RoadsideLogoNU-official400

Roadside explores the back road and Main Streets of America. Our recipe for an American renaissance: Eat in diners, ride trains, shop on Main Street, put a porch on your house, live in a walkable community.

Diner Finder Clickable Map

Diner Finder Updates

Center City Diner
Center City Diner
Name: Center City Diner
Description:

Reopened as of 2010.


State: PA
Windsor Diner
Windsor Diner
Name: Windsor Diner
Description:

Well preserved diner, though now missing its tags and rare clock. American food. Full menu. Originally installed in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.


State: VT
Henry's Diner
Henry's Diner
Name: Henry's Diner
Description:

Currently closed  for renovations.

Extensive fire gutted this diner which was later refurbished in a Southwestern vein. American food. Daily specials.


State: VT
Show more...

Gardening Moves Up Front

Garden in front of my houseThe Philadelphia Inquirer ran a feature last Friday about people who want to bring back the "victory garden," and put them in their front yards. The idea of replacing lawns with vegetables could be considered downright subversive in some communities, but it makes complete sense to us. In fact, we do it. This year, I turned over a small patch of turf between my driveway and my property line and planted four tomato vines. It had more to do with the amount of sun it gets there than any statement I wanted to make, but in my thinking, anything that shrinks the amount of grass I have to mow (with my vintage push-reel mower), the better. The subject of the Inquirer's story, Roger Doiron, told the reporter, "People are starting to rethink what a healthy landscape looks like. It's not the TruGreen chemical lawn anymore. It's a landscape that's more multipurpose, that combines beauty and utility." Right on, brother. I don't water my lawn. I don't fertilize it. It's loaded with crabgrass and the occasional dandelion, but it's green and it doesn't otherwise cost me anything to maintain. I can spend that money on other things, like my daughter's future. My garden, on the other hand, just provided me with enough tomatoes for a huge batch of chili, dozens of sandwiches, and other meals with plenty left over to share with my neighbors -- and with the other critters in residence.

Read Roadside on Flipboard

Access Our Content

Yes, we know. Websites are so 2000s. You can now access our content from a variety of sources (we use Feedly), but you should probably skip our Facebook page since "liking" it is no guarantee of actually seeing our posts. Try these instead:

rss feed Subscribe in a reader

imgres Follow us on Twitter

google-plus-ios-icon2 Join our Google Plus Community