The Best of the Road RV continues to make its way across the country searching for America’s best small towns. Our road warrior,  Allison Otto is capturing the wonders of Small Town America.

Check out Allison’s latest dispatch from the road, where she gets a taste of small town life — one bite at a time:

Biting into a hot, fried cinnamon-apple pie in Gainesville, TX; sipping a salt-rimmed prickly pear margarita in Santa Fe, NM; enjoying a freshly charred romaine salad drizzled with a blue cheese cream and balsamic reduction in San Luis Obispo, CA: This is how I discovered America on this Best of the Road journey.

Strawberry tart from Café Eccell in College Station, TX.

The sweets, the spices, the savories—I’ve been truly lucky on this trip to sample so many of the unique, creative dishes this country has to offer and the variety of meals that make American cuisine my favorite in the world. But what kind of traveler would I be if I didn’t share my finds with you all? So here–in no particular order—are five of the best:

1. Prickly pear margarita from the Coyote Café in Santa Fe, NM: Try this signature drink in the evening in their rooftop cantina with a bowl of chips and the café’s fresh guacamole. Heaven!

2. Strawberry tart from Café Eccell in College Station, TX: Pattie Sears, a College Station resident since the 1960s and a member of the College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, said this tart— filled with Bavarian cream, topped with apricot-glazed strawberries and chocolate shavings in an almond-lace cookie shell– was a can’t-miss in College Station! I savored every single bite while listening to Pattie’s stories of College Station’s history. Thanks, Pattie!

3. Charred heart of romaine salad from Luna Red in San Luis Obispo, CA: Drizzled with a blue cheese cream, lemon croutons, and balsamic reduction, this salad was mouth-watering. Fresh, crisp and best eaten on Luna Red’s back patio on a summer evening.

4. Fried chocolate pie from the Fried Pie Co. in Gainesville, TX: Chocolate pudding stuffed in a pastry crust, deep -fried, then served piping hot with a sprinkle of powdered sugar. Delicious!

5. The Ravat 51 from Bully Hill Vineyards in Hammondsport, NY: Our entire RV crew fell in love with this blend of native grape varieties with a wonderful semi-sweet pineapple taste. Hands down, best wine I’ve ever tasted!

For more from the road rally, check out Allison’s photos.

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Kathleen RellihanKathleen Rellihan is a digital producer, writer and editor for TravelChannel.com. A Washington, DC, resident, Kathleen's love for adventure travel has inspired her to sleep in an ice hotel in...

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