Best Food Along America's Highways (PHOTOS)

by The Daily Meal Subscribe to The Daily Meal's posts Posted Aug 2nd 2011 09:30 AM



The old-fashioned road trip meant Ziploc-bagged car snacks and a whiny younger sibling asking (over and over again) "are we there yet." Even if the trek was to Grandma's house where freshly baked cookies awaited a timely arrival, that plan now seems all too analog. As we've grown older, we've learned to one-up our parents' planning by strategically mapping out pit stops at eateries that can turn road trips from dull to delicious.

Journeying down America's most famous highways, you're bound to uncover some hidden national treasures. Whether it's monuments to superlative foodstuffs or roadside establishments with a committed following, these stops aren't always obvious to the less-than-prepared driver. The good people at The Daily Meal have clocked the miles and handpicked roadside restaurants that are worth a detour along some of America's best-known (and well-traveled) roads.

Get your kicks – and your fill – on Historic Route 66, traveling from Chicago, Ill. to sunny Los Angeles, stopping along the way for root beer bread pudding, a 66-foot tall soda bottle, and green chile stew and posolé. If adventuring is more your style, the Alaskan Highway bears a bounty for those willing to traverse the tundra. Hold out for buffalo burgers and chocolate milkshakes at a roadside joint so top secret, we can't even give you their phone number!

From deep-fried hot dogs in Newark, New Jersey off U.S. Route 1 to Indian-inspired vegetarian eats served straight out of a giant purple bus in Hana, Hawaii, we've discovered food along America's famous highways so mouth-watering, it will have you crying out, "Are we there yet?" in anticipation.

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Wow! the pictures are really mouthwatering! And the only thought I had after looking through all the pictures and reading the article was "I wanna visit all these places!"
I'm not really demanding and captious customer, so it's quite easy for me to get pleasure from visiting restaurant or cafe.
Choosing the best place to eat is pretty hard, so I usually read other people's reviews ( Every place has its cons and pros, so you never know whether it's worth visiting until you go there :)

August 08 2011 at 11:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

It's pretty clear that aldavis60 has never been to San Francisco or Seattle, the West Coast has excellent seafood abd shellfish, I think.

August 06 2011 at 3:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember: anytime you see a restaurant with a lot of trucks and tractor-trailers, make a note that you have discovered a place with a Big Parking Lot!! - But you'll have to go inside to find out whether or not the food is any good

August 06 2011 at 2:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i really do belive that we in new england have the best food anywhere. la. has a menu to be proud of but it`s mostly seafood. the midwest has primarily steak and the far west, who knows what in hell they eat, nuts and anything they can pick up off the ground. we in n.e. have fresh seafood, home grown fruits and vegetables, and locally grown meats.

August 05 2011 at 3:48 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I live in Albuquerque, NM. We have a truly international restaurant scene. I spent some time in MA this summer, and I think the ABC Chinese has the best fried oysers in the USA. Way better than New England, or anywhere else in the East, West, North or South. I've tried them all over.

August 07 2011 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I 15 Nessy Burger !!! San Diego....

August 05 2011 at 1:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Renee E.

Ditto to Kathy's observation about the ziplock bags...that's the first thing I noticed....just sayin'....but I will check ou the article for interesting roadtrip munchies...

August 04 2011 at 6:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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August 03 2011 at 5:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I only read the first sentence, " old-fashioned road trip started out with ziplock bags". How old is this writer?????????? Will maybe skim the rest of the comments, but...

August 02 2011 at 7:57 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Tony Zimmerman, owner and chef of Tony's BBQ and Bistro is the Nebraska state BBQ Champion. His Baby Back Ribs would be the envy of Bobby Flay!!! His Bistro is in Walnut, Iowa (antique city) which is a mile or so off Route Interstate 80. Trust me, they are worth driving out of your way to get there. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

August 02 2011 at 7:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Best BBQ in Memphis TN since 1922, for 89 years is Leonards Pit Barbecue. Located at 5465 Fox Plaza Dr. Off I-240 exit 17 (901)360-1963. Great lunch Buffet. Ribs to die for. Give this place a try. Remember for 89 years in business they MUST be doing something RIGHT.

August 02 2011 at 7:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply