Let me know when you will be in MS Smokestack. Good luck.
(Won’t let me post a link) Google: Shealy’s BBQ It’s in Batesburg SC . They have a wen site, and are on facebook. Come Hungry!!
The best southern buffet, period!! Come for the BBQ, stay for the chicken, green beans, desserts, sweet tea, biscuits, etc etc. veggies change daily.
Also in Dillard, GA is the Dillard House. This is a unique stop because the meal is served family style. You get everything on the menu for the day, including several entrees, veggies, breads, salads, and a dessert. Plus each person can take one to go container filled from items left on the table. So empty the platter of ribs and ask them to refill it, then take the refll home. The country fried steak is amazing. But no matter what is served on the days we have stopped in there, it’s always been so good, your tongue just might slap your eyeballs out. Oh and they have a hotel too, so you can stay there.
In Summerton SC is the Summerton Diner. Their coconut cake is worth riding an hour out of the way to get. It’s a meat and three diner, and the food is outstanding, but the coconut cake is what keeps me coming back. I think it is reviewed here on road food.
Oh and BTW can I come?[:p]
Classics to visit should include: Phillips Grocery in Holly Springs, Taylor Grocery in Taylor Ms. and Piggy Park in Thomaston GA.
If you’lre in Birmingham during Lent, try a fabulous Lenten Lunch:
I have several suggestions. In Covington Georgia try Jim Stalvey’s, Henderson’s Catfish. Neely’s Seafood, Pippin’s BBQ and RL’s off the Square. For breakfast or lunch try Mamie’s Biscuits. In Social Circle is the Blue Willow Inn and just outside Monroe is the Campton Restaurant. Just outside of Jackson are 3 places worthy of a try, Fresh Air BBQ on Ga. 42 has historically been a favorite. In days gone by the floor was sawdust. Falls View Restaurant has good catfish and Buckners has a good Family Style Buffet. In Swainsboro the Coleman House has an excellent lunch buffet. Moving west a bit The Creek Family restaurant in Atmore Alabama is good. Also Wintzell’s in Mobile is worth a stop. In Louisiana off of I-10 in the Henderson area try Pat’s Fisherman’s Wharf and Robin’s Restaurant. Both serve authentic Cajun Food. I first ate at Pat’s in the 1960’s when my father was a student at LSU. When ever I am in the Louisiana I try to eat at Pat’s. Good luck and good eating on your tour.
When is your trip??
If you hit JD in Lynchburg and they have the http://www.jackdaniels.com/TheDistillery/BBQHill.aspx BBQ on the Hill going, take advantage. Great food, music, dancing, outdoor games and view of the hollow.
On Holly’s site you’ll find Bell Buckle Cafe. http://www.townofbellbuckle.com Bell Buckle in Tn. is pretty much the kind of place you’re looking for. Back road, small town, great food place and it’s an artists community. Here’s my review and some history and pics.
If you’re near Chattanooga for the first weekend of Apl 30/May 1 check out the http://www.nationalcornbread.com National Cornbread Festival
There’s also http://www.lodgemfg.com Lodge Cast Iron They have a factory store.
Not to be out done is the Dixie Freeze. Part Meat n 3, part Drive In. Here’s my take on it.
A stop off in Fayetteville, Tn. for slawburgers would work well for you. There’s a few places on the square that serve them but Honey’s is where they were invented. Here’s my review of them.
Another really cool place in Fayetteville is Chuck Wagon Diner. Two single wides put together serving great food.
South of Nashville and just of I-65 is Stan’s Restaurant. A great place that is rumoured to be the model that Cracker Barrel was built on.
http://www.bigbobgibson.com Big Bob Gibson’s in Decatur, Al. is a good idea. BBG’s is BBQ royalty and the home of White BBQ Sauce. I’d go to the 6th Avenue location.
Holly has a great site and it’s where I get ideas from. Here’s a few other things to get you started too.
Well that’s about all for now.
Hey Littleman. Great posts as always. Extremely useful information and an invaluable guide. I agree with all of your suggestions. Excellent! Maybe when I am in Mississippi later in the year for teh Howlin’ Wolf Memorial Blues Festival in West POint we can share a meal.
I would spend some time on the River Road which is Highway 61. It is 1,400 miles long and goes from NOLA to Minnesota. Here’s a few joints to stop and rest along the way.
If you want to try the best Clarksdale has to offer have an early lunch at Ground Zero which is owned by Morgan Freeman and two of his friends. Get a plate lunch or sandwich but eat light. The Blues Museum is next door. Before you leave Clarksdale, MS go to Hick’s and get another light lunch of BBQ and tamales. This way you get the best of Clarksdale. Morgan owns Madidi’s which is a fine dining restaurant a few blocks from Ground Zero if you would like to stop in for drinks and/or snacks before you leave Clarksdale, MS. It’s very nice and highly recommended. The bar opens at 5 PM. There’s an old neat store that sells a lot of junk across the street from Madidi’s and plenty of places for the wife to purchase items to take home. I wish you could visit Oxford, MS. If not then plan 6/7 hours in Clarksdale. Have an early lunch at GZ, visit the Museum, walk around downtown and shop, get some tamales at Hick’s. After lunch head back S on Sunflower by the river and stop at Hick’s just to visit. Take a right on Highway 61 which is State St. Go across the river and Hick’s is on the right in nice red brick building. Go in visit and get a cold drink. Talk to Eugene and look at his pictures when President Clinton visited. On your way N stop at The Ranchero and get a cold drink. Charlie Conerly who was a famous QB for the NY Giants lived in Clarksdale and there are all kinds of old sports photo’s there of Conerly and some of his old buddies. It’s a fun place and the food is outstanding.
I really hope you find time to visit Oxford. It’s my favorite town in Mississippi. If so head N on State St. to Highway 278/6 E to Batesville/Oxford. It’s about 60 miles to Oxford. You should be there around 3PM. When you get to Oxford you will come to a red light and Jackson Ave. going to the left. Go straight ahead and get off at the first Exit which is Coliseum Dr. Get off on right but turn back left and cross the highway. Take your first right by the Basketball Practice Facility on Hill Drive. You will see the football stadium straight ahead. Go to dead end at All American Drive turn right and go past N end of stadium. You will run into the Grove. Go to the left on University Ave. and you will go past the Grove on your right and run into the Circle. Go around the circle and you will see The Lyseum which is the oldest building on campus. The James Meredith riot started in the Circle. There’s a monument of him behind the Lyseum. The street you came in on at The Grove is University Ave. Take it back E all the way to Lamar. Take a right on Lamar and go about 6 blocks and take a right on Old Taylor. Go about 3 blocks and you run dead into Faulkner’s home. You can drive up the gravel road in front and park and go in and visit. Go back to Lamar and go N past University Ave. two blocks and park. You are now on The Square. The building on your left is Square Books which is very famous. John Grisham has a home in Oxford. You passed it on the right just before you got to town. It sits off to the right on a hill and it’s easy to see. It’s just before the car dealership before you get to the first red light. He’s a frequent visitor to Oxford.
Park and walk around the Square. City Grocery is two doors down W of Square Books. Neilson’s to your right on the Square is a nice department store. If you walk past City Grocery on the left you will see Waltz Restaurant after you pass the Pizza joint. Going around the Square you will find Ajax which is a good country food joint. There are a couple of nice ladie’s shops on that side of the Square. Downtown Grill is on N side of Square. They have a nice bar upstairs. There’s a Rebel junk store around on the N side if you want to buy a Rebel souvenir to take home. Go N on Lamar and Lenora’s is on the left. Have dinner,20,640250.005,1,112266,22.214.171.124
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I am always astonished at Littleman’s level of detail. Now I want to go to Oxford too.
I was trying to think of drives and sights that are not to be missed in SC. I’m really fond of the drive to Edisto Island that takes you down state hwy 174 through old Jacksonboro and Adams Run on the way to Edisto Island. Make sure to stop at the Botany Bay plantation. It’s a relatively new addition to the parks and wildlife areas of South Carolina, and it’s astoundingly beautiful.
The other thing I would suggest from a completely different part of the state is a tour of the waterfalls of the Upstate, especially Oconee County. Parts of Oconee County actually qualify as a rainforest, and hiking in some of the parks up there can feel very different from the rest of the state. There are some thoroughly gorgeous drives in the area too.
Angel Oak near Charleston. Downtown Aiken. Huntington Beach State Park. Hmmm, will keep thinking.
Stephen Rushmore Jr.
On your way N on I 55 from LA to Memphis, TN there are some fine joints along the way.
If you have never been to Middendorf’s Restaurant you must stop at Exit 15 off I 55. Go E to Highway 51 and turn right. Go S about a mile to some fine fresh seafood right off the boat. They also serve great salads, gumbo, sandwiches and steaks. Stop to rest even if you don’t eat. Get a cold drink and head back.
Middendorf’s @ 30160 Highway 51, Akers, http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl?from=ShowTopic&url=%2FTourism-g32655-Los_Angeles_California-Vacations.html LA 985 – 386 – 6666.
BBQ Station is a good stop in Independence, LA. Get off I 55 at Exit 40 and go E on Highway 40 to Railroad Avenue. Take a right and go two blocks for good BBQ.
Bar B Que Station @ 563 W. Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. 985 – 878 – 3747.
If you take a rest stop near the LA/MS state line at Osyka, MS get off I 55 at Exit 1 and go E on Highway 584 and go to Second Street. Take a right and go to Nyla’s for outstanding burgers. The nearby town of Kentwood, LA is the home of Britney Spears who is a frequent visitor at Nyla’s.
Nyla’s Burger Basket @ 1071 Second Street, Osyka, MS 601 – 542 – 5032.
For the best southern cooking in the US go to Dinner Bell in McComb, MS. They are open for lunch only Tuesday through Sunday. Get off I 55 at Exit 17 and go E on Delaware Avenue to S Broadway. Take a right and go 2 blocks to 5th Avenue. Take a right and go to Dinner Bell. You will sit around large lazy susan tables filled with southern specials like fresh vegetable casseroles, fried eggplant and fried chicken. Stop by on your way N.
The Dinner Bell @ 229 5th Ave., McComb, MS. 601 – 684 – 4883.
If you want good soul food near Summit, MS get off I 55 at Exit 20 and go W. Take your first right on Old Brookhaven Road and go N to Doretha’s.
Doretha’s @ 1139 Old Brookhaven Road, Summit, MS 601 – 276 – 9594.
For good BBQ get off I 55 at Exit 72 in Crystal Springs, MS and go E on Highway 27. Go E for about a mile to the Intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 51 to Louise’s for outstanding BBQ. Google has Louise’s home address so a GPS may take you to the wrong place. Just go straight from I 55 on Highway 27 to the IS of 51 and 27. It’s in a brown frame building with a high yellow sign. Here’s a link to their menu. They are open to about 9 PM.
Bring an ice chest and pick up some custom processed meat from Wilson’s Meathouse in Crystal Springs. Get off I 55 at Exit 68 towards Crystal Springs and go E for .4 mile to Highway 51. Take a right and go 1.1 mile and Wilson’s will be on your left.
Louise Open Pit BBQ @ 26164 Hwy. 27, Crystal Springs, MS. 601 – 892 – 5003.
Wilson’s Meathouse @ 23086 U.S. 51, Crystal Springs, MS 601 – 892 – 2951.
Get off I 55 at Exit 81 and go W to Terry Road. Take a right and go to Wyndale’s for outstanding steaks.
Wyndale Steakhouse @ 6672 Terry Road, Terry, MS 601 – 878 – 2695.
If you stop in http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUrl?from=ShowTopic&url=%2FTourism-g43833-Jackson_Mississippi-Vacations.html Jackson, MS on your way N/S and you would like outstanding fresh seafood or steaks in a great atmosphere get off I 220 Bypass at Exit 1B and go E on Highway 80 to Crechales. It’s in an old run down joint on the right but they serve some fine food. Be sure to try their Cumback Sauce. Get a few bottles to take home.
Crechale’s @ 3107 Highwa,20,640250.003,1,112266,126.96.36.199
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Must Visit Lynchburg TN, home of Jack Daniels and eat at:
In Tuscaloosa AL it’s:
Here’s a web site that will give you most of the “Meat and Three’s” in the states you’re visiting:
As you probably know, you could spend your entire trip in Louisana! Here’s where to get Boudin and other Cajun Foods.
Holly gave you real good advice. You can ‘friend’ the Southern Foodways Alliance on Facebook, and their flickr feed is also very helpful.
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