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hello everyone,

I am a Brit planning a driving 2 week trip from Las vegas to New Orleans. Half the time will be spent in Nevada, Utah, Arizona, etc; the second week heading towards our ultimate destination of New Orleans. We love food of all types and from all places so would love some tips for an authentic taste of The South.

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  1. Please keep the recommendations here focused on areas covered by the South board. The OP has also posted on the New Orleans board:

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/478024

    Thanks!

    1. The Brick Pit in Mobile, Alabama is a good choice for southern BBQ, that is close to New Orleans. Krispy-Kreme doughnuts and Shipley's Do-Nuts are also a great Southern treat. Hope this helps. Have a great trip! www.choppedonion.com

      1. Please let us know where in the South you plan on going. If New Orleans is the farthest east you get, you haven't really entered the South. Louisiana and Texas both have cuisines of their own that are nothing like what one finds in the "South" - Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, North/South Carolina.

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        1. Do you know which route you will take to NOLA? I (Interstate) 40 will bring you into Arkansas & a bit of Louisiana. I-10 will only have you in Louisiana. Both states are covered on this board. If your route is flexible let us know that too. If you have time/inclination to drive a bit more, consider I-40 to Memphis & then drop south through Mississippi heading to New Orleans. This would give you a much wider variety of Southern food & Bar b-q (huge difference between bbq styles in Memphis & Texas). Rent a comfy car - you've got some driving to do either way! You did not mention the time of year for your visit. Many areas have wonderful seasonal food festivals, so it is worth mentioning - serves up a different slice of Americana that you don't see everyday.

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          1. re: meatn3

            We are planning to come mid to the end of September for two weeks. Starting point Vegas, gradually heading east towards N.Orleans. First week will be taking in grand canyon etc and the idea is to spend the second week driving round as much of the South. As its early days, our itinerary is completely open - hence my appeal for tips - not just for restaurnats but good B&Bs and small hotels would be great too as we'll need somewhere to stay. Please excuse my ignorance in terms of what is possible drive wise - I'm from a small island so bear with me!

            1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

              wow, good luck with such an aggressive itinerary....have you looked at the distances and time it will take?

              1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                Chowhound has a very narrow mission--where to find deliciousness. General travel planning questions, like where to stay or what else to do while visiting a town, are off topic for our boards. Please keep your replies focused on helping the poster find great chow, as off topic replies will be removed.

                Thanks!

                1. re: DietStartsTomorrow

                  You are looking at approx 1800 miles. Perhaps the usage of "south" is reducing the replies. While you will be in a southern portion of the USA, The "South" generally is much as Mikeh has described. Each state has regional variations, often from town to town. Louisiana cuisine has Southern aspects plus a whole lot more. You could spend the entire 2 weeks there and still have plenty you hadn't tasted! Since your itinerary is fairly open you have time to follow the boards & see what the possibilities are. If you want to gain a better sense of the traditions of Southern foods this is an excellent resource.: http://www.southernfoodways.com/ They also conduct a conference a little later in the fall which could be an interesting addition to your trip. Keep us posted!