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Mar 9, 2009 08:38 AM

Where to eat between DC and Nashville (Taking I-81S down to I-40W)

My brother and I are going down to Nashville to visit our mom this weekend, and I don't know where to eat! The last time I made the drive was with my mom, and she had us stopping at convenience stores and fast food joints the whole way down. To me, that is a waste of a road trip.
I am particularly interested in having some good barbecue, but also a huge fan of chicken and fish (I see this as a chance to indulge in some greasy fried food).

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  1. Keaton's is a great bbq chicken shack off I-40 near Statesville, NC. Be sure and check the their website to make sure they are open when you are passing by.

    Also, Allen and Son BBQ near Hilsborough is excellent, and would be a short detour off I-85, near its junction with I-40.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      Sorry, I misread I-81 as I-85. Please ignore my suggestions, as they are not on your route.

    2. We almost always stop in Wytheville, Va. for a Skeeters hot dog run. It's a cool old building on the main street serving up some tasty dogs. Nothing special about them except that they taste great. Get "The Works".

      Check out my blog entry on them.


      1. Thank you guys so much!

        1. There are those who think Carl's Perfect Pig on 70 S in White Bluff just east of N'ville has some of the best ribs in the state. I'm not saying it's true, but it's not far off the mark. Good sides too.

          1. For a snack, or a treat to keep in the car for the ride, stop in Daleville to Blue Collar Joes for custom made cake donuts with gourmet toppings...and grab a latte for the ride too!
            It's become a favorite pitstop for us just 1 mile off of 81