I have a giant foodnerd crush on Alton Brown.
I can't help it. I know he has his detractors, for being anal-retentive, for endlessly overanalyzing recipes and food and the how and where and why of everything, but I love his enthusiasm and I learn something new absolutely every time I watch him. We caught up on his new four-part series on the Food Network tonight (Feasting on Asphalt) and I was pretty much glued to the couch for two straight hours. The rules of his cross-country trip (starting in South Carolina, ending in California) included no travel on major interstates, no chain restaurants, and no whining.
They got to St. Louis at the end of the second episode, visiting Ted Drewes Custard, but KC, unfortunately, was not on the coast-to-coast itinerary. It started me thinking, though - what are our best road food establishments? Sedalia has the Wheel Inn (home of the Gooberburger)...I thought of Harold's, but it isn't on a highway...any ideas?