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A road trip would not be complete without making a few food stops. Luckily, there is great food waiting ready to be eaten all over the United States. In the first year we put over 14,000 miles on the motorhome and traveled to 22 states. This is a collection of the best road trip food we ate our first year of traveling.
Best Road Trip Food Stops
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Hand Pulled Noodles – Chandler, Arizona
Hand pulled noodles in various shapes and sizes at China Magic Noodle House. Enjoy a bowl of noodles with minced pork sauce or beef stew noodle soup.
Thai Food Market – Tampa, Florida
Indulge in delicious Thai food at the Sunday Wat Temple food market. Get in line early for a large bag of fried sweet potatoes. Bring plenty of cash, no credit cards accepted.
Tampa is known for its great Cuban food. Stop in at Brocato’s Sandwich Shop for one of their famous potato balls and a cuban sandwich.
Peruvian Ceviche – Miami, Florida
Ceviche, saltado, tostones, Dr. Limon Ceviche Bar serves all the Peruvian favorites. If red snapper is in season, order one deep fried. You won’t regret it.
Impressive Sandwich at Publix – Florida
Publix is more than a supermarket. Floridians love their deli for good reason. Stop in for a chicken tender sandwich tossed in buffalo sauce and ranch. Not in the mood for a sandwich, try their fried chicken.
Food Tour – New Orleans, Louisiana
Pork lovers have to try the famous Le Pig Mac at Cochon Butcher. Two all pork patties, special sauce, cheese and all the fixings. Don’t even think about sharing this one.
Beignets and Gumbo –Lafayette, Louisiana
Dark Roux makes a delicious sausage chicken gumbo that is an explosion of deep rich flavors. Save room for their light and fluffy beignets.
Don’t drive through Lafayette without pulling in for a quick stop at Billy’s Boudin & Cracklin. Get some pepper jack stuffed boudin and half a pound of seasoned cracklin to go.
Hot Chicken – Nashville, Tennessee
Hattie B’s is the most popular hot chicken spot in town. Don’t miss out on their juicy, tender fried chicken. If you enjoy spicy food, try the shut the cluck up!
BBQ Beef Ribs and Brisket – Lockhart, Texas
Visit the original Black’s BBQ location to try their mouthwatering beef ribs. Each rib is 9 inches and loaded with tender marbled meat.
Amish Donuts – Middlebury, Indiana
Whatever brings you to this part of the country, make sure you stop in at Rise’n Roll for their light, melt in your mouth cinnamon caramel donut. There’s a reason people by them by the dozen.
BBQ and Beer –Champaign, Illinois
Black Dog BBQ & Ale House serves up some great BBQ. Burnt ends, rib tips, turkey, they smoke it all. Be sure to try their Texas cornbread!
Melt In Your Mouth Ribs – St. Louis, Missouri
Get a full slab of ribs at Bogart’s Smokehouse. These tender fall off the bone ribs will keep you coming back for more.
Super Hero Burgers – Columbus, Ohio
Eat like a super hero at SuperChef’s. Get adventurous and try their sweet & sour burger with hot crab spread and chicken with a sweet chili glaze. Order the fries extra crispy!
Frozen Custard – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Transfer Pizzeria Cafe makes a great garlic lover pizza loaded with thick spicy pepperoni and huge chunks of sausage. Don’t like garlic? Order from their traditional pizza menu.
Locals consider Milwaukee to be the unofficial frozen custard capital of the United States. Head over to Kopp’s Frozen Custard for a taste of their rich, smooth, and creamy vanilla custard.
Have brunch everyday at Blue’s Egg. Try the english muffin with fresh strawberry jam and one of their special burgers. The restaurant prides itself on making all the baked goods in house.
Fried Cheese Curds –Green Bay, Wisconsin
When in Wisconsin, eat deep fried cheese curds. The best are at the summer Wednesday farmers market on Broadway. Real cheese curds fried to perfection. Ranch dressing is optional.
What are some of your favorite places to eat around the United States?