How to soak in local flavor this summer on vacation or whenever you're a traveling out-of-towner.
If you're one of the thousands of folks hitting the road this summer on vacation, it's likely you'll be driving to your destination and it's certain you will get hungry along the way. But finding true emblems of local food culture amid the profusion of fast food chains at every interstate exit can be daunting—especially if you've got a careful of Happy Meal-loving kids.
Want to take the guesswork out of eating well along the way? Food made with real ingredients by real cooks (not surly teen-agers flipping heat lamp switches) served on real plates? With the Eat Well Everywhere tool (find it at eatwellguide.org), you can plug in your starting and ending addresses to access a map spotlighting local restaurants, farmers' markets, food co-ops, specialty-foods shops, and other gastronomic outposts along your route. It's like Mapquest, only more delicious. Each search yields individual entries with detailed information about menu, services, and goods, as well as address, phone number and website links. Don't leave home without it indeed.
—By Emily Horton