Roadtrip from MA to SC
My roommate and I are embarking on a roadtrip down to Myrtle Beach, SC during the first week of March, and would love some recommendations of must go to restaurants/stops along the way.(we're going straight down the coast.) We are both foodies and we want to experience as much as we can during our trip so any feedback would be much appreciated!
Sounds like a trip near and dear to my heart When you say down the coast do you mean 95 or the smaller "Blue Highways"? If you let me know, I might be able to find you some interesting stops between NJ and NC.
Also, you might want to check out William Leastheat Moon's book Blue Highways - a classic road trip read with food quest undertones (ahhh, the "Four Calendar Cafe").
Ahhh, so destination is the priority - fair enough. Unless, you want to eat the foulness served at the ubiquitous, National chains, you will need to leave the eight lanes occassionally. Remember though, while the Eisenhower System brought the Nation closer together, it also killed off a lot regional cuisine. Pit beef stands on Route1 were replaced with an Arby's at the foot of an exit ramp.
Nevertheless, not far from 95 in Philadelphia is the Reading Terminal Market. It is filled with a fantastic array of food options. I would make stopping there a priority. It is probably going to be the best place you will visit on the trip.
Similarly not too far from the highway is Havre de Grace, Maryland -a pretty, cool lttle town. There you will find a small crab shack called Price's and the Laurrapin Grill.
South of there the Superhighways are going to run you through Baltimore, Washington, and Richmond. I've had wonderful food in each of those cities, but I will not attempt to offer reccomendations when you can easily find better ones on the appropriate boards.
Redbone Alley is good and not far off the exit in Florence, South Carolina. For barbecue and a good lunch buffet with southern sides you might like Roger's which is not hard to find either.
For good seafood at the beach I suggest the Murrell's Inlet restaurants. Lee's used to be the best but you should probably check the South board. Frank's was always good too.
I hope you will have she-crab soup while there.