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A survey of the best road food from coast to coast, north to south




"Roadfood: The Cost-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More" (9th Edition, Clarkson Potter, 2014) by Jane & Michael Stern.

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The road trip is an unabashedly American tradition, but along the open road, sometimes you’ve got to eat, too. That’s what drove Michael and Jane Stern to put together “Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More” in 1977.

Their road food guide was so complete, celebrated chef and cookbook author James Beard called it “a treasure house of information”  that “you should carry with you, no matter where you are going in these United States.”

The beefier, heftier 9th edition of "Roadfood" is now out, with more than 250 new listings and updates of old favorites, featuring the best lobster shacks on the East Coast, to the most hidden barbecue joints down South.

Some Los Angeles restaurants that made the cut in "Roadfood" are Philippe's, famous for their french dips, Du-pars at the Farmers Market and Musso and Frank Grill, Hollywood's oldest restaurant.

"It's not a typical roadfood restaurant," says "Roadfood" co-author Michael Stern. "It's a taste of old Hollywood you're not going to get anywhere else. One of the things we love is the food is so square. It's unique because it's expensive ... a taste of the area and history of the area."

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Michael Stern, co-author with Jane Stern of the book "Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 900 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More" (9th edition, Clarkson Potter, 2014)

What are you favorite road food joints? Let us know in the comments.