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Celebrating the Great American Road Trip

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Road trips: I love them, you love them, my entire editorial staff loves them. This week on Eater to mark the approaching start of summer (and the record low price of gas), we’re celebrating the American road trip. We kicked off by asking five incredibly talented writers to write personal essays about recent regional rides. If you read only one — but really, you should read them all — please, please read Gustavo Arellano’s meditation on border cuisine along the Mexican Mother road. It's beautiful.

Meanwhile, we have some sweet road trip #content for you no matter where you are. Just a sampling: everything to eat at Buc-ee’s in Texas; Wisconsin’s road trip destination is a cheese castle; a burger you can eat at a brothel on the way to Vegas; every rest stop on the New Jersey Turnpike, ranked; a pie crawl through Texas Hill Country; a green chile crawl through Santa Fe; where to eat along PCH and I-5 between SF and LA; and where to eat in the Florida Keys. Plus: why highway rest stop food is so bad (and our editors’ tricks for dining at them).


cecconi’s Gary He

Opening of the Week: Cecconi’s

Who is behind it?: Nick Jones, the guy behind private club chain Soho House.

What is it?: It’s the Brooklyn location of an Italian restaurant that has other iterations in Miami, LA, London, Istanbul, Barcelona, and Berlin. As you might expect, it has a menu of standard pastas, pizzas, salads, and the like. Also important to know: It is an objectively beautiful restaurant with plenty of outdoor seating.

Where is it?: Right near Brooklyn Bridge Park in Dumbo, Brooklyn.

When did it open?: June 13.

Why should I care?: These photos make it look pretty damn sexy. Also, Bill Murray crashed the opening party. Is it the Restaurant of Summer 2017 in New York? I’m not sure, but you will definitely find me there eating pasta and drinking spritzes and looking out at the Brooklyn Bridge all summer.


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