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brisfood May 5, 2011 03:29 AM

I'm an Australian food blogger (https://www.brisbanefoodadventures.bl...) doing a USA roadtrip in Sept/Oct 2011.

I'm doing a roadtrip from New Orleans to Memphis in late September and would love to try real downhome foods on my trip. What are the signature dishes for the above towns? And what are the best restaurants to eat them at?

Where do I buy the best Po boy in New Orleans?

Looking forward to some recommendations from locals

Brisbane Food Adventures

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    shallots May 31, 2011 07:17 AM

    We lived in New Orleans for a decade, and are pleased to hear that Rocky and Carlos' (down river) in Chalmette, opposite the refinery is back, open, and as good as ever.
    For your dose of history there, the Chalmette Battlefield National Historic Park puts the area in perspective, historically.
    In New Orleans, go into Jefferson Parish to Heidel's bakery for a slice of Russian Cake and at least one Almond Croissant (creme anglaise filling and a light classic praline drizzled over the top.)
    Be sure to eat real "French Bread". It's a lightness you will remember.

    Take lots of natural fiber clothes; polyesters will kill you in the heat then.

    On up the river, be sure to visit the Civil War Ironclad Cairo that was salvaged and refurbished as part of the Vicksburg Civil War Historic Park. It's a treasure that's ignored by too many writers.

    1. Bill Hunt May 29, 2011 08:32 PM

      Bisfood,

      For a better look at NOLA recs., there is a NOLA-specific Board. Many of the same players, but some different ones too.

      I would post for the NOLA recs. there, just to get a few more "favs."

      Enjoy,

      Hunt

      1. Bill Hunt May 29, 2011 08:00 PM

        Along with Littleman's comprehensive po-boy list, I would add one NOLA "fine-dining" location - reservations (for upstairs) and jackets for dinner required - Galatoire's.

        Not "road food," and not po-boys, but for gathering a real, and somewhat complete "taste of New Orleans," you will not be disappointed. There are a couple of things to consider:

        Galatoire's takes reservations, but ONLY for upstairs. The food is the same and the service is great. The downstairs area is a real tableau of New Orleans culture, but there are NO reservations taken - one stands in line. Many families have favorite waiters, who are almost passed along at death. Some have served many generations of some families. Their location can determine if one does the reservations for upstairs, or if the stand in line for downstairs. The food is quintessential NOLA fare - Creole influenced, but New Orleans through and through. Downstairs can be a bit of a "show," so one must decide what they want. In the last few years, our schedules have dictated reservations and upstairs. As mentioned, the food is the exact same, and the service is great in either location. The difference will be the "show."

        When you are seated, and after the menus are presented, your server will approach. Talk to them about any allergies, etc., and then ask THEM what is good that day. Unless it just does not work for you, go with their recommendations. If you identify yourself as a first-time diner, they will take wonderful care of you, and show you a culinary side of NOLA, that you would likely miss.

        For dinner, gentlemen will need jackets, but for lunch that is relaxed. Still, most gentlemen WILL have jackets, or suits, so the choice is yours.

        Enjoy, and travel safely,

        Hunt

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          Littleman May 7, 2011 04:48 PM

          Go to Rusty's in VB. Or go to Walnut Hill's for good country food. Solly's has good tamales.

          Rusty's River Front Grill @ 901 South Washington St., Vicksburg, MS. 601 - 638 - 2030.
          Solly's Hot Tamales @ 1921 South Washington Street, Vicksburg, MS 601 - 636 - 2020.
          Walnut Hill's Restaurant @ 1214 Adams St., Vicksburg, MS. 601 - 638 - 4910.
          http://www.walnuthillsms.net/

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          Solly's Hot Tamales
          1921 Washington St, Vicksburg, MS 39180

          1. texasredtop May 5, 2011 08:03 PM

            My two favorite dishes in the entire world are the bbq shrimp at Mr. B's Bistro in NO and the charbroiled oysters at Drago's in Metairie (just outside of NO). Thank me later. :-)

            Also, there is a board specif to NO here.

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              fat harry May 5, 2011 11:11 AM

              Parkway Bakery is the best poboy spot in New Orleans. Felix's is probably the worst (but good for raw oysters). Since you are going to be there for such a short time, the only others that I would consider are Mahony's, The Grocery, Guy's, Domilese's, or Tracey's.

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              1. re: fat harry
                Bill Hunt May 29, 2011 08:06 PM

                I agree on Parkway, but do disagree on Felix's, for their shrimp po-boys - soft-shelled crab po-boys, in season, can be great too. However, that is just personal tastes.

                Hunt

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                Littleman May 5, 2011 07:46 AM

                What's your route. You should go up Highway 61 through Natchez and the Delta. If you go up I 55 here's a few joints along the way. If you want great fresh seafood and an outstanding view of Lake Pontchartrain get off I 10 at Exit 209 and go N on Highway 51 one mile to Peavine Road. Take a right and go another mile to Frenier Landing Restaurant. The Crab Trap is also a great place for fresh seafood next door to Frenier Landing. CT is only open Thursday/Friday/Saturday for dinnner.
                Frenier Landing Restaurant @ Peavine Road, LaPlace, LA 985 - 224 - 2178.
                http://www.frenierlanding.com/
                Crab Trap @ 100 Peavine Road, Laplace, LA 985 - 651 - 4150.
                http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/57/1430476/restaurant/New-Orleans/La-Place/Crab-Trap-Laplace
                If you have never been to Middendorf's Restaurant you must stop at Exit 15 off I 55. Go E to Highway 51 and turn right. Go S about a mile to some fine fresh seafood right off the boat. They also serve great salads, gumbo, sandwiches and steaks. Stop to rest even if you don't eat. Get a cold drink and head back.
                Middendorf's @ 30160 Highway 51, Akers, LA 985 - 386 - 6666.
                http://middendorfsrestaurant.com/
                BBQ Station is a good stop in Independence, LA. Get off I 55 at Exit 40 and go E on Highway 40 to Railroad Avenue. Take a right and go two blocks for good BBQ.
                Bar B Que Station @ 563 W. Railroad Ave., Independence, LA. 985 - 878 - 3747.
                If you take a rest stop near the LA/MS state line at Osyka, MS get off I 55 at Exit 1 and go E on Highway 584 and go to Second Street. Take a right and go to Nyla's for outstanding burgers. The nearby town of Kentwood, LA is the home of Britney Spears who is a frequent visitor at Nyla's.
                Nyla's Burger Basket @ 1071 Second Street, Osyka, MS 601 - 542 - 5032.
                For the best southern cooking in the US go to Dinner Bell in McComb, MS. They are open for lunch only Tuesday through Sunday. Get off I 55 at Exit 17 and go E on Delaware Avenue to S Broadway. Take a right and go 2 blocks to 5th Avenue. Take a right and go to Dinner Bell. You will sit around large lazy susan tables filled with southern specials like fresh vegetable casseroles, fried eggplant and fried chicken. Stop by on your way N.
                The Dinner Bell @ 229 5th Ave., McComb, MS. 601 - 684 - 4883.
                http://www.thedinnerbell.net/index.html
                If you want good soul food near Summit, MS get off I 55 at Exit 20 and go W. Take your first right on Old Brookhaven Road and go N to Doretha's.
                Doretha's @ 1139 Old Brookhaven Road, Summit, MS 601 - 276 - 9594.
                For good BBQ get off I 55 at Exit 72 in Crystal Springs, MS and go E on Highway 27. Go E for about a mile to the Intersection of Highway 27 and Highway 51 to Louise's for outstanding BBQ. Google has Louise's home address so a GPS may take you to the wrong place. Just go straight from I 55 on Highway 27 to the IS of 51 and 27. It's in a brown frame building with a high yellow sign. Here's a link to their menu. They are open to about 9 PM.
                Bring an ice chest and pick up some custom processed meat from Wilson's Meathouse in Crystal Springs. Get off I 55 at Exit 68 towards Crystal Springs and go E for .4 mile to Highway 51. Take a right and go 1.1 mile and Wilson's will be on your left.
                Louise Open Pit BBQ @ 26164 Hwy. 27, Crystal Springs, MS. 601 - 892 - 5003.
                http://carpejackson.com/2010/01/18/louises-open-pit-bbq/
                Wilson's Meathouse @ 23086 U.S. 51, Crystal Springs, MS 601 - 892 - 2951.
                http://www.sararoahen.com/Sara_Roahen...

                Get off I 55 at Exit 81 and go W to Terry Road. Take a right and go to Wyndale's for outstanding steaks.
                Wyndale Steakhouse @ 6672 Terry Road, Terry, MS 601 - 878 - 2695.
                If you stop in Jackson, MS on your way N/S and you would like outstanding fresh seafood or steaks in a great atmosphere get off I 220 Bypass at Exit 1B and go E on Highway 80 to Crechales. It's in an old run down joint on the right but they serve some fine food. Be sure to try their Cumback Sauce. Get a few bottles to take home.
                Crechale's @ 3107 Highway 80 West, Jackson, MS. 601 - 355 - 1840.
                Hickory Pit is a great place to stop in Jackson, MS for good BBQ.
                Hickory Pit @ 1491 Canton Mart Road, Jackson, MS 601 - 956 - 7079.
                …metromix.com/restaurants/…content
                If you stop near Grenada, MS go to High on the Hog or Jake and Rips for good road food.
                High on the Hog BBQ @ 711 Lakeview Dr., Grenada, MS 662 - 226 - 5635.
                Jake and Rips @ at 1525 Sunset Dr., Grenada, MS 662 - 227 - 9955.

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                1. re: Littleman
                  brisfood May 6, 2011 07:46 PM

                  THANK YOU!!

                  1. re: Littleman
                    Bill Hunt May 29, 2011 08:05 PM

                    I second Middendorf's, though personally think that Hwy 61 is worth the drive. It's the Great River Road, and while it's been paralleled by Interstate Highways, much of it still exists, almost in a time capsule. The Great River Road does cross the River (capitalized, I always mean the Mississippi River), but not till you get up north a bit.

                    Was hoping that Littleman would have some recs. for Holly Springs, MS, as mine are from too long ago (shortly after the Civil War, by some comments). There should still be some great dining there, but it has been too many years, for me to be of any help. Just poking around Holly Springs will be worth the little side-trip.

                    Enjoy,

                    Hunt

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                    3701 River Rd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

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                      Clarkafella May 30, 2011 08:54 AM

                      Not far from Holly Springs, in Corinth, MS is Abe's Diner. Certainly worth the trip! It only has a dozen or so stools, so it is best to get there at odd hours. Last time there we arrived around 10:30 and enjoyed a wonderful breakfast- three kinds of gravy, all home made for the biscuits (also homemade).

                      If lunch is your thing, they have the best steak sandwich I have ever eaten. After devouring one, I was just sitting there in bliss- Abe took one look at me and said "you want another one, don't you?"- I hadn't been thinking that (already full), but got one anyway. They are that good!

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                    Littleman May 5, 2011 07:38 AM

                    Here's some good po boy restaurants in NOLA. Johnny's is good. Parkway is one of the best. Mahoney's is good. There are lots of po boy joints in NOLA.

                    Johnny's Po Boys @ 511 Saint Louis St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 524 - 8129.
                    http://www.johnnyspoboy.com/
                    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
                    http://www.napoleonhouse.com/
                    Rampart Food Store @ 1700 North Rampart Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 944 - 7777. POBOYS.
                    Stanley @ 547 St. Ann St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 593 - 0006.
                    http://stanleyrestaurant.com/
                    Felix's Oyster Bar @ 739 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 4440.
                    http://www.felixs.com/
                    Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 0217.
                    http://www.menaspalace.com/
                    Joey K's Restaurant @ 3001 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 891 - 0997.
                    http://www.joeyksrestaurant.com/
                    The Grocery @ 2854 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9524.
                    http://www.thegroceryneworleans.com/
                    Tracey's Restaurant @ 2533 Constance St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 2054.
                    http://traceysnola.com/
                    Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.
                    http://www.mahonyspoboys.com/
                    Short Stop Po Boy's @ 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, LA 504 - 885 - 4572.
                    http://www.shortstoppoboys.com/
                    Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
                    http://www.parkwaybakeryandtavernnola
                    Bozo's Restaurant @ 3117 21st St., Metairie, LA 504 - 831 - 8666.
                    http://www.bozosrestaurant.com/Bozos/...
                    Mandina's Restaurant @ 3800 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9179.
                    http://www.mandinasrestaurant.com/
                    Crabby Jacks @ 428 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, LA. 504 - 833 - 2722.
                    Domilise's Po Boy's @ 5240 Annunciation St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 9126.
                    Joe Sepie's Cafe @ 4402 Jefferson Hwy., Jefferson, LA. 504 - 324 - 5613.
                    Liuzza's by the Tracks @ 1518 North Lopez Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 218 - 7888.
                    Verti Marte Deli @ 1201 Royal Street, New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 4767.
                    Ignatius Eatery @ 4200 Magazine Street New Orleans, LA 504

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                    Royal Street Cafe
                    104 N Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602

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                    1. re: Littleman
                      brisfood May 6, 2011 07:43 PM

                      thank youso much for all the details that is fabulous

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