NC Foodies Moving West to Napa; U-Haul Friendly Worthwhile Dining along I-81 & I-40?
Friends are packing for the move of a lifetime from Charlotte NC to Napa Valley. Avoiding fast-food but staying near the Interstate, can you folks give them a few tips?
Stage 1: Charlotte to Abingdon Va.
Stage 2: Abingdon to Knoxville to Nashville.
Moderately priced, 20' U-Haul friendly parking; family friendly menus. Thanks for the help!
Here's a few places to stop and rest near I 81 in NE TN. Phil's Dream Pit BBQ is excellent at Exit 67AB near Kingsport, TN go E on I 26 just a minute to Exit 10 then go N on Eastern Star Rd. a minute. About 5 minutes off I 81.
Phil's Dream Pit @ 534 Eastern Star Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 349 - 6437.
Just N about 10 miles on E side of I 81 is Dixie Outpost BBQ if you prefer at Exit 69. Go E on # 394 a mile or two then turn left or N on # 126 just a few minutes to Dixie.
Dixie Outpost BBQ @ 3172 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 423 - 574 - 7447.
Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723.
Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.
It's not exactly a foodie destination, but your friends may want to know that Cracker Barrel (yes, the chain) has U-Haul friendly parking at all of their restaurants. They have simple, elegant pull through parking located to be easy in and out of the parking lots. After driving a U-Haul, they will be so thankful for a non-truck stop destination with rocking chairs to take the shudder out of driving.
We moved from NOLA to east Tennessee, doing it ourselves with three U-Haul loads. We knew the road well and the lack of good places to stop that weren't hard to get into or out of.
They might want to take I-26 north from Asheville as it's the newest of the three cross mountain interstates and is a gentler grade. If they are keeping their car separate, the classic Ridgewood BBQ in Piney Flats TN is about ten miles off of I-26.
716 N Campbell Station Rd, Knoxville, TN 37934