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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. keatonsoriginalbbq.com

    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.
      http://davwudsfoodcourt.blogspot.com

      DT

      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! www.bluecollarjoes.net
            It's become a favorite pitstop for us just 1 mile off of 81

            1. Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City Tenn. is thought by many to rank among the best in the US. It is just a bit south of I-81 just over the TN line from VA. Not easy to find and strange hours tho, and long lines, so call first. Google it and you will get lots of info, or search this board.

              1. Abingdon Va off I-81 ( exit 17) has a great bakery, cinnamon rolls, bear claws, turnovers etc., The Wildflour. They do sandwiches also - it's a short hop on and off the interstate.
                Farther along in Abingdon is Parks Mill barbeque - Good pulled pork

                http://parksmill.com/

                1. While in Nashville, don't miss Loveless Cafe Great fried chicken and a great breakfast also

                  http://www.lovelesscafe.com/pdfs/supp...

                  1. You must go to Mrs. Rowes Restaurant in Staunton, Va. It's at exit 222 off I 81. No matter what time of day, we always stop for good food. The desserts are awesome. I know this is after the fact, but you will want this restaurant for future trips. It would be worth the trip from DC some weekend just for the blueberry pie.