Pack up your appetite and go cruising for a culinary road trip to must-eat places in popular vacation destinations. We have selected five delicious roadside restaurants for you to fuel up at on your next road trip. Hop in your car and get going to get your fill.
1. River City Café | Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Many a hungry traveler has pulled into River City Café for great food served up with no hassles. This popular Myrtle Beach restaurant is known for its bigger and better burgers—the kind of burgers so fresh the juicy goodness runs down your chin. Creative burgers include the Peanut Butter Burger and Nacho Crunch Burger. Turkey, chicken and veggie burgers are also available. Order the Fried Green Bean Straws appetizer or try the Chef Salad with Avocado Ranch dressing.
Recommended Roadside Eats: Surf-N-Turf Burger. This beefy concoction is slathered in a spicy chili glaze then topped with fried popcorn shrimp, Pepper Jack cheese, lettuce and tomato. Add a side of homestyle fries smothered in brown gravy and sautéed mushrooms for a meal of hearty proportions.
2. The Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille | Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
The beautiful Smoky Mountains provide a scenic backdrop to the Old Mill Pottery House Café & Grille. This pottery barn-turned-restaurant serves up Southern comfort food made from scratch. The plates, bowls, sinks and salt shakers are also handmade. Be sure to try Captain Al’s Fried Catfish or Smoky Mountain Cheese Steak. For something truly unique, savor fresh-baked Artisan Breads like Green Olive, Onion Rye, Sourdough and more ground at the historic Old Mill.
Recommended Roadside Eats: Spinach Muenster Quiche with Tomato Basil Soup served with Cinnamon Raisin Pecan Bread. Finish your meal with a scratch-made dessert. Coconut Cream Pie and Homemade Hattie Mae’s Lemon Pie are just two of decadent treats served at this roadside restaurant.
3. BBQ Exchange | Gordonsville, Virginia
For those who crave authentic roadside barbeque, make sure to stop by the BBQ Exchange. This exceptional restaurant in Virginia offers hickory-smoked and slow-roasted pork shoulders and spare ribs and chicken cooked over hot coals. Sides like homemade pickles, collard greens, baked beans hush puppies and freshly baked pumpkin muffins make every meal complete. As you might expect, it all comes served with gracious Virginia smiles.
Recommended Roadside Eats: Pulled Pork with Colonel Bacon Sauce. This slow-cooked pork dinner is available by the pound or half-pound. Add a helping of Pepper Cabbage, Horseradish Pickles and Brunswick Stew for a meal sure to satisfy the biggest appetites. You can even order it to go so you can get back on the road.
4. Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen | Key Largo, Florida
The atmosphere at Mrs. Mac’s Kitchen is laidback and friendly, just what you would expect from a restaurant in the Keys. And the locals flock here—which is always a sign of good food. The extensive menu includes hearty breakfast items like Fresh Fish & Grits and tasty crepes. Lunch and dinner selections include everything from burgers, chicken, salads and, of course, fresh fish. If you have a sweet tooth, don’t leave with ordering dessert—the Famous Key Lime Pie is a must.
Recommended Roadside Eats: T.J. Style Fish of the Day. The cook grills fresh fish then covers it with homemade Tijuana sauce, stewed tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, onions and jalapenos for heat. Pair with a bowl of Award Winning “Konk” Chowder. This delight is made with real conch and comes spicy hot in a rich tomato base.
5. Stuffs Restaurant | Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin
Wake up to breakfast at Stuffs Restaurant or order it any time of the day. Also on the menu are tasty lunch sandwiches like the Grilled Ham Sandwich and Stuffs Burger. Country Fried Steak dinners include soup d’ jour, egg noodles, veggie of the day and grilled dinner roll. This local hot spot serves up tasty meals year-round and even offers a wide variety of specialty beers, wines and cocktails. Fill up and fuel up at this eatery in the Dells.
Recommended Roadside Eats: Big Bubba Breakfast. This heavy hitter comes in a fresh baked bun filled with potatoes, savory sausage, three eggs, cheese and Stuffs special country gravy. Top it all off with a bottomless cup of freshly brewed coffee and you’ll be supercharged for your road trip to tasty roadside restaurants.