"Bacon of the Month" specials, "TV dinners"  served on a metal tray, and a decor that puts a glitzy spin on the 1970's diner are all part of the kitschy fun at this uber-popular eatery (expect a wait of half an hour or more as Spenard doesn't take reservations; it's worth it). Of course, none of this would matter if the food weren't primo and here it is, whether you go "down home" by ordering their lusciously creamy mac n' cheese; "healthy" with an oversized and creative salad (the "spinach and tofu" which includes curried tofu, clover sprouts and feta is a particular fave); or "creative" with pizza featuring Alaskan rheindeer polish sausage or perhaps the beer marinated steak. For sides and starters, the blackened fried brussels sprouts are addictive as are the "super tots", a poutine-like blend of tater tots, cheddar, bacon, green onions and sour cream. Don't skip the cocktails! They're well-mixed and the Roadhouse is known for its curated selection of small-batch bourbons. 

-Pauline Frommer