New blog on the best roadside restaurants

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Calling all lovers of diners, rib shacks, burrito stands, and comfort food eateries in general. A new blog, Roadfood Digest, covers breaking news in restaurant openings and revamps; food festivals; "eat and greets," TV shows, and articles in the press (such as a recent WSJ piece on the hunt for the perfect hot dog. It's the first blog we've seen to cover these topics well.

Road food experts Jane and Michael Stern are the masterminds behind The Sterns know their stuff, having authored several books on roadside eateries, having offered weekly food tips on the public radio show The Splendid Table, and having created a database of seven years' worth of restaurant reviews at (Budget Travel tip: You should never go on a road trip without checking first!)

Fun recent blog posts include a review of giant, pizza-sized pancakes, which are served at Charlie Parker's quonset hut diner hidden off the main traffic road through Springfield, Ill. The giant pancake costs $3.50. Eat a stack of four and they're on the house. ("Size definitely matters.")

Yesterday, the blog reported about the threatened closure of the home of "some of America's very best fried chicken," Bon Ton Mini Mart restaurant in Henderson, Kty.

We'll keep our eyes out for more great posts.

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