Hwy 64 out of Memphis...
Oakland, Powers, Somerville, Laconia, Whiteville, Bolivar- drove this route the other day, and must have seen a dozen places that looked *very* chow worthy. Lots of pit BBQ, many looked like they had been there for awhile. Unfortunately, I had never traveled this road before, so I had already eaten in Memphis just in case there was no place to stop.
Boy, do I regret that! I'm going to travel this route again soon- any recs? And while we are at it, how about along Hwy 51 between Memphis and Dyersburg?
BBQ is always a good bet along the Hwy 64 corridor. If you go past Bolivar, you start getting into some really great catfish. Brad's BBQ in Oakland is fairly new as far as BBQ places go, but they make good food. Check out Fayette and Hardeman counties on the West Tennessee Culinary Tourism map at http://www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore/index.html. The Old Country Store in Jackson put this together with the criteria that the restaurant had to be at least 5 years old, serving traditional Southern food, and not part of a chain. There are some really great places on there.
As far as Hwy 51 north goes, my husband did a piece on that route for Edible Memphis magazine last year. You can take a look at the places we found at http://www.paulandangela.net/ourwork.php. The article takes you to Ripley, but if you keep going north to Union City, stop on Main Street for a Flippens fried pie. They're just a beautiful thing.
I think it grabbed an extra period - http://www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore/index.html & http://www.paulandangela.net/ourwork.php