#ABRoadEats 2016: Calling All Fans for Recommendations

#ABRoadEats 2016: Calling All Fans for Recommendations

If you’ve been following me online, I’m sure you’ve noticed the dozens of doughnuts, hot dogs and hamburgers I ate on the road during The Edible Inevitable Tour. Well I’m about to do it again, this time for an all-new show called Eat Your Science (dates and tickets here).

Since your recommendations were spot on (thank you), I’m asking you again: Where should I eat? In each city, I’m looking for coffee shops, restaurants, late-night snacks and sandwiches available in the area. Keep it local and simple…nothing fancy.

If you know of a must-visit eatery or coffee shop in a city featured below, tell me in the comments, or on Facebook or Twitter.

You must include the hashtag to the appropriate city (otherwise I can’t thank you or stay organized):

Charleston, SC: #ABRoadEatsCHS

Fayetteville, NC: #ABRoadEatsFAY

Columbia, SC: #ABRoadEatsColumbia

Atlanta, GA: #ABRoadEatsATL

Louisville, KY: #ABRoadEatsLouisville

Huntsville, AL: #ABRoadEatsHSV

Pensacola, FL: #ABRoadEatsPNS

Nashville, TN: #ABRoadEatsNASH

Durham, NC: #ABRoadEatsDurham

Baltimore, MD: #ABRoadEatsBWI

Charlotte, NC: #ABRoadEatsCLT

Pittsburgh, PA: #ABRoadEatsPIT

Red Bank, NJ: #ABRoadEatsRedBank

Wilkes-Barre, PA: #ABRoadEatsWB

Atlantic City, NJ: #ABRoadEatsAC

Providence, RI: #ABRoadEatsPVD

Hartford, CT: #ABRoadEatsHartford

Syracuse, NY: #ABRoadEatsSYR

Worcester, MA: #ABRoadEatsWorcester

Brookville, NY: #ABRoadEatsBrookville

Reading, PA: #ABRoadEatsReading

Schenectady, NY: #ABRoadEatsSCH

Morristown, NJ: #ABRoadEatsMtown

Grand Rapids, MI: #ABRoadEatsGR

Kalamazoo, MI: #ABRoadEatsKZOO

Detroit, MI: #ABRoadEatsDTW

Chicago, IL: #ABRoadEatsCHI

Minneapolis, MN: #ABRoadEatsMSP

Kansas City, MO: #ABRoadEatsKCM

Tulsa, OK: #ABRoadEatsTUL

Mesa, AZ: #ABRoadEatsMesa

Costa Mesa, CA: #ABRoadEatsCM

Prescott, AZ: #ABRoadEatsPRC

San Diego, CA: #ABRoadEatsSAN

Riverside, CA: #ABRoadEatsRside

San Jose, CA: #ABRoadEatsSJ

Santa Rosa, CA: #ABRoadEatsSR

Reno, NV: #ABRoadEatsReno

Stockton, CA: #ABRoadEatsSCK

Redding, CA: #ABRoadEatsRDD



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  1. 2
    Keith G

    #ABRoadEatsHSV In Huntsville check out Papa Gyros for some great mom and pop Greek food. If Todd’s BBQ is still around he had some wonderful pulled pork and the best white sauce in the South. Enjoy Huntsville it was a great place to spend a couple years.

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    Gary Wieboldt

    Baltimore, MD: #ABRoadEatsBWI Annes Diary Queen near Marley station mall, Glen Burnie.. most interesting hot dogs ever. they built a multi-million dollar mall around them in the 1980’s since they have been there since the 1940’s great milkshakes made with REAL milk also. ps.. love your shows

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    Diane Weiglein

    #Atlanta, GA. From a 68 yr old native
    1. “Drift Seafood and Oyster Bar ” in Marietta. Same owner as “Seed..” ‘Enough said.
    2. Colonnade and Mary Macs – where natives and celebrities have continued to return for authentic Soutern food for decades.
    3. Stilesboro Biscuits on Stilesboro Rd. – large, flaky, best biscuits ever. Only open on mornings and on the third Saturday every month a great bluegrass band plays in this tiny shack on the side of the road with a line out he door!
    4. Nuevo Laredo- best mole sauce and Mexican food in the ATL.

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    Elizabeth kohler

    Astoria OR- Drina Daisy Bosnian Restaurant. Traveled the Oregon coast and found this restaurant.
    The goulash and cabbage rolls were amazing. My husband thought the goulash was a religious experience. Give the place a try if your in that neck of the woods. PS Zip lining in nearby town of Warrenton amazing.

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    Stephen Sanderson

    Pensacola, FL: #ABRoadEatsPNS
    I have no reason for you to come here other than I want to meet my hero in person. On an honest note you’re the reason I started cooking and love cooking. I can’t thank you enough, Alton.

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    Dennis Lewis

    Memphis, TN – you should really hit up Charles Vergos Rendezvous Ribs. Same great charcoal ribs for more than half a century.

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    Worcester, MA – A few miles south is Oxford, MA, home of Carl’s Oxford Diner. Breakfast is unbeatable and portions are of record breaking size. I worked in Worcester over a summer years ago and still dream of the omelets I used to order. There is no fuss or hurrah just an all-American diner that is a freakin’ institution.

  8. 9
    lucca ferreira

    come to syracuse!!!!! Dinosour barbeque is the best bbq in the world. Pastabilities pasta is amazing please come please come…

  9. 10
    Nannette Donnelley

    When you’re in Stockton, you should visit Midgley’s. Maple bacon doughnut bread pudding. We have tickets to the show, but we’ll be at Midgley’s at 5. Birthday dinner and a show, doesn’t get better than that! #ABRoadEatsStock

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    You should definitely check out Santa Rosa Seafood Raw Bar & Grill on Santa Rosa Ave. It’s a small place but their fish is really fresh. The oyster and smoasted salmon pasta are delicious. #ABRoadEatsSR

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    Stan’s donuts in Santa Clara is a local institution. Vung Tau in downtown San Jose is excellent. Can’t wait to see you tonight! #ABRoadEatsSJ

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    #ABRoadEatsSJ It will be pretty warm in San Jose so Milk and Wood for custom ice cream bars and Jimbo’s for mochi ice cream. Matcha Love in Mitsuwa Marketplace has cool ice cream, and Mitsuwa Marketplace is just a cool place to check out. Also don’t forget Pekoe for boba! Hannah has cool latte art and cupcakes/donuts.

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    Augie’s Coffee in Riverside is pure quality. Having locally roasted beans, cuppings, and the best baristas – Augie’s Coffee is the coffee pinnacle of SoCal #ABRoadEatsRside

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    Missy Aust

    Check out Back to the Grind coffee house. They just celebrated their 20th year!
    Simple Simon for super fantastic sandwiches
    Zacatecas cafe, been around for over 50 years

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    In San Diego try donut bar. They have basic coffe but amazing donuts. From the basic old fashion to a blood orange, or one stuffed with a pop tart or Oreo. #ABRoadEatsSAN

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    Beverly Thomas

    We would love to have you stop by our Route 66 Diner the Rock Cafe! Just a hop, skip and a jump from Tulsa! We have been in the same location since 1939 serving good food and wonderful service! Bring the cameras or leave them behind makes no difference to us!

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    You MUST get croissants and pastries from Essence Bakery. Some of the best croissants anywhere; definitely the best in AZ, hands down. Chef Eugenia’s creations are amazing. Two locations: in Tempe at University and Hardy, and in Phoenix on Indian School at about 38th Street. It’s a bit of a drive from Mesa, but absolutely worth it. Call ahead to order, as they do tend to run out of things. Just down the street from the Tempe location is the original Cartel Coffee Lab location, too.

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    Mesa, AZ – You gotta check out Yoli’s Café in Chandler, AZ for breakfast. They have the best french toast and its one of those hidden gems that you just have to try. Hope you enjoy your stay out here.

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    Janet Klein

    Kansas City, MO: #ABRoadEatsKCM
    Previous comment/recommendation should have been Woodyard Bar-B-Que. Sorry for the typo.

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    Janet Klein

    Kansas City, MO: #ABRoadEatsKCM
    YJ’s Snack Bar, 128 W. 18th
    Small, menu changes daily.
    If you have time, Woodside BarBQue
    The Farmhouse in the River Market area- great food and the best Bloody Mary’s
    Sasha’s Baking Company, 105 W. 9th

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    Eli Graham

    AB, I know that Boise area isn’t on the list for this years tour, but if you come through, go to Tango’s Empanadas. First place I ate when I moved here from California and I would put it on In an Out’s level.

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    Demitasse Cafe in Chicago’s Little Italy is the place to go for delicious coffee. They roast their own! Try a scone and eye-catching layered latte or perhaps the best chai latte I’ve ever had. #ABRoadEatsCHI

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    Judy Johnson-Hille

    #ABRoadEatsMSP – The best place for brunch in Minneapolis, yeah Hells Kitchen is pretty gosh darn good to, is Hot Plate . 5204 Bloomington Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55417. Paint by Numbers decor with a dash of 70s kitsch. Try it, you’ll like it!

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    San Diego, CA: #ABRoadEatsSAN

    Kindred for vegan
    Uptown Tavern for all things yummy
    Stop at the Donut Bar for a half dozen donuts then walk a few blocks to The West Bean for the best coffee and people watching

  25. 30

    #ABRoadsEatsDTW … Three choices: pizza @ Buddy’s Pizza (multiple locations); Coney Island hot dogs @ Lafayette Coney Island (downtown Detroit); polish ethnic food @ Yeman Street in Hamtramck

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    Roberta Bloom

    #ABRoadEatsColumbia – Hot 4 Wings/Filipino Flair is a tiny little place in a strip mall just NW of Columbia, in Lexington, SC. They offer excellent wings and outstanding, authentic Filipino food, prepared by Linda Kaserman cooking the foods she grew up eating. Such a delightful and unexpected surprise in this area. People talk about driving hours to eat this great food. And don’t miss her traditional desserts as well.

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    Amy-Lee Miller

    Alton Brown, GREAT pizza go Pizza West, for the BEST wings and onion rings go to Knubs Pub and the only KCBBQ Joe’s Kansas City Bar-B-Que. ‪#‎ABRoadEatsKCM‬

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    Jen Raleigh

    Nikki’s pizza in Greektown is a MUST for some Detroit style pizza. #ABRoadEatsDTW
    Can’t wait for the show to celebrate my anniversary with my husband and my birthday!

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    #ABRoadEatsBrookville…. One of my favs: American Cafe, Glen Cove… Great Peruvian food…Halajea is the best with a cold Modelo Negro…. Can’t wait to see your show tonight!

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    Chicago, IL: #ABRoadEatsCHI
    A little hot dog place called Sky Way Dog House! It’s a fun little place my grandparents would always take us to, and we’d go eat it on the lake! Another good place is the Walnut Room!

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    #ABRoadEatsSYR Eva’s European Sweets. A hidden gem with the most divine menu featuring Polish favorites. A must visit for a unique and satisfying experience.

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    Stefanie King

    Reno, NV: #ABRoadEatsReno
    Best donuts- Rounds Bakery on Moana
    Best sandwiches & soups: Sup in midtown Reno on Virginia
    Best breakfast: Peg’s Glorified Ham & Eggs and yes they serve more than ham and eggs 🙂
    I finally got tickets to the Reno show and I can’t wait!!! Especially if you do a flash signing!!

  33. 42

    #ABRoadEatsSYR- gotta go to Funk n Waffles, Joeys for great Italian food, Middle Ages Brewery has some great beer. And if you have the chance to travel down the road a bit treat yourself to The Tuscan Oven In Oneida. Brick oven pizza and THE best Italian greens.

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    San Diego, CA: #ABRoadEatsSAN You are so close to the Mexican Border, you should taste the home cooking of Mexico, as “moms” make it. Check out Super Cocina in City Heights. It’s cafeteria style, but the owner offers tastes of each stew, from a rotating menu. These dishes are made by the women back in the kitchen according to family recipes. They make a mean carnitas taco, too.

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    Chad Gregory

    #ABRoadEatsSYR – Dinosaur BBQ for dinner and Picasso’s Pastries (a great little independent bakery) for dessert/breakfast!

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    #ABRoadEatsSyr Artic Island for Ice Cream and Sandwiches in the Broadway Cafe (same place). Coleman’s / Kelly’s / Copper Top Tavern. Dinosaur has been done and done great food but give the “unknowns” a chance. Kabel’s has great coffee. Lots of variety of good food in Syracuse.

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    Katherine Nowakowski

    #ABRoadEatsHartford: Looking forward to your show this Sunday, just got my ticket in the mail. My 2 fellow CT fans Hartford girl and Nicole Jackson made some great suggestions including the Polish National Home for Eastern European and Scott’s for Caribbean, and Antonio’s if you make it out to Simsbury (around the corner from where I live) but I would like to add Tangiers International Market at 550 Farmington Ave in Hartford for the most incredible Middle Eastern cuisine you’ve ever tasted. Owned and operated by the same Lebanese family since 1995 this humble market has the best falafel sandwiches I’ve ever tasted with their own tahini that I can eat with a spoon. I always go home with a deli container of their tahini, because others just won’t do now. The lentil soup is excellent as is their own hummus. The patriarch of the family makes all the baklava that melts in your mouth. The market itself is a great place to stock up on Middle Eastern pantry supplies as well which I know you appreciate. The blue box of Sahadi falafel mix tastes the most like their own falafel sandwiches. Their location is in the back with a side entrance where there is easy, off road parking. Hope you can make it there. They close early on Sundays (6pm), otherwise they’re open 10-8 M-Sat. See you Sunday evening at the Bushnell!

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    Robert Ortiz

    Peixoto Coffee in downtown Chandler. They get their beans from their family’s plantation in Brazil. Great espresso drinks and pour-over coffee, with snacks and pastries from local producers.
    Republica Empanada in downtown Mesa. It’s at 1st Ave and Hibbert, very close to the Mesa Arts Center where your show will be.

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    john jamiolkowski

    Abroadeats wilkesbarrepa. Alton I would suggests Anglos pizza on hazel St in WB they open at 4pm also get a pic with Anglo nice guy great Pizza. John j.

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    #ABRoadEatsHartford Looking forward to your show on Sunday. I can add to previous recommendations.
    J. Rene in West Hartford for coffee.
    ditto on Firebox
    Sarah’s Coffee on Asylum (in Hartford) is a newer coffee place–still working out the rough patches (especially food offerings), but the coffee is quite good.
    Mozzicato’s is the bakery of choice

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      Nicole Jackson

      Thanks for adding in coffee recommendations! I now travel for work so much that I no current experience with Hartford breakfast/coffee options.

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    Nicole Jackson

    #ABRoadEatsHartford Mr. Brown, First I would like to apologize on the behalf of all the CT fans who have not commented on where to eat in Hartford, save my fellow poster Hartford Girl. I am perplexed at why so few have contributed since I am fairly confident many of them are not traveling out of state 3-4 days each week as I am and have many more opportunities to eat the local fare. We have many delicious places for you to try, and I can vouch for most of the ones previously mentioned by Hartford Girl. I would also advocate for sampling some Caribbean food in Hartford although I would not be a reliable source on where since it’s been a few years. For some places just outside Hartford, I would recommend Plan B of Simsbury, Max Burger in West Hartford, Antonio’s of Simsbury (for their kitschy atmosphere and famous potato pizza), and Goldberg’s in West Hartford for bagels–again, it’s been a while. We have some homegrown moonshine at Hickory Ledges farm in Canton, but I know you may need to partake vicariously through your crew on this trip. Pizza would be New Haven style, baked in a coal oven, at Frank Pepe’s Manchester location. I wish I could be more helpful. Let Hartford Girl and myself know what you think!

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      Hartford Girl

      Wow, you are so right! How could I forget Jamaican beef patties, the quintessential comfort food? There are several good Caribbean restaurants in town, but most people seem to talk about Scott’s — I love Scott’s. It may be takeout only, however; I’ve only had it at parties.

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    Dog Town in Rochester NY. Amazing. Gourmet dogs, limitless toppings, and a custom bun. Must have. They also have vegan options. Small, quaint, nice.

    And since you’ll be in town, why not try several of the Rochester staple garbage plates? Sticky Lips has a BBQ one that you’ll strangle a kitten for.

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    Janine Deemer

    If you wants some fantastic Indian, I think you would enjoy Dude Where’s My Curry?, in Foothill Ranch Ca. Their chicken malai is sooooo good it will make fireworks in your brain… Rohit was inspired by the cooking of his father in Portugal and decided to make a go of it over here in cali. Great guy, great food. You wont be disappointed

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    Costa Mesa, CA- There is a tortilleria that has really good tacos. El Toro Bravo. Bigger than your average street taco, but just means you get more bang for your buck.

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    Hartford Girl

    Trinity Restaurant – best squash ravioli EVER!
    Polish National Home – hearty East European in a wonderful, homey 1930’s bar
    East-West Grill – excellent Thai/Lao in an old diner
    Bear’s Smokehouse – area’s best southern bbq
    Firebox – late night relaxation, farm-to-fork
    Costa del Sol – comfort foods of Spain

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    Teresa A.

    If you’re gonna be in da Burgh you have got to get a sandwich no question. And if it’s a sandwhich you want skip Primanti’s and go to Thin Man’s Sandwich Shop @50 21st Street
    Pittsburgh, PA 15222 . Local. Inspired. Delicious. You will not regret it. Dan and Sherri will give you a big Pittsburgh welcome. Seriously. Do it. #ABRoadEatsPIT

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    Hello Alton Brown!
    #ABRoadEatsReading, I am excited to hear you are coming to little Reading, PA! I thought about some places for different moods. I recommend first if you want dinner, the West Reading Tavern. They are a bar and a restaurant, so it’s not too fancy, but tasty. Also, I have to mention Taste Of Crepes which is right down the street. It’s good for breakfast or lunch. It’s also a good “coffee shop” if that’s what you’re looking for. Lastly, Trooper Thorns or Canal Street for a bedtime snack. Hope this helps! Cannot wait to see your show on April 29th!!!!

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    Chef Will is the most unique food personality in town. And his vegetarian food is inexplicably good. It is the only vegetarian food that I have seen hardcore carnivores become addicted to. Chef will is not always open on Mondays, but I asked him and he said he will definitely be open this Monday! Also, his food truck is right out front of Piper & Leaf, and P&L + Chef Will = a perfect pair. P&L is always open Monday-Saturday 9am-9pm.

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    In Riverside, it depends on what you’re interested in eating. If you’re looking for slightly nicer (but still accessible), go with the Salted Pig, right there in Downtown. All the glories of the pig are celebrated there. If you’d like a more brewery-centered stop, you can’t go wrong with Wicks Brewing Company. It’s a little outside the Downtown area but still well worth it. Excellent beer.

    But if you just want a stop that’s no muss, no fuss, go over toward UC Riverside. The SubStation has been a campus institution since the 70s–get straightforward, quality sandwiches that fill you up (and it’s staffed by university students–all good kids). It’s not open terribly late, though–for that, you want the Getaway Cafe next door. It’s a student hangout, sure (although the UCR Pipe Band–an all-ages group–also hangs out there), but the food is solid, the beer is good, and it’s open later.

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    #ABRoadEatsCHI Hard to do Chicago without going to Rezas. A wonderful Persian place (there are 3 of them in Chitown; all are good, but I like the one by the Sears Tower best).

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    Piper & Leaf
    Lowe Mill is also a great place with awesome food, art, music and people! (my parents met at Lowe Mill when it was a factory that made shoes during Vietnam War. Now, my son works there… a piece of Huntsville’s heart)

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    Piper & Leaf Tea – You can’t experience Huntsville without it! #ABRoadEatsHSV Other places to try: Little Rosies Taqueria, El Cazadore Taco Bus, Chuck Wagon, and Chef Will

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    Recommend Piper and Leaf in Huntsville AL

    The Lowe Mill location is great and you can do enjoy a browse through a unique artist’s colony at the same time.

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    Forgot to say, the baker at Piper & Leaf, grew up watching Good Eats. Her family has a whole shelf of Good Eats dvds! They are used frequently!!

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    Check out the house made teas and pastries at Piper & Leaf Tea Co. It is a small family own and run company and the heartbeat of Huntsville! The teas are all hand blended using local ingredients, and the pastries are made from scratch. Piper & Leaf is located at Lowe Mill Arts which has tricky hours, but Piper & Leaf has it’s own entrance and is open every day except Sunday! Also, Little Rosie’s is a local family breakfast/lunch/dinner favorite. #abroadeatshsv

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    If you happen to make it to Huntsville at a decent hour Sunday, you should try to get to New Market BBQ before they close at 4. Their S’mac &a Cheese is on the official ‘100 Things to Eat in Alabama” list and the ribs, brisket, pork and turkey BBQ are all
    Outstanding! #ABRoadEatsHSV

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    A great place to get banh mi is a little place called Viet Cuisine. A great place for dinner or appetizers and drinks is Commerce Kitchen. You should try the Grits and Grillades! A wonderful place to get local hot or cold fresh brewed Tea is Piper and Leaf.

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    AB, Piper & Leaf Tea Co. is THE must visit in Huntsville! Try the Velvet Bliss Frother, Sparkling Orchard Peach, or the good old Front Porch Special! Or anything there actually it is all amazing. You will thank me I promise. You may even cry tears of joy, it is that good 😀 #ABRoadEatsHSV

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    Kris M

    Pensacola, FL. – I don’t see a lot of stops on your tour that are close to East coast seafood so i’d like to recommend Peg Leg Pete’s on Pensacola Beach for good low cost no frills seafood. Oysters (raw, broiled, grilled), blue crab claws, shrimp and fresh fish. Hit Joe Patti’s seafood on your way out of town for some shrimp to share with your driver on the way to the next stop. They will steam them on site to your spice requirements! Capt Joey Patti’s (only open for lunch) around the corner from the seafood market has great mullet, cheese grits, sweet tea and pea picking cake.

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    Jessica Self

    While in Riverside, I highly recommend The Salted Pig. It is an American gastropub located in downtown Riverside. They use local ingredients and the menu changes seasonally.

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    Bethany Wendler

    #ABRoadEatsFAY You should totally check out Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Tap Room. They always have real unique and delicious beers on tap. The Brewmaster is awesome and really knows his stuff #drinkyourscience. They partner often with local food trucks on sight serve yummy food alongside their tasty brews. They are veteran owned and operated and are a great example of eating/ drinking local.

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    #ABRoadEatsReading, You could try Chatty Monks in West Reading. I was there once and it was pretty good. If you’re looking for a quick hoagie there is always V&S, they make good solid sandwiches, nothing fancy.

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    Jeffrey Masters

    #ABRoadEatsNASH Try Mangia in Nashville. Surprisingly good Italian food, decent wine pairings, and some good clean entertainment. We tried it 3 weeks ago when a friend from Umbria, who is on a cookbook tour of the US, stopped in Nashville for a signing. The Mangia owner and chef, Nick Pellegrino, cooked the evening meal from her cookbook, and really did a great job. I live 4 hours away, and I will go back.

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    Jody Scott

    Southern Smoq in Flowery Branch – you won’t be disappointed!! Smoked turkey with white sauce is fabulous!

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    HI, Alton!

    I’d like to welcome you in advance to Beer City, U.S.A., the great city of Grand Rapids, Michigan. While there are many fantastic restaurants in the area, I’d like to recommend the following. For breakfast, you can’t beat The Real Food Cafe, with such delicious dishes as their cinnamon roll pancakes and Irish Benedict. For lunch or dinner, you can’t beat the Two Beards deli downtown or Marie Catrib’s in Easttown. There’s simply too much good food there to narrow it down to one dish. And for a late night treat, choose from one of the many breweries GR has to offer, such as Brewery Vivant, Hopcat, or Founders Brewing Co. Special mention goes to the Grand Rapids Downtown Market and the B.O.B., with their many restaurants, bars, and food offerings. I hope you enjoy your stay in Grand Rapids, and I’d be happy to buy you a beer or two if I can get you to autograph my daughter’s Kitchen Aid. 🙂

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    I recommend Chuck Wagon, the best Texas style bbq place in the Rocket City. There’s a chance you might have to wait on line but it moves quick and believe me, it’s totally worth it. Everything on their menu is excellent. The brisket, baked beans and banana pudding are to die for. The owner takes pride on his product, he is from Texas always with a smile on his face and a cowboy hat. I go there every Friday night!

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    Jennifer B

    #ABRoadEatsHSV Grille 29 is a location that you must try while in Huntsville, AL. I love the Salad “29” and the Salmon Brulee – AND you can not skip dessert! The Chocolate Peanut Butter Dessert is my favorite – but then again they are all so good…. April will be the perfect time to sit on their patio too! Take me!

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    Sebring, Florida – If you want a great steak in southern central Florida you should check out Copowkes on Highway 27 South.

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    Good Afternoon Mr. Brown ( a.k.a Bill Shatner II )
    Here are some awesome places to try in Durham , NC!!!
    – Guglhopf ( yes, that’s an actual word) Bakery and Cafe
    – Parizade ( great Mediterranean food )
    – Scratch Bakery ( heaven )
    – Monuts ( brand new donut place , apple cider donut ! )
    – Elevation Burger (all natural goodness) Mr. Brown , please come back to Sarasota , FL on your next tour ! We missed you last time because the show was late at night . PLEASE COME BACK!!! #ABRoadEatsDurham

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    Michael C

    #ABRoadEatsSYR Darwin’s on Clinton for lunch is always fantastic. A rotating menu of creative sandwiches and other options. Alto Cinco or their other location Otro Cinco are delicious and fun for dinner or later.

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    Corey McMahon


    Best coffee in the city is from Dark Matter Coffee — the shop is great and you won’t want to leave without a bag of freshly roasted beans for yourself.

    One of the best meals for anyone in the city is the Tonkotsu Ramen from Wasabi in Bucktown, such an amazing, spicy-but-not-too-spicy bowl of amazing noodles and extremely tender pork.

    Another place I recommend since AB will in the city when it’s warm (hopefully) is Parson’s Chicken and Fish. Amazing fried chicken and the best patio in the whole city.

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    You should try Smoketown USA on Logan St. It took me a year before I could order something instead of the ribs. On Friday they have delicious fish too. #ABRoadEatsLouisville

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    Syracuse, NY: #ABRoadEatsSYR I’m not sure whether “keep it local” means locally owned or super close — but if you’re willing to take a drive Mr. Sub in Pulaski is the best sub shop ever (though it is take out only — I just make my sisters eat in the car when I visit). Then I make them drive around the corner to Colosse Cheese for soft serve — so amazing compared to anything I’ve found out here.

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    It’s a little out of the way for your San Jose show, but worth the effort if you want the best cheese steak dive outside of Philly: Bob’s Hoagy Steaks in Fremont CA

    Cheese steaks, tempura, fish and chips, and all the hot sauces you can imagine…

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    Morgan S

    #ABRoadEatsFAY—- New Deli is one of my favorite places to eat here! It’s affordable, and the staff is always so welcoming! Great food, great atmosphere! Go check it out

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    Morgan Sheetz

    #ABRoadEatsFAY—- New Deli is one of my favorite places to eat here! It’s affordable, and the staff is always so welcoming! Great food, great atmosphere! Go check it out!

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    #ABRoadEatsFAY definitely check out New Deli! You won’t be disappointed at all! Fantastic food! It’s good for your soul! 🙂

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    #ABRoadEatsFAY Stop by New Deli!
    They have the best, delicious, variety of candy apples, and dipped chocolate strawberries! Also have the best homemade chicken salad and a ton of other sandwiches and pizzas!

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    Joe Zdralevich III

    #chicago Merichka’s for a Poorboy (not a Po’boy, but that’s also a good thing)! You are the best! Many a night stayed up late when I was a kid watching Good Eats!!

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    Alton – you have to check out and see just how MAX…is certainly WEll…go to Maxwells at 122 East Genesee Street in historic Hanover Square Syracuse. Hog wings are killer!

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    Heather Hutton

    Alton, please go to 492 on King street !!!! You have to meet chef Nate Whiting and nerd out with him for awhile. His food is amazing, always new and sometimes unthinkable combinations put together with complete balance and total execution! He is one on the unsung heroes of the food scene in Charleston #ABRoadEatsCHS

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    Naomi Yoshida

    #ABRoadEatsSR: Coffee> Flying Goat Coffee | 10 Fourth Street, Santa Rosa 95401
    0700 – 1800 everyday | at Santa Rosa Historic West End
    #ABRoadEatsSR: Bakery> Wild Flour Bread | 140 Bohemian Hwy, Freestone 95472
    0800 – 1800 F – M only | Wood Fired Brick Oven Baked Bread

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    Try Sherefe for amazing Turkish comfort foods. The doner begendi rocks. Belly dancers are a plus.
    Virgil’s in Raeford has the best Southern comfort food: fried chicken, collards, mac n cheese, chitlins, hush puppies, cobler.

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    Check out the Freakin Incan outside of Atlanta! ‎The owner, Mikiel Arnold used to be your next door neighbor – local kid done good! 4905 Alabama Rd NE #340, Roswell, GA 30075 #ABRoadEatsATL‬

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    #ABROADEATSATL# The Freakin Incan, Peruvian cousine it’s on now, it’s expanding and getting lots of compliments. This particular restaurant will make you want to come back every time. Please don’t miss it!.

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    #ABRoadEatsSAN The Wooden Spoon in Escondido, unique made from scratch comfort food served in a casual setting using fresh locally grown ingredients . Stir in some science by trying the 63 degree egg, or the balsamic caviar in the beet salad. How do they make their homemade graham crackers and marshmallows for their S’mores? How do they make there own pickles, saurcraut, pastrami, ketchup, ranch and fermented hot sauce? You can sit at the counter and watch the cooks and ask them food questions.

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    #ABRoadEatsColumbia: You must go to Drake’s Duck-In on Main Street in Columbia SC. It has been in business over 100 years and on Main Street for 50+. They serve the best chicken sandwich you’ve ever eaten and legend has it that it was the inspiration for the Chick Fil A sandwich.

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    Seema Sharma

    Eat best indian food you never had before on Harrison street called Indian Tandoor Restaurant. It’s a small restaurant but you will get warm welcomed by owner Deepak K. Sharma. And will get good food according to your taste as you want. You will never forget this experience.

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    Best Mexican: carne asada fries at Jalapeño. Loaded with steak and cheese. Not as healthy but as delicious as you can get.
    Best Chinese: Chin’s Seafood and Grill has a shrimp and walnut dish that everyone loves. If you are adventurous their jellyfish is very good, and their lotus petals and fish

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    #ABRoadEatsSAN Papas fresh fish at the Hillcrest Farmers Market for fish tacos, uni, oysters,etc. All food at that market. Coops west Texas bbq in lemon grove.(skip Phils bbq). Azucar in Ocean Beach for cuban pastries, including my favorite, guayaba con queso and delicious and complex little meat pies. Carnitas Snack Shack for everything. Cafe Moto for coffee. Blue water grill for fish and amazing waffle fries. Bull taco a camp ground in Encinitas for great, unusual tacos and an amazing view.

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    #ABRoadEatsSAN You CANNOT miss TJ’s oyster bar for the fish tacos!!! I recommend the smoked tuna, but I love everything they do there. You can’t go wrong.

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    #ABRoadEatsCHS- Tatooed Moose for Great! sandwiches. Their duck fat fries are amazing!! Also, The Macintosh has some pretty spectacular sammies!! Both are open late nite. Doughnuts…you’ve gotta go to Glazed!! Good Eats!!!

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    sarah shipe

    Southern Smoq BBQ in Flowery Branch, GA North of the ATL is a must! Steve has mastered the smoker with all the meats I’ve tried. The sides are crazy good, made from scratch, family recipes. The fried okra….the best!! His creative spirit shows in the design of the restaurant, the mastery you can taste! It’s a MUST stop in ATL! #ABRoadEatsATL

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    San Diego, CA: #ABRoadEatsSAN Supernatural Sandwiches for the best seafood sandwiches, and the sweetest staff. It’s a hole-in-the wall, in a strip mall, but bright, clean, welcoming. It’s everything that the American dream of starting a restaurant should be. Plus, the science of how shrimp chips (krupuk udang) work is beyond fun!

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    jodi Arminio

    #ABRoadEatsATL – Alton, I agree with others here, Southern Smoq BBQ is a must! On top of the wonderful food, think of the science of roasting meat to the perfect degree of smokiness. In addition, owner Steve Starnes once worked in the tv production business too, at VTA – remember us? We knew you when you were making commercials in our studio. 😉 But his interest and skill in the science of good BBQ was too strong to resist. Head north up I-85 to Flowery Branch and enjoy some of the best BBQ you’ve ever tasted! And Steve’s story will make for great television!

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    Pam Peeples

    #ABRoadEatsATL – You would LOVE Southern Smoq BBQ in Flowery Branch! Everything from scratch. Every meat is delicious on its own, but the sauces are amazing and just kick it up a notch. Besides, it is the cleanest and coolest BBQ joint you’ll find! You gotta check it out!

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    Jason Morgan

    #ABRoadeatsATL Southern Smoq BBQ, Flowery Branch, Ga. These guys serve a perfectly smoked CAB brisket, CAB bone in short ribs, Springer Mountain Farms Chicken, LOCAL Collards. THEY HAVE THE MOST FLAVORFUL AND UNIQUE SAUCES IVE EVER TASTED AND ALSO THE HOTTEST DEATH SAUCE THATS KNOWN TO MAN! I could go on and on………

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    Vicki Haley

    #ABRoadeatsATL Southern Smoq BBQ, Flowery Branch, Ga. Best smoked turkey & irk rinds around…everything else is delish…these are my favorites!

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    Leigh Beshears

    #ABRoadEatsHSV I always hear about a great inexpensive place (cheap husband) and leave disappointed. So I suggest you come to my friend Nan’s. She’s travelled all over, has over 500 cookbooks and her food is fantastic. I will make the dessert of your choice. We will even give you a ride to the show. We can discuss a mutual experience that I’m sure we share with very few Americans.

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    Laurie Black

    San Diego, CA: #ABRoadEatsSAN…Hob Nob Hill in Banker’s Hill is an institution. Coffee shop serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Hob Nob is where the “swells” of San Diego meet to make “deals.” Cucina Urbana at 5th and Laurel is a sure hit. Lunch and Dinner served here. Elegant and casual all at the same time while serving Italian cuisine and great wine. Banker’s Hill restaurant has one of the best burgers in town as does Burger Lounge. Both GREAT! Bencatto in Little Italy is lovely! Feel like you are in Italy!! Great lunch dinner and weekend brunch. Brooklyn Girl in Mission Hilsl on Goldfinch Street is a sure bet for great food and neighborhood feeling. For casual and amazing Mexican try Barrio Star on the corner of 5th and Nutmeg. Total neighborhood place. Not touristy at all. It is simply terrific. VERY casual fresh food. If drinking try the Blood Orange Margarita. It is one of the best. Would love to join you when you discover San Diego. I know it so well and I have been watching Food Network for as long as I can recall. Iron Chef when it was from Japan was one of my first shows back when. Call me!!!

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    #ABRoadEatsHSV Grill 29, Blue Plate Cafe, and Ol Heidelberg are some good local places. When you find yourself thirsty, try Piper and Leaf for some delicious locally blended teas. The Front Porch Special is a local favorite blend that they offer.

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    Sonya Janson

    Bombay Bistro has the best Indian food.
    Pizza Palace makes an awesome homade meat sauce. I always get the Lasagna. #ABRoadEatsFAY

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    Dawn Seymour

    Extraordinary Desserts for the most incredible sweet delights, great for morning pastries or late-night sugar rushes.
    Puesto for TACOS! This is Mexico City-style tacos, not street food or Baja, but authentic with locally sourced ingredients.
    Urban Solace for American comfort food, the biscuits, the duckaroni, the burger. It’s all good!

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    Are you coming to the northwest?? Come for our craft beer, doughnuts, wine coffee pizza and strip joints! Plenty of science here!

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    Kat T.

    #ABRoadEatsMesa Mesa, AZ area: Chase’s Diner on Alma School Rd and Warner Rd in Chandler AZ. They have a lot of good food. My favorite is their homemade bowl of chili, but I like it with a twist: Get a side of the meatloaf (also homemade, two slices), break up one slice and put it in the bowl of chili. Add a little diced onions and grated cheese. That’s my “Happiness in a Bowl”! They also have a splendid carrot cake their baker does completely from scratch that’s three layers of decadent delight topped with cream cheese icing. There’s all kinds of all-American goodness on their menu from classic breakfasts to a variety of burgers, and great dinner platters like spaghetti to some BBQ and turkey that Andre (the head cook) smokes in their smoker. I’ve been eating at Chase’s since I moved to the area in 2003 and I haven’t regretted making myself one of the semi-regular customers!

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    Terri Douglas

    ABRoadEatsATL — really really good local diner is parkway cafe in Boulder, CO. Simple but great breakfasts & lunch. It’s epitome of down home cooking. If you come, I’ll buy you & crew breakfast!!

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    #ABRoadEatsATL – You’ve gotta try Urban Cannibal or Rico’s World Kitchen. In my opinion two of the most innovative chef’s in the Metro Atlanta area. Madre & Mason is also part of the Urban Cannibal family.
    #ABRoadEatsNash – OMG – Cochon the Butcher. We fell in love with them in New Orleans, but we’ll have to go to Nashville as it is closer.
    #ABRoadEatsColumbia – When you are on the road how can you NOT try a place called Motor Supply Co. Their menu changes every day. Truly a seasonal menu.

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    #ABRoadEatsTUL For my money the best food in Tulsa is the Souvlaki at a little hole in the wall with a really long name called “Jim’s Coney Island-Never on Sunday Greek Restaurant”. The tabouli is fantastic too. It also sells coneys, but the Greek food is so good I don’t think I have ever actually tried one. Closed on Sundays as you can tell by the name.

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    Barbara Miller

    Hope you get a chance to drop by Bountiful and visit with Christy Jordan of Southern Plate while in Huntsville. Like you she is a bit of a celebrity and a fantastic person. You can visit her new little hen house and eat in her kitchen diner. My fav recipe of hers is Uptown Beef Patties and rice. You have to sample her Cappuccino Cake and her iced coffee. You have to see her stash of dried foods and the dehydrator. Oh and she is homeschooling her daughter Katie this year so you can show them some kitchen science.

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    Jennifer Knox

    Check out Nick’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers in Welcome, NC. Best cheeseburger and hot chips ever. Its the only thing I’ve ever ordered there, but I hear the pork chop sandwich, and burger on pretzel bun are great too. Its an easy spot between Raleigh-Durham and Charlotte.

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    LC’s BBQ. A small building sitting in the corner of a junk yard. We were apprehensive on our first visit, but the place was full of military personnel. They have the best BBQ!!!

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    Chris A Marcus

    Come by our house. We would consider it a privilege and an honor to cook for someone who’s recipes we enjoy frequently!!!! Please email for directions. Okay? Thank you

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    #ABRoadEatsCM swing by Cream Pan in Tustin if you’re looking for a good Strawberry Croissant! Flaky, custurdy, and oh so sweet! For good Cuban eats visit Porto’s Bakery in Downey, Glendale, or Burbank… but I’m sure you knew about that one already :o)

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    Robert F.

    #ABRoadEatsReno – Sparks Coffee Shop is a perfect place for breakfast. Rounds bakery for doughnuts (#notacronut), as well as sandwiches.

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    Phill C

    #ABRoadEatsColumbia Many people have suggested Cafe Strudel, and I agree, but only for breakfast, brunch, or lunch. Dinner is sub par and, aside from the Duck Nachos, is downright disappointing. As for dinner, go down the street from Strudel to the fine dining of Terra. Great chef, lamb mac and cheese, and wonderful atmosphere and view of Columbia from the window seats. You will NOT be disappointed there. Other honorable mentions include “Ristorante Divino” (italian), “The Kracken” (gastropub, best fries in the city, has a siracha peanut butter donut, great beer selection), “Rise Gourmet Goods and Bakeshop” (bakery, renowned N.Y. chef with her own restaurants opened a tasty bakery with great sweets and phenomenal fried chicken sandwich). Good luck sir; we have better choices than some would expect.

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    #AB Road Eats Columbia. Have to stop atCafe Studel! High end or down home. Super healthy or otherwise! Tastes great, great atmosphere, comfortable, always served to perfection by people who know how to make you feel special. Get on their daily email!

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    AB Road Eats Columbia. Have to stop atCafe Studel! High end or down home. Super healthy or otherwise! Tastes great, great atmosphere, comfortable, always served to perfection by people who know how to make you feel special. Get on their daily email!

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    Lynda A

    #abroadeatscolumbiasc. MUST go to #cafestrudelcolumbiasc. Best food atmosphere..servers treat you like family. Owner still has friends from high school drive over a hundred miles for breakfast or lunch. Try hangover special

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    Rhonda Mooneyhan

    Cafe Strudel has an amazing menu with fresh takes on chicken salad, hash browns and anything else you can imagine, including a very nice tea menu! The Congaree version of the chicken salad has curry and other unexpected sweetness that is killer when paired with the toasted sesame dressing and toasted bagel chips. I love their hangover hash browns (banana peppers are the perfect accent) with turkey bacon, and a Chai latte to warm by bones. Chicken Philly is perfect with the added cream cheese layer. I’m starving now. But seriously, I don’t work for them. Just really love their food and the owners are top notch Charlestonian natives, giving Columbia a taste of Southern comfort with flair. We love Cafe Strudel!!!!!!

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    Jason Miller

    When you are in Minneapolis, hit Al’s Breakfast in Dinkytown. Closed Mondays. Go on a day when Doug Grinna, one of the owners, is slaving over the cook top. When I go, I always get the Jose and a short stack of blues. You should definitely get the blues. Top flight hole-in-the-wall greasy diner. You should NOT miss it. #ABRoadEatsMSP

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    You have to visit Cafe Strudel on State Streey in West Columbia! There’s something for everyone and the atmosphere can’t be beat. The food is always fresh and delicious and the staff is always friendly and knowledgeable. Give it a shot, you won’t be disappointed.

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    #ABRoadEatsColumbia Mr. Brown, for some of the best SC BBQ try a small local joint called Tru BBQ. It’s right up your alley. They smoke their BBQ out front on a smoker all afternoon and serve it up fresh with homemade mac & cheese and collards. You’ll know you’re there when you see the ceramic pigs in the lot! Located near the venue you’re performing at: Tru BBQ, 1237 D Avenue, West Columbia 29169.

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    Carla Brown


    Stop by Maurice’s Piggie Park and try our Big PIG dinner which comes with 6oz of BBQ, Hash and Rice, Cold Slaw, and 2 Hush Puppies! Or our Big Joe Basket which comes with BBQ Sandwich, fries, Slaw and 2 Hush puppies. You will not be disappointed!

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    Regina Burnett

    #ABRoadEatsHSV When you go to Huntsville, AL – you must visit Grille 29 and New Market BBQ. Both are local favorites and Grille 29 has one of the “100 dishes to eat before you die” in Alabama. New Market BBQ is in a small outlying town and has a Smoked Mac and Cheese out of this world! Both were in the Taste of Huntsville and came home with awards for their food.

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    Kim R

    #ABRoadEatsHSV Alton!! Please oh please visit New Market BBQ in New Market, AL (just a few minutes from Huntsville, AL)!! Best bbq I have ever had and best brisket in town hands down, and that’s coming from a Texas girl!!

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    Alton, you absolutely must add New Market BBQ to your itinerary when you go to Huntsville! We live in Lynchburg, TN which is about 30 miles from New Market…we just made our first trip there, but it won’t be our last. Best brisket that we have found since we moved south. Perfect crust (a must in my opinion) and moist, smoky flavor! We stopped for lunch, and took home two pounds for other dinners! Smoked Mac and Cheese, vinegar slaw and some incredible homemade cakes (try the Elvis Presley!) were other highlights!

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    When you head South from Atlanta, you should stop in Clinton, Georgia at Old Clinton’s Barbeque. It’s the only BBQ place I eat at and it’s fantastic. Make sure you get the fried corn nuggets though. They are awesome

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    Linda Morrison

    In Santa Rosa, California, try the Peruvian place named Sazon. Best ceviche in the world I think (at least the best I’ve ever found). It’s a small, humble restaurant in a little strip mall, but the food there is amazing.

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    For BBQ (a Kansas City must): Oklahoma Joes, Q39, Arthur Bryants
    For a stiff drink: Extra Virgin, Manifesto
    Other local KC favorites: Vietnam Cafe (off Rainbow Blvd and 39th Street), Cupinis, Martin City Brewery

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    Hey Alton! You’ve got to come to Alabama and try out New Market BBQ, located in New Market (N.E. of Huntsville). The best BBQ joint, bar none! Come check them out!

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    LaJeania Jenkins

    Chief Brown, When you come to Madison County Alabama you need to check out an Mom and Pop BBQ joint. New Market BBQ in New Market Al. It’s a must to try. Every thing is so so good!!!
    #ABroadseats Huntsville

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    Karl E

    #ABRoadEats Mr. Brown, you should check out Stan’s Donuts in Santa Clara, CA and Philz Coffee in Downtown San Jose. Also, I’d like to invite you to lunch at Cafe Macs at Apple Inc. in Cupertino!

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    Mr. Brown, do you have something against the Pacific Northwest? Is it our weather, or terrible drivers, or comically low educational standards? *gasp* Is it our food! Do i live in a culinary black hole, where nothing good can be found so no time should be wasted coming this direction! That, sadly, may be true. But if you ever find yourself in Tacoma, getting a burger and shake and Mikey’s on Center st., or a sandwhich at MSM Deli, will at least give you a little hope that maybe there are some other, even better, eats to be found in this culinary wasteland.

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    Ian Gannon

    Dear Alton,

    I am a huge fan and fellow Neci alumni. I gotta tell you that you have got to stop by Brown’s Court bakery for great doughnuts and amazing coffee when you’re in Charleston, SC! It’s my favorite coffee stop! #ABRoadEatsCHS

    p.s. Sparky and Daisy can get some great puppy treats too!

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    #ABRoadEatsHartford – Definitely check out The Firebox Restaurant! It’s built inside an old firehouse and specializes in local food/farm-to-table. If nothing else, you MUST try the brussels sprouts appetizer! We also love this place for introducing us to Fever Tree Tonic!

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    ABRoadEatsDTW: Motor City Brewing Works and The Bronx Bar…the former has in my humble opinion the best pizza in the city AND they brew their own beer. The latter has the best jukebox in the city debatably as well as the most amazingly delish veggie sandwich called the green machine! Its so simple but guarenteed you’ll have cravings.

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    #ABRoadEatsCHI – Jam at 3057 W Logan Blvd in Chicago is fabulous for brunch/breakfast. Hole in the wall you’d otherwise miss, but with a cool interior & delicious, creative food for a super reasonable price. It’s not close to downtown but is worth the trip.

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    You’ve gotta give Waikikie Hawiian BBQ a try!
    2160 Briarcliff Road NE
    Atlanta, GA 30329

    They are a small business with some kickin’ Hawiian style BBQ and the best macaroni salad in the world. And it’s the only place in town that you can get fried SPAM (cue Monty Python skit…) We drive 15 minutes away from work every week just to enjoy this “diamond in the rough” of a restaurant.

    My coworkers and I would be delighted to treat you to lunch there during your stay!

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    If you happen to venture through Rochester,MN on your way to or from #ABRoadEatsMSP, there a wonderful quirky little ice cream shop named Flapdoodles where they make all the ice cream in store fresh daily. Excellent ice cream.

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    #abroadeatsATL You could travel south of Atlanta and try Charlie Joseph’s in LaGrange. It is a local burger/hot dog place that has been around since 1920. Or you could venture to Columbus,Ga and try a number of local places … Mark’s City Grill has a bacon cheeseburger that is top notch (pepper jelly and pimento cheese!) Columbus also has Country’s barbecue , Plucked Up, and Iron Bank Coffee. The town is full of good eats!

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    #ABRoadEatsKCM you could compare & contrast Oklahoma Joe’s in both KC and Tulsa; burnt ends. Also Jack Stack in KC and Burn Co in Tulsa. #ABRoadEatsTUL May in Tulsa might be getting warm, the Crepe Mrytles will already be in bloom. Which means one thing…iced coffee. An iced cold-brewed coffee, most anywhere, has never let me down; sweetened with a splash of simple syrup, a shot of vanilla, & a smidge of pouring cream. Get a large one so there’s room for HEAPS of ice AND SCADS of coffee.

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    Brian Jeffries

    #ABRoadEatsBWI northeast Baltimore. Bel Air road local area is Overlea. Gil’s pizza. All the sell is pie and one size only.

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    Dixie Burkhart

    #ABroadeatskzoo Take a short trip down the highway to Mattawan to experience Chinn Chinn’s. Absolutely awesome Asian Fusion. It is just off Highway 94 and has built a name for itself among both locals and people who travel the 94 corridor. It is one of the few restaurants in the area where the food brings tears of joy to my eyes.

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    #ABRoadEatsMesa not far from Mesa, near downtown Phoenix is Matt’s Big Breakfast. Matt has the location near downtown and another at the airport. This is scratch cooking, with food that is so good it is hard to describe it. Coffee from a local small roaster for starters… How many restaurants serve something other than institutional coffee? Fresh squeezed O.J., thick bacon, rosemary potatoes, etc. Simply the best breakfast in Phoenix! There is ALWAYS a crowd waiting to be seated and that tells you how good it is.

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    #ABRoadEatsMesa not from Mesa, near downtown Phoenix is Matt’s Big Breakfast. Matt has the location near downtown and another at the airport. This is scratch cooking, with food that is so good it is hard to describe it. Coffee from a local small roaster for starters… How many restaurants serve something other than institutional coffee? Fresh squeezed O.J., thick bacon, rosemary potatoes, etc. Simply the best breakfast in Phoenix! There is ALWAYS a crowd waiting to be seated and that tells you how good it is.

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    Mango’s Cafe right across the street from the Mesa Arts Center. Aguafrescas and best chips/salsa, spring for a Killer Burrito if you’re hangry.

    Asian Cafe Express on SE corner of Dobson and Main. They get all their produce from the Mekong Plaza market across the street. Get the Orange Chicken.

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    Angel Bridgekidd

    #abeatsredbank….anywhere with the name Tim McCloone and DEFINATELY a Dutch Coffee from The Inkwell even though it’s in Long Branch, its a late night hotspot that hosted anyone ( incld “The BOSS” himself, Bruce Springsteen & Bon Jovi, as well as many other jersey legends from the 70’s and on!)

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    Amy Austin

    Go eat a hearty breakfast at Crow’s Nest, go downstairs to Fourth Coast Cafe for a coffee or any coffee-based drink that will put a certain national chain’s to shame, then go next door to Bagel Beanery for a bagel sandwich and MORE COFFEE.

    If you’re in the mood for Mexican, El Gallo Blanco is the place to go. BBQ? Both Barrett’s Smokehouse and Hogzilla are excellent. Saffron has a terrific Indian buffet for lunch, and in the same strip mall, Zooroona makes some fantastic Middle Eastern.

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      I neglected to add a pizza place. Bilbo’s Pizza. There are others, but this one’s the best, and they have their own beer.

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    #ABRoadEatsNASH – Gabby’s Burgers – tiny place, lots of character! Hot-Diggity Dog – another tiny place, hot dogs and more from a couple of Chicago transplants. Bobbie’s Dairy Dip, Elliston Place Soda Shop, a classic bean roll at Gold Rush. French-bread cheeseburger from Rotier’s. So much goodness here!

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    In Orange County check out Side Car Doughnuts! #ABRoadEatsCM
    And I am desperate for places to eat where I live in Riverside so I will be following that hash tag myself. And praying for tickets to your show here that just happens to be around my birthday!

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    Pensacola beach, Flounder’s Chowder House for their seafood chowder. It’s a large place, but very beachy decor with garage doors that open to the beach. Chowder is outstanding!

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    Tomcat Cafe in Sinking Spring, PA. It’s a total dive but so much character and fantastic food! Can’t wait to see your show!! #ABRoadEatsReading

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    Mikiel Arnold

    @altonbrown next time you’re in town come try @TheFreakinIncan in Roswell. Owned by your ex-Idlewood Dr Peruvian neighbors 🙂 #ABRoadEatsATL

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    While in Nash-Vegas travel a few miles west to Kingston Springs, TN and check out Skyking Pizza. Coffee shop by morning and pizza for lunch and dinner. Amazing!! #ABRoadEatsNASH then continue on west to Memphis. I recommend the new location of Fino’s on Brookhaven Circle.

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    Nick K

    Alton – the true local food of NY’s capital region (Albany / Schenectady / Troy) is the mini hotdog. While there are a number of establishments that offer this delicacy, the oldest and best is Famous Lunch in Troy. Make sure to get your dogs “with” (mustard, raw onions, and ‘zippy’ meat sauce) and wash em’ down with an RC Cola. Follow that up with some homemade rice pudding, if you’re so inclined. I don’t think they’ve ever renovated the interior since it opened back in 1932, and that’s a good thing. #ABRoadEatsSCH

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    Jeff L

    #ABRoadEatsDurham – Chirba Chirba (dumpling food truck), Rise Biscuits & Donuts (well, obviously for biscuits & donuts!), Scratch (pie) and Fullsteam Brewery (for a cold beer).

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    Rob DeWalt

    No stops in New Mexico. Interesting, and sad. I would be glad to steer you to some great places, should your schedule allow. Thanks, Rob DeWalt, “The Fork.”

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    # Boise, ID! I know its not on your list but if you ever make it back to our fine city go to Moe Joes in Meridian ID moejoesbe.com. The glazed doughnut pancake stack with coffee syrup is worth every bit of the sugar coma.

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    Tony Fletcher

    You are missing a lot by not coming to NW AR. We have some of the best food in the lower 48! If you make a trip here let me know and I will take you to the best eating you can find anywhere!

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    Karen Irving

    Come to Portland, Oregon, please! Portland has recently been declared “America’s Best Food City” by the Washington Post. I think that warrants a visit from Alton Brown, don’t you?

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    #ABRoadEatsMesa – Los Jarritos, 4630 E. Van Buren St. Phoenix. Machaca is their specialty and the flour tortillas are worth the trip.

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    #ABRoadEatsCLT Amélie’s French Bakery. Open 24/7. It’s an off-the-wall but traditional french bakery and café that serves locally grown coffee. If you’re not in the mood for sweets they also have ooey gooey sandwiches on baguettes. The original location on North Davidson St. is my favorite!

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    susi butler

    Kansas City, MO: #ABRoadEatsKCM – Kansas City IS BarBQ. Several to choose from – but favorite is Jack’s Stack in Martin City. Joe’s Kansas City (used to be Oklahoma Joe’s) is #2. Blue Nile has good Ethiopian food (at the River Market) and Minsky’s Pizza is a hometown favorite (several throughout the city).

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    Alpine Deli in Thousand Oaks, CA (on your way north from Riverside, 100% worth the pit stop). It’s a hole in the wall German deli specializing in imported meats and cheeses. Hands down the best sandwiches you can get in Southern California! My favorite is fresh baked rye bread piled high with salami, black forest ham, and any one of their fantastic cheeses. #ABRoadEatsRside

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    #ABRoadEatsSAN Carnitas Shack is a MUST stop for any pork lover!! They make the best Carnitas torta on earth but the burger is also amazing with the delicious bacon jam. The pork belly appetizer is to die for! Check it out!

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    Azlan Halloran

    FROSTOP in Baton Rouge, LA. Last of a once statewide franchise slinging Gulf Sea fast food – the best house-made Root Beer on the planet. All you can drink. Served in a frosty mug. Get it before it disappears forever.

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    Jeff Kalasinski

    #ABRoadEatsSCH When you are in town be sure you eat at Jumpin Jacks for unique eats. It is just across the river from the theater. Get yourself a Jack Burger and an extra thick shake.

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    steve miller

    While here #ABRoadEatsSAN
    nessyburgers.com, If you still like to ride your Beemer, this burger joint is the goto spot after riding the twisty roads in NE San Diego County, you should not miss it.


    while in Point Loma, another burger joint that is a must

    For pizza while in SD

    luigisatthebeach.com, two locations 25th street the original and at the beach on Mission

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    steve miller


    While here look at Eat Chow, Side Street Cafe, Sidecar Donuts and Filomena’s Italian Kitchen

    All my local Fav’s for Good Eat’s.

    BTW, I miss that show and watch it frequently when it’s re-run. Really liked the roadtrip on the BMW, I ride them too! Oh, not the AZ dump though. “keep the shinny side up”

    Safe Travels on your trip…


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    Micah L


    Wilkes-Barre’s best Coffee is the IBOP Coffee Company. Not a fancy place but the owners are friendly and passionate about the quality of their coffee.

    Also, you really ought to visit What The Fork. This business operated as a food truck, then grew to 2 trucks, and now are starting to move into downtown brick and mortar locations in Northeastern PA. Essentially every item I’ve ever had from their menu was fantastic (I’m particularly partial to the Truffle Fries and Pork Tacos though).

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    #ABRoadEatsSYR: The following are a must:
    The Gem Diner on Spencer Street
    Twin Trees on Avery Ave (The Best Syracuse Style Pizza in the Area)
    Funk n Waffles off of Marshall Street on University Hill
    Gannons Icecream Isle in the Valley (Best Homemade Icecream in the Area)
    Heids of Liverpool (Hotdogs and Coneys Galore!)
    Dinosaur BBQ (if you haven’t hit that up and a known Syracuse Staple)

    Honorable Mentions:
    Pastabilities, The Mission, Alto Cinco in Westcott, Stella’s Diner, Colemans on Tip Hill

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      Also another must (but may not be open for the season yet)
      the #1 Apple Orchard in the Country with amazing Hard Cider: Beak & Skiff in Lafayette!

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    When you’re in Costa Mesa, CA try Da Hawaiian Kitchen in Huntington Beach and have their Chili Peppa Chicken. Tiny place with only 3 tables. Super friendly people. Man I can’t stop thinking about their fried chicken.

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    Ben Lawrence

    Tulsa OK, My Go To comfort food is Pho V-Nam at 8122 S Harvard. Everything made from scratch, Amazing Vermicelli and Pho. Local Owned, Kid friendly, Awesome Service, and they didn’t bat an eyelash at the 5 separate allergies our family has to work around – the chef/owner came right out and answered gave us full ingredient lists and started making recommendations. This place has saved the day during visits to Tulsa. #ABRoadEatsTUL

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    Kelly Eiler-Young

    In Reno Grateful Gardens is really good!! Fresh local fare. The Eldorado coffee company located inside the Eldorado casino has excellent coffee roasted right there. The coffee shop is located right next to Millies24 diner which also has great food. Their gelato is amazing!!

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    #ABRoadEatsCLT the best breakfast in Charlotte (in my opinion) is at The Midnight Diner. They have the usual breakfast items but one standout is their “Thumbs Up Captain Crunch” Frenchtoast. Best I have ever eaten.

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    #ABRoadEatsRDD Hi, Alton! I suggest Old World Smokehouse on Hartnell Avenue. So good! They smoke all of their own meats and make bomb pizzas and sandwiches out of them. My personal favorite sandwich there is the smoked chicken salad sandwich. I love it! From the Hearth is a pretty good coffee shop that also does excellent sandwiches, breakfast stuff and baked goods. They have two locations here in Redding, CA. Ummmmm, good BBQ and all that entails can be had at Fat Daddy’s. There are other hood places around but those are the first ones to come to mind. Safe travels!

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    Margo Verikas

    I realized after my last post, you will still be on your sabbatical from alcohol, so I will have a pineapple martini for you. I do have one more stop for you, Mueller’s Bakery in Bay Head, just a short ride from Red Bank. Everything is delicious, but their crumb cakes are the star attraction ! #ABRoadEatsRedBank

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    #ABRoadEatsMSP Hey AB! Go just past Minneapolis’ southern border to the suburb of Richfield and try Aida, a fast casual Mediterranean eatery repurposed from an old Taco Bell. We love the falafel, the shwarma, and the shakshuka. Also, you can go to Minneapolis’ Como neighborhood and try Potter’s Pasties, a fantastic pasty shop in the basement of a local deli. They have a very short menu (and a food truck), but I’ve never had anything from Potter’s that wasn’t outstanding.

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    I attend a technical school in Oley Pa. It is for students in grades 10-12 to help get a start on there career choice! I attend culinary arts at this school( berks career and technology center) and we have a student run restaurant called The Valley Eatery! Every week we make the menu and use fresh ingredients to serve our customers. It would be so inspiring for the students in our shop to meet you!!!!! #ABRoadEatsReading

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    When you’re looking for a great greasy spoon breakfast spot in Prescott, try The Waffle Iron. It’s a classic western diner, great food, complete with The Duke looking on from the wall.

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    Rusty Shackleferd


    If you’re in Kalamazoo you have to stop for breakfast at Maggies cafe right off of campus and get the stew. Its the standard college kid post hangover breakfast cure of hash browns, eggs, bacon, peppers, etc. sitting in harmony on a plate. If you go there around 7:30 on a weekday you’ll probably find a bunch of Army ROTC cadets hanging out after their morning workout.

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    Sara P

    A new-ish (at least 18 mo old..) place north o Atlanta (the other north than yours) near Cumming off of exit 12, Mcfarland. El Don, it’s a delicious mexican that offers a variety of home-made salsas, just say it’s your “first time” and they’ll give ya a tour at your table, I have yet to be disapointed by a dish there as well.

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    Margo Verikas

    During your trip to Red Bank perhaps you can end the great Jersey Shore debate of who has the better hot dog, WindMill or Max’s Famous #ABRoadEatsRedBank
    While in Atlantic City, White House Subs is a must. Leave the boardwalk and head to the original on Arctic Avenue. Also, because they are just so gosh darn good, leave the comfort of your suite at Caesars and head over to the 3rd floor of the Pier/Playground for a pineapple martini at Phillips. They are $4 during Happy Hour. Heck, I’ll even buy the first round (yes, they call it a martini and there isn’t an ounce of gin or vermouth but they are still devine !) #ABRoadEatsAC

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    There are so many great places to grab breakfast in Durham. I enjoy Monuts on 9th Street in Durham, which is right down the road from Elmo’s diner, a local favorite. The best sandwich I had recently was at Old Havana Sandwich shop, and Bullocks and The Pit in Durham are great BBQ options. #ABRoadEatsDurham

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    While you’re in Chicago, the possibilities are endless! Portillo’s is great, cheap eats though. Get the italian beef sandwich, cheese fries, and a chocolate shake. You won’t regret it! #ABRoadEatsCHI

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    You are going to get a lot of BBQ recommendations for KC, but the best BBQ I have ever had is LC’s BBQ in east KC. Amazing burnt ends.

    Also, while you are in Minneapolis check out Victors 1959 Café. They make a great Cuban breakfast as well as a very good Cuban Sandwich.

    Thanks for all of the recipes and recommendations over the years, very happy to be able to return the favor!

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    #ABroadeatsKZOO: gotta go with the Bell’s Eccentric Cafe. Is Klein’s Bagels still around? I haven’t live in kzoo for several years, but it one of my staples. How about The Big Burrito????

    #ABroadeatsGRR: Yesterdog in Eastown for sure. Grab some napkins!!!

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    When in Kansas City, you should eat at Oklahoma Joe’s and The Flying Saucer. For a good coffee, try The Roasterie Cafe. #ABRoadEatsKCM

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    Tyler Zupo

    Mr. Brown, while out in Stockton you should try El Patio, it is a small hole in the wall El Salvadoran restaurant that serves Pupusas… They are amazing!!

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      Tyler Zupo

      Mr. Brown, while out in Stockton you should try El Patio, it is a small hole in the wall El Salvadoran restaurant that serves Pupusas… They are amazing!!

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    In Pensacola, the crowd is constant and the food is worth it at McGuire’s Irish Pub!! The Reuben Eggrolls are a MUST!! It’s the worst best kept secret here, and I am so glad we are stationed here for 3 years so I can eat it!! #ABRoadEatsPNS

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    #ABRoadEatsPVD (Just 10 minutes outside Providence) in East Providence, go to Miller’s Roast Beef, 628 Warren Ave. The absolute BEST Roast Beef & Fries you’ll ever have. Or if you’re in the mood for hot dogs, go to Spikes Junkyard Dogs on 485 Branch Ave in Providence

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    ABRoadEatsKZOO – Recently visited Water Street Coffee Joint in Kalamazoo, and had a good vanilla latte. Give it a try! It seemed to have an unpretentious atmosphere. You can also hit up Bell’s across the street for some Michigan-brewed beer, and eats in their cafe. The fried brussel sprouts with lemon are great!

    ABRoadEatsDTW – Astro Coffee is the place to try for coffee in the “D”. Slows BBQ is right next door, and is pretty popular, however not my favorite BBQ. A great place to go is Supinos in the Eastern Market. A total hole in the wall, but the best pizza around. (Guy Fieri did a Triple D show here.) The Eastern Market is across the street and a great way to experience Detroit.

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    Robert W

    Rise Donuts in Durham or Cary have the best donuts & biscuits in the area. Heck, they are some of the best darned donuts I’ve ever had. #ABRoadEatsDurham

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    Nashville’s food scene has been growing even bigger recently. Too many for one visit, so make sure to come back multiple times. For a burger, I would recommend Burger Republic. If you want to go for a fancier meal, try Chauhan Masala and Ale House. There you’ll experience a nice Indian/Southern fusion. For coffee you must try Three Brothers Coffee. It’s connected to Nashville’s favorite outdoor store, Cumberland Transit. You can grab the local Bongo Java coffee while you walk around looking at gear for your next adventure. Another coffee location I’d recommend is JJ’s Market. It doesn’t look like much on the outside, but you’ll walk in to a shop with many snacks and treats from around the world. It’s also a cozy place to sip on coffee while working. #ABRoadEatsNASH

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    Tulsa OK – Ron’s Hamburgers 51st and South Sheridan. It’s been a couple of years since I was last able to make it back but they used to have a fantastic fresh pork/beef blend burger and their Spanish fries (fresh cut and fried with jalapeno and onion) were the perfect side.

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