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May 5, 2011 03:29 AM

Authentic food in New Orleans, Lafayetteville, Vicksburg, Natchez, Memphis

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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  1. 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.
    Napoleon House Bar & Cafe @ 500 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 524 - 9752.
    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.
    Felix's Oyster Bar @ 739 Iberville St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 522 - 4440.
    Mena's Palace @ 200 Chartres St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 525 - 0217.
    Joey K's Restaurant @ 3001 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA 504 - 891 - 0997.
    The Grocery @ 2854 Saint Charles Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 895 - 9524.
    Tracey's Restaurant @ 2533 Constance St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 2054.
    Mahoney's Po Boy Shop @ 3454 Magazine St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 899 - 3374.
    Short Stop Po Boy's @ 119 Transcontinental Drive, Metairie, LA 504 - 885 - 4572.
    Parkway Bakery & Tavern @ 538 Hagan Ave., New Orleans, LA 504 - 482 - 3047.
    Bozo's Restaurant @ 3117 21st St., Metairie, LA 504 - 831 - 8666.
    Mandina's Restaurant @ 3800 Canal St., New Orleans, LA. 504 - 482 - 9179.
    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

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

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    1. re: Littleman

      thank youso much for all the details that is fabulous

    2. 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.
      Crab Trap @ 100 Peavine Road, Laplace, LA 985 - 651 - 4150.
      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.
      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.
      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.
      Wilson's Meathouse @ 23086 U.S. 51, Crystal Springs, MS 601 - 892 - 2951.

      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.
      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

          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.



          River Road Cafe
          3701 River Rd, Muscle Shoals, AL 35661

          1. re: Bill Hunt

            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!

        2. 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

            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.


          2. 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.

            1. 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.

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