I'm a writer for the New York Times and am about to embark on a story for our special Vacations section (publication date July 12). Subject: How to eat well on the road. I hope I can enlist your help.
I'm not looking for tips on specific places but for guidance on how to FIND good places. When you're driving from Point A to Point B, can you plan your trip so you won't be at the mercy of McDonald's and KFC? Is there a way to tell from the outside that a place will be worth stopping at? How to find local people who will steer you to a good spot?
Jane and Michael Stern have written a number of good books on this topic, the latest being "Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A." But even that book lists only 500 places, an average of 10 per state. Western Massachusetts, for example, is a desert to the Sterns. I don't blame them -- they're only two people, and I assume they travel together -- but is the traveler on I-91 or the Mass Pike just out of luck?
Are there other books our readers should know about? Web sites? Techniques? Any tips would be most welcome.