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

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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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  1. Vast culinary wasteland?

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    1. re: BlueHerons

      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.

      1. re: v960

        Is the country buffet in Warsaw still open?

        1. re: v960

          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.

          1. re: v960

            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.

          2. re: BlueHerons

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

          3. 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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            1. re: Bob W.

              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.

              1. re: Bob W.

                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

              2. 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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                1. re: orzobino

                  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.

                2. 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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                  1. re: Deni29501

                    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

                    1. re: CelineA

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

                      1. re: Naco

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

                        1. re: Sue in Mt P

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

                          1. re: Sue in Mt P

                            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.

                      1. re: Littleman

                        Who knows? Just realized the post was from 2005.

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

                        1. 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.

                          1. There's is tonS of food. Drive from nyc to sav pretty regularly. Fun. PlAces. Country cookin all over va. Grilled fish. Liver and onions S. Tell them not to overcook. For $2 more they have a great salad bar. Menu on line.
                            Fuller in lumberton nc. Great southern buffet. No money. They have second location. Florence S c Percy and Willies. Great home made croissants. Salads. Full dinners. Prime rib sandwich.
                            Lake Marion craigs deli exit 98. Palin I p B&B. With honey. Great. Those r just a few buy I 95 guide. Soon u can stop at Tanger outlets in Pooler and better is cookout. Family owned. 40 flavors of great shakes pulled pork burgers etc etc.
                            You will definitely gain. But most is better than just edible
                            Starbucks is only as good as the batista. Stick with Duncan donuts. The coffee is always good. Never bitter.
                            Have fun. Explore. Never after dark.

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                            1. re: fire island

                              Hi! Thanks so much for posting some great information. I just had a couple of questions about your post, if you don't mind. Your first paragraph apparently is about somewhere in Virginia, but I can't figure out what the name of the place is...

                              "Fuller in Lumberton, NC...no money". What does no money mean? Fuller's is not a cash only establishment. Their other location is in Fayetteville, NC, btw.

                              "Palin I p B&B. With honey. Great. Those r just a few buy I 95 guide." Can you perhaps explain the meaning of that? Thanks!

                              1. re: fire island

                                Huh...Fire Island to SAV, that's interesting.Let us know the next time you head down and we will be at the exits with orange vest waving those big red flashlights.We are only here to help.We want you to get through SC as fast as you can.

                              2. I know this thread is insanely old, but it's still alive so I'll throw it out there - if you're heading south on I-95 and need coffee, veer off the path slightly and go visit Milton & Miles. You will not regret it, the best coffee within 100 miles!


                                Map link - https://www.google.com/maps/place/Mil...