The Tastiest Refueling Spots Off the InterstatePhoto Credit : Matthew Billington
Knowing how easy it is to work up an appetite on long drives, Yankee food editor Amy Traverso recently compiled a list of favorite places to eat near New England’s interstates. Beyond serving up great road trip food, the winners also had to meet these criteria: (1) A location outside major cities and their parking hassles. (2) Operating hours that span at least two meals. (3) Menu with something for kids. (4) Setting casual enough for travel clothes.
This cute-as-a-button spot makes superb banana bread French toast and a road trip–worthy Reuben.
Some of the best breads in New England are baked here. Don’t miss the egg sandwiches and tartines.
From bread, jam, and porridge to a perfect grilled cheese, this café has day-trippers covered.
There’s a 1952 Worcester diner car hidden in this non-descript building, and its eggs Benedict and poutine are terrific.
While the menu is vast, it’s really all about the fried clams (ask for them “Bob’s style”).
Expect killer pies and great lobster rolls at this beloved gourmet grocery and café.
They claim to have invented chicken tenders, so you have to try them — either straight up or baked parmigiana-style.
Several restaurants inside Kringle Candle serve brunch through dinner (hit the more casual Tavern for excellent flatbreads).
The bread basket, with its cornbread and sticky buns, is the stuff of legend. So is the classic turkey dinner.
You can’t miss with any of the many daily specials here, but we love the chouriço special and yummy custard French toast.
Of course the main route between NYC and Boston has a terrific deli. Love the matzo ball soup and corned beef.
The doughnuts here are so beloved, their recipes are held like state secrets. Same with the plump, buttery chicken pies.
This is the best place to try Connecticut’s signature steamed cheeseburgers, full stop.
Come for fried fish and hot butter lobster rolls, then — if you time it right — catch a beach sunset at Hammonasset State Park.
Where are your favorite spots in New England to get road trip food?
These “Editors’ Picks for Food Lovers” originally appeared in the May/June 2018 issue of Yankee.