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Roanoke Virginia to Baton Rouge, Louisiana trip recommendations??

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My husband and I will be making a trip from Roanoke, Virginia to Baton Rouge, Louisiana the first week in April. Some towns we will be passing through are Charlotte, NC, Spartanburg, SC, Atlanta, GA, Auburn, AL, and Mobile, AL. and the Mississippi gulf coast along Interstate 10. Haven't been along that stretch since Katrina and don't know what's still there and what's new in that area. Any suggestions on great down home eating would be appreciated. We pretty much like everything. Cheap, casual and friendly are our only requirements. Thanks, Debbie

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  1. If you are going down I-77, you should definitely check out Keaton's BBQ near Statesville (I-77 and I-40 intersection). Its a true roadside shack, specializing in bbq chicken. They're about 10 miles or so off the interstate, but definitely worth the detour. Google them to get more information...they have a website that gives directions, hours, etc. Beware that they are closed between 2:00 and 5:00, and closed Sunday - Tuesday (if my memory serves me correctly).

    Spartanburg has a great place called the Beacon..similiar in concept to the Varsity. Its a huge, local institution serving up good greasy burgers, dogs, etc.

    If you take I-85 out of Atlanta, there is a wonderful bbq place called Sprayberry's in Newnan. I think they have 2 locations..the original is near downtown and has much more charm and character, of course.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Thank you. You've mentioned 2 of my old favorites the Varsity and Sprayberry's, so I'll definitely have to check out the Beacon and Keaton's. Haven't been through Atlanta in about 10 years so I'm glad to hear Sprayberry's is still around.