14 Great New England Road Trip Food Spots
The Green Spot | Oakland, Maine
Expect killer pies and great lobster rolls at this beloved gourmet grocery and café.
Sunny Day Diner | Lincoln, NH
This cute-as-a-button spot makes superb banana bread French toast and a road trip–worthy Reuben.
Red Hen Baking | Middlesex, VT
Some of the best breads in New England are baked here. Don’t miss the egg sandwiches and tartines.
King Arthur Baking Café, Bakery & Store | Norwich, VT
From bread, jam, and porridge to a perfect grilled cheese, this café has day-trippers covered.
Four Aces Diner | West Lebanon, NH
There’s a 1952 Worcester diner car hidden in this non-descript building, and its eggs Benedict and poutine are terrific.
Bob’s Clam Hut | Kittery, ME
While the menu is vast, it’s really all about the fried clams (ask for them “Bob’s style”).
Puritan Backroom | Manchester, NH
They claim to have invented chicken tenders, so you have to try them — either straight up or baked parmigiana-style.
The Farm Table | Bernardston, MA
Several restaurants inside Kringle Candle serve brunch through dinner (hit the more casual Tavern for excellent flatbreads).
Publick House | Sturbridge, MA
The bread basket, with its cornbread and sticky buns, is the stuff of legend. So is the classic turkey dinner.
Modern Diner | Pawtucket, RI
You can’t miss with any of the many daily specials here, but we love the chouriço special and yummy custard French toast.
Rein’s Deli | Vernon, CT
Of course the main route between NYC and Boston has a terrific deli. Love the matzo ball soup and corned beef.
Dottie’s Diner | Woodbury, CT
The doughnuts here are so beloved, their recipes are held like state secrets. Same with the plump, buttery chicken pies.
The Lunch Box | Meriden, CT
This is the best place to try Connecticut’s signature steamed cheeseburgers, full stop.
Clam Castle | Madison, CT
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.