Road trips were a lot more fun when the highways were lined with independent restaurants. Sadly, you’re more likely to drive by chain restaurants and huge big-box stores these days, and it’s hard to tell sometimes whether you’re in California or Maine.
But if you know where to look, you’ll find that the classic roadside restaurant is a far cry from dead. If you’re willing to make some detours, you can find old-school diners that have been serving classic food for decades. From Kentucky to Texas, these ten Southern restaurants still keep it real, and keep the dream of classic, independent Americana alive.