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Posted by Michael Stern on Friday, November 27, 2015 4:02 AM

Not to slight the fried chicken, which is excellent, but the fun of visiting a Wife Saver restaurant is, for me, everything else. In this legacy eatery from the mid 20th century, choosing a meal is delectable torment: so many tough decisions to make! First, there's the basic choice of white or dark meat and how many pieces (not to mention gizzards or livers). Of course, it's only right to begin with dense, salty pimento cheese that is so good schmeared on buttery biscuits, but even if you do eat biscuits, it would be wrong not to also have some of the crunch-coated hushpuppies. If you get the hushpuppies, which are deep-fried, does that preclude fried okra, fried onion rings, and French fries? I love what's billed as broccoli-rice casserole but is, in fact, cheese casserole with just enough broccoli and rice. Likewise, the mac 'n' cheese not only includes an abundance of orange cheese clinging to the macaroni; it comes topped with grated cheese that is melting from the noodles' heat. Turnip greens are smoky and intense; cinnamon apples are supersweet. And when it's time to choose dessert, banana pudding is a must. But, then, so is lemon meringue pie.

Wife Saver is not really Roadfood. It is an efficient, franchised fast food operation and there currently are six of them in the Augusta area. But I don't hold those things against it. When I find myself with a hankering for crisp-crusted fried chicken and a plethora of classic southern side dishes served with alacrity at a fair price, a meal here makes me happy.

Note: These observations are based on recent visits to the Washington Road location. There is some variation on the menus at the other stores. For further information and addresses, visit
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Roadfood of the Day: Los Temos - Salem, OR
Posted on Friday, November 27, 2015

These are delicious birria tacos on freshly made corn tortillas, with a cup of the consome.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Thursday, November 26, 2015 6:18 AM

Opened in downtown Portland over a century ago as a men’s bar, Huber’s found itself when the original owner hired a Chinese chef and the two of them got the idea that if they served turkey sandwiches, customers would drink more beer. To this day, turkey is the heart of Huber’s menu; and while many customers come to drink beer in the boisterous back room bar or to munch jalapeno olive poppers and drink the restaurant’s notorious 151-proof flaming Spanish coffees while listening to live jazz, it is still possible to sit in a quiet booth and have a bird-and-potatoes meal your great-great grandfather would recognize … and likely enjoy.

Here is one supermodel of a turkey dinner: moist, flavorful slices of white meat evenly arrayed on the plate between a mound of sage dressing and a great drift of mashed potatoes from which flow rivers of melting butter. There’s gravy, too, of course, and a small cup of cranberry relish. Preceding this classic meal is a plate with a slice of “beer bread” cut in two. It’s nearly as sweet as cake and so yeasty as to be virtually intoxicating: wonderful to push through puddles of gravy on a plate.

If you need an alternative to turkey, how about ham? This also is a classic: tender pink slices topped with chunky pineapple sauce, also accompanied by mashed potatoes and cranberry relish. Beyond these two square-meals paradigms the menu offers such other examples of what it calls Turkey Cuisine as turkey piccata, turkey stir-fry with prawns, and a turkey drumstick. Plus there are all manner of steaks and chops and cioppino, a Cobb salad, and shrimp Louis.

That back room bar is a merry place indeed; but you’ll likely find us up front, surrounded by vintage mahogany paneling, preferably seated in a booth opposite the open kitchen, where the only commotion consists of flames licking up and the sizzle of meats on the grill.
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Roadfood of the Day: The Chowder Bowl - Newport, OR
Posted on Thursday, November 26, 2015

The Chowder Bowl's clam chowder has more bits of clam per spoonful than any other Oregon chowder we tried.
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Posted on Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A collection of beautiful meringue pies cool on the kitchen counter.
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Roadfood of the Day: Pizza Perfect - Trucksville, PA
Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A close up of the side shows the thick crust and the crispy edges.
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Posted by Michael Stern on Monday, November 23, 2015 3:29 AM

Every year in contests to find the best chowder on Atlantic shores, there is one that takes the blue ribbon: seafood chowder from the Maine Diner ( review). This is going to be the first course at the innaugural Dinner with Roadfood: Eat Your Way Across the USA to be held in Washington, DC on December 3. Please join us for an amazing meal at which every course is the Best of the Best from all across the country. Click here for tickets and further information.

Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015

Apple Hills grows apples, of course, and you can get your pancakes filled with them if you like, but they also grow blueberries. During blueberry season, a 75 cent surcharge will get your cakes chock-full of luscious, ripe berries.
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Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2015

They were out of the extra-wide zep rolls, so they built our large zep using regular long rolls. Since they also came from the Conshohocken Bakery, they had that distinctive soft/chewy texture.
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Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2015

There is no variety to the dessert menu, but that's OK, because the one dessert (other than house-made ice cream) is terrific: lemon shortcake smothered with local berries and cream.
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