Roadside Eats

Get more out of our favorite roadside diners, drive-ins, and dairy bars featured in our March 2013 issue with our downloadable checklist, an interactive map, and a special giveaway.


Sarah Perry & Jeffrey Turner

There comes a time when you’re on the road, when your stomach is growling, and you know that you need food — and you need it fast. We understand the term “convenience,” so we’ve put together a list of 70 great places in the state — all within five miles of a U.S. highway or interstate — to stop when you’re on the go and in a hurry. They’re run by locals, not big chains, and they serve classic American food with their own twists. Enjoy these restaurants for their thick burgers, chili dogs, hand-cut fries, and homemade ice cream. We do.

Editor’s note: This guide is chock-full of classic American eats, except one: barbecue. We intentionally omitted barbecue joints here, because we’re telling you about a different one each month. Check out our Carolina ‘Cue section in the magazine and our website each month.

Download a Checklist

roadside eats checklist.inddGoing on a road trip? Download the checklist for 64 places featured in Our State’s March 2013 issue. You never know where you’ll get hungry along the way!

Editor’s Note: This list was last revised in August 2014. 

Roadside Eats Checklist

Interactive Map

Need help finding all of these great eats? Take a look at the interactive map of our featured roadside spots.


View Our State’s Roadside Eats in a larger map

Did We Miss Something?

From west to east, North Carolina is full of great food served by great people. Now that you’ve heard our picks, did we miss something? Share your favorite roadside eats with us in the comments section below.

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