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Tis the season... the I-95 Southern Haul: coffee please.

heids Dec 2, 2005 11:52 AM

We will be traveling through the vast culinary wasteland that is the Southern I-95 corridor for the holidays.

All I'm looking for is a decent cup of coffee, and by decent (in this instance) I mean the upper echelon of my coffee wet dream would be a Dunkin' Donuts or a Starbucks near any exit between Fayetteville, NC and Jax, FL.

Does anyone know if there's *any* decent coffee (DD or otherwise) on the I-95 corridor? I can't abide the stench of McD's again.

thanks in advance!

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    Eliz Sep 3, 2012 07:58 PM

    Keep in mind that most Kroger Grocery Stores have a Starbucks cafe in them. At Ga exit 102/US80 Pooler,Ga. there are far too many places to list. There is a Cracker Barrel and Waffle House (of course) a Western Sizzlin Buffet, Miss Sophies Restaurant at the Mighty 8th Air Force Museum, and many many more places. At exit 104, there is a Sonic, Chick fila, Ruby Tuesdays, Zaxby's, Arby's. If you wait until exit 90/Ford Ave, Richmond Hill, Ft Stewart there is a Krogers about a mile away and inside the Krogers is a Starbucks. I hope this helps.

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      beteez Aug 26, 2012 04:18 PM

      Exit 3 there is a Dunkin, exit 29 has Starbucks & Dunkin, exit 36 Starbucks. This is in Ga.

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        Littleman Aug 24, 2012 02:46 PM

        Did the OP find a spot.

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          veganhater Sep 4, 2012 06:50 PM

          Who knows? Just realized the post was from 2005.

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          Deni29501 May 8, 2010 08:54 AM

          I know this is years later, but this is for someone who reads this now or later. There is a Starbucks in Florence, SC. Take exit 160A off I-95 and go straight through 6 traffic lights at the McDonalds take a left and Starbucks is going to be on the left about a block from there. Depending on traffic it's about 5 minutes. There's also a Dunkin Donuts out past the airport and Francis Marion College, but wouldn't recommend their coffee. I'm from the North and I love Dunkin Donuts, went there everyday, and I was so happy when they put one in down here until I tried their coffee. It was the worst cup of Dunkin's coffee I've ever had and yes I did try it on several occasions just to see if it had improved and sad to say it hasn't.

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            CelineA Aug 18, 2012 06:19 AM

            Thanks for posting Deni29501! We have been searching for a Starbucks and this was the only post that gave us clear directions to a starbucks in the vicinity we are heading to. Thx

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              Naco Aug 18, 2012 02:06 PM

              There's a Starbucks within sight of 95 in Roanoke Rapids.

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                Sue in Mt P Aug 18, 2012 02:11 PM

                AND there are apps for that, since it's now 2012.

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                  Naco Aug 18, 2012 03:24 PM

                  I *just* got a flush tullet stool down here. Take it easy on me.

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                    Sue in Mt P Aug 18, 2012 03:56 PM

                    Aw! Y'all did? I'm comin over.

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                    veganhater Aug 20, 2012 06:36 AM

                    Good luck fulfilling your dream of finding a dunkin donuts or Starbucks. That sounds awesome. You may even get real lucky and find a frappuccino at a gas station.

                    Via cappuccino in rocky mount is a good independent coffee shop if you feel like living dangerously.

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              orzobino Dec 3, 2005 06:33 AM

              Sorry its not like maryland etc that has Starbucks and food courts in really nice rest areas..maybe one day..in 15-20 years....Id suggest getting a good thermos

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                Chuck Dec 23, 2005 11:19 PM

                I remember seeing a drive thru Starbucks (you can probably go in, too) at the first exit going south in NC. If you find a WaWa you'll get good coffee and I'm sure there are some 7-11s.

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                Bob W. Dec 2, 2005 03:48 PM

                Good luck! The problem is that between Fayetteville and Savannah/Brunswick, the biggest burg you pass close to is Florence, SC. I doubt there's a Starbucks within 10 miles of 95 in SC.

                My advice is to keep a close eye on the highway services signs and hope for a DD.

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                  Ellen of SC Dec 2, 2005 05:50 PM

                  No, no! There's nothing. NOTHING! Hurry through SC as fast as you can and please don't stop. We'd hate to dissapoint you yet again... bless your heart.

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                    heids Dec 12, 2005 03:22 PM

                    Alright, after many googles, I have found something that looks pretty promising: Aroma Underground, an indie coffee shop in Florence. I emailed them and they gave me directions from I-95, and said they're no more than 5 mins off the interstate. I will report back after the holidays!

                    Link: http://www.aromaunderground.com

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                    BlueHerons Dec 2, 2005 02:51 PM

                    Vast culinary wasteland?

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                      v960 Dec 2, 2005 03:09 PM

                      Well from the VC-VA line until Orlando there isn't a descent place to eat. OK, GA pig at St. Mary's, GA. or Country Buffet at Warsaw, NC but nothing to write home about...except GA. Pig...love that place.

                      Actually wasteland is a kind description. Young's pecan and Phoenix Inn in Fayettenam, NC are pretty good stops...nothing in SC is worth stopping for, of course being from NC that is a generally safe statement about SC anyway...excepting Charleston.

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                        blewgo Dec 3, 2005 07:07 AM

                        Is the country buffet in Warsaw still open?

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                          beteez Dec 7, 2005 05:46 PM

                          If the Ga Pig is good to you I sure do feel sorry for you. There are no local cars there. While numerous other cue places in town have lines at lunch.

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                            beteez Dec 7, 2005 05:46 PM

                            If the Ga Pig is good to you I sure do feel sorry for you. There are no local cars there. While numerous other cue places in town have lines at lunch.

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                              Chuck Dec 23, 2005 11:23 PM

                              There is a place called Fatz Cafe in Florence off I-95, don't recall which exit and you can't go wrong with Cracker Barrell, they're all over the place.

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                              heids Dec 12, 2005 03:23 PM

                              Yes, if you're trying not to stray very far off the path of I-95, it is indeed a vast wasteland.

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