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Going to drive from the coast up through Hattiesburg, Jackson, and Port Gibson via Natchez Trace. Anybody know where we should eat? I'll get plenty of seafood on the coast - Interested in knowing about BBQ, HOT TAMALES, and HOME COOKING ... any rec's??

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  1. Lumpkin's BBQ in Jackson is a do not miss place for lunch- wonderful! There is the Big Apple Inn on Farish Street for hot tamales (also in Jackson)- guaranteed to be some of the best that you have ever had.

    For fried chicken on the Trace there is Old Country Store in Lorman- my favorite fried yard bird, and with any luck you will get free entertainment!

    In Natchez there is a BBQ place- (I can't think of the name, but it is on the south side of the street that goes over the MS river bridge) that does deep fried hot tamales- a lot better than they sound!

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    Old Country Store
    18801 Highway 61, Port Gibson, MS 39150

    Big Apple Inn
    509 N Farish St, Jackson, MS 39202

    1. Home cooking: Two Sisters Kitchen in downtown Jackson; Collins Dream Kitchen in West Jackson; Mama Hamil's in Madison.

      I'm not really a fan of any Jackson area barbeque.

      Tamales: Tony's Tamale's on Woodrow Wilson

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      Collins Dream Kitchen
      1439 Terry Rd, Jackson, MS 39204

      Mama Hamils
      480 Magnolia St, Madison, MS 39110

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      1. re: fat harry

        Have you been to Lumpkin's, Harry? It is actually a really good lunch buffet that serves brisket and ribs too. My favorite ribs are my own and some of them from gas stations, but the place ain't bad...

        1. re: Clarkafella

          I'm going to give Lumpkin's a big thumbs up too. Their brisket is fabulous.

      2. Go to Leatha's in Hattiesburg. The Shed is good too. Go to Tony's for tamales in Jackson. Hickory Pit has good BBQ. Elite has good country food. Two Sisters has good country food too.

        Leatha's BBQ Inn @ 6374 Hwy. 98, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 271 - 6003.

        The Shed BBQ @ 126 Mobile Street, Hattiesburg, MS. 601 - 336- 6755.

        http://www.theshedbbq.com/ordereze/Co...

        Tony's Hot Tamales @ 230 West Woodrow Wilson Avenue, Jackson, MS 601 - 366 - 9591

        http://www.tonystamales.net/

        Hickory Pit @ 1491 Canton Mart Road, Jackson, MS 601 - 956 - 7079.

        http://jackson.metromix.com/restauran...

        Elite Restaurant @ 141 East Capitol St., Jackson, MS. 601 - 352 - 5606.
        Two Sisters Cafe @ 707 North Congress St., Jackson, MS. 601 - 353 - 1180.

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        1. re: Littleman

          I have to disagree about the Elite. While certain items are indeed tasty (veal cutlet, enchilada, rolls), most of their food comes from a can and I do not feel that it is worth recommending to people who have a limited amount of time in the city.

        2. What's your route. Are you going from Hattiesburg to Port Gibson and then Jackson. Thanks.

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          1. re: Littleman

            Route changed a bit. No Hattiesburg, rather straight from Gulf Coast up to Jackson and then Natchez Trace to Port Gibson.