I-95 Road Trip Va-Ga
We stopped at Parker's in Wilson, NC. We had the family meal. It consisted of Fried chicken (excellant), East Carolina chopped pork (good but not as good as the Tastee Hut. see later), hush puppy and some tiype of fried bread (these aren't worth the calories), beans (excellant), potoateos (good), Brunswick stew (excellant), cole slaw (did not like) and more that I can't remember. At Parker's you get maximum bank for your buck and more than a taste of at least 8 different things.
Next we dined in Charleston. We liked the Hominy Grill although we ate lite there after Parkers. Jestine's for lunch was one of my favorites. We shared the salad greens with fried oysters (ask fo rth Russian Dressing unless you like a very sweet salad dressing) and three veggie sides (okra gumbo, collard greens, and fried okra). This made for an outstanding lunch. I tried the Coka-Cola cake. I think it is a once in a lifetime treat. For dinner that night we went to Hank's for shrimp and grits. Their version has andouille in it. We loved it. I could eat this 24/7. The next day I tries a pre lunch red velvet cupcake at a cupcake store on King St at John St. Yum! Our last food in Charleston was at Fish on King St. At lunch they do a $10 wrap, side, and drink combo. It was quite good and more filling then it seemed to be.
Next up was Savannah. We ate at The Old Pink House for dinner. We were needlessly placed in a room with a crying child as the restaurant was not filled. This took the experience down many notches. The sweet potato side was suburb. Everything else was good but nothing to get excited about. The next day for lunch we did Mrs Wilkes Boarding House. This should not be missed. You sit at communal tables and for $16 you get 10-15 items to choose from. I will list the items we liked: fried chicken (dark meat), beef stew, Bar -B Que pork, okra, mac and cheese, black eyed peas, southern style baked beans, cabbage, sweet potato, and the blue berry cobbler for dessert. We ate at the Crab Shack on Tybee Island (a place to go once but not that great), and lastly had some french fries at 5 Guys. These are the real deal. Check them out!
Back on the road, we stopped at Sonny's Barbeque just off I-95 in St Augustine. There was one of these at almost every exit from Southern Georgia to St Augustine FL (the last one as far as I noticed). This was not the best barbeque but the ribs (regular style not baby back) were good, as were the beans. I did not try the french fries but the ones I saw on other's plates looked unapealling. Service was fast. So for a quick meal I recommend it.
On our return trip we went to GA Pig (exit 2 or 3 in GA). This shack turns out a great chopped pork sandwich or a platter.
Their pork is in a Western Carolina style sauce. The beans were good as well. Be forwarned, if you eat inside you will need to launder the smoke smell out of your clothes. This isi the kind of problem i like having.
Our last stop in the South was at the before mentioned Tastee Hut in Stony Creek, Va, exit 33 off I-95 from the North and exit 31 from the South. Here you eat in your car or at picnic tables. The hush puppies here have a touch of onion iin them and are fabulous. The pork sandwich is East Carolina style we loved them. It is served with a dryish cole slaw which was quite tastee. We tried some sweet potato pie. It tasted different from waht i am used to so at first I did not like it but it got better with every bite. This place gets an award for cheap eats.
Finally, someone else who's been to the Tastee Hut! You did it right- hush puppies and BBQ. Those are hands down the best hush puppies I've ever had.
Parker's in Wilson is okay, but not great. If you stop in Wilson, you're better off getting a pork shop sandwich and biscuits at Flo's Kitchen or trying one of the many Mexican options- I recommend El Mexicanito.