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Jun 15, 2011 02:11 PM

Road trip from Miami to Asheville, need recs

I'm driving up I-95 to Columbia and then I-26 to Asheville. I need some recommendations for breakfast, lunch and dinner; not sure what times I'm going to be where.
Looking for places close to interstate (w/in a few miles), but if there's an absolute must that's further down the road, I'll make the trip.
Trying to find diner type places, no need for fancy stuff. Quick casual places? Places to grab a good pork sandwich for the road?

Thank you!

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  1. Literally, right off 95 in Jacksonville is Aix. I've only been there for dinner, but I'm pretty sure they're open for lunch too. The mussels were delicious, some of the best I've ever had. On our next trip up or back, I will make sure we time it so we can get there again.

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    1. re: pilches

      Aix looks nice, maybe even a little too fancy though, after being in car for many hours.

      Any thought on places along I-26 near Columbia?

      1. re: Shooz

        It may be too far off of I-26, but if you want a diner, The Farmer's Shed in Lexington (near Columbia) is a possibility. It's an add-on to a local farmer's produce market that features southern home-style cooking and produce from the family's farm. The menu changes daily and includes choices like fried chicken, meat loaf, and country fried steak paired with your choice of two sides (think collards, butter beans, stewed tomatoes, or hashbrown casserole) and either cornbread or a biscuit for $8.50. Their web site now lists their daily selection, so you can see whether it appeals to you.

        We stopped there in March while on our way to Florida and had a very good meal. Be forewarned: they sell out early and are only open between 11 and 7 on Mon.-Fri. However, they were nice enough to let us call ahead and pre-order from the highway, to ensure that our youngest daughter got her fill of chicken and Mac and Cheese.

        1. re: kdbarlow

          Thanks, saw website and it looks good. Heading up there next week.

    2. Here's a few places on I 95 to stop and rest. When you get to Jacksonville, FL on I 95 get off at Exit 353 C on W Union St. and go about 8 blocks to Pearl and take a left to Jenkin's Quality BBQ which is home owned by the Jenkins' Family for over 50 years. Get off I 95 at Exit 373 and go W to Callahan's BBQ.

      Jenkin's Quality BBQ @ 830 North Pearl Street, Jacksonville, FL 904 - 353 - 6388.

      Callahan's BBQ @ 45007 State Rd 200, Callahan, FL 904 - 879 - 4675.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 1 and go W on St. Mary's which turns into Scrubby Bluff Rd. and go to Jack's BBQ. Or you can get off I 95 at Exit 3 at Kingsland, GA and cross E King Ave. to Boone Ave. which is the next street then take a left to Blue's BBQ at the Chevron Market for good BBQ.

      Jack's BBQ @ 1359 Scrubby Bluff Rd., Kingsland, GA 912 - 729 - 1500.
      Blue's BBQ @ 1330 Boone Ave. Extension E, Kingsland, GA 912 - 576 - 8682.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 29 and go W on Highway 82 about a mile to Gary Lee's Market for good road food.

      Gary Lee's Market @ 3636 U. S. Hwy. 82, Brunswick, GA. 912 - 265 - 1925.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 49 to the right at Darien, GA and go NW on Highway 251 less than a mile to Smokey Joe's BBQ. It is between two hotels on the left and has excellent pulled pork.

      If you want the best fresh seafood on your trip get off I 95 at Exit 49 in Darien, GA to the right and go E on Highway 251 to Highway 17. Take a right on Highway 17 and go S for 1.2 miles. Turn right on Broad St. just before crossing the bridge. Go one block and take your first left on Screven St. and have some outstanding fresh seafood at Skipper's Fish Camp. [size=3 font="times new roman"].

      Smokey Joe's BBQ @ State Hwy. 251, Darien, GA. 912 - 437 - 2555.
      Skipper's Fish Camp @ 85 Screven St., Darien, GA 912 - 437 - 3474.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 58 at Townsend, GA to the right on Highway 99 and go less than a mile to Highway 17. Turn left and go N about 2 miles to Pine Harbor Rd. Take a right and go E about 2 miles to Sepelo Station Crossing and fantastic fresh local seafood and hand cut steaks.

      Sapelo Station Crossing @ 1172 Pine Harbor Marina Road, Townsend, GA 912 - 832 - 3555.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 67 at Townsend, GA to the right and go S on Highway 17 for 1.2 miles then take a left going E onto Harris Neck Road just past a small church. Go 5.7 miles E to the Jessie Grant Road and look for the purple OSD sign on your left. Turn to the right at the sign for about 100 feet to Old School Diner for the best fresh seafood around. OSD is open for dinner Wednesday/Saturday and Noon to 10 PM on Sunday. They are closed on Monday and Tuesday. This might be the best road food you will have on your trip.

      Old School Diner @ 1080 Jesse Grant Road, Townsend, GA 912 - 832 - 2136.
      Get off I 95 at Exit 76 at Midway, GA and go E on Highway 38 to Sunbury Rd. Take a left and go to Brigantine Dunmore Rd. Take a left and go to Sunbury Crab Co. which is open for dinner serving outstanding fresh seafood. This might be the best place you stop for the seafood is outstanding.

      Sunbury Crab Co. @ 539 Brigantine Dunmore Road Midway, GA 912 - 884 - 8640.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 87 at Richmond Hill, GA and go W on Highway 17 half a mile to Smoking Pig BBQ next to the BP Station on N side of Highway 17. The ribs and chicken are excellent. This is probably your best stop for BBQ in GA.

      Smokin Pig BBQ @ 3986 U.S. 17, Richmond Hill, GA. 912 - 756 - 7850.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 102 at Pooler. GA and go W on Highway 80 4/5 blocks to Don's Famous BBQ.

      Don's Famous BBQ @ 217 US Highway 80 E., Pooler, GA 912 - 748 - 8400.
      Get off I 95 at Exit 5 at Hardeville, SC and go S on Highway 17 which is Speedway Boulevard. Go 5.5 miles and take a left on Highway 170A which is S 27 34 and go 3.5 miles to Oakatie Highway. Take a right and go to The Pink Pig.
      The Pink Pig @ 3508 South Okatie Highway, Hardeeville, SC 843 - 784 - 3635.

      Get off I95 at Exit 21 at Ridgeland, SC and go E on Grahamville Road to State Road S/27/13 and take a right. Take your next left and go to The Old House Smokehouse on Highway 336 or Old House Road for good steaks and seafood. Get off I 95 at Exit 21 at Ridgeland, SC and have great pulled or chopped port at BBQ Grill. They also have BBQ ribs and chicken. I think it's better than Dukes.
      Old House Smokehouse @ Hwy. 462 @ hwy.336, Ridgeland, SC 843 - 258 - 4444.

      BBQ Grill @ 8084 East Main St., Ridgeland, SC 843 - 645 - 4414.
      Duke's BBQ @ 690 South Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC 843 - 726 - 6244.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 33 to the right at Yemassee, SC on Highway 17 and go E one mile then turn left on Highway 17 Alternate or Highway 21 for 4 miles. Look for Harold's Country Club on the left for outstanding burgers on Wednesday, potluck on Thursday and steaks on Saturday. Be sure and call ahead to place your order for good road food.

      Harold's Country Club @ 97 U.S. 17 Yemassee, SC 843 - 589 - 4360.
      Get off I 95 at Exit 38 at Yemassee, SC and go SE on Highway 68 to Castle Hall Road to Ray's Rib King for good BBQ.
      Ray's Rib King @ 4 Castle Hall Road, Yemassee, SC 843 - 589 - 2919.

      Get off I 95 at Exit 57 at Walterboro, SC for good BBQ @ Duke's. Low Country is good but Duke's is best.

      Duke's BBQ @ 949 Robertson Blvd., Walterboro, SC 843 - 549 - 1446.
      Low Country BBQ @ 635 South Jefferies Blvd., Walterboro, SC 843 - 549 - 8355.

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      1. re: Littleman

        how do you do that? you are amazing - as i read down this thread , i knew it was yours before i saw your name. kudos!

        1. re: Tee

          Ditto Tee! Littleman is good.

          1. re: Windsor

            Wow! What a response.
            Hit Dukes and Smokin Pig.
            Smokin Pig: Yum!
            Also had yummy fried shrimp at B&J's in Darien.
            Thanks for such a great list. I'm going to be heading down & up often soon and this is gonna be a great reference.

            1. re: Shooz

              B&J's never fails to impress on shrimp