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SoCal to Orlando roadtrip on I-10--Good Eats??

SoCal native leaving 12/29 for Orlando on my first long road trip to start first real job after college!!!

Traveling on I-10 through Phoenix, El Paso, San Antonio(New Years Eve), Lafayette, New Orleans(3 nights), Destin & Orlando (arrive 1/7/08) and everything in between.

Please help with recs for quality, local, unique eats of any kind. I want to experience the full flavor of my trip but I'm on a starving student's budget so low price, super good taste is the goal!!

I'll be checking in daily from the road so please keep those ideas coming until the 7th.

Wish me luck!!!

P.S. Anyone know of any cool, FREE brewery, winery, factory type tours along the way???

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  1. Sounds like a wonderful trip.

    I'd strongly suggest that you post your route to each individual board, along your trip.

    The Southwest board will help you with the AZ leg. The Texas board with that leg. The South board with much of the trip, and the New Orleans with those specific environs. You will be able to receive ideas for each leg, from people who know and are there. You are covering a lot of real estate with this trip.

    I'll start by mentioning that just SE of Tucson, AZ (towns of Elgin and Sonoita) there are some fun wineries. Look to Dos Cabezas and Callaghan in that area.

    Note: the CH MODs will likely split this comment off from this thread, hence my urging to post to each appropriate board.

    In the San Antonio area, I just did a fine-dining review, that might interest you.

    When you post, let each board know your preferences, your budget and any particular info that might help you make your choices.

    Enjoy and travel safely,


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    1. re: Bill Hunt


      Thanks for the tips. I did post on each of the aforementioned boards.

      1. re: Nakdcpl

        Great! You'll probably get some good recs. I'll take a look at the SW board, and also the Texas board, and if what you are looking for is in the domain of some of my recent posts, will add links.

        Safe trip,


    2. Off of I-10, a few miles west of Lafayette: exit at the "Scott/Cankton" exit, go north of I-10 approx 1.5 miles. Look for the Best Stop supermarket on your left, red & white building/convenience store/meat market. Go inside & buy some gratons (hog cracklins), smoked boudin, and beef jerky....all good car snacks for your trip. Other offerings are delicious, but I'm assuming you won't have access to a kitchen.

      1. I live in NO but my recs to you are both in Pensacola -- Dharma Blue in downtown Old Pensacola (not cheap, but extra fresh and delicious) and Lana's (Jamaican with some of the best jerk I've ever eaten). These were our dining adventures when returning from our evacuation for Gustav last fall.

        1. When you arrive near San Antonio (actually between Boerne and San Antonio), take the Leon Springs exit. Go to the HEB Supermarket center and go to Papa Nacho's, a Tex-Mex restaurant (more Mex than Tex). Good food; reasonable prices. Open 24/7; 11 a.m. - 9 or 10 p.m. The restaurant is just behind the gas station. This place is not fine dining; however, the food is wonderful.

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          1. re: Cat Lady

            cat, hungry & roux,

            thanks for the help. I'm on the road and excited!!

            keep the tips coming

          2. While in NOLA, have lunch at Mandina's and you can eat the leftovers for dinner that night and lunch the next day. I'd also recommend Camellia Grill while you are in town.

            1. In San Antonio, I'd make sure to take the loop to the NW quadrant (410?) and go to La Fogota. We have driven 500+ miles out of our way, to dine there. Great, and not too expensive Tex-Mex.


              La Fogata
              2427 Vance Jackson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78213

              1. Regarding La Fogata, take 1IH0 past Loop 410 and exit at Vance Jackson. Go left on Vance Jackson for a few blocks. The restaurant will be on your left.

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                1. re: Cat Lady


                  Thanks for the detailed instructions. We usually are headed East to West, and I could not recall the loop. I just recalled that it was in the NW quadrant, and that the exit was Vance Jackson.


                2. The best brewery tour is at the Abita Brewery in Abita Springs, LA. It's out of the way from I-10 but worth the trip. The actual tour lasts about 20 minutes, but you can show up as early as you want and stay as late as you want and you are given access to all of their beers on tap...ALL FOR FREE!!! They have a nice bar area to socialize with everyone else there and also a New Orleans style outside courtyard.

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                  1. re: nikinik

                    Thanks again folks. Will be in N.O. tomorrow night for 3 nights. Still open for any other recs.

                    1. re: nikinik

                      Abita Springs is off I-12 Exit 65. The Abita Brew Pub is above average, but you can also buy Abita Beer in gallon jugs. Makes a nice gift. Also see the UCM Museum while you are there. It's a lot of fun and a real bargain

                    2. I had a recommendation from a chef in Lake Charles to try Frey’s Crawfish House in Jennings (exit 64 off I-10 in Louisiana between Lake Charles and Lafayette). On our way to NOLA on 12/26 we stopped there for lunch and they were closed for lunch the entire week due to the holiday. I am going to get over that way to try it in the spring. It looks very good. Here are his photos:


                      There are also a couple of decent places in Breaux Bridge off of I-10 - Mulates and Cafe Des Amis. I think Frey's will beat them both though.

                      1. When going through San Antonio, try Tito's on South Alamo St. in the King William District. Cheap and delicious. We've introduced it to Tex-Mex lovers and out of state tenderfoots alike. No one's been disappointed. The Cilantro Cream Enchiladas are outstanding.

                        In Houston, try Good Company Barbeque on Kirby just south of HWY 59. My wife even likes their barbeque.