Best Road Trip Food Stops in Every State

ALASKA: Turnagain Arm Pit in Indian

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

The Root Cafe.

Samantha L./Yelp

“Very cute local restaurant in Little Rock. We were 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.

COLORADO: Westbound & Down Brewery in Idaho Springs

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 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.

GEORGIA: Zunzi’s in Savannah


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.

ILLINOIS: Blue Springs Cafe in Highland

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.

IOWA: Zombie Burger + Drink Lab in Des Moines

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

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

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.

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.

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.

MICHIGAN: The Mason Jar Cafe in Benton Harbor

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, fresh, healthy, and vegetarian friendly. Thumbs up, five stars, highly recommended,” wrote Yelp user Camille M.

Learn more about The Mason Jar Cafe here.

MISSISSIPPI: The Pig & Pint in Jackson

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.

NEW JERSEY: Steve’s Burgers in Garfield

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.

OHIO: Lucky’s Cafe in Cleveland

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, hashbrowns, 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.

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.

PENNSYLVANIA: Picasso’s Erie in Erie

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.

SOUTH DAKOTA: Murdo Drive-In in Murdo

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.

TEXAS: Tyler’s Barbeque in Amarillo

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.

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.

WASHINGTON: Piroshky Piroshky in Seattle

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.

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