Written by: Blake Marx
Are you going on a road trip across America soon, may to check out your favorite high school football team? And want to experience some of the best local foods? Well, below you’ll find a list of the 6 most famous small town restaurants and why they are worthy of being checked out while you’re on your road trip.
Red’s-Little School-House (Grady, AL)
If you’re taking a road trip through the American south in search of famous small town restaurants, you definitely have to make a pit stop in Grady, Alabama to check out the schoolhouse that was turned into a restaurant. The schoolhouse was built in 1910 and Red, the father of the owner of the restaurant, actually grew up 2 miles from the old schoolhouse.
This restaurant is basically what southern hospitality is all about. All of the ingredients are grown on Red’s farm and hand picked by Debbie, the daughter and owner of the restaurant. So, if you want a home cooked meal and experience the true meaning of southern hospitality, you have to come to visit Red’s Little School House.
Now if you really want to know what it’s like to be in a small town, you need to go to Coldfoot, Alaska where the population is only 10. 9 of the 10 people only stay there seasonally, which just leaves Mike, the sole manager of Coldfoot Camp.
Coldfoot Camp was built in the 80’s as a resting spot for truckers who were driving long distances. It also serves as an eatery for those same truckers and tourists. If you’re driving through in the winter, you can stop in and grab you some good burgers but, if you are lucky enough to pass through in the summertime, you can check out the crazy good buffet that has salmon that was freshly caught 60 miles away in the Yukon River. It’s definitely one that deserves to be checked out.
With a population of only 198 people, The Dillard House in Dillard, Georgia is a family-friendly joint that’s serving up dinners the same way they did it over 100 years ago – in a farmhouse. When you come here, you’re coming to get fed like you are a part of the family.
You can pile your plate high with fried oysters, catfish, catfish, hush puppies, and so much more. It only costs $30 and you can eat to your heart’s content and then take a good ol’ nap in the resort end of the restaurant. You are sure to fall in love with this small town eatery.
When you think of Hawaii, you typically think of all the people laying out on the beach in Honolulu and enjoying the food that the top city has to offer. However, a small town by the name of Paiais is serving up native Hawaiian cuisine with a French-Polynesian twist to it. Mama’s Fish House has had the same owners for more than 40 years and was built around the ocean.
Here, you can get fresh fish and seafood that is brought in every day from local fishermen. You know this because their names and the names of their boats are listed right on the menu. It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
This restaurant is owned and operated by a professionally trained chef who has worked in 5-star restaurants in Chicago and New York. Chef Sarah Bradley wanted to come home and give a new definition to farm-to-table dining. Her menu extends from deviled eggs all the way to some of the best Kentucky blue snapper you have ever eaten. It’s definitely worth giving a try.
In this town with a population of a whopping 719, this restaurant is serving up some good eats for the locals and the tourists. However, due to their newfound notoriety, you can’t just walk in and snag a seat. You have to be prepared to make your reservation bright and early on the morning of April 1st, every year.
The chef, Erin French, cooks up some of the best Maine oysters and lamb chops there is. So, if you want to get in there and try some, don’t forget to call because they sell out quick and this is one restaurant you don’t want to miss.
Those were the top 6 famous small town restaurants across the United States. All of these are noteworthy and deserve to be tried no matter where your road trip will lead you.