E.J., Welcome. These sound great, but you have so much to learn. A Roadfooder will eat anytime, anywhere there is a notable meal to be had. So after snacking on a few hot dogs at Nu-Way and checking out Len Berg’s for the peach ice cream, a Roadfooder would then queue up at the H & C for lunch. Is mac and cheese one of the veggies?
If you’re leaving Atlanta in the morning, it will be too early to lunch in Macon. But if you head out later, go downtown to Len Berg’s. What a great old-time place with homemade southern dishes. Look for a card on the table that says HMFPIC. If it’s there it means they have Home Mde Fresh Peach Ice Cream today. Further down the road in a little town just across the Florida line called Jasper is a red-brick building downtown (there’s only one street downtown) that houses H and C Restaurant. They put out a lunch buffet with fried chicken and another meat or two and about a dozen fresh vegetables. You just walk in, walk down the buffet line and take a table anywhere, paying on the way out. An attendant sets up waters and teas (about three sweet for every unsweet) near the buffet line).
Nu-Way has about 2-3 places in and around Macon, if you’re short of time, go to the one just off I-475 at Bolingbrook, turn south, it’s across from the shopping mall. It’s a different hot dog place, with a "unique" flavor. Get a sack to go, it’ll keep you burping to Tampa.
Sonny’s BBQ’s, scattered all over Florida have pretty good pork- for some reason I like thiers sliced better than any other of that kind I’ve had.
Ted Peter’s is most famous for his smoked mullet – delicious with a cold beer or other libation.
There’s a pretty good Cuban sandwich to be had in La Habana Cafe in the Gulfport section of St. Pete – they also have a full menu of the usual Cuban dishes. Also have an art show going on the indoor balcony .
The Shrimp Store on 4th St. in St Pete has inexpensive and good grouper besides shrimp in several styles – a regular stop for us.
Look out for the crush of old folks from about 4pm ’till the prices go up at about 6. Also the place can be impossible sometimes as it has become popular with tour busses. St Pete pretty much closes down as far as food is concerned by 9pm – so plan to eat early – it’s still an old folks town although it is getting younger all the time.
Out by the Dog Track on Gandy Blvd. is the Crab Shack- always busy, great service, sit at picnic benches, good food. If you want something a little unusual try the "yellow snapper escabeche" – it is a whole snapper deep fried and it is delicious.
Just about an fish joint in St Pete will have a good grouper sandwich – you can hardly go wrong ordering one just about anyplace.
Buffy’s is actually two restaurants (cant remember the name of the other connected one) covering an entire block on 34th St that has good BBQ and great burgers, shakes, beer, etc. It is the gathering place for old car and motorcycle buffs – who mostly show up with their entire family in tow. Sometimes there’s a band for dancing, but mostly it’s just a very loud jukebox and whole families dancing together on a tiny dance floor. The food is good, the cars and bikes are great to look at (the owners welcome everyone to examine their proudest possession), the ambience is straight out of the 50s and one hell of a lot of fun.
I’ve always wanted to try Nu-Way Wieners in Macon Ga. Can you stop there and give me a report?
When in Tampa you have to have dinner at Berns Steak House. It’s one of a kind.
An interesting place, just a roadside shack really is Ted Peters Smoked Fish in St. Pete Beach. Good smoked fish.
Tampa has lots of very good Cuban restaurants. A good one is La Terasita on Columbus just east of Dale Mabry near Raymond James Stadium. There is a coffee shop like counter on one side, and sit down dining on the east side.
When is your trip?
We HATE chains and really like seafood, southern veggies, and biscuits. BBQ will do in a pinch. Thanks for your help.
GA to Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater?
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