Road Food: Off the Beaten Path

It’s traditional that our family ventures farther afield than rest stops for meals when we’re traveling. We resist the neon lure of the mega-chains, and drive a few extra miles to find a local eatery. Sometimes it’s a disaster (we have to drive too far off our route, or the food is terrible), but we’ve made some delicious discoveries, too. There was the family restaurant with a plethora of pies; the gloomy diner with the best pancakes and a model train chugging around the top of the wall; the shack with the fluffiest clouds of doughnuts; and the quirky Massachusetts restaurant piled high with books to borrow or buy. Last weekend we were hungry around Lewisburg, WV, and drove through town and out the other side into Fairlea, home of “West Virginia’s Best BBQ.” When Pigs Fly Real Pit BBQ may well be justified in making that lofty claim. We had overstuffed baked potatoes piled with pulled pork, BBQ pork sandwiches with homemade coleslaw and creamy mac ‘n’ cheese, and a plate of fall-off-the-bone ribs. Fantastic food, and delightful owners and staff, too. Have you made any memorable road-trip dining discoveries lately? Or do you save time and just pull off the road and eat at a services restaurant?

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