Where should I eat along my moving route?
So, I am moving from Salt Lake City, UT to Gulfport, FL. Unfortunately this move will involve driving cross country. However, I figured I would try and make this trip something to look forward to, so I am hoping all of the great foodies on Chowhound will point me in the right direction. I have posted a link to my planned route below. What, in your opinion, are the best possible places to stop for food along that route? Main meals, desserts, snacks, etc. What should I eat at the establishment you are recommending? I like food....there's not much else I can say. So any recommendations you have that will cause me to want to move sooner are welcome!
Thanks in advance!!
Get off I 10 at Exit 13 near Bay St. Louis, MS and have lunch at Trapani's. Great fried/broiled fresh seafood. When you leave continue E on Hwy. 90 which runs right along the Gulf through Pass Christian, Gulfport and Biloxi to view the remnants of Katrina. There were some beautiful homes on the N side of 90 before Katrina. Very few have been restored or rebuilt. Turn N in Biloxi back to I 10 and head E to Mobile.
Trapani's @ 833 Highway 90 # 3, Bay St. Louis, MS 228 - 467 - 8570.
If you plan to stop near Mobile for lunch I would go to Wintzell's Oyster House which is famous. There are several of them in AL but the original is downtown Mobile at Exit 26A off I 10. If you decide to pass up downtown head on through the tunnel then across the Mobile Bay Bridge and pass The USS Alabama Battleship Park. There are some outstanding seafood restaurants along in there but you will have to get off I 10 which runs over the top of these places on the bridge. If you go on further there's another Wintzell's at Spanish Ft. just pass Mobile Bay at Exit 38 on N side of I 10 in Eastern Shore Centre.
Wintzell's Oyster House @ 6700 Airport Blvd., Mobile, AL 251 - 341 -1111. * I10/EXIT26A.
Wintzell's Oyster House @ 30500 State Hwy. 181, Suite 800, Spanish Fort, AL. 251 - 626 - 5714. I - 10 Exit 38.
Oyster House Restaurant
901 Copeland Ave, Everglades City, FL 34139
For Gumbo in NOLA......
Molly's at the Market @ 1107 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 5169.
Coops Place @ 1109 Decatur St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 525 - 9053.
Bon Ton Cafe @ 401 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 3386.
Cochon @ 930 Tchoupitoulas St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 588 - 2123.
Po Boys are the thing amongst most folks in NOLA but they like hamburgers as well.
Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
Port of Call @ 838 Esplanade Ave., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 523 - 0120.
Get of I 49 at Exit 138 and have breakfast/lunch at Lasyone's Meat Pie Co. for some great creole/cajun style food.
Lasyone's Meat Pie 622 2nd St., Natchitoches, LA 318 - 352 - 3353.
In Alexandria get off at Exit 86 and check out Outlaw's BBQ for some good LA Q.
Outlaw's BBQ @ 818 McArthur Dr., Alexandria, LA. 318 - 443 - 8723.
In Baton Rouge get off at Exit 157B and have some outstanding ribs and BBQ at TJ's ribs just off I 10 at the N side on S Acadian.
TJ's Ribs @ 2324 South Acadian Thruway, Baton Rouge, LA. 225 - 383 - 7427.
Take Exit 596 in Longview about 10 minutes N of I 20 to Carter's in an old joint for good ribs/chicken. Be a crowd at lunch though.
Carter's BBQ @ 519 S. Eastman Rd., Longview, TX. 903 - 236 - 3271.
In Shreveport get off Exit 19C to Ernest's Orleans Restaurant for good LA style seafood/steaks.
Ernest's Orleans Restaurant @ 1601 Spring St, Shreveport, LA 318 - 226 - 1325.
I took a slightly different route, lazing along Hwy 98 for a stop at Apalachicola River Inn both trips. Amazing oyster preps and a really nice hang. The show I tour with is based out of Orlando, so my visits involved rehearsals which involved 30-minute lunch breaks. The region has what is now my favorite non-burger fast-food chain of all-time, Pollo Tropical. Really good grilled chicken with tons of other meats, sides and condiments. Plus they always seem to screw up my order so I get something for free. lol
Along the same lines, Zaxby's is another regional chain that does a fine job, with a considerably more limited menu.
And speaking of Orlando... when you have settled in and it's time for another splurge, an overnight trip to O-town including a meal at The Ravenous Pig is highly advised. Another place that I hit twice on my trip, and it totally wowed both times.
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to recommend for the route you're taking. If you're up for a splurge though, I can suggest dinner at YO Ranch in Dallas. The buffalo filet mignon is currently one of the best steaks I've ever had, and the Elk Chops weren't far behind.
Are you going into the French Quarter when you get to New Orleans? I know Cafe DuMonde is a traditional place to go for coffee & beignets, but I'd recommend asking locals for somewhere a little more local and a little less tourist oriented. Last time I was there we went to Cafe New Orleans which was much quieter and just as good.
Check out http://www.roadfood.com/ for some of the cities you'll be driving through. When we were in El Paso last year, I found H&H car wash on that site, backed up the recommendation on the Texas boards here and then went and had some of the best chile rellenos I've ever had. I can only hope all the recommendations on that site turn out to be as good.
Good luck on the move! And if you're more specific on your likes/dislikes we all might be able to point you out to the "must tries" once you've settled in in Gulfport.
I believe we will be going into the French Quarter. We aimed our trip that direction specifically so we could eat in New Orleans. I am not a touristy food eater at all! I lived in New York City, and I know if the tourists eat there, typically there is a whole lot better elsewhere. In New Orleans, it's going to be about the gumbo. I need andouille! ;) I am foodie through and through, so I just want great food. It can be fancy, it can be a burger and fries...it doesn't matter to me. As long as it is the BEST! Even if it is just one food item that you would go there for, that's okay. I rode on the subway over an hour twice a week in New York, in order to get my bi-weekly fix of Levain Bakery cookies. I will remain that way in Gulfport, so if you would like to point me in the right direction there, please do.
Mind you, none of these places serve gourmet fare, but you have to eat three meals a day, so I can at least make some suggestions of places that serve decent food. Just a word of warning--keep your expectations in check because none of these are NYC caliber. Used to live there and just came back from a week long visit (aka binge) and am experiencing post-vacation food depression. :)
Tallahassee (my old college town):
Po'Boys for po boys, of course, and fried pickle chips.
Satchel's-funky, eclectic pizza joint.
Ivey's Grill-small, independent restaurant that has a decent brunch.
Bistro1245-very reasonably priced casual restaurant featuring foodie worthy sandwiches. Highly recommended for a decent lunch. Have not been as impressed with dinner fare.