Hot!New Edition of Roadfood

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Greymo
Filet Mignon
2014/03/06 15:33:51
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.
post edited by Greymo - 2014/03/06 15:41:21
JRPfeff
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/06 22:04:04
Greymo - Any spoilers on the Top 100? I want that edition.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/07 09:18:25
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.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/07 09:28:27
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
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/09 19:51:25
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.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 08:18:12
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. 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 08:27:57
Agreed buffetbuster
After skimming through the new that is more than enough motivation to continue my trip reports.  
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 08:32:46
It was great to see a place WJ suggested to the Sterns, Spud Fish & Chips, also make the honor roll!
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 13:40:13
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/  
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 14:30:34
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!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 14:45:10
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!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 14:45:48
Hey CTD, what pie(s) did you get while you were there?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 15:21:56
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......
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 15:25:43
All I know is you didn't mail them to me!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 15:59:53
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...

Davydd
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 19:03:22
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.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/11 19:13:47
There are three MCL's in the Columbus area.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 13:19:56
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.
rumaki
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 13:21:28
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. 
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 14:32:47
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.
 

lleechef
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 15:24:06
We just returned from Barnes and Noble with the new book......can't wait to start reading.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 16:28:50
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.
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 17:22:20
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.
Glenn1234
Double Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:14:35
 
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.
 
 
Glenn
 
 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:27:24
This book makes me want to sell the house, give the kitties away, buy a motorhome and just live on the road eating Roadfood!!!!!
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:44:43
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.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 18:46:05
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.
Davydd
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/12 20:08:25
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.
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 16:50:49
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.
AL
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 17:05:53
Care to share names, Mr Mayor?
Greymo
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 17:08:33
Well, tomorrow is Dales's birthday and he may now be too old to contibute to these boards!
Michael Stern
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 17:22:54
buffetbuster

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.

It was taken about 1990, and yes, the Laughners were definite big cheeses in Indianapolis at the time. What a shame they couldn't continue in the restaurant business. At its peak, their cafeteria was magnificent.
 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 17:26:20
mayor al

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.
AL

Sounds great, Mayor. I hope  yoou had time to stop by on you "virtual roadfood trip"  of the Western USA to stop by in "virtual OC" and say hello to "virtual me"!
 
And congrats Dale!
 
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 18:39:27
Over the years, I counted about a dozen restaurants that were recommended  by me either directly or indirectly  via the forums, my trip reports, my restaurant reviews or "pm" which the Stern's ultimately wrote about n the roadfood books. Like I told buffetbuster after the book was published- I couldn't think of a finer compliment. It literally gives me goose bumps. Like I said previously in this thread, this is what motivated me to do trip reports and restaurant reviews again.
 
And Greymo, you remembered! But I'm still not even 50 yet (that happens next year!)
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 19:38:04
TJ Jackson

Care to share names, Mr Mayor?

TJ,  The (retired) Teacher in me wants badly to tell you to do your own homework, but but I will give you a few that I am sure you could have guessed without searching the pages.  S. Rushmore, Bruce and Sue, Chris & Amy, BuffetBuster, Louis, and our Military History PhD, Dr CiCi f. I was with her (and BB) when she almost lost control devouring the fried biscuits and apple butter at Joe Huber's Family Farm Restaurant (the appetizer for the huge Fried Chicken and Ham Family-style dinner).
 
I am sure there are many others buried in the pages of delicious adjectives in this fine volume.
 Seek and you shall find, Grasshopper.
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/14 23:12:39
Glad you're convinced we all appreciate you, Dale. Believe I mentioned it a few months back when you seemed to be having a blue funk.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/15 09:04:19
My new edition arrived yesterday and I particularly enjoy the Top 100...although Leon's over Kopp's...come on!  Ya can't eat neon...
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/16 22:50:06
Haven't seen it yet, but sounds like fun. Did, however, get a FB posting from the Bunker Hill Cafe that they were listed in it. There was serious talk it was closing - which it did for a short while as Tom the owner/chef was ill and needed an operation. All is better now, and they just reopened a couple of weeks ago!   My mom is from Salina, and my aunt lives in Bunker Hill, so it is a welcome and necessary stop whenever we visit out there (along, of course, with Cozy Inn and Brookville Hotel.)   The raisin bread alone is worth the trip to Kansas!
 
My first encounter with the RF world was the Roodfood/Goodfood book, and I KNEW it was good, when I saw the three Kansas entries were the above establishments!
post edited by ConeyIslandLou - 2014/03/16 22:52:09
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 07:53:55
ConeyIslandLou-
So glad you brought up Bunker Hill Café.  It has been on my wish list for years and it looks like I will finally make it next month.  I have also been following them on Facebook and it is great to see that the owners health has improved.  Besides the raisin bread, what else do you recommend?
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 08:11:55
ChiTownDiner

My new edition arrived yesterday and I particularly enjoy the Top 100...although Leon's over Kopp's...come on!  Ya can't eat neon...
On some trips I thought Kopp's was better, on others it was Leon's.  Obviously, you have a clear cut favorite. 

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 08:12:44
Unfortunately my travel to obscure places like Kansas, or Idaho or Kentucky are going to be put to a hault at least for the next few years. Destination travel (either by car,plane or train) or places I can get to "on the cheap" in a short weekend  are going to be more the norm.
However I had this brief fantasy about returning to the "mid section" of the country with either a Kansas/Iowa or Kansas/Oklahoma theme sometime this year (but that is not going to happen). And places I wanted to visit in Kansas ( besides returning the Breadbasket in Newton) were The Bunker Hill Cafe and Hay's House, so I'm glad you mentioned the place, Coney Island Lou.
Buffetbuster, please report back on Bunker Hill Cafe, I'm curious
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 08:20:34
Will do WJ!
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 11:39:31
bb
I forgot to mention this.  On National Pi Day when we went to Henry's for pie I said to the gal that makes the pies (the owner's daughter I believe) that they were not only in the new book, they were on the Roadfood Honor Roll top 100.  She VERY nonchalantly said, "Oh, I know.  They (the Sterns) always stop in before they publish a new book."  WHAT?  West Jefferson is out in the middle of nowhere and the place looks like something out of a horror movie!  We just both shook our heads in amazement. 
1bbqboy
Filet Mignon
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 11:54:09
That's funny, WJ. Rhode Island is obscure to us. :)
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 12:24:16
lleechef

bb
I forgot to mention this.  On National Pi Day when we went to Henry's for pie I said to the gal that makes the pies (the owner's daughter I believe) that they were not only in the new book, they were on the Roadfood Honor Roll top 100.  She VERY nonchalantly said, "Oh, I know.  They (the Sterns) always stop in before they publish a new book."  WHAT?  West Jefferson is out in the middle of nowhere and the place looks like something out of a horror movie!  We just both shook our heads in amazement. 

Great story!  Should I even ask about the pies?
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 12:36:35
Nah, you wouldn't like the pie there.  Nothing special.  (I'm hoping this will deter you so there's more for us!)
I posted a picture on the "National Pi Day" thread.  You tell me!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 12:37:05
1bbqboy

That's funny, WJ. Rhode Island is obscure to us. :)

 
There you go again, posting something that has nothing to do with the thread, which is why I usually ignore your posts.
Not to diverge , but every place we  are visiting has to do with either family, friends or a past connection, if I'm traveling alone it's either going to be a weekend on the cheap or an annual event (ie glee club) 
And the reason we need to travel to Kentucky, Kansas and Idaho is.......??????
 
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/03/17 13:07:34
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 12:39:51
BB
The chocolate pie was the best of its kind I've ever had, and the still warm cherry pie (with a scoop of vanilla ice cream) was, to quote lleechef, sublime.
post edited by Michael Hoffman - 2014/03/17 12:42:50
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 12:47:57
wanderingjew

1bbqboy

That's funny, WJ. Rhode Island is obscure to us. :)


There you go again, posting something that has nothing to do with the thread, which is why I usually ignore your posts.
Not to diverge , but every place we  are visiting has to do with either family, friends or a past connection, if I'm traveling alone it's either going to be a weekend on the cheap or an annual event (ie glee club) 
And the reason we need to travel to Kentucky, Kansas and Idaho is.......??????

 Here are three great reasons to visit Kentucky, Kansas and Idaho!

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 13:03:53
buffetbuster

wanderingjew

1bbqboy

That's funny, WJ. Rhode Island is obscure to us. :)


There you go again, posting something that has nothing to do with the thread, which is why I usually ignore your posts.
Not to diverge , but every place we  are visiting has to do with either family, friends or a past connection, if I'm traveling alone it's either going to be a weekend on the cheap or an annual event (ie glee club) 
And the reason we need to travel to Kentucky, Kansas and Idaho is.......??????

 Here are three great reasons to visit Kentucky, Kansas and Idaho!

I know that but WE won't be able to go while two teenage boys, that my girlfriend has primary custody of are involved....Now if I can get to all three places in a couple of hours or less on a cheap flight in a quick weekend, then that's another story (considering most flights out of TF Green are $300+ and involve layovers then we all know that would be impossible)
(now if Bill Voss read my entire comment instead of taking it out of context then I wouldn't have to clarify every single word, phrase and paragraph)
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/03/17 13:06:05
ConeyIslandLou
Double Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/17 14:24:54
buffetbuster

ConeyIslandLou-
So glad you brought up Bunker Hill Café.  It has been on my wish list for years and it looks like I will finally make it next month.  I have also been following them on Facebook and it is great to see that the owners health has improved.  Besides the raisin bread, what else do you recommend?

 
Easy: STEAK.   The man knows his meat and how to cook it.  the cut is up to you. The raisin bread comes as a matter of course, and the twice baked potatoes are real good also.  Since you have followed them on FB, you know enough to call ahead.   I would love to have you surprise my Aunt Pat with a dinner, but would have no clue how to do it - she's a real hoot! 
 
Of course you need to stop at Cozy Inn and the Brookville Hotel (in Abilene), not to mention the Hickory Hut Barbecue   in Salina; but in the Kansas area there is a small independent buffet chain called Coyote Canyon - total anathema to places like Old Country and whatever  - very, very good brisket that is VERY tender. Not more than 4 or 5 locations, but a real treat more on the order of a good cafeteria, rather than what you expect from a buffet.  
ken8038
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/31 12:46:53
Since this thread has taken a side trip to Kansas, I thought I'd link to a great website about Kansas Restaurants. I'm not sure where I originally found the link, and it's possible it was from an old thread right here in the Forums, but anyway it's a great resource.
 
I haven't been in Kansas since 1983, but if I were to go back, this is one of the websites I'd take with me:
 
http://www.kansastravel.org/kansasrestaurants.htm
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:New Edition of Roadfood 2014/03/31 13:09:55
ken8038-
That is a terrific sight for all things Kansas and I have been using it for years.  The person responsible for it, Sfreader used to be a regular on these boards.  Wish he was still around.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/03/31 13:12:08