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Jun 11, 2013 11:09 AM
Discussion Question

Anybody have any opinions about the premium version of I'm taking a road trip this summer up the east coast and would like to have some guidance for chow. It's $20 for a year. Sure, I've wasted more on less!! LOL

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  1. Every place on earth has a FREE travel guide, blog, website and third party site with visitor reviews. You don't need to spent any money to get a good idea of where to eat anymore.

    Don't spend the money; spend time surfing the web and posting on Chowhound for tips.

    1. I cannot speak to the online, premium version of roadfood. I bought the book a couple of years ago and found it useless for my needs. Six weeks on the road and not one place mentioned in the guide was anywhere close to where I was. It was interesting reading but **free**CH was the superior source of where to eat.

      1. They lived in this area and so years ago they started off by reviewing many roadside eateries around this part of the state. I'm not nearly as fussy about food as many of the real hounds are, but I found that the Stearns fell in love a little too easily with their food finds, maybe for their uniqueness, but these finds too often turned out to be mediocre. I bought their book some years ago -- it was the "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" of its day and a fun read but not really a travel guide. Search CH for that.

        1. That's kind of what I figured. I ate at one of the joints they raved about and found it mediocre.

          Thanks all.

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          1. re: CosmicMiami

            My opinion of their recs went way down after they recommended a key lime pie near me (La Bodeguita del Medio in Palo Alto, CA) in "500 Things to Eat Before It's Too Late". Completely mediocre.

          2. I made good use of their first book on a vacation trip to Appalachia around 1990, finding things like biscuits and ham and peanut soup. In fact the waitress in one restaurant (in Virginia) recognized my source based on the items I ordered.

            But out west, I rarely was close to cited places at meal time. But then the same applies to most Chow recommendations.

            Still I do like the Roadfood segment on The Splendid Table.