Road trip food is a tricky beast for a few, chief reasons:
You need your hands for other things, presumably driving or co-piloting.
You can’t fill up on snacks, because what if you’re full by the time you get to the shack on the side of Route 1 with the sign that scrawls “County’s Best Blueberry Pie”?! That would be shameful.
Our solution to tackling this is to focus on the meals: Bring something that will grant you the power not to stop at the normal drive-through dinner options, but leave the periphery free and clear for snacks along the way (blueberry pie and Doritos both count).
Here, then: Our favorite full meals you can eat with one hand and without utensils—for this summer’s last road trips and all of those thereafter:
Tell us what you pack on road trips—or your biggest travel-related food fiasco—in the comments.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
I have a thing for most foods topped with a fried egg, a strange disdain for overly soupy tomato sauce, and I can never make it home without ripping off the end of a newly-bought baguette. I like spoons very much.