Roadtrip - your road food ideas needed
So we're coming down from Canada, travelling from Atlanta to Nashville to Memphis, down the Mississippi River to New Orleans, to Mobile, then back to Atlanta. We need your suggestions for great roadtrip places to stop in at as we're travelling. Looking more at the diner end of the scale than the high end eating end. Breakfast, lunch, dinner... any meal suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
That's a heck of a food trip you have planned. Instead of asking for input about the entire trip, you may get better results asking specific questions about the smaller cities you are going to be eating in- like "What's a cheap place for breakfast in Montgomery, AL?"- There is a wealth of information already posted here about new orleans, nashville, and atlanta. Doing a search will return discussions about the places you are looking for. By skimming those posts, you can get a general idea for what places would be interesting, and what places you might want to avoid. I've used that method for lots of cities, and then plotted the results on a google map, which is easy to set up. That way whenever I have internet access, I can see what is coming up and if I need to call ahead, etc- all in one place. Just a suggestion- but don't feel discouraged if you don't get a load of answers right away to a broad question such as this. Like I said, I've found that you will get better results if your questions are more targeted. Just my 2c.
You should be aware of the great tamales along the Mississippi River. They are smaller and lighter than traditional tamales - and they're delicious. Google Mississippi hot tamales. A world class place to stop for a steak (and tamales) in Mississippi is Doe's Eat Place in Greenville. In general, you can stop in most small towns on your route, go to the center of town, and find a meat and 3 place that is cheap and good -- greens, green beans, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding, cornbread.... There are also good meat and three places in larger cities, such as the Farmer's Market in Montgomery. Definitely eat barbecue in Memphis -- go to that board for suggestions (Interstate is good, but I haven't eaten there recently). The Loveless in Nashville has great biscuits. You might look into hot chicken, which is a Nashville specialty of sorts. And of course go to bars for some great live music. The Varsity Grill is an iconic spot in Atlanta. In New Orleans, do not go to Mother's. Do go to the Central Grocery for a muffuleta if you do nothing else, and try Domilisi's or Crabby Jack's in Metarie for a po boy. New Orleans also has wonderful, wonderful higher end restaurants -- my favorite is Commander's Palace, but others will fight and die for their own favorite, as well as their favorite oyster bar. In Mobile, you'll enjoy the Wintzell's downtown.
You should check the individual boards and cities for suggestions. And you can lose weight when you get home.
6581 U S Highway 49, Hattiesburg, MS 39401
I'm from montgomery and wouldn't recommend the farmer's market. There are far better meat and threes here. Downtown, Davis cafe comes to mind, as does Mrs BS Home Cooking. In wetumpka there is chicken shack. The farmer's market has always tasted straight out of a can to me- or cooked until mush. Some people like that sort of food, but it's not for me.
I would head south to Oxford, MS down I 55 to visit the University of Mississippi campus and the home of William Faulkner. Visit the historic downtown square and have lunch/dinner at City Grocery, Downtown Grill, Ajax, Walt or Prime. There's a nice B&B called 512 Van Buren 2/3 blocks west of the square.
Clarksdale would be an interesting stop because of the Blues Museum, Ground Zero Blues Club owned by Morgan Freeman and his fine dining restaurant Madidi's. I would personally head south of Oxford to Greenwood, MS and spend a night at the very nice Alluvian Hotel and have dinner there at Giardinia's or at Lusco's. Both are similar style food with good friend seafood, broiled seafood and steaks. The Crystal Grill in Greenwood is outstanding for lunch/dinner also.
152 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655
318 Howard St, Greenwood, MS
Downtown Grill Restaurant
110 Courthouse Sq, Oxford, MS 38655
722 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood, MS 38930
423 Carrollton Ave, Greenwood, MS 38930
You can find all the Memphis BBQ recommendations here you could possibly want but these are in the top 10.
A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444. *
4 Memphis Locations..................
BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746,
Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
I wouild stop by all means if possible for dinner at Doe's Eat Place. There are no nice hotels in Greenville other than the standard Comfort, Hampton, etc. Eat early and drive to Vicksburg for the night. You can visit the Vicksburg National Military Park and tour antebellum homes for an hour or two then have dinner at Rusty's River Front Grill or Walnut House.
In Vicksburg you could tour the old antebellum homes and the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Have lunch/dinner @ Rusty's River Front Grill @ 901 South Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 601 - 638 -2030.
or @ Walnut Hills @ 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 601 - 638 - 4910 for southern cooking.
I would definitely stop in Natchez and spend a day touring the plantation homes there. Monmouth is an oustanding place for the night. The dining room there is superb. I would also check out The Carriage House Restaurant at Stanton Hall for a wonderful lunch. There's a fantastic tamale place called Fat Mama's Tamales downtown. Other nice restaurants are Pig Out Inn BBQ, Magnolia Grill, Center St. Bistro and Biscuits and Blues.
49 Silver St, Natchez, MS 39120
Fat Mama's Tamales
303 S Canal St, Natchez, MS 39120
3033 Reeves St, Dothan, AL 36303
Carriage House Restaurant
401 High St, Natchez, MS 39120
On your way to Mobile stop in Gulfport. This is the best restaurant on the Gulf Coast. You need to see how bad Katrina was.
Vrazel's @ 3206 W. Beach Blvd. Open lunch Monday/Friday and dinner Thursday/Saturday.
Stop at The Brick Pit in Mobile for good BBQ.
Brick Pit @ 5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL. 251 - 343 - 0001.
On your way to Atlanta from Mobile check out this one if you have time.
Sam's Bar B Q @ 3510 Atlanta Hwy., Montgomery, AL. 334 - 279 - 0008. *
5456 Old Shell Rd, Mobile, AL 36608
I wouldn't recommend Sam's BBQ in Montgomery. You'll be going by too many other great towns for BBQ and Montgomery isn't really known for its BBQ at all. Little Sams might be okay for the Montgomery city limits, but there is better to be had, even 30 minutes out of town. I'd say if you are really up for BBQ, have korean BBQ instead. Montgomery has a giant Korean population thanks to the Hundai plant here. Arirang is my favorite place in town- and is comparable to some of the places in Korea Town in NYC.
If you have not passed through Mobile on your way to Atlanta check out this place just N. of Bay Minette, AL on I 65. You exit North on Hwy. 59 to Stockton a few miles off the I 65.
Stage Coach Cafe @ 52860 State Highway 59, Stockton, AL 251 - 580 - 0608.
Stage Coach Cafe
291 Highway 356, Rienzi, MS 38865