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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: www.walkersdrivein.com

        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 http://www.nsrg.com/
              3810 Hardy Street
              Hattiesburg, Mississippi 39123

              1. Will be driving through the northeast corner of Mississippi, I-78. Any good pit stops along the way? Thanks

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                1. re: sarapeater

                  There is a really cool diner on the west side of Corinth- don't recall the name, but it was on the south side of the road and pretty easy to spot- probably seats maybe 10 people at the same time!

                  1. re: sarapeater

                    I found great tacos and tamales in Tupelo. They can be had at a window in the side of a gas station (the Speedy Gonzales E-Z- Stop) at 1725 North Gloster Street. It serves tacos, burritos and quesadillas. Some days they have tamales as well. The tacos come loaded with fresh onions and cilantro with limes and red and green salsa on the side. The phone number (of the convenience store connected to the window) is 662-620-2821.

                  2. Will second the recommendation for Leatha's. Very good barbecue if you ask me. Sweet sauce, not much smoky flavor (I did miss that), but for about $13, you get a ridiculous amount of food. Home fries cooked in a big cast iron pot! And the daughter of Leatha - she's funny! Asks "I know you not gone put no ketchup on my barbecue!?" (of course not, it was for the fries, which have such great flavor, she even shook her head at our use of the condiment for those!) And, she never writes anything down! Told me she has taken an order from a group of 50 at once - and not written ANYTHING down! All that aside, it's worth your dollar, drive, and time to eat at Leatha's