Jane and Michael Stern's Roadfood

Jane and Michael Stern of Roadfood have been frequent contributors to The Splendid Table, sharing their tales of driving around America looking for good food and exploring popular culture. From the hottest restaurants to the quirkiest out-of-the-way gems, you'll find what are, in their opinion, the best and most interesting food spots the country has to offer.

Below are the restaurants they've shared with us on The Splendid Table. Since restaurants come and go, be sure to check if a restaurant listed is still open before going, and visit Jane and Michael's website Roadfood.com for the most updated list of their favorites, including many new ones.


Restaurants City State
El Cardenal Lomas de Chapultepec  
Cafe Azul y Oro DF  
Pujol Polanco, Ciudad de Mexico  
El Tizoncito 06140 Distrito Federal  
La Pasteleria Ideal Col Centro  
Jamaica Market D.F.  
R Place Barbecue Robertsdale AL
A and M Peanut Shop Mobile AL
Dew Drop Inn Mobile AL
Brick Pit Barbecue Mobile AL
Niki's West Birmingham AL
Wintzell's Oyster House Mobile AL
Wintzell's Oyster House Mobile AL
Ms. Lena's Pies De Valls Bluff AR
Rhoda's Famous Hot Tamales Lake Village AR
McClard's Bar-B-Q Hot Springs AR
Family Pie Shop De Valls Bluff AR
Mariscos Chihuahua Tucson AZ
Cafe Poca Cosa Tucson AZ
Pico de Gallo South Tucson AZ
Bobke's Bread Basket Sierra Vista AZ
Tucson Tamale Company Tucson AZ
High Desert Market and Cafe Bisbee AZ
Singleton's Seafood Shack Tucson AZ
Mrs. White's Golden Rule Phoenix AZ
Lo-Lo's Chicken and Waffles Phoenix AZ
Shady Dell Trailer Park Bisbee AZ
Dot's Diner Bisbee AZ
Tuba City Truck Stop Tuba City AZ
Longhorn Grill Amado AZ
Indian Gardens Trading Post Sedona AZ
Tacos in Tombstone Tombstone AZ
Arbuckle's Coffee Tucson AZ
Feig's Kosher Foods Tucson AZ
El Charro Tucson AZ
Gus Balon's Restaurant Tucson AZ
Hitching Post Casmalia CA
El Gallito Restaurant Cathedral City CA
Shield's Date Gardens Indio CA
The Julian Pie Company Julian CA
Orange Inn Laguna Beach CA
Clementine Los Angeles CA
Hodad's Restaurant San Diego CA
Ichiban P.B. Pacific Beach CA
El Campeon San Juan Capistrano CA
Duarte's Pescadero CA
Ramona Cafe Ramona CA
Model Bakery St. Helena CA
Squeeze Inn Sacramento CA
Da Kine's Plate Lunches San Diego CA
D.Z. Akins San Diego CA
Rubio's Baja Grill Cerritos CA
Hob Nob Hill San Diego CA
LG's Prime Steak House Palm Springs CA
Sam's Grill San Francisco CA
Duarte's Tavern Pescadero CA
Swan Oyster Depot San Francisco CA
Squeeze Inn Sacramento CA
Al the Wop's Locke CA
Randy's Donuts Inglewood CA
Canter's Deli Los Angeles CA
Original Pantry Los Angeles CA
Du-Par's Los Angeles CA
John's Waffle Shop La Jolla CA
Ferry Building Marketplace San Francisco CA
Ici Berkeley CA
Bakesale Betty's Oakland CA
Bette's Oceanview Diner Berkeley CA
Wheel Inn Cabazon CA
Phillipe the Original Los Angeles CA
Enstrom Candies Grand Junction CO
Johnson's Corner Loveland CO
Clamp's Hamburger Stand New Milford CT
Pizzeria Lauretano Bethel CT
Carminuccio's Pizza Newtown CT
Kitchen Little Mystic CT
Ridgefield Ice Cream Shop Ridgefield CT
The Silvermine Tavern Norwalk CT
Laurel Diner Southbury CT
Danny's Drive In Stratford CT
Big Dipper Ice Cream & Yogurt Parlor Prospect CT
Wave Hill Bakers Wilton CT
Mama's Cheese Bread Factory Brookfield CT
Lenny and Joe's Fish Tale Restaurant - Madison Drive-in Location Madison CT
Orem's Diner Wilton CT
Jimmie's of Savin Rock Westhaven CT
Lakeside Diner Stamford CT
Beardsley's Cider Mill and Orchard Shelton CT
The Silvermine Tavern Norwalk CT
Colony Grill Stamford CT
Modern Apizza New Haven CT
.tie's Diner Woodbury CT
Sally's Apizza New Haven CT
Pepe's Pizzeria Napoletana New Haven CT
Dr. Mike's Bethel CT
BAR New Haven CT
Bantam Bread Company Bantam CT
Ralph 'N' Rich's Bridgeport CT
Bridgewater Chocolate Brookfield CT
Zuppardi's Apizza West Haven CT
Super Duper Weenie Truck Fairfield CT
Shady Glen Dairy Stores E. Manchester CT
Sea Swirl Mystic CT
Florida Avenue Grill Washington DC
Ben's Chili Bowl Washington DC
Helen's Sausage House Smyrna DE
Woodside Farm Hockessin DE
The Old Spanish Sugar Mill DeLeon Springs FL
Gordon's Be Back Fish House Maitland FL
P&D Soul Food Kitchen Orlando FL
Whitey's Fish Camp Orange Park FL
Singleton's Seafood Shack Mayport FL
La Teresita Tampa FL
Vigi's Cuban Coffee Bar Miami FL
Saltwater Cowboy's St. Augustine FL
Jerry's Drive-In Pensacola FL
Blue Heaven Key West FL
Olean's Tallahassee FL
Dennis Pharmacy Luncheonette Key West FL
The Smith House Dahlonega GA
Mary Mac's Tea Room Atlanta GA
Honey From the Rock Cafe Augusta GA
Grove Cafe Ames IA
Penn Drug Company Sidney IA
Archie's Waeside Le Mars IA
Int Veld Meat Market Pella IA
Tastee Inn and Out Sioux City IA
Coffee Cup Cafe Sully IA
Susie's Kitchen Stanton IA
Farmer's Kitchen Atlantic IA
Bauder Pharmacy Des Moines IA
Red Barn Exira IA
Hoot Owl Cafe Ponderey ID
Garnet Cafe Coeur d'Alene ID
Wolf Lodge Inn Coeur d'Alene ID
Alberto's Mexican Restaurant Bonner's Ferry ID
Java on Sherman Coeur d' Alene ID
Irene's Niles IL
White Eagle Restaurant Niles IL
Red Hen Bakery Chicago IL
Poochie's Chicago IL
Joe Roger's Original Recipe Chili Parlor Springfield IL
Garrett Popcorn Shop Chicago IL
Hackney's on Harms Glenview IL
Rip's Tavern Ladd IL
Hot Doug's:The Sausage Superstore Chicago IL
Chicago Pizza and Oven Grinder Company Chicago IL
Affy Tapple Niles IL
Gene & Georgetti Chicago IL
Doughnut Vault Chicago IL
Ricobene's Chicago IL
Hot Doug's:The Sausage Superstore Chicago IL
Feed Chicago IL
Food Life Chicago IL
Gold Coast Dogs Chicago IL
Harry Caray's Chicago Chicago IL
Leon's Bar-B-Que Chicago IL
Manny's Delicatessen Chicago IL
Zaharako's Columbus IN
Yoder Popcorn Topeka IN
Jonathan Byrd's Cafeteria Greenwood IN
Phil Smidt's Hammond IN
Mug 'n' Bun Indianapolis IN
Gnaw Bone Food and Fuel Nashville IN
Nick's Kitchen Huntington IN
Cozy Inn Hamburgers Salina KS
Woodyard Bar-B-Que Kansas City KS
Porubsky's Grocery Topeka KS
West End Cafe Owensboro KY
George's Owensboro KY
Mike Linnig's Fish Camp Louisville KY
Homemade Ice Cream and Pie Kitchen Louisville KY
Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn Owensboro KY
Morning Call Metairie LA
T-Boy's Slaughter House Ville Platte LA
Old Coffee Pot New Orleans LA
Parkway Bakery and Tavern New Orleans LA
Mother's New Orleans LA
Dunbar's Creole Cooking New Orleans LA
Johnson's Boucaniere Lafayette LA
Domilise Sandwich Shop and Bar New Orleans LA
Ya-Ka Mein New Orleans LA
Cafe Atchafalaya New Orleans LA
Robin's Restaurant Breaux Bridge LA
D. I.'s Basile LA
Camelia Grill New Orleans LA
Mosca's Restaurant Avondale LA
Rocky and Carlo's Restaurant and Bar Chalmette, LA LA
Lasyone's Meat Pie Restaurant Natchitoches LA
Cafe Des Amis Breaux Bridge LA
Nick's Famous Roast Beef Beverly MA
All-Star Sandwich Bar Cambridge MA
Turtle Alley Chocolates Gloucester MA
Woodman's of Essex Essex MA
Farnham's Essex MA
The Clam Box Ipswich MA
Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe Cambridge MA
Nick's Nest Holyoke MA
White Hut West Springfield MA
Wenham Tea House and Shops Wenham MA
Marguerite's Westport MA
Four Seas Ice Cream Centerville MA
Hartley's Pies Fall River MA
The Cove Crisfield MD
The Breakfast Shoppe Severna Park MD
Bender's Cumberland MD
Lexington Market Baltimore MD
Rock's Family Diner Fort Kent ME
Mabel's Lobster Claw Kennebunkport ME
Standard Baking Company Portland ME
Maine Diner Wells ME
The Clam Shack Kennebunkport ME
Red's Eats Wiscasset ME
Flo's Cape Neddick (York) ME
Harmon's Lunch Falmouth ME
The A-1 Diner Gardiner ME
Portland Coffee Roasting Company Portland ME
Harraseeket Lunch & Lobster South Freeport ME
Krazy Jim's Blimpy Burger Ann Arbor MI
Hunter House Hamburgers Birmingham MI
The Jampot Eagle Harbor MI
Juilleret's Restaurant of Charlevoix Charlevoix MI
The Cherry Hut Beulah MI
Cousin Jenny's Cornish Pasties Traverse City MI
Moomer's Homemade Ice Cream Traverse City MI
Trenary Home Bakery Trenary MI
Sweet Water Cafe Marquette MI
Cafe Latte St. Paul MN
Northern Waters Smokehaus Duluth MN
Convention Grill Edina MN
Lange's Cafe Pipestone MN
Jess and Jim's Kansas City MO
LC's Bar-B-Q Kansas City MO
Niecie's Kansas City MO
Stroud's Oak Ridge Manor Kansas City MO
C and K BBQ Restaurant 3 Pine Lawn MO
Chinese Express St. Louis MO
Stroud's Kansas City MO
Dunn's Cider Mill Belton MO
Hereford House Restaurant Kansas City MO
Mendenhall Hotel Revolving Tables Mendenhall MS
Crystal Grill Greenwood MS
Ramon's Clarksdale MS
Abe's Bar-B-Q Clarksdale MS
Doe's Eat Place Greenville MS
M&M Cigar Store Butte MT
Pekin Noodle Parlor Butte MT
Cole Drug Big Timber MT
Eddie's Supper Club Great Falls MT
Stella's Kitchen and Bakery Billings MT
Sarah's Billings MT
M and M Cigar Store Butte MT
Kozy Korner Cafe and Bar Winnett MT
Skylight Inn Bar-B-Q Ayden NC
Sunrise Biscuit Kitchen Chapel Hill NC
Price's Chicken Coop Charlotte NC
Keaton's Barbecue Cleveland NC
Cypress Grill Jamesville NC
Snappy Lunch Mount Airy NC
Short Sugar's Reidsville NC
The Farmers' Inn Havana ND
Gering Bakery Gering NE
Bohemian Cafe Omaha NE
Rosita's Mexican Restaurant Scottsbluff NE
Johnny's Omaha NE
L.A. Burdick Walpole NH
Hart's Turkey Farm Meredith NH
The Brick Store Bath NH
Bishop's Homemade Ice Cream Littleton NH
Polly's Pancake Parlor Sugar Hill NH
Harold's New York Deli Edison NJ
Rutt's Hut Clifton NJ
Tick Tock Diner Clifton NJ
Formica Brothers Bakery Atlantic City NJ
B & W Bakery Hackensack NJ
Fralinger's Saltwater Taffy Atlantic City NJ
White House Sub Shop Atlantic City NJ
Bobcat Bite Santa Fe NM
Garcia's Kitchen Albuquerque NM
Frontier Restaurant Albuquerque NM
M and J Sanitary Tortilla Factory Albuquerque NM
The Model Pharmacy Albuquerque NM
Bobcat Bite Restaurant Santa Fe NM
Bobcat Bite Santa Fe NM
The Durand Central Pharmacy Albuquerque NM
Owl Bar and Restaurant San Antonio NM
San Marcos Cafe Cerrillos NM
Bert's Burger Bar Santa Fe NM
Nellie's Cafe Las Cruces NM
Buckhorn Tavern San Antonio NM
Nopalito Las Cruces NM
Chope's La Mesa NM
Five and Dime General Store Santa Fe NM
El Farolito El Rito NM
Sugar's BBQ and Hamburgers Embudo NM
Aunt Carrie's Narragansett NM
Dory Cove Santa Fe NM
Bobcat Bite Restaurant Santa Fe NM
Owl Bar and Restaurant San Antonio NM
Bert's Burger Bar Santa Fe NM
La Posta de Mesilla Mesilla NM
Jim's B-B-Q Chicken Candor NY
Delaware Delicacies Hancock NY
Eckl's Beef & Weck Orchard Park NY
Hot Truck Ithaca NY
Shortstop Deli Ithaca NY
Big W's Roadside Bar-B-Q Wingdale NY
Nick Tahou Hots Rochester NY
Fine & Shapiro New York NY
Cafe Edison New York NY
SriPraPhai Woodside NY
Polish Villa Cheektowaga NY
Manganaro's Food & Restaurant New York NY
SriPraPhai Williston Park NY
Katz's Deli New York NY
Donovan's Pub Woodside NY
Pastrami King Merrick NY
Carnegie Deli New York NY
Teany New York NY
Althea's Williamsville NY
Steve's Pig & Ox Roast Lackawanna Ny
Hallo Berlin New York NY
Margon New York NY
McSweeney's Plattsburgh NY
Ted's Hot Dogs Tonawanda NY
Sharkey's Restaurant Binghamton NY
Red Rooster Drive-In Brewster NY
Gargiulo's Restaurant Brooklyn NY
Schwabl's West Seneca NY
Hubba (AKA Pat's Hubba Hubba) Port Chester NY
Charlie the Butcher's Kitchen Williamsville NY
Taggarts Ice Cream Parlor Canton OH
Hathaway's Coffee Shop Cincinnati OH
Beside the Point Cafe Akron OH
Al's Corner Restaurant Barberton OH
Belgrade Gardens Barberton OH
Blue Ash Chili Cincinnati OH
Sokolowski's University Inn Cleveland OH
Camp Washington Chili Cincinnati OH
Balaton Cleveland OH
Hot Sauce Williams Cleveland OH
Pine Club Dayton OH
Clifton Mill Yellow Springs OH
Belgrade Gardens Barberton OH
Menches Brothers Uniontown OH
Crabill's Urbana OH
Cattleman's Oklahoma City OK
Rock Cafe Stroud OK
Johnnie's Grill El Reno OK
Clanton's Vinita OK
Sleepy Hollow Oklahoma City OK
Kumback Lunch Perry OK
Hamburger King Shawnee OK
White River Fish Market Tulsa OK
Cattlemen's Oklahoma City OK
Ecola Restaurant and Market Cannon Beach OR
The Oasis Milton-Freewater OR
Local Ocean Seafoods Newport OR
Cimmiyotti's Pendleton OR
Crema Portland OR
Fido's Portland OR
Fresco Caffe Portland OR
Otto's Sausage Kitchen and Meat Market Portland OR
Sahagun Chocolate Shop Portland OR
Voodoo Donuts Portland OR
Norma's Ocean Diner Seaside OR
Sahagun Chocolate Shop Portland OR
Blue Scorcher Bakery & Café Astoria OR
Halibut's Portland OR
Huber's Cafe Portland OR
Green Salmon Coffee Shop Yachats OR
Waves of Grain Bakery Cannon Beach OR
Pacific Oyster Bay City OR
Reo's Ribs Portland OR
Dutch Kitchen Frackville PA
Enrico Biscotti Company Pittsburgh PA
Primanti Brothers Pittsburgh PA
Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen Philadelphia PA
Tony Luke's Philadelphia PA
Pat's King of Steaks Philadelphia PA
Lorenzo Pizza Philadelphia PA
Geno's Steaks Philadelphia PA
Jim's Steaks Philadelphia PA
Evelyn's Drive-In Tiverton RI
Gray's Ice Cream Tiverton RI
John's New York Systems Providence RI
Champlin's Seafood Deck Narragansett RI
Mike's Kitchen Cranston RI
Wright's Farm Restaurant Harrisville RI
Jigger's Diner East Greenwich RI
Common's Lunch Little Compton RI
Allie's Donuts North Kingstown RI
Charlie's Steak House Greenville SC
Rockaway Athletic Club Columbia SC
Southside Smokehouse & Grille Landrum SC
Dave's Carry-Out Charleston SC
Diana's Restaurant Charleston SC
Dave's Carry Out Charleston SC
Fishnet Seafood Johns Island SC
The Old Post Office Cafe Edisto Island SC
George and Pink's Vegetable Stand Edisto Island SC
The Wreck Mount Pleasant SC
Old Firehouse Restaurant Hollywood SC
Sweatman's BBQ Saint George SC
Bertha's North Charleston SC
Bertha's Kitchen Charleston SC
Ernie's Charleston SC
Middleton Place Restaurant Charleston SC
Pioneer Point Drugstore Elk Point SD
Bob's Drive-In Sioux Falls SD
Minerva's Restaurant and Bar Sioux Falls SD
Tea Steak House Tea SD
Tripp Sports Bowl Cafe Tripp SD
Pancake Pantry Nashville TN
Prince's Hot Chicken Shack Nashville TN
Sylvan Park Restaurant Nashville TN
Rotier's Restaurant Nashville TN
Loveless Cafe Nashville TN
Cupboard Restaurant Memphis TN
Poe Boy Luncheon Nashville TN
Pepperfire Nashville TN
400 Degrees Nashville TN
Coletta's Memphis TN
Zarzour's Chattanooga TN
Blue Plate Cafe Memphis TN
Dyer's Burgers Memphis TN
Champion's Pharmacy Herb Store Memphis TN
All About Dem Wangs Memphis TN
Ellen's Soul Food Restaurant Memphis TN
Beacon Light Tea Room Lyles TN
East Side Fish Nashville TN
Elliston Place Soda Shop Nashville TN
Royer's Round Top Cafe Round Top TX
Avalon Drug Store and Diner Houston TX
Texas Pie Company Kyle TX
Blue Bonnet Cafe Marble Falls TX
Weikel's Store and Bakery LaGrange TX
Smitty's Market Lockhart TX
Black's Barbecue Lockhart TX
Kreuz Market Lockhart TX
Louie Mueller's BBQ Taylor TX
Clark's Outpost Tioga TX
The Mecca Dallas TX
Fuel City Tacos Dallas TX
Round Rock Donuts Round Rock TX
Golden Light Cafe Amarillo TX
Big Texan Steak Ranch Amarillo TX
Round Rock Donuts Round Rock TX
Blanco Bowling Club Blanco TX
Louie Mueller's BBQ Taylor TX
Canutillo Tortilla Factory Canutillo TX
Village Bakery West, TX
Vernon's Kuntry Bar-B-Que Conroe TX
H and H Car Wash and Coffee Shop El Paso TX
Taco House San Antonio TX
Kincaid's Forth Worth TX
Taco Taco San Antonio TX
Pendereys Spice Store Forth Worth TX
Lankford Grocery and Market Houston TX
Hires Big H Salt Lake City UT
Mom's Salina UT
Zoom Park City UT
Star Noodle Parlor Restaurant Ogden UT
Lamb's Grill Cafe Salt Lake City UT
Dr. Ho's Humble Pie North Garden VA
Turner Ham House Fulks Run VA
Preston Avenue Shell Charlottesville VA
Chicken Coop Lovingston VA
Brownsville Market Crozet VA
Wayside Inn Middletown VA
Chutzpah Fairfax VA
Metompkin's Seafood Mappsville VA
Sting Ray's Cape Charles VA
Exmore Diner Exmore VA
Red Truck Bakery Warrenton VA
Blanche and Bill's Pancake House Bridgewater Corners VT
P and H Truck Stop Wells River VT
Up for Breakfast Manchester VT
Simon Pearce Restaurant and Glass-Blowing Center Quechee VT
Dorset Inn Dorset VT
Burgerville Camas WA
Bakeman's Seattle WA
13 Coins Seattle Seattle WA
13 Coins Seatac Seatac WA
Freshy's Seafood Market Mercer Island WA
Mike's Chili Parlor Seattle WA
Top Pot Downtown Seattle WA
Glo's Seattle WA
Cupcake Royale Seattle WA
Cupcake Royale Seattle WA
Cupcake Royale Seattle WA
Cupcake Royale Seattle WA
Mr. Perkin's Family Restaurant Milwaukee WI
Polonez Milwaukee WI
Larsen Bakery Racine WI
The Charcoal Inn Sheboygan WI
Anchor Bar Superior WI
Maggie's Bayfield WI
White Gull Inn Fish Creek, WI WI
Stockholm Pie Company Stockholm WI
Elegant Farmer Mukwonago WI
Benji's Milwaukee WI
Chili John's Restaurant Green Bay WI
Beerntsen's Candy Store Manitowoc WI
Jake's Milwaukee WI
Klinger's East Milwaukee WI
Kopp's Glendale WI
Kopp's Brookfield WI
Leon's Milwaukee WI
Watt's Tea Shop Milwaukee WI
McBob's Milwaukee WI
Solly's Grille Milwaukee WI
Oliverio's Cash & Carry Clarksburg WV
Quinet's Court New Martinsville WV
Hocutt's Carolina Barbecue Moundsville WV
The Wyoming Buffalo Company Cody WY
Noon Break Cody WY
Lisa's Greybull WY
Melinda's Sheridan WY
Great Brisket and Old-Time Rodeo Sheridan WY
Yellowstone Drugstore Shoshoni WY