The Best Road Food Across the Nation

Hungry? Sampling road food is one of the best parts of a road trip – trying each state’s specialty is not only a gastronomic adventure, it’s also a way of connecting with the locals and getting a flavor for that area’s culture and people.

Trying the foods of the area you’re visiting is important part of travel – it’s an essential way to understand a place as it reflects that area’s history, its industry, and its people. It’s a great way to connect with the people of the place you’re visiting as regional cuisine is very often what the locals take the most pride in. Also, by engaging all your senses – including taste – you truly immerse yourself in the experience.

This listing of the best eats from sea to shining sea covers every state and at least one food (and sometimes more) that each state can call its own. I’ve also listed at least one place considered “the” place to stop along the way and try that state’s food (s). I haven’t included Hawaii or Alaska as these are not typical (or not possible in the case of Hawaii) road trip destinations.

NOTE: These foods and places to eat have been exhaustively researched - we're talking hours of work (fact checking with locals, online and offline polling, consulting respected resource books/sites) went into each recommendation. This is not just an opinion (although I certainly agree with a lot of them). This was a labor of love, of course!

The Best Road Food in the USA: A – Z

Alabama to Colorado

Connecticut to Idaho

Illinois to Kentucky

Louisiana to Michigan

Minnesota to Montana

Nebraska to New Jersey

New Mexico to North Dakota

Ohio to Pennsylvania

Rhode Island to Tennessee

Texas to Virginia

Washington to Wyoming

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