One of my fondest childhood memories is taking a Sunday drive with my family. Our drives usually took us a few towns over and we could experience the sights and sounds of what was happening there. It wasn’t worldly travel, but it was a great way for me as a kid to see that life existed outside of my small rural community; and we could choose our own adventures!

After a crazy busy summer we wanted a low key family day. While everyone was heading off to the Hooley on the Hudson my family and I hopped in the car to take a Sunday drive! We found ourselves heading toward Rhinebeck in Dutchess County. The leaves are still bright green against a background of crisp blue sky with white wispy clouds. It’s the stuff day dreams are made of.

Our leisurely scenic route lead us to Papa’s Big Batch Smoke House, a roadside food truck in Red Hook. I have heard from friends about this tiny Air Stream trailer next to a barn serving really amazing BBQ.  It is the perfect place to stop for lunch!

Papas Best Batch Smoke House

Papas Best Batch Smoke House

No lines. No search for parking. No big loud TVs and crowded decor to distract my kids. We ate our lunch seated at a picnic table under a weeping willow tree surrounded by stunning landscape.

Our view!

Our view!

Here’s what we ate:

An appetizer of Smoked Deviled eggs. I was hesitant at first, but so glad I tried!

Smoked Deviled eggs $4.00

Smoked Deviled eggs $4.00

Brisket Sandwich with coleslaw $9.00. Worth every penny!

Brisket Sandwich with coleslaw $9.00. Worth every penny!

Pesto chicken salad with coleslaw $8.00. Homemade iced tea $2.00 with free refills.

Pesto chicken salad with coleslaw $8.00. Homemade iced tea $2.00 with free refills.

My kids loved their sandwiches. Although a little confused as to why there are raisins on a sandwich they did eat it all!

Organic peanut butter and honey with golden raisins. $4.00

Organic peanut butter and honey with golden raisins. $4.00 (add juice pouch for $2.00 each).

We could not pass up dessert! Butter scotch coconut magic bars (family fave) and banana cocoa balls. $2.00 each and the portions are pretty big!

Banana cocoa balls. Oats, pecans, chocolate chips and bananas!

Banana cocoa balls. Oats, pecans, chocolate chips and bananas!

The folks at Papas Best Batch put a lot of love into their food and give back a lot of love to Mother Earth. Their garbage station is divided into sections for recycling, composting (all their utensils and plates are compostable) and trash. A great roadside local business to support with your local, hard earned family dollars! They are open Wednesday thru Sunday 12-5 p.m. A perfect place for play dates, a lunch date with your mate, or dinner with another family. The wide open space allows room for kids to roam and run while parents relax and finish their meal. It’s quiet enough for babies to nap in their stroller. Make sure you bring your bubbles, hula hoops and art supplies!

After lunch we made our way to a nearby school with several different play grounds. The kids enjoyed running and climbing and we enjoyed sitting under a shady tree. It was a low key day off the beaten path! We are so happy to find this hidden little gem!

What are some of your favorite road side food stands in the Hudson Valley?

The Whatever Mom is a full time wife and twin mama living on coffee and wine. She enjoys the pure rush of cleaning the potty between loads of laundry. It is her dream that moms everywhere accept and embrace the Whatever Mom philosophy which can be found here.

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