Posted by: Eating The Road | October 12, 2009

Across the Nation (Round 1)

To start things off here at Eating the Road, I figured I’d pull a Memento and give you the highlights of a recent roadtrip up front and then tell you how I came about them later. Over the course of the next couple of months I’ll speak more specifically about each restaurant and all of others that didn’t necessarily make the cut.

I know you may find these lists terribly offense and I apologize beforehand but keep in mind that these are only the places I’ve been able to eat at so far….and again this is what my stomach says, not yours. I love how passionate people get over the quality of restaurants and their cuisine and I openly elicit discussion and debate no matter how enraged/inspired. I find that it’s a good way to open one’s eyes to other options…so speak up my friends…let me know that I’m a complete moron for one reason or another….or if you concur with me even better. Now in no particular order:

Best Burger


1. Standard Diner320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3516
2. Port of Call838 Esplanade Ave, New Orleans, LA 70116
3. Coyote Bluff Cafe2417 S Grand St, Amarillo, TX 79103-5205
4. Louis’ Lunch263 Crown Street, New Haven, CT 06511-6611
5. World Famous Ted’s1046 Broad St, Meriden, CT 06450-3446
6. G&A Restaurant – 3802 Eastern Ave, Baltimore, MD 21224-4221

Best in Show


Mom’s Tamales (Tamales) – 3328 Pasadena Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90031-1936
Geno’s Steaks (Cheeseteak) – 1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA‎ 19147-5005
Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant (Boysenberry Pie) – 8039 Beach Blvd – Buena Park, CA 90620
Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House (Clam Chowder) – 889 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, RI 02889-9616
Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe (Chicken Fried Steak) – 918 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-4729

Best Breakfast


1. Blue Moon Cafe – 1621 Aliceanna St, Baltimore, MD 21231-2925
2. Harry’s Roadhouse96B Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe, NM 87505-9367
3. Matt’s Big Breakfast801 N 1st St, Phoenix, AZ 85004-2013

Best Donuts


1. Randy’s Donuts805 W Manchester Blvd, Inglewood, CA 90301
2. Round Rock Donuts106 W Liberty St, Round Rock, TX 78664-5122
3. Iggy’s Doughboys & Chowder House889 Oakland Beach Ave, Warwick, RI 02889-9616

Best Chili


1. The Varsity61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
2. Johnnie’s Grill – 301 S Rock Island Ave, El Reno, OK 73036
3. The Big Texan Steak House7701 E I-40, Amarillo, TX 79121

Best Buffet


1. Shady Maple Smorgasbord129 Toddy Drive, East Earl, PA 17519
2. The Lady & Sons102 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401
3. North Main BBQ7701 E I-40, Amarillo, TX 79121

Best Dessert


1. Mary Mac’s Tea Room224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308-1938
2. The Silver Skillet200 14th St NW, Atlanta, GA 30318-5304
3. The Joint801 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117

Best Ice Cream


1. Buttonwood Farm Ice Cream471 Shetucket Tpke, Voluntown, CT 06384
2. The Ice Cream Man417 State Route 29, Greenwich, NY 12834-4233
3. The Creole Creamery4924 Prytania St, New Orleans, LA 70115-4018


Best French Fries


1. Standard Diner320 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87102-3516
2. Hoover’s Cooking & Catering2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
3. Hodad’s5010 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107


Best Fish & Chips


1. Hoover’s Cooking & Catering2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
2. Fuddruckers221 North San Fernando Blvd, Burbank, C 91502
3. Red Lion Pub2316 S Shepherd Dr, Houston, TX 77019-7014

Best Chicken & Waffles


1. Lo-Lo’s Chicken and Waffles10 W Yuma St, Phoenix, AZ 85003
2. MaMa E’s Wings & Waffles – 3838 Springlake Drive, Oklahoma City, OK 73111
3. The Lady & Sons102 W Congress St, Savannah, GA 31401

Best Hot Dog


1. The Varsity61 North Ave NW, Atlanta, GA 30308-2166
2. Fab Hot Dogs6747 Tampa Ave., Reseda, CA 91355
3. Pink’s Hot Dogs709 N La Brea Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

Best Taco


1. Juan in a Million2300 E Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78702
2. Fidel’s Little Mexico – 749 Genevieve St, Solana Beach, CA 92075
3. El Tepeyac Cafe812 N Evergreen Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90063

Best Side Dish


1. Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe (Mashed Potatoes) – 918 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-4729
2. Joey K’s Restaurant & Bar (Macaroni & Cheese) – 3001 Magazine St, New Orleans, LA 70115-2232
3. Beacon Drive-In (Onion Rings) – 255 John B White Sr Blvd, Spartanburg, SC 29306

Best Pizza


1. The Original Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana157 Wooster Street, New Haven, CT 06511-5709
2. Brick Oven Pizza800 S Broadway, Baltimore, MD 21231
3. Arcaro & Genell’s Restaurant443 S Main Street, Old Forge, PA 18518-1608

Best Snack


1. Penguin Drive-In (Hushpuppies) – 1921 Commonwealth Ave, Charlotte, NC 28205-5019
2. Shield’s Date Garden (Date Shake) – 80225 US Highway 111, Indio, CA 92201
3. Al’s Place (Peanut Butter & Marmalade on Toast) – 13943 Main St, Walnut Grove, CA 95690

Best Pancakes


1. Polly’s Pancake Parlor672 Sugar HIll Rd (Route 117), Sugar Hill, NH 03586
2. Harry’s Roadhouse – 96B Old Las Vegas Highway, Santa Fe, N 87505
3. Kel’s Kitchen800 N Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-5408

Best BBQ


1. The Joint801 Poland Ave, New Orleans, LA 70117
2. Country’s BarBeQue1329 Broadway, Columbus, GA 31901-2102
3. North Main BBQ406 N Main St, Euless, TX 76039-3639

Best Bread


1. Mary Mac’s Tea Room224 Ponce De Leon Ave NE, Atlanta, GA 30308-1938
2. Hoover’s Cooking & Catering2002 Manor Rd, Austin, TX 78722
3. Lulu’s Bakery & Cafe – 918 N Main Ave, San Antonio, TX 78212-4729

Best Biscuit


1. Kel’s Kitchen800 N Coit Rd, Richardson, TX 75080-5408
2. Ye Olde Pancake Station2800 Virginia Cir # A, Amarillo, TX 79109-1604
3. Cracker Barrel5390 Walden Rd, Beaumont, TX 77705-4209

Biggest Let Downs


1. Backroad Pizza1807 2nd St # 1, Santa Fe, NM 87505-3800
2. Virgina Diner408 County Drive N, Wakefield, VA 23888
3. La Piazza al Forno5803 W Glendale Ave, Glendale, AZ 85301

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Responses

  1. Great post! I have to agree with you on donuts (haven’t been to Warwick, but Round Rock and Randy’s are amazing–I would also add Stan’s in Westwood Village in L.A.). And Hoover’s in Austin? Terrific place.

    Thanks for the suggestions and the memories!

  2. :) No problem.

    …man…Hoover’s…I still dream about it, it’s amazing all around.

    P.S. Love the look of your blog :P

  3. Likewise! :)

  4. Best burrito we have found is in Culver City,Calif. called Tito’s Tacos. We’re in Utah and people here know about it. We will go out of our way to have an all meat burrito there!!

  5. You need to come to Springfield, IL for the Horseshoe. If you would come for lunch or dinner you need to go to D’arcy’s Pint (closed on Sundays) but you can also get the Breakfast shoe & the best place for that is Ritz’s Lil Fryer (served all day).

    • Those are sound great. When I am in Illinois I will be sure to stop in to them.

  6. Porta Call, definitely on point, for awesome Barb-Q check out the Shed in Biloxi

    • Port of Call was awesome! That’s the header image I’ve got there. I didn’t make it to the Shed but I’ve heard amazing things about. Thanks for the recommendations.


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