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Books for the weary traveler

traveler food and booksMy boyfriend and I were on our way back to Boston after a weekend trip to Connecticut, in desperate need of something to eat (and caffeine) when I spotted a huge sign and read it aloud with delight: “Traveler FOOD and BOOKS!” How could we pass that up?

Half blast-from-the-past diner, half used bookstore, The Traveler Restaurant has a wood-paneled dining room lined with shelves from which diners are invited to take home three free books. (I chose Cold Comfort Farm and a hardcover of The Prophet from the rather eclectic collection of adult, kids, and teen books, but stopped there since my personal bookshelves are already groaning. We also had to avoid the bookstore proper downstairs.)

Road trip season is nearly upon us — what other bookish roadside attractions or eateries would you recommend to your fellow travelers?

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    Not road-trippy for Bostonians, but another favorite “food and books” place of mine: Tres Gatos in Jamaica Plain ( Tapas, books, and music — what more could you ask for?

  2. Roger Sutton Roger Sutton says:

    How was the food at the diner?

  3. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    Diner-ish. 🙂 I had an omelet, which was pretty good but not thrilling. My dining companion had a buffalo chicken and bleu cheese sandwich.

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