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Roadside Food

Roadside stops can take all forms. On major interstate highways and toll roads, a restaurant with a typical American menu might combine with a gas station, restroom facilities, a convenience store and perhaps a gift shop. Some are located just off highway exits, others in special centers by the side of the road itself. On smaller roads, restaurants and other businesses have their own entrances by the roadside.

A special type of roadside stop is called a “truck-stop.” Many of these are quite elaborate, offering any service a truck driver could want: truck washing, a hot shower for the driver, a low priced restaurant (usually with a standard American menu), a variety store, Internet access, even a chiropractor for those aching backs. While these establishments accept customers who arrive in standard passenger cars, many have special areas reserved for truckers.

On the American interstate highway system, exits often have public signs that indicate which services are available, just off the exit ramp or a short distance up the smaller road. In the case of food services, these may be fast-food outlets, small individual restaurants, truck-stops, casual dining restaurants, sandwich shops, or convenience stores, many of whom are members of large national chains. The restaurants themselves often erect large billboards to indicate their availability, distance, and other attributes.

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