One of my favorite parts of going on a road trip is the food. I’m a firm believer that food is one of the most accurate representations of a region’s local culture. Fortunately for me, I live in the Midwest, where road trips are common and the off-road restaurants usually have delicious food that fills you up without costing a fortune. However, many of my friends, who are less adventurous than I am, often fall into the typical trap of sustaining themselves on greasy fast food and vending machine foods because they don’t want to eat somewhere that they’ve never read a Yelp review about.
Yes, finding a good diner can be hit-or-miss and you may very well end up at a less than stellar restaurant, but eventually you’ll find one gem that will make you forget about all those duds. Whether you are on a budget or just hesitant to try a restaurant you’ve never heard of, traveling on the road doesn’t mean you have to live off of fast-food and chips. With a little exploration, creativity and spontaneity, you too can eat well on the road.
Fortunately, my culinary hero, Alton Brown, has written a book, Feasting on Asphalt, about the adventures of road food. He gave an interview to National Geographic Adventure Magazine about how to eat well on the road, here are a few of his tips: