Jane and Michael Stern

Back in the mid ’70s, Jane and Michael Stern drove cross-country to document roadside mom-and-pop restaurants, worried that these independently run eateries were nearing extinction. Their first book, Roadfood, came out in 1977 and is now in its sixth edition. You can also regularly hear the couple on public radio, still telling charming stories of obscure and wonderful and sometimes hole-in-the-wall food finds. They celebrate barbecue joints and lobster shacks, giving equal love to diners and truck stops. Tonight, presented by Seattle Arts & Lectures, they’ll share tales from their greasy-spoon itinerary—so you can start planning your own. (Monday, for $75 a head, you can also enjoy wine and a multi-course dinner with the Sterns at Tom Douglas’ Palace Ballroom.) ADRIANA GRANT

Tue., Jan. 12, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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