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Dec 11, 2010 02:59 PM

Roadtrip- Need food advice

Hi I am making my way home from Cleveland to Houston and will be driving through Ohio -Kentucky.... Louisville 71S down to 40W through Memphis on to Texas.

Does anyone have some suggestions for neat little places that shouldn't be missed along that route?

Eating on the road trip is half the fun and I haven't taken this route before so any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Thanks :)

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  1. Louisville is becoming a real foodie town with dozens of good options. The Blind Pig and Eiderdown are two newish spots in the gastropub vein, both using local produce -- I've not eaten at the Blind Pig, but haven't heard a single murmur of anything less than bliss from my foodie friends who've tried it. Eiderdown I can recommend firsthand.

    We have a few hole-in-the-wall Asian joints, with seriously good and cheap food, lots of pubs with great atmosphere and solid food and amazing beer lists, a few quirky hippie places, you name it. Your best bet for the 'Ville is to check out the Louisville Restaurants Forum, IMO, so you can search for whatever strikes your fancy.

    1. Get off I 65 at Exit 94 in Elizabethtown, KY and go W on N Mulberry about half a mile to Stone Hearth Restaurant for outstanding southern food. The fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy is outstanding. Get a Kentucky tradition Hot Brown sandwich or one of their delicious po boys. Call ahead and get a box lunch to go. Get off I 65 at Exit 65 in Munfordville, KY and go S on Main Street to Big Bubba Buck 's BBQ for good Kentucky BBQ. Get off I 65 at Exit 26 in Bowling Green, KY and go W on Cemetery Road or Fairview Avenue to Chestnut. Take a left and go to Brickyard Cafe for fine Italian for lunch and dinner.

      Stone Hearth Restaurant @ 1001 North Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 765 - 4898.
      Big Bubba Bucks BBQ @ 1802 Main St., Munfordville, KY 270 - 524 - 3333.
      Brickyard Cafe @ 1026 Chestnut St., Bowling Green, KY 270 - 843 - 6431.

      Get off I 40 at Exit # 80A at Jackson, TN and get off to the right on Hwy. 186/45 then turn into Casey Jones Old Country Store on the right. This is a large complex with Casey Jone's Home and Museum and some shops. The Old Country Store serves a buffet of outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and opens at 6:30 AM.

      Old Country Store @ 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 731 - 668 - 1223.

      For outstanding BBQ stop at Roadside BBQ @ Exit 271 off I 40 In W Memphis, AR. Get off I40 at Exit 241A/B and go S on North Washington Street in Forrest City, AR to The Ole Sawmill Cafe. It's open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right. A good place to stop on I40 is Gene's BBQ and Family Restaurant @ Exit 216 in Brinkley, AR. Get off I40 on the S side on N Main St. and go about half a mile and you will find Gene's on the right serving outstanding country food. There's a lot more than just BBQ so stop by Gene's for sure even if you rest up and get a cold drink. Craig's BBQ in Devall's Bluff, AR is outstanding. Get off I 40 at Exit 183 at Carlisle, AR on Highway 13 and go S to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR. Get off I 40 at Exit 175 at Lonoke, AR and go S on Highway 31 to E 8th Street and go to Pruett's for good BBQ.

      I would not stop in Little Rock, AR unless you just want to. If you need to stop get off I 30 at Exit 133 and go N on Geyser Springs Road to Sim's for good BBQ. At Exit 116 at Benton, AR you will find outstanding road food at Ed & Kay's Restaurant on the N side of I30 for lunch and dinner. On up the road at Arkadelphia, AR you will find good hamburger's at Hamburger Barn or good country food for breakfast or lunch at The Honeycomb Restaurant at Exit 73.

      If you want real family country food then get off I30 at Exit 222 in Texarkana, TX and go to Bryce's Cafeteria for the best home cooked food in America. It's just off I30 at Exit 222 and very convenient.
      One of my favorite road stops is Ramage Farms Country Store at Exit 208 for good road food. The restaurant is an old building just off the N side of I30 and has all sorts of food stuff to purchase to take home. They serve outstanding BBQ, sandwiches, combo plates and steaks. Stop by if just to rest and get a cold drink. It's worth the effort to visit the old store.

      Roadside BBQ @ 196 Arkansas 147, West Memphis, AR 870 - 733 - 9208.
      The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.
      Gene's Barbecue and Family Restaurant @ 1107 N. Hwy. 17, Brinkley, AR. 870 - 734 - 9965.
      Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.
      Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.
      Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.
      Sims BBQ @ 7601 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, AR 501 - 562 - 8844.
      Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663.
      Hamburger Barn @ 2813 Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 246 - 5556.
      The Honeycomb Restaurant @ 710 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 245 - 2333.
      Bryce's Cafeteria @ 2021 Mall Dr., Texarkana, TX 903 - 792 - 1611.
      Ramage Farms Country Store @ 901 Main St., Hooks, TX 903 - 547 - 6187.

      6 Replies
      1. re: Littleman

        Littleman, do you honestly believe that those BBQ places in Arkansas are better than what's in Memphis? I notice that you always recommend these places to people who are driving right through Memphis. Just curious...

        1. re: jamiecarroll

          Memphis BBQ is the best in the U. S. but there are very few joints close to I 40 that are convenient for long distance travelers that are usually in a big hurry and like to stop at places close to the IS. Cozy Corner is not too much trouble though.

          If you want to stop in Memphis, TN for BBQ I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right before you cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ.

          Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.

          The best BBQ in Memphis, TN can be found at A & R. BBQ Shop, Central, Rendezvous, Cozy Corner, Interstate, Neely's, One and Only and Payne's.

          A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.

          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.

          Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.

          One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.

          Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.

          The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.

          Incidentally Interstate just reopened after a huge renovation.

          Cozy Corner Restaurant
          745 N Parkway, Memphis, TN 38105

            1. re: Littleman

              "Memphis BBQ is the best in the U. S."

              Not as long as Archibald's in Northport Alabama is open.

              And I live a half hour from Lockhart and Taylor Texas.

              You haven't had barbecue til you've eaten at Archibald's

              1. re: Littleman

                Memphis may have the best PORK bbq, but the folks in and around Lockhart, TX would claim their Q kicks serious pig butt.

            2. re: Littleman

              Gene's Barbecue should be renamed the "place of dashed hopes." The bbq pork had the consistency of smoked shoe laces. The chicken half was dry as the Sahara -- not even the dark meat was moist. The coleslaw was mayonnaised glop. The potatoes in the potato salad were, to put it kindly, al dente. We did like the barbecue beans. What a huge disappointment.

              The conversation was interesting, but I was hoping for the outstanding country food you'd promised!