Sally Bell's Kitchen
Less than a mile from I-95, Sally Bell's bakes on the premises all manner of Southern breads, pies, and cakes, but it's the white cardboard lunch boxes, tied with butcher's string, that have locals lined up 10 deep at midday. In addition to your choice of dainty sandwiches (the pimento-cheese or country-ham biscuits are best) and more than a dozen kinds of cupcakes, each box comes loaded with celery-spiked potato salad, a cheddar-cheese cookie, and a deviled egg in a twist of waxed paper. Mamie Eisenhower, whose husband signed off on the interstate system 50 years ago, would be proud.
Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.