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2014/03/06 15:33:51 (permalink)

New Edition of Roadfood

I just received my new Roadfood in the mail.  I love it.  I like the fact that the cover on the new edition can be easily wiped clean.  (Like getting those food stains cleaned away)   I also love the honor roll of the top 100  unique and great Roadfood restaurants.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/06 22:04:04 (permalink)
    Greymo - Any spoilers on the Top 100? I want that edition.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/07 09:18:25 (permalink)
    Spoilers?  Not really, but was surprised at some of the places listed on "the honor roll". There are also some new places.  I was thrilled to find Harris Crab House listed in this edition.  It is , by far, my favorite of the seafood restaurants on Kent Island, MD. I love their "All you can eat Oyster Nights."  They have oysters served anyway that you could possibly want.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/07 09:28:27 (permalink)
    There are a few interesting additions to the new Roadfood book that I was very happy to see

    For example, Sandra and I are heading to DC in a month. We were planning on having dinner with her ex boss who has since retired and moved down to Maryland. He lives in Lanham, and is elderly, so we were looking for a place where he didn't have to travel far. I did some research on Yelp and found Jerry's Seafood. I checked the Roadfood forum and saw that it's been mentioned favorably in the past, however it hasn't been written up in the previous Roadfood books. Sure enough- Jerry's Seafood is in the new edition! Now I'm really looking forward to checking it out.
     
    ***edit- buffetbuster texted me to advise that Jerry's Seafood was in the 2011 edition of Roadfood
    post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/03/07 15:44:05
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/09 19:51:25 (permalink)
    Interesting coincidence that you mentioned Jerry's Seafood. Just last night I was in my local Barnes & Noble and was thumbing thru the new edition and spotted that one, which is right on my route for my annual trip to the Rappahannock area of Virginia, and was new to me.
     
    In the end I wound up not buying the book. The most recent edition I have is (I think) 2 editions ago, and there just didn't seem to be enough new material to justify replacing it, at least for the areas I'm likely to be in over the next couple of years.
     
    I will say this though. They had both the 2011 and 2014 editions on the shelves and the paper stock used for the 2014 edition seems to be a vast improvement over the cheap "stick together" paper used in 2011, and the list price is the same.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 08:18:12 (permalink)
    No doubt this is the biggest and best edition of Roadfood so far.  It includes plenty of places that aren't reviewed here on the website.  The top 100 Honor Roll is a great idea, but can you imagine how difficult those choices must have been?  Which do you choose, Kopp's or Leon's?  Both?  Then you leave another deserving place off the list.
     
    I was personally thrilled to see my favorite pie shop in the country, Stockholm Pie Company, not only make the book, but also onto the honor roll. 
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 08:27:57 (permalink)
    Agreed buffetbuster
    After skimming through the new that is more than enough motivation to continue my trip reports.  
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 08:32:46 (permalink)
    It was great to see a place WJ suggested to the Sterns, Spud Fish & Chips, also make the honor roll!
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 13:40:13 (permalink)
    Gray Brothers Cafeteria in Mooresville, IN is in the honor roll.
     
    I'm going to be in Indianapolis in April and wanted to check their opening times.
     
    Their old web site has expired.  Not sure when that happened, but this is the new site: http://www.graybroscafe.com/  
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 14:30:34 (permalink)
    rumaki -
    Just ate there 2 weeks ago and I believe opening is 11am seven days per week.  The food was really good....get the mac n cheese if you are a lover.  Arrived around 2pm and the lot was full and maybe 30 ahead of me but it moves quick.  Enjoy!
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 14:45:10 (permalink)
    Like the Sterns say in the Roadfood review, Gray Brothers is one place you don't mind standing in line for a little bit.  There is so much great looking food available, this gives you plenty of time to pick out what you want.  Even with the preview, though, I am still somewhat hesitant when it gets to be my turn, because I want everything!
     
    Maybe they need bigger trays!
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 14:45:48 (permalink)
    Hey CTD, what pie(s) did you get while you were there?
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 15:21:56 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Like the Sterns say in the Roadfood review, Gray Brothers is one place you don't mind standing in line for a little bit.  There is so much great looking food available, this gives you plenty of time to pick out what you want.  Even with the preview, though, I am still somewhat hesitant when it gets to be my turn, because I want everything!

    Maybe they need bigger trays!

    Hope you still forgive me for ordering two slices of pie at my last visit (banana cream and raisin) eating half of each...and.... well....you know what happened to the rest......
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 15:25:43 (permalink)
    All I know is you didn't mail them to me!
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 15:59:53 (permalink)
    buffetbuster

    Hey CTD, what pie(s) did you get while you were there?

     
    We had raisin and butterscotch...and 2 orders of mac n cheese fell onto the tray...

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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 19:03:22 (permalink)
    I haven't been to Gray Brothers in over 50 years. Back then they were just one of many places like that. Every town had a cafeteria and there were a chain of them called MCL. I grew up thinking that is how you ate if you actually sat down at a restaurant. When I worked in Indianapolis that is the kind of place you went to for lunch. Other than that, it was drive-ins and carhops.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 19:13:47 (permalink)
    There are three MCL's in the Columbus area.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 13:19:56 (permalink)
    Davydd-
    I have fond memories of eating at Laughner's Cafeterias around the Indy area, though I think Gray Brothers was clearly better.  The last Laughner's closed around 15 years ago.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 13:21:28 (permalink)
    I've been to one of the many MCLs in Indianapolis within the past three or four years.  It was OK. 
     
    My family was always a Laughners family. There was one not far from our house (and across the street from my high school), and we went there at least twice a month for dinner.  I still think their fried chicken was some of the best, and I loved their biscuits (though my father thought they were too heavy) and sugar cream pie.
     
    The Sterns did a great article about Laughners in the New Yorker many years ago.  Sadly, the last Laughners cafeteria closed in 2000.  I miss it so much!  Jonathan Byrd's is OK, but it is not Laughners, either. 
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 14:32:47 (permalink)
    Ahh, Laughner's! In its heyday, it surely was fabulous. We caught it in the twilight of its golden years. The Laughners were so happy with the story we wrote in the New Yorker that Charles Laughner (between me & Jane) convinced the Indianapolis mayor to give us a key to the city at a ceremony pictured here. The key, alas, is lost.
     

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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 15:24:06 (permalink)
    We just returned from Barnes and Noble with the new book......can't wait to start reading.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 16:28:50 (permalink)
    The Top 100 is a Great addition to the traditional write-ups !
     
    I looked over the maps that show the locations of the various restaurants around the country and notice a few "wide-open spaces" like the Central Valley of California and the I-15 from North of San Diego to SLC (except for Las Vegas).
    This volume makes a great base for a master list of travel-support information. I am surprised (and pleased) to find how many of the places in the book we have visited since we started using "Roadfood" back in 1980.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 17:22:20 (permalink)
    Roadfoof has introduced me to so many places, and also to some new foods.  But my all time favorite Roadfood restaurant memory will always be  Shirley's Dining Room.....................it was just as described in the  first edition !  We ate there many times on our way to and back from the Maritimes.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:14:35 (permalink)
     
    Just picked up my new edition of RoadFood yesterday at Books-A-Million.  I'm really enjoying perusing it, and taking mental notes for possible upcoming RoadFood road trips.
     
     
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:27:24 (permalink)
    This book makes me want to sell the house, give the kitties away, buy a motorhome and just live on the road eating Roadfood!!!!!
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:44:43 (permalink)
    There you go, Lisa!  My husband and I went for eight weeks each year and explored Roadfood. It was the best of times.  However, I hardly think that you would ever talk MH into this.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:46:05 (permalink)
    Michael Stern-
    What a great photo!  It looks like you are having a grand time.  What year do you think this was taken?
     
    The Laughner family was have had some serious pull with the mayor's office.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 20:08:25 (permalink)
    Yeah, I drew a brain fart and forgot about Laughner's. There was one two blocks from my house I grew up in. It was definitely my aunt's favorite and something she missed when she moved to Minnesota in 1970, which, BTW, also contributed to my decision to move to Minnesota with family on my side and my wife's side.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 16:50:49 (permalink)
    I had a late nite last night, and spent a few hours on a "virtual roadfood trip" around the Western USA using the new Edition of Jane and Michael's Book as a guide. In addition to a lot of great memories of trips we have enjoyed, I noted at least FIVE (5) personal references credited to Dale  Fine, our own Wandering Jew, by the authors. Congratulations Dale, you seem to be able to pick out those places that fit the criteria for the unique Roadfood target locations "on the road".
     
    I did notice a number of references to folks who participate here on the website in many of the reviews of locations in the hardcopy reiews. It was good to read the close relationship between the two media.  Keep up the good work folks, and especially you WJ, Your contributions are appreciated.
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    Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 17:05:53 (permalink)
    Care to share names, Mr Mayor?
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