The picture of suburban dining is simple, stereotypical, and often, stuck in a sense of a nostalgic past. Though the pandemic catalyzed some changes in suburban dining, it didn’t start them. This collection of stories asks the question: How can we reframe suburban food culture as something worth celebrating? While I knocked it as a teenager, I sometimes long for the suburban food I grew up on—like Taco Bell washed down with Arizona iced tea and eaten outside in a mall parking garage. New Jersey writer Elisabeth Sherman shows us the beauty of suburban restaurants that stay timeless despite revolving trends.