NY Foodie driving I-95 to Florida looking for interesting places to eat
We are going to drive down to Florida in early November to go to my son's wedding in Captiva.
Can you recommend some interesting, tasty places to eat that are close to I-95?
Local foods places would be best with the emphasis on good food. They don't have to be fancy or expensive. Diners, small restaurants would be great. BBQ or other local specialties would be fine. I don't want to detour too far from I-95.
I was thinking that someone really ought to do an I-95 list that could be stickied, but the list function doesn't appear to be working. Anyway, my favorites in VA and NC are:
1. K&L Barbecue in Hopewell, VA(off I-295). Excellent eastern NC style bbq.
2. Stony Creek Tastee Hut, Stony Creek, VA. Good eastern NC bbq, fried chicken, hushpuppies. Assorted other southern foods. Right off 95.
3. El Mexicanito, Wilson, NC. The best tacos I have found in North Carolina, and I've eaten a fair few.
4. Flo's Kitchen, Wilson, NC. Breakfast/lunch only. Excellent biscuits and pork chop sandwiches.
That's as far south as I get with any regularity. I was in Selma/Smithfield recently and had Honduran food at a place called Alondra's in Selma. Pretty good, especially the plantain chips, although I've only eaten there once.
There's a fair amount of talk about Ralph's BBQ in Weldon on here. I would avoid it; I ate there recently and found it to be overpriced and of poor quality. Ditto for any of the bbq places in Wilson. There isn't any good bbq near 95 in NC. The closest would be Blackbeard's in Conetoe, which is probably 25-30 minutes from 95.
There's a small restaurant in Rowland NC called the Pink House. It's a buffet and has great fried chicken. It is very laid back so expect that. Take NC exit 1 toward Roland (not South of the Border), go about a mile, make left at the carwash. They're closed on Sunday nights.