectacular vegan breakfast at the Stanford Inn in Little River, continued with a mushroom-dish, wine, and beer tasting at Camp Mendocino in the middle of the redwoods (this was the...
1038 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97205, USA
OK, we didn't exactly go far for dinner. We were staying in the Ace Hotel, just two doors down, but we were jet-lagged and hungry. We had seen many people hunched over enormous sandwiches through the window of this traditional-style deli at...
Mariposa, CA 95338, USA
This was one of the truly GREAT restaurant finds we made during our 2 week trek around California and the funny thing was that it was completely serendipitous. We were coming down from Yosemite on Highway 140 heading toward San Francisco. When we...
53 Fall St, Seneca Falls, NY 13148, USA
Even though it’s touted as a traditional New York city style delicatessen, this eat-in/take-out spot has a true hometown vibe. Everyone really does seem to know everybody. All food is fresh made and sandwiches are created as you request. Large...
17715 US-93, Wikieup, AZ 85360, USA
Dazzo's Desert Oasis is just that, an oasis. Rising from the brown, dusty earth of a very barren part of Arizona off Highway 93 around Mile Marker 123, it's a much needed refreshment for weary travelers. It's also, the best cheesesteak I've ever...
Scottsdale Vista Estates, Scottsdale, AZ 85266, USA
In downtown Scottsdale, Arizona, there's a new taco place called Barrio Queen Tequileria. They serve more than 50 kinds of tacos, and I wish I could have tried them all. I lingered there yesterday, and enjoyed a long lunch of shrimp and carnitas...
2616 N Campbell Ave, Tucson, AZ 85719, USA
Not many places do blueberry pancakes as well as the Blue Willow. They're crispy and tender, with blueberries inside and on top, and just enough big enough that one isn't enough and two is almost too much. Order them with a side of thick cut...
308 W Champion St, Bellingham, WA 98225, USA
This isn't just Bellingham's Best Benedict, it might be the World's Best Benedict: poached eggs on top of a thick fluffy Belgian waffle on top of roasted potatoes and smothered with hollandaise sauce. Why hasn't someone thought of this before? No...
1801 Race St, Cincinnati, OH 45202, USA
Let's be clear, these waffles aren't light fluffy American style Belgian waffles. These Liege waffles are chewy, dense and covered with crunchy sugar. Hot off the grill with no toppings at all, they're a perfect snack and strawberries and whipped...
2400 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA
Frontier Restaurant is smack in the middle of the University of New Mexico neighborhood with student friendly hours from 5am-1am. It's casual and busy, the food is cheap and good and their green chili cheeseburger was featured on Man V. Food on...
3322 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115, USA
The Garden District has a lot of things going for it but I'd put Slim Goodies at the top of the list. They're renowned for their sweet potato pancakes (light, fluffy, amazing) and clever names for their breakfast mashups like the above Jewish...
119 E Toole Ave, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
Mexican-Korean fusion has arrived in the desert! Every few weeks, all the food trucks in Tucson converge in different neighborhoods for a 'food truck roundup' fiesta, and now, Mafooco (the Mexican Asian Food Company) is among them. Folks in ...
479 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Charleston, South Carolina ranks in my book as one of America's top food cities. I recently stopped by The Macintosh to try their much-raved about brunch. Chef Jeremiah Bacon (yes, real last name) turns out heart-stopping dishes like rabbit hash,...
57 Inlet Dr, Point Pleasant Beach, NJ 08742, USA
I grew up on the Jersey Shore (laugh all you want, but some parts are gorgeous) and one of my favorite things to do in the summer is to go for a lobster lunch at Red's Lobster Pot in Pt. Pleasant Beach. The no-frills, family-run spot gets its...
261 Crown St, New Haven, CT 06511, USA
The hamburgers here are made the same way they were made when they were invented. No buns, burgers are served on toasted sandwich bread, and no ketchup. They take pride in the fact that you have to wait for your burger. I suggest you get there...
1650 US-31W, Goodlettsville, TN 37072, USA
At the Authentic Coffee Co it's not just the beans that are the real thing. There's a jam every week (Friday, last I heard) where some of the best bluegrassers in the wider Tennessee area gather. But the most authentic thing here is the folk....
2319 S El Camino Real, San Clemente, CA 92672, USA
There are a couple of sugar shacks in California, one in Huntington Beach and Rose's in San Clemente. Both cater to surfers, offer views of the ocean and spectacular food at California prices. I have a weakness for omelettes of any description and...
Hotel Congress, 311 E Congress St, Tucson, AZ 85701, USA
Chorizo and eggs is a tasty combination, and Cup Cafe offers a fantastic version of this dish with a spicy chorizo they call 'gunpowder.' Eat it sitting inside the cafe so you can check out the varnished floors, covered with 100,000 pennies, and...
4434 Harry Hines Blvd, Dallas, TX 75219, USA
Here are the rules for a good diner: Breakfast served all day and extra points are awarded for thick cut bacon and crispy hash browns. Busy waitresses who never get flustered are key—ideally she'll be calling customers "honey" and keeping their...
10801 Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064, USA
"Forever" is a long time, especially in the restaurant business, but I wish immortality for The Apple Pan (founded 1947), which was my go-to hamburger spot as I worked my way through college at UCLA (with a job at Super Drug just up Westwood Blvd....
8400 TN-100, Nashville, TN 37221, USA
See our full list of Where to Go in 2015. You can eat other things at Loveless Cafe, but if you don't try the flaky buttery biscuits, you're missing out. Carol Fay Ellison started at Loveless as a dishwasher in 1979. She graduated to the stove a...
IL-17, Illinois, USA
It doesn't get more Americana then this place. I had never heard of a "sauce dog" before and was pleased to find out that it was just Jaenicke's famous sauce and cheese on a bun. Genius! If you are ever in Kankakee, IL. I recommend looking them...
915 E Rte 66, Glendora, CA 91740, USA
A must-stop on any road trip in/out of Los Angeles, The Donut Man on historic Route 66 makes delectable light, fluffy and fresh donuts 24/7. The Tiger Tail with it's crunchy chocolate crisps are yummy, but the crumb cinnamon-sugar steals my heart....
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