What makes a place a “Ride To Eat” destination?

Heh – that’s a tough one.

It is not just about how good the food is. Heck, even some mediocre restaurants are good RTE spots. As many of us have learned from Robert Persig, quality is sometimes an elusive, slippery notion.

But you know it when you see it.

It must be a spot that has something unique or wonderful about the combination of food, or the location, or the roads nearby, or the ambiance, or SOMETHING that makes it a great place to plan a ride around. Just having good food is not enough. It’s not a place you happen to stop while on a ride, it’s the place that got you on the bike to start with.

Why don’t I see any bad reviews?

Because this isn’t a restaurant review site. It’s a list of GOOD places for a Ride To Eat journey.
If we get credible bad feedback on a place and become convinced it’s probably not a good RTE spot, we don’t change their rating, we remove them from the site.

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Other cool RTE sources:
Motorcycle Themed Cafes & Diners
Burritophile List: by state by rank (OK, it's not bike related, but the world needs this site)

"Roads exist for me . . . mainly to furnish reasonably direct connections between cafes and chili parlors, taco wagons and beaneries, eat shacks and confectioneries, burger joints and frozen-custard stands, barbecue sheds and fish camps. In other words, roads are there to tie one reason for living to another."
-- William Least Heat Moon   
Roads to Quoz   

"We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink..."
-- Epicurus  

"One of the very nicest things about life is the way we must regularly stop whatever it is we are doing and devote our attention to eating."
-- Luciano Pavarotti  
"Enjoy every sandwich"
-- Warren Zevon  

"You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars."
-- Charles Kuralt  

"A chef who thinks of calories is like a hooker who looks at her watch."
-- James Beard  

"I need a pig here."
-- The Red Queen  

One Response to “What’s an RTE?”
  1. Carolyn says:

    Update: glenwood cafe in glenwood AL is permanently closed per their FB page. The Old Barn Restaurant in Goshen is a good RTE spot. I’ll try to add that info through appropriate means.

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