Program 330: Variety of American Roadfood; Coastal British Columbia

Release Date: 06-29-2013


Barbecue, chili, clam chowder, fresh oysters, and even buckwheat pancakes are a few of Jane and Michael Stern's discoveries that can turn your next American road trip into a comfort food pilgrammage. Also, travel writer Crai S. Bower joins Rick to share some of their favorite natural getaways in coastal British Columbia, Canada.


  • Jane and Michael Stern, authors of  "Roadfood: The Coast-to-Coast Guide to 700 of the Best Barbecue Joints, Lobster Shacks, Ice Cream Parlors, Highway Diners, and Much, Much More" (7th edition, published by Broadway Books), and "500 Things to Eat Before Its Too Late"  (Houghton Mifflin)
  • Travel writer Crai S. Bower 

Related Links

Jane and Michael Stern's roadfood website includes driving itineraries for sampling the best of regional American roadfood, sorted by region. Among the specific restaurant examples the Sterns talk about today are: 

Haiku Awards

Not just chicken wings

Beef on weck in Buffalo.

What the heck's a weck?

— Phil LaFave, Buffalo, New York


No fudge shops live on

Beaver Island, Michigan -

Just sweet indolence!

— Marc Carmichael, Homer Glen, Illinois  



Next, we hope to return there

Once our house is sold.


Home of liberty

Betsy Ross and Boathouse Row

Pretzels, cheesesteaks, yum.

 — Jane Palestini, Clive, Iowa  


Midwest motocross

Dust-sweat face in July heat

U.S. pastoral.


Smooth peanut butter

root beer float or pumpkin pie —

Foreign tourists gag.

— Kathy Smith Whitman, Normal, Illinois