Road trip food stops you need to try in every state this summer


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The Pig & Pint in Jackson, Mississippi, is famous for its barbecue.The Pig & Pint/Yelp

  • Road trips are a perfect opportunity to travel to new places and check out the best local spots.

  • Insider consulted Yelp reviews for popular “road trip” restaurants and restaurants conveniently located by main highways.

  • From soul food in Alabama to Texas barbecue, these road trip food stops are worth a try.

ALABAMA: Saw’s Soul Kitchen in Birmingham

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Saw’s Soul Kitchen.Richard W./Yelp

“My mom and I were on a road trip and decided to eat dinner here after reading the reviews.  The only thing disappointing about that decision is that now we know what we are missing out on, not living in Birmingham,” wrote Yelp user Alli F.

Learn more about Saw’s Soul Kitchen here.

ALASKA: Turnagain Arm Pit in Indian

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Turnagain Arm Pit.Ronald M./Yelp

“After leaving the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center, we headed back up Seward Highway towards Anchorage. We then decided that it would be nice if we could find a little roadside eatery for dinner in such beautiful surroundings. Then Turnagain Armpit BBQ came into view. It didn’t take either of us long to realize that it was just what we had been looking for,” wrote Yelp user Ronald M.

Learn more about Turnagain Arm Pit here.

ARIZONA: Satchmo’s in Flagstaff



“This place was on the list for places that checked all of the boxes and I am not disappointed we stopped here on the road trip. Not only is the staff super friendly and helpful but the food is beyond anything I can find at home. Everything we ordered was so good including but not limited to the pulled pork sandwich, the brisket sandwich, and the shrimp po-boy. They have seating inside and outside and beer on draft. This place is like a symphony of deliciousness in your mouth. I wish I lived closer,” wrote Yelp user Christine M.

Learn more about Satchmo’s here.

ARKANSAS: The Root Cafe in Little Rock

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The Root Cafe.Samantha L./Yelp

“Very cute local restaurant in Little Rock. We wer
e driving through on a long road trip, and the restaurant came out and delivered the food to the car (due to COVID). Everyone was very nice, and the food was delicious,” wrote Yelp user Nicole W.

Learn more about The Root Cafe here.

CALIFORNIA: Yaks on the 5 in Dunsmuir

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Yaks on the 5.Jan T./Yelp

“The garlic burger was incredible and the wings were top notch. The tater tots were a dream… this is roadside diner food at its best,” wrote Yelp user ZumaJay Z.

Learn more about Yaks on the 5 here.

COLORADO: Westbound & Down Brewery in Idaho Springs

Westbound & Down Brewery

Westbound & Down Brewery.Mandy L./Yelp

“If [you’re] ever in Idaho Springs go to Westbound and Down. We ate there three times in a week, our last visit we meet the owner, super friendly pumped up guy. We already paid but asked if I got my military discount, made sure to give me it to me, then gave me a coin. Whenever I come back to Colorado this is an every time stop. Thanks for your outstanding service and food,” wrote Yelp user Kyle L.

Learn more about Westbound & Down Brewery here.

CONNECTICUT: Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana in New Haven

Frank Pepe Pizzeria New Haven Connecticut

Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana.Ga Young L / Yelp

“The pizzas are crispy and on the thin side, the slices aren’t cut perfectly but that’s part of the charm… The only downside is the line. Expect a small line to form before this place opens especially on the weekends and holidays. Another tip is to call in the pizza for pickup and on a nice day just eat it outside while it’s hot! Perfect for road trips up I-95,” wrote Yelp user Eunice H.

Learn more about Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana here.

DELAWARE: Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli in Middletown

Marlena's Mediterranean Deli

Marlena’s Mediterranean Deli.Marilyn D./Yelp

“Great chicken shawarma and the staff is really friendly. This is a great, quick road trip stop as it’s conveniently located and fast,” wrote Yelp user Emerson H.

Learn more about Marlen
a’s Mediterranean Deli here.

FLORIDA: 925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s in Fort Lauderdale

925 Nuevo's Cubano's

925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s.R Y./Yelp

“If you’re thinking of coming here, do it. This is what eating Cuban food should be like. It’s a roadside eatery, stolen road signs in the parking lot, fresh food, delicious,” wrote Yelp user Tim R.

Learn more about 925 Nuevo’s Cubano’s here.

GEORGIA: Zunzi’s in Savannah


Zunzi’s.M J./Yelp

“These sandwiches were unbelievable. We found this joint on our road trip escaping from Hurricane Irma. It was just a pit stop on our way to ATL. We weren’t expecting how good this place would be. Next time I’m in Savannah I’ll definitely stop by again,” wrote Yelp user David L.

Learn more about Zunzi’s here.

HAWAII: Chicken In A Barrel BBQ-Kapaa in Kapaa

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Chicken In A Barrel BBQ-Kapaa.Safina H./Yelp

“Awesome roadside BBQ! The meat just falls apart. No need for a knife,” wrote Yelp user Luis M.

Learn more about Chicken In A Barrel BBQ-Kapaa here.

IDAHO: Arugula Deli in Idaho Falls

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Arugula Deli.G V./Yelp

“I went here with my family on a road trip stop. I ordered the Patacones with chicken. So yummy, and the food is unique and healthy,” wrote Yelp user Menka J.

Learn more about Arugula Deli.

ILLINOIS: Blue Springs Cafe in Highland

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Blue Springs Cafe.Kat S./Yelp

“We stopped here for lunch on a recent road trip. The lunch plate is $7.95 (entree and sides). It was great! On the return leg of our trip, we called ahead and picked up carry-out (walleye filets, side salad, green beans, and coconut pie). The food was great and better than getting fast food,” wrote Yelp user Terri W.

Learn more about Blue Springs Cafe here.

INDIANA: Payne’s Restaurant in Gas City

Payne's Restaurant fish and chips

Payne’s Restaurant.Sam R./Yelp

“I loved this place! It’s quirky, fun, and a treasure find on a road trip. I’m a sucker for British cuisine like bangers and mash, fish and chips, and toffee pudding,” wrote Yelp user Ericka D.

Learn more about Payne’s Restaurant here.

IOWA: Zombie Burger + Drink Lab in Des Moines

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Zombie Burger + Drink Lab.Jonathan E./Yelp

“Their burgers are awesome, and an order of fries is huge! As we are originally from Utah, seeing they had ‘fry sauce’ was an extra bonus. Their cereal shakes are also fun. We would definitely stop here again on our yearly road trips, just for fun,” wrote Yelp user Joni C.

Learn more about Zombie Burger + Drink Lab here.

KANSAS: Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que in Kansas City

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Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que.Yelp/Bob B.

“Oh my god. Saying this was the best barbecue I’ve ever had would be an understatement. I am the luckiest eater on the planet and one of my friends brought me here during a road trip because she wanted to eat it. I was hesitant. I have never liked barbecue sauce, in fact, I avoid all sauces and condiments like the PLAGUE. But this place had me slathering my sandwich with barbecue sauce and licking my fingers when I was done. I’ve been craving it ever since and I’m saddened that I don’t live closer,” wrote Yelp user Janie S.

Learn more about Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que here.

KENTUCKY: Red State BBQ in Lexington

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Red State BBQ.Heather P./Yelp

“A classic roadside BBQ restaurant, all the classic stuff including double-smoked brisket and several different sauces that cover the basics from South Carolina mustard to Texas spicy. And the green beans are amazing! Overall a good place to stop while traveling along 75, being a little over a mile from the highway,” wrote Yelp user Gunnar D.

Learn more about Red State BBQ here.

LOUISIANA: Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl in Alexandria

Pamela's Bayou In A Bowl gumbo

Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl.Tina R./Yelp

“Holy moly! How did we get lucky enough to stumble into this place?!  The food here is so good, we started planning future road trips through Louisiana. The food was all delicious, flavorful, and completely satisfying! I got the beans and sausage, greens, and mac and cheese. Once we started eating, we realized we must be at somebody’s granny’s house,” wrote Yelp user Mary Beth C.

Learn more about Pamela’s Bayou In A Bowl here.

MAINE: Red’s Eats in Wiscasset

Red's Eats lobster rolls in tin foil

Red’s Eats.Katie M./Yelp

“The absolute best lobster roll we have ever tried! We stopped here while doing a road trip through Maine and someone had recommended this place along the way. We didn’t think it looked that special or any different from the other 1,000 places that advertise their lobster rolls, but boy were we mistaken,” wrote Yelp user Jessica K.

Learn more about Red’s Eats here.

MARYLAND: Chaps Pit Beef in Baltimore

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Chaps Pit Beef.Eric L./Yelp

“This is one of those roadside eateries you pass by, never giving it a second thought. ‘Nah, just locals and working-class eat at such a dive.’ Being situated in front of a strip club doesn’t exactly add to the ambiance. But trust me, and the TV shows it’s been featured on… Chaps is where it’s at! The food is beyond compare,” wrote Yelp user Brook H.

Learn more about Chaps Pit Beef here.

MASSACHUSETTS: B.T.’s Smokehouse in Sturbridge

B.T.'s Smokehouse ribs meat platter in styrofoam box

B.T.’s Smokehouse.Lisa E./Yelp

“We just stopped here on our road trip and had to write a review right away. The brisket burrito was smoky and delicious. The buffaloed fried chicken sandwich was delicately breaded, juicy, and moist. Pick-up was very organized and timely,” wrote Yelp user Tess L.

Learn more about B.T.’s Smokehouse here.

MICHIGAN: The Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor

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The Mason Jar Cafe.Belinda R./Yelp

“Hard to believe such a place exists in small-town Michigan after struggling to find healthy, fresh, and quality food choices on a road trip through rural Michigan. Friendly service, great coffee, diverse menu, fr
esh, healthy, and vegetarian friendly. Thumbs up, five stars, highly recommended,” wrote Yelp user Camille M.

Learn more about The Mason Jar Cafe here.

MINNESOTA: The Taco King in Albert Lea

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The Taco King.Michael D./Yelp

“We stopped while road tripping to Wisconsin Dells and [were] greatly surprised! Expecting fast-food type Mexican due to the location and were so happy to discover otherwise! The burritos were hot fresh and delicious, the al pastor was excellent and the service great! Will definitely be stopping again,” wrote Yelp user Carrie F.

Learn more about The Taco King here.

MISSISSIPPI: The Pig & Pint in Jackson

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The Pig & Pint.The Pig & Pint/Yelp

“We were so happy to stumble upon this place on our road trip to NOLA thanks to my trusty Yelp! We stopped here on a Thursday for lunch with our toddler. The girl at the register welcomed us on our first time and told us what their most popular dishes were… Our food came fairly quickly and the portions were huge! I didn’t expect ‘chicken fries’ to be a glorious sloppy mess of BBQ chicken, beans, sauce, sour cream, and jalapeños. It was AMAZING! It was the best road trip stop we made all day! Definitely going to stop here on our way to NOLA every year,” wrote Yelp user Haley S.

Learn more about The Pig & Pint here.

MISSOURI: Pappy’s Smokehouse in Saint Louis

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Pappy’s Smokehouse.Michael U./Yelp

“The best BBQ I’ve had. Our road trips following the Florida Gators have taken us all over the south and beyond. Had the ‘que in Memphis, Birmingham, Lexington, Nashville, Knoxville, Atlanta and beyond. Pappys is the best,” wrote Yelp user Craig J.

Learn more about Pappy’s Smokehouse here.

MONTANA: Hummingbird Cafe in Butte

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Hummingbird Cafe.Stephanie Y./Yelp

“Super delicious great little spot to stop. I was on a road trip and needed to grab a bite and let my baby out of the car seat. We sat on the patio and had a lovely coffee and lunch. Will definitely stop in again next time I drive through Butte,” wrote Yelp user Sara H.

Learn more about Hummingbird Cafe here.

NEBRASKA: Open Range Grill in Ogallala

Open Range Grill burger and fries

Open Range Grill.Brandy E./Yelp

“We stopped at the Open Range Grill on our drive from Denver, CO to Wisconsin, and were so happy that we did! This is a great, family-friendly spot with delicious, fresh food,” wrote Yelp user Clare C.

Learn more about Open Range Grill here.

NEVADA: Odeh’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Elko

Odeh's Mediterranean Restaurant

Odeh’s Mediterranean Restaurant.L T./Yelp

“My friends and I were on a road trip to Wisconsin so we randomly stumbled upon this cute little place. It was by far some of the best Mediterranean food I have ever had. Come and try it out, you won’t be disappointed,” wrote Yelp user Emilee K.

Learn more about Odeh’s Mediterranean Restaurant here.

NEW HAMPSHIRE: Lexie’s Joint in Portsmouth

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Lexie’s Joint.Happy G. via Yelp

“Fun little place we came across on our big road trip. They offer a decent selection of burgers, fries, and a few other things. I felt they did a nice job and enjoyed our lunch here,” wrote Yelp user Mark G.

Learn more about Lexie’s Joint here.

NEW JERSEY: Steve’s Burgers in Garfield

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Steve’s Burgers.Bobby S./Yelp

“Where do I begin? First, just know it’s basically a roadside stand, in the fact that there are very few tables inside and a few outside. Don’t let that deter you! The burger is amazingly juicy, fries with cheese and gravy are on point, they serve C&C Black Cherry soda, and the fried Oreos are to die for! The owner is super nice and always makes conversation with us! We love it here,” wrote Yelp user Stephanie Darrell S.

Learn more about Steve’s Burgers here.

NEW MEXICO: Western View Diner & Steakhouse in Albuquerque

Western View Diner & Steakhouse

Western View Diner & Steakhouse.Miquela H./Yelp

“So you want a steak dinner and you want to feel like you’re at home, this is your place. The staff is unbelievably friendly! If you come in the morning you will probably see the owner walking around greeting guests like they are family and the hand-cut steaks are cooked to perfection,” wrote Yelp user Key V.

Learn more about Western View Diner & Steakhouse here.

NEW YORK: The Cheese Traveler in Albany

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The Cheese Traveler.Daniel B./Yelp

“The best grilled cheese (the classic) with fabulous tomato soup. Gourmet everything and a great trip of women running the place. Pretty close to the Thruway. Definitely worth the trip,” wrote Yelp user Jim D.

Learn more about The Cheese Traveler here.

NORTH CAROLINA: The Prime Smokehouse in Rocky Mount

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The Prime Smokehouse.Patty R./Yelp

“Stopped toward the end of a long road trip. Absolutely fabulous smokehouse. Had the brisket, ribs, and chicken, came with a side of cornbread. Everything we had was fabulous and full of flavor,” wrote Yelp user Kevin S.

Learn more about The Prime Smokehouse here.

NORTH DAKOTA: Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar in Bismarck

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Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar.Rhondel W./Yelp

“Stopped for a road trip lunch on our way through North Dakota. Staff was awesome, restaurant/bathroom was clean. The pizzaiola was skilled at her craft. Pizzas were thin, perfectly browned, with a beautiful crust. Topping to pizza ratio was perfection,” wrote Yelp user Kiki C.

Learn more about Fireflour Pizza + Coffee Bar here.

OHIO: Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland

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Lucky’s Cafe.Lucille H./Yelp

“I visited Lucky’s while on a road trip to see the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with my dad and my brother. I scoped out the place because I saw it on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives and it looked like my cup of tea… I love how local the food is, and the quality shows! I had the Canoewreck. Curried tofu, hash browns, lots of veggies, toast, and fruit. It was so delicious! The dudes were happy with what they ordered as well. I’m sad I don’t live near Cleveland because I’d eat here every day,” wrote Yelp user Amanda A.

Learn more about Lucky’s Cafe here.

OKLAHOMA: Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies in Davis

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies

Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies.Alan B./Yelp

“So fun to run across this awesome place on a recent road trip from KC to Dallas. We couldn’t resist a sign advertising ‘fried pies,’ so we pulled over to get gas and then thought we’d ask at the gas station what the fried pies thing is all about. Turns out, the gas station is pay inside only, and you pay at the fried pies counter… The pies were indeed wonderful. The crust is the best part- so flaky and buttery. These pies are handheld and similar to those Hostess ones we all begged our moms for when we were kids, but a million times better,” wrote Yelp user Karen P.

Learn more about Arbuckle Mountain Fried Pies here.

OREGON: Screen Door in Portland

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Screen Door.Andy T./Yelp

“One of my favorite meals of a 3-week road trip, the chicken and waffles were excellent. We went shortly before they closed and were seated at the bar right away,” wrote Yelp user Marla M.

Learn more about Screen Door here.

PENNSYLVANIA: Picasso’s Erie in Erie

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Picasso’s Erie.Diane H./Yelp

“My entire family loved it here. I ordered the Mona Lisa (turkey, artichokes, spinach, pesto, amazingness). I also ordered mac n cheese as my side. Holy good. Definitely not your average mac and cheese. They have a kid’s menu. We ordered the grilled cheese and pickle for my daughter. Best pickle ever lives up to its name,” wrote Yelp user Julia E.

Learn more about Picasso’s Erie here.

RHODE ISLAND: Tavern by the Sea in Wickford Village

Tavern by the Sea crab cake sandwich pasta salad

Tavern by the Sea.Lynee G./Yelp

“Awesome view and atmosphere!! The food is delicious with good choices and good prices. The server was very friendly and attentive. This is a great place to enjoy a beautiful patio in a quaint town with views of the water,” wrote Yelp user Gerri M.

Learn more about Tavern by the Sea here.

SOUTH CAROLINA: Katie’s Sandwich Shop in Gaston

katies sandwich shop vegetable sandwich and tater tots

Katie’s Sandwich Shop.Gintoki S./Yelp

“If you’re driving up or down I-26 and need a great lunch, look no further. Katie’s is the alt
ernative to all those fast food interstate exit options. Just a quick drive (less than 5 minutes) from the exit you’ll find this awesome local place serving up some great sandwiches by some friendly Southern ladies. Bookmark it for your next road-trip and you won’t regret it,” wrote Yelp user Andrew J.

Learn more about Katie’s Sandwich Shop here.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Murdo Drive-In in Murdo

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Murdo Drive-In.Terry K./Yelp

“We stopped on a very long road trip with 3 kids. It was delicious! We ordered cheeseburgers, cheese balls, jalapeño poppers, a corn dog, and fries. Everything tasted great, even the buns! Food was great, service was friendly, and the lobby was clean,” wrote Yelp user Sheli D.

Learn more about Murdo Drive-In here.

TENNESSEE: Arnold’s Country Kitchen in Nashville

Arnold's Country Kitchen

Arnold’s Country Kitchen.Johnny M./Yelp

“I was in town from Florida on a two-week road trip… I wanted to eat at a local place and this was it. Arnold’s is southern cooking at its best. Fresh and made with love. Yes, it may be cafeteria-style but well worth every moment. The staff made you feel welcome and at home. This little spot is always busy and constantly had a line but well worth the stopping. We surely will be back,” wrote Yelp user Mary Ann R.

Learn more about Arnold’s Country Kitchen here.

TEXAS: Tyler’s Barbeque in Amarillo

Tyler's Barbeque

Tyler’s Barbeque.Cult L./Yelp

“My husband and I stopped in here on a whim on our cross country road trip to California. We were tired and hungry, and as soon as we walked in we were immediately salivating at the mouth… Upon recommendation from the owner, I got the brisket sandwich with a side of the jalapeño cream corn. I could honestly eat a bucket of that stuff, it’s that good. My husband got the pulled pork sandwich with the potato salad and it was gone before I could blink, so needless to say his was great too! The food, service, and hospitality are all top-notch,” wrote Yelp user Kaelee J.

Learn more about Tyler’s Barbeque here.

UTAH: Centro Woodfired Pizzeria in Cedar City

Centro Woodfired Pizzeria

Centro Woodfired Pizzeria.Sheri R./Yelp

“We were driving through town on a road trip and sick of diner and fast food. We found this place on yelp and I thought, If it’s half as good as the reviews I will be shocked. Started with the meatballs and garlic bread, followed with the Brooklyn Pepperoni pizza, and finished with the Nutella baked pizza with whip cream! The food quality was excellent inline with what you would expect at a high quality metropolitan Italian restaurant,” wrote Yelp user Judi M.

Learn more about Centro Woodfired Pizzeria here.

VERMONT: Top of The Hill Grill in Brattleboro

Top of The Hill Grill barbecue plate with pulled pork cornbread and coleslaw

Top of The Hill Grill.Kate P./Yelp

“We stopped at this roadside BBQ stand for a great lunch on a road trip. I had the delicious pulled pork sandwich, and my husband had the fish burrito. The salad was perfect — fresh from the Farmer’s Market mesclun. I didn’t enjoy the noisy road behind me, but the great food and novel atmosphere more than made up for it,” wrote Yelp user Kari T.

Learn more about Top of The Hill Grill here.

VIRGINIA: Angelle’s Diner in Troutville

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Angelle’s Diner.Mr. Bill S./Yelp

“This diner was delightful. Such a pleasant surprise for me, my husband, and our kids age 8 and 10 while traveling from DC. I am not usually a diner fan but Angelle’s is not your average diner. It was nice and clean and lives up to its many good reviews,” wrote Yelp user Amy B.

Learn more about Angelle’s Diner here.

WASHINGTON: Piroshky Piroshky in Seattle

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Piroshky Piroshky.Huy T./Yelp

“The line is worth it. Let me repeat that: the line is worth it. The pastries are extremely fresh and filling. Like most of the others here, I highly recommend the salmon pate, and the meat and cheese. I ordered about 10 pastries, but these two were my favorite. Since we were on a road trip, we even saved some pastries for the next day, and they were still delicious cold,” wrote Yelp user Vinnie W.

Learn more about Piroshky Piroshky here.

WEST VIRGINIA: Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage

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Hillbilly Hot Dogs.Cassandra M./Yelp

“Best hotdogs I have ever had! Great road trip stop! The prices are great,” wrote Yelp user Scott H.

Learn more about Hillbilly Hot Dogs here.

WISCONSIN: The Old Fashioned in Madison

The Old Fashioned burger with egg and fries

The Old Fashioned.Erik E./Yelp

“Without question the best cheese curds in Wisconsin! I went here at the tail end of a road trip through Wisconsin and loved the food, vibe, and service. Definitely a must if you’re in the area. Good prices, and the burgers are great too! The place was packed but there was a reason for that,” wrote Yelp user Tom O.

Learn more about The Old Fashioned here.

WYOMING: Anong’s Thai Cuisine in Rawlins

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Anong’s Thai Cuisine.Ophelia M./Yelp

“Some friends and I were road-tripping through Wyoming to Colorado and needed a place to stop for dinner. This place was one of the top-rated places and we all like Thai food so we thought ‘what the heck.’ We all wish we had this place back in Provo cause we would definitely stop again. The service was quick and helpful but also very personable. It was a great experience, and we didn’t have to wait long for our food either! 10 out of 10 would recommend,” wrote Yelp user Logan B.

Learn more about Anong’s Thai Cuisine here.

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