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The Five Best Road Trip Foods

August 8, 2012 Le Cordon Bleu Las Vegas 0 Comments

The Five Best Road Trip Foods

Baseball might be America’s pastime, but road trips are its true obsession. Even with gas prices as high as they’ve been in recent years, the road trip is a summertime staple for most American families. There is even a popular road movie genre, where two friends set out on the road with nothing but smiles and convertible.  Often those friends end up finding out what’s cooking in Las Vegas and usually not in the kitchen either. The highway is clearly in our national blood.

When we say road trip, we don’t mean interstates. Any road with a red, white, and blue shield is out – we’re talking nothing bigger than a U.S. highway, better yet state roads. It’s the only way to experience the sites, sounds, people, and food of a good old-fashioned road trip like the kind your grandparents took before the interstates.

And as for food, the diners and taverns on America’s back roads serve up some of the best road trip food found anywhere.

Best Road Trip Foods

  1. Barbecue
    When it comes to regional food, barbecue has more variations than Lady Gaga’s wardrobe. Different rubs, different sauces, and different meats are found wherever you go. From pork and mustard-based sauces in the Southeast to beef and spicy rubs in Texas, you may never eat the same Q twice.
  2. Cold Treats
    The East Coast has Italian and water ice. The Midwest specializes in frozen custard. And everywhere in between the roads and highways of America are dotted with ice cream stands of every variety. From creamy soft serve to monster milkshakes you’ll need a partner to share, cold confections can’t be beat.
  3. Burgers & Fries
    America doesn’t have an official national dish, but, if we did, it would probably be the hamburger. And we don’t mean McDonald’s. They may have the hospitality industry training, but their product is a cheap imitation. Roadside taverns and drive-ins have been serving burgers to hungry tourists since Henry Ford invented the Model T. Pick any comfy looking roadside restaurant, and chances are you’ll find they serve a pretty decent burger.
  4. Diner Food
    The heyday of American diners is long past, but their popularity is far from gone. While not as plentiful as they used to be, you can still find great American diners serving up their Blue Plate Specials. Meatloaf, chicken fried steak, breakfast all day, and homemade apple pie are just some of the treats you can expect when you run across one these chrome-sided beauties.
  5. Your Own Food
    This list is obviously not for dieters. If you are one or have certain dietary restrictions, don’t be afraid to pack your own goodies. Pack a cooler with ice and load it up gluten-free bread, lean cold cuts, and assorted fruits and vegetables. Find an out of the way park with some large shade trees and you’ve got a ready-made picnic.

No matter which direction you choose or which road you drive on, you’ll find fun and delicious foods on your next road trip, if you just take a little time to look past those golden arches.

This article is presented by Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas. Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts in Las Vegas offers culinary arts and pâtisserie and baking training programs in Las Vegas, Nevada. To learn more about the class offerings, please visit Chefs.edu/Las-Vegas for more information. 

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