Since my original post is four years old, I guess it's time for a revised list. Out of roughly 190 Roadfood restaurants, I could narrow it down to sixteen---one for roughly each year I've been following the blessed palates and teachings of Jane and Michael Stern. In alphabetical order:
AL'S #1 ITALIAN BEEF, Chicago, IL
ALLIE'S DONUTS, N. Kingstown, RI
BENDTSEN'S BAKERY, Racine, WI
BLUE HEAVEN, Key West, FL
CAFE DU MONDE, New Orleans, LA
THE CLAM SHACK, Kennebunkport, ME
DURAN CENTRAL PHARMACY, Albuquerque, NM.
EDDIE'S, New Orleans, LA
GARRETT'S POPCORN SHOP, Chicago, IL.
MOTHER'S, New Orleans, LA
NICK TAHOU HOTS, Rochester, NY
SNAPPY LUNCH, Mount Airy, NC.
SRI LANKAN CURRY HOUSE, Minneapolis, MN
SWAN OYSTER DEPOT, San Francisco, CA
TONY LUKE'S, Philadelphia, PA
WHITE HOUSE SUB SHOP, Atlantic City, NJ
Honorable mentions: Wilber's Barbecue (Goldsboro, NC), Four Seas Ice Cream (Centerville, MA), Miss Hulling's Cafeteria (St. Louis, MO), Cafe Sicilia (Gloucester, MA), Parkside Candy (Buffalo, NY), Rutt's Hut (Clifton, NJ) and Libby's Lunch (Paterson, NJ)