A bit out of the way, but worth it… Onward Store between Vicksburg and Rolling Fork on HWY 61 has incredible sausage and chicken gumbo. They also have mighty fine tamales.
I can highly recommend both the ribs and the sandwich at Leatha’s Bar-B-Que @ 6374 US 98E in Hattiesburg (601) 271-6003.It’s just 3 miles west of I-59 on the left behind an RV lot.Real nice folks. The sides are worth the stop as well.Further up the road in Tuscaloosa is the world-famous Dreamland Barbecue @ 5535 15th Ave. (205) 758-8135. Just ribs, but on most days they are outstanding.It’s only about two minutes off I-59/I-20 @ Exit 73. Also, for ribs that IMHO
even outshine Dreamland’s, Archibald’s BBQ in Northport is a must stop: 1211 Martin Luther King (205) 345-6861.Archibald’s is north of I-59/I-20 about 10 minutes. For precise directions for either of these fine spots Google Maps will set you up. All three of these places are top notch destinations and are easy on/off the Interstate to boot.Enjoy
We are looking at heading up I59 with stops in Hattiesburg, Meridian, and Tuscaloosa, but we are also willing to take our time and drive the back roads. Is there somewhere we should go in Jackson, MS? What are some of the local specialties of the area around Birmingham? [?]
Watch out what you offer! [:)] I’m planning to head that way soon, hopefully in the next month. [:)]
I have only been to MS’s Gulf Coast (pre-Katrina) and am craving seeing more.
Sure, if I were looking for the fastest trip I would travel I-59 right through Hattiesburg, Meridian; hit I-20 & head to Tuscaloosa & B’ham. But the original post states they have been known to drive 150 miles out of the way. They also used the word "explore". Figured they might want to get away from all interstates & get a real taste of Mississippi.
I can’t imagine going from NOLA to B’ham and going thru Jackson. I-59 thru Hattiesburg , Meridian, and Tuscaloosa is almost a straight shot.
Something not mentioned on this thread yet is catfish and hushpuppies. There are several "fish camps" near Meridian. The best IMO is LONG"S in Enterprise, MS, just south of Meridian.
That okay cecif. You can just load up & come on down, too. We’ll take you to West Point (not in NY), Louisville (not in KY), Columbus (not in OH), Houston (not in TX), Macon (not GA), Greenville (not SC).
Or how about a day trip to Nanih Waiya, Noxapater, Shuqualak, Mashulaville, Iuka, Tishamingo, Hushpuckena, Conehatta, Sebastapol, or Bogue Chitto?
Ahhhh! I get it now. (If I had only checked the map…. but when it said Philadelphia and no state I sorta wondered… [;)])
That’s is why I asked for a bit more details. I was recommending spots that would be on the way from NO to B’ham via Jackson & Hwy 25 & Hwy 82 which would not include the Hattiesburg area or SW Alabama at all.
My impression from the original post is that there is no specific route since Zinchef says they are willing to drive very far out of the way for good stuff. So I thought they were sort of looking in a zone widely going from NOLA through Hattiesburg MS then up to Birmingham, i.e. rural southern MS and western-ish AL stuff?? Zinchef??
You don’t really need any suggestions as to where to eat in in NOLA, but I would think that any small store or gas station with hand painted signs out front could be a interesting and good bet.
Welcome to the south.
Peggy’s in Philadelphia is a fun experience. Also, Mary Lou’s Bisuit Bar in Louisville for a hearty early morning breakfast. Lake Tiak-O-Khata in L’ville for buffet lunch or order from the menu. Cream pies are good. The Ole Country Bakery in Brooksville for lunch (serve sandwiches & soups, too). Operated by Minnonites. Oby’s in Starkville for po-boys. Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa. Go to the original one for the true dining experience.
Narrow your route down a bit for us & I’ll send some more ideas.
Welcome to RF, Zinchef. [oops very belatedly, apparently!]
I’m posting to keep this topic up because I will soon be strategizing for a similar area. I *know* this topic cannot go unanswered, I am sure there is too much great southern Roadfood down there.
Come on you Mississippians and Alabamans and those In The Know! [:)]
My wife and I (two chefs from Sonoma County, CA)did not win the lottery and are not joining our comrades at the 10th annual SFA Symposium in Oxford Mississippi in late Oct. However we are heading to the south anyway to explore the cuisine between New Orleans, LA and Birmingham, AL. We have 8 days, and have those two cities covered. Where should we go in between? We have been known to drive 150 miles out of the way for real good gumbo, and pull an all-nighter for biscuits….
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