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Mar 7, 2009 06:53 PM

Mississippi - help!

I am driving on business from Memphis through Jackson, MS to New Orleans this coming week.

Where are the "must eat" places? BBQ, dives, family places. Thanks so much in advance! I think I am driving Interstate 55.

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  1. How many meals would you be interested in, and what time would you be coming through? Jackson is about half way between Memphis and New Orleans- would that be where you would stop for lunch?

    Few more details and we will have you all fixed up!

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    1. re: Clarkafella

      I'll be leaving Memphis pretty early in the AM. Am fine on the New Orleans situation, but most interested in stopping in Jackson or small towns along the way. So lunch is perfect, yes. Anytime mid-late PM.

      That said, if I don't get out in Memphis the night before (tons of meetings), would love any options for fun dinner in Memphis and a great diner breakfast in Memphis as well.


      1. re: fetegirl

        Walker's Drive In is a great place to eat lunch in Jackson, and it's not too far off the interstate. If the weather's nice, you can even sit outside and get a little fresh air. Here's the link:

        1. re: pkimble

          Just noticed the web site is down. Here's the physical address: 3016 North State St in Jackson.

    2. My favorite place to stop at is Tony Tamale's in Jackson. It's about 10 min off I-55, and it is the real deal. It's in the ghetto but well worth the trip.

      1. Locals will have to tell if they are still running and as good as in the past, but Old Time Deli, in N. Jackson, almost across from University Hospital was once great. Just off of the Interstate.


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        1. re: Bill Hunt

          Ouch! Stick a knife in my heart! They have been closed for several years....

          1. re: Clarkafella

            The space is now occupied by Julep -- which is another decent spot right off the interstate. Particularly if you are coming through in time for the brunch on Sunday.

            1. re: Clarkafella

              Thanks (I guess) for the news, however much it hurts. Abe ran a fun little place and I got to watch it grow up from one tiny bay in the shopette to several.

              Oh well, things change.

              I'm glad that you got this in time for the OP, 'cause I'd hate for them to exit on Northside Dr (is that correct?), and go hunting.


          2. I've all of the bigger name BBQ joints. We to the Orignal Interstate BBQ last Sept was the best Wet BBQ I've had. Doe's in Greenvillie is famouse for steaks I've never been because I'm down there for the Delta Blues Festival and it's about impossible to get in the place that weekend. Going to go a day early this year to give it a go. Might want to bring some heathy snacks hard to find something that's not fried.


            1. If you can make it to Hattiesburg you should try Leatha's for BBQ
              Leatha's Bar-B-Que Inn
              6374 U S Highway 98 Ste D, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
              Or if you are looking for some Pre-New Orleans food try Crecent City Cafe
              3810 Hardy Street
              Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39123