I avoid chain restaurants

To the Editor:
I am probably close to being of Old Men Of The Mountain age, if not there already, and enjoy reading their column.

I agree 100 percent with their latest entry, stating that out-of-the-way places are the best for food — I avoid chain restaurants as much as possible [“Sometimes out-of-the-way eateries are best,” The Altamont Enterprise, July 28, 2022].

I recommend a book I read years ago, “Blue Highways: A Journey Into America” by William Least Heat-Moon. Written before the advent of global positioning systems, the book follows the Native American author as he travels across the United States on secondary roads, the blue colored highways on the “old” paper maps.

He rated restaurants by the number of calendars on the wall, company giveaways from traveling salesmen. The higher the number of calendars, the better the food.

Also check out www.roadfood.com, where travelers write reviews of unique places to eat. (I penned a review of Prime Smokehouse in Rocky Mount, North Carolina.)

Kenneth Guarino


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