by Erin Z. Bass
Anyone who’s set out on a road trip knows there are a couple of essentials that must be loaded into the car. A legible map, iPod or CDs for background music and a bag of beef jerky will come in handy. But seasoned road trippers know they can’t leave home without Jane and Michael Stern’s “Roadfood” guide. Before it got left in the side door of a UHaul, my copy had stars and notes by places my husband and I had stopped at over the years – Frontier for green chili in Albuquerque, NM, Duarte’s Tavern in Pescadero, CA, for artichokes. I had even brought the book on our drive to Texas to visit his family, just in case we didn’t make it in time for dinner and needed to stop along the way.
So, when I read in the “Roadfood” e-newsletter that they were having a Roadfood Festival in New Orleans, I immediately marked my calendar for the last weekend in March and wondered if I was going to be able to wait out the months until then. Lots of boudin and a road trip to “Roadfood”-approved The Dinner Bell Restaurant in McComb, Miss., helped, but now that the festival is a little over two weeks away, my mouth is watering just thinking about the world’s longest poboy and best pulled pork in America. Oh, and one of the best things about the festival is that it’s free, so come along and enjoy that poboy and signature dishes from about 20 other restaurants with me. And for a taste of some road food right now, watch our video about dining at The Dinner Bell in McComb, Mississippi.