North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries

A Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints

By D. G. Martin

192 pp., 6 x 9, 20 halftones, 6 maps

  • Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4696-3014-4
    Published: October 2016
  • eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-3015-1
    Published: September 2016

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Want to eat like the locals? D. G. Martin has spent years traveling the major roadways of North Carolina, on the lookout for community, local history, and, of course, a good home-cooked meal. Here D. G. is your personal tour guide to more than 100 notable local roadway haunts that serve not only as places to eat but also as fixtures of their communities.

· Features locally owned and time-tested community favorites

· Covers a range of food tastes from BBQ joints and country kitchens to Mexican restaurants and Greek diners

· Introduces diners to the restaurant owners and locals who make these places unique

· Includes current contact information, hours, directions

· Features nearby points of interest to explore after eating

This handy reference to good food just off North Carolina’s interstates should find a spot in every Tar Heel traveler’s glove compartment.

About the Author

D. G. Martin is a newspaper columnist and the current host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch.
For more information about D. G. Martin, visit the Author Page.


“From barbecue to Greek, chances are that you’ll find your favorite restaurant here--and more than a few to discover. Published in a nice format and size to put in the glove box for the seasoned and unseasoned traveler.”--Mountain Times

“May make sure the money you spend on a meal on the road is money well spent. . . . My napkin is off to such dedicated eaters/writers as Martin, fearlessly going into uncharted culinary waters so that we, the interstate travelers, might find succulent sustenance.”—O.C. Stonestreet, Statesville Record & Landmark

“This book can be your personal, portable tour guide to our state’s most iconic eateries--you’ll want to keep this one in your car.”--Carolina Mountain Life

“Martin wants . . . us to take his guide and have our own adventures. . . . He encourages readers to go a little out of their way to be greeted like an old friend at one of these places even if it’s your first visit.”--Bridgette Lacy, News & Observer

“Martin has done his homework.”--Ben Steelman, Wilmington Star-News

“[Martin's] book makes the perfect Christmas gift for friends and family. Pick up an extra copy to keep in your car. You never know when you’ll need a down-home meal.”--Talking About Politics