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Jun 29, 2011 08:44 PM

East Coast Road Trip

Hello! My partner and I are planning a road trip up the east coast from Florida next month. We only have nine days to hit all the places we want to visit, so does anyone know of really awesome/delicious/worthwhile food joints or places to see not too far off the highway (probably I-95)? We will be moving from Florida to South Carolina to North Carolina to D.C. to New York to Rhode Island to Boston, then heading back down. Any recommendations or tips would really be appreciated! Thanks!

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  1. Philadelphia:

    Since I don't know what you itinerary is, I have put together a down and dirty Foodie Tour of South Philadelphia.

    If time is short, I would suggest Philly Cheesesteaks. We're talking Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks. Yes, there are other places that probably serve a better cheesesteak, but Pat's and Geno's are the two that are the most famous and their cheesesteaks are very good. Both are located on 9th Street and get this, they are across the street from one another!

    So, what kind of cheesesteak do you order? Well, the famous one is a cheesesteak with cheese whiz and onions. To order it, tell the cashier, "Gimme a whiz wit!" If you don't want the onions (you really do want the onions though) just say, "Gimme a whiz wit out!" I prefer provolone, so I would bark out, "Gimme a prov wit" or "Gimme a prov wit out."

    Make sure to get some hot cherry peppers. These go great with cheesesteaks! They have a little heat (depending on your tolerance) and sort of cleanse your palate. Just bite them off at the stem and enjoy.

    Which establishment should you eat at? I prefer Geno's but you won't go wrong over at Pat's. If you are really hungry, get one from both places.

    Both are open 24/7 and seating is outside along the sidewalk. Parking is up and down the street, where ever you can find it.

    Word of caution: If you are traveling through Philly late at night, say, between the hours of 1 and 2 am on a Friday or Saturday night, you will have a bit of a wait. A lot of people leave the clubs in the area and head down to grab a bite to eat. The most you will wait is maybe 15 minutes or so.

    Pat's King of Steaks:

    Geno's Steaks:

    Pat's and Geno's are literally 10 minutes off of I-95.

    If you have about 90 minutes to eat, may I suggest a wonderful italian american restaurant located in the heart of the italian market, Villa di Roma (936 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. (215) 592-1295). It's an old school italian american restaurant that I have had the privilege to eat at for over 25 years now. There are two dishes that I would suggest you order:

    Chicken Neopolitian or Chicken Sicilian. Either one is to die for. The mussels in white sauce are excellent as are many other dishes at the restaurant. For some reason, I do not prefer their red sauce (gravy), but many people love their meatballs or other traditional gravy dishes.

    Order a Villa Salad for two. Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

    For dessert, try a cheese cannoli.

    *******CASH ONLY at Villa di Roma!******* There is an ATM around the corner if memory serves me correctly.

    Again, 10 minutes off of I-95.

    One last stop and that would be for italian pastries. (You did pack a cooler didn't you?) Termini Brothers: 1523 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (215) 334-1816. Let's just say this place is a philly institution. Been in business for over 80 years. A wide selection of italian pastries that will make your mouth water.

    Termini Brothers:

    Good luck and have fun.

    1. Here's a link that may help a lot:

      Also check out the Triple D web site and Anthony Bourdain's for places they've filmed.

      1. CH protocol calls for multiple posts on the various boards that your trip will cover, but screw protocol. :D

        Boston - Regina Pizzeria in the North End. A religious experience.

        New Jersey - Gotta do a diner, and Mastoris is arguably the king. Huge place, huge menu, generous servings of really good food. A bit of a detour from 95 but well worth it.

        1. Here's a few places 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.
          Get off I 95 at Exit 98 at Santee, SC and go W on Highway 6 to the 1st street on your left which is Britain. Turn left and go to Maurice's for good BBQ. Get off I 95 at Exit 98 and go W on Highway 6. Take a right on State Park Road and go to Lonestar BBQ for good southern food. Clark's Inn and Restaurant is a very fine place to spend the night and have breakfast, lunch or dinner.
          Maurice's Gourmet BBQ @ 263 Britain St, Santee, SC 803 - 854 - 3889.

          Lonestar BBQ @ 2212 State Park Rd., Santee, SC. 803 - 854 - 2000

          Clark's Inn and Restaurant @ 114 Bradford Boulevard, Santee, SC 803 - 854 - 2101.

          Get off I 95 in Summerton, SC at Exit # 108 and go N less than a mile to Church St. and good country cooking at Summerton Diner.
          Summerton Diner @ 32 Church St., Summerton, SC 803 - 485 - 6835.
          Get off I 95 at Exit 119 at Manning, SC and go E on Highway 261 to N Brooks Street. Take a left and go to McCabe's for good BBQ.
          McCabe's Bar B Que @ 480 N. Brooks St., Manning, SC. 803 - 435 - 2833.
          Get off I 95 at Exit 119 at Manning, SC and go E to Scott's for outstanding BBQ.
          Scott's Variety Store and BBQ @ SC Hwy. 261, Hemingway, SC. 843 - 558 - 3629.

          Get off I 95 at Exit 160 A going S at Florence, SC and go E on # 20 less than a mile to Red Bone Alley in Florence Mall Shopping Center on Palmetto St. for a RBA Black and Bleu Burger or a Bubba Burger. Or go to Apple Annie's for good road food.
          Redbone Alley @ 1903 West Palmetto St., Florence, SC 843 - 673 - 0035.

          Apple Annie's Deli and Pub @ 1720 W Palmetto Street, Florence, SC 843 - 669 - 6247.
          Get off I 95 at Exit 181A and go one mile to Highway 917. Take a left and go about 3 miles to Abingdon Manor Inn and Restaurant at Latta, SC. Spend the night in a soft bed in a grand old inn and have a fantastic dinner.
          Abingdon Manor Inn and Restaurant @ 307 Church Street, Latta, SC 843 - 752 - 5090.

          Get off I 95 at Exit 20 in Lumberton, NC to the right then turn NW on Highway 201 which is N Roberts Ave. and go about half a mile to Fuller's BBQ for good road food.
          Fuller's Old Fashion BBQ @ 3201 N Roberts Ave., Lumberton, NC. 910 - 738 - 8694.

          If you don't mind driving 30 miles out of the way for the best burger's in NC get off I 95 at Exit 20 at Lumberton, NC and go SE on Highway 211 about 2 miles to Highway 41 which is E Elizabethtown Rd. Take a left and go 25 miles E on Highway 41 and turn left when you get to Elizabethtown on Highway 41 which is Broad St. and you will see Melvin's on the right If you would rather have a nice southern lunch or dinner stop before Melvin's at Front Porch Cafe for a real southern treat. Help yourself to the fried chicken at the buffet and some great desert then head W on Broad St. which is Highway 41 and go 4 miles W on Highway 41 to Highway 87 and take a right. Head N on Highway 87 15 miles to Highway 20 and take a left there. Go W 10 miles on Highway 20 and you will come to St. Paul, NC where you can resume your trip N on I 95.
          Melvin's Hamburger's @ 133 West Broad Street, Elizabethtown, NC 910 - 862 - 2763.
          Front Porch Restaurant @ 1100 West Broad St., Elizabethtown, NC 910 - 862 - 3330.

          Heading N on I 95 at Exit 56 try Fuller's Old Fashioned BBQ at Fayetteville, NC. They sell a good burger and also a buffet lunch with fried chicken.
          Fuller's Old Fashioned BBQ @ 113 N. Eastern Blvd., Fayetteville, NC. 910 - 484 - 5109.

          At Exit 73 in Dunn, NC get off I 95 going W on Cumberland go about a mile take a right on General Lee and next left on Broad for some fine fried chicken at Kim's. Don't let the name bother you. They sell a BBQ sandwich but 99% country food.
          Kim's BBQ House @ 900 W. Broad St., Dunn, NC. 910 - 892 - 7750.
          For outstanding BBQ and country fried chicken get off I 95 at Exit 79 at Benson, NC and go W on E Main Street to N Fayetteville Street which is the first street to your right. Take a right and go N to E Church Street. Take a right and go to N Honeycutt Street. White Swan will be on your left.
          White Swan BBQ and Fried Chicken @ 105 N Honeycutt St, Benson, NC 919 - 894 - 4446.

          Get off I 95 at Exit 90 just S of Smithfield, NC to your right and turn back N on Highway 301 and go to White Swan BBQ just up the road for good BBQ.
          White Swan BBQ @ 3198 South Brightleaf Blvd., Smithfield, NC 919 - 934 - 8913.

          Take Exit # 138 going S on I 95 at Nashville, NC and go W on # 64 about 6 miles to Exit # 458. Turn back E on Western Ave. less than a mile for some outstanding BBQ at Doug Saul's.
          Doug Saul's BBQ @ 813 Western Ave., Nashville, NC 252 - 459 - 4247.
          When you reach VA on I 95 at Exit 31 try Stony Creek Tastee Hut for good fried chicken or BBQ.
          Take Exit 138 off I 95 at Rocky Mt., NC and go E on I 64 for 1 1/2 miles to Exit 466 and go S on N Winstead Ave. to Sunset Ave. Take a right and go to Gardner's BBQ. Gardner's has 3 locations in Rocky Mt., NC but this one on Sunset is the most convenient to I 95. You will pass a Hampton Inn on your right when you exit I 64 if you are planning to spend the night in Rocky Mt., NC.
          Hampton Inn @ 530 North Winstead Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 252 - 937 - 6333.

          Gardner's Barbecue @ 3651 Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 252 - 443 - 3996.

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          1. re: Littleman

            I had a very special lunch at The Summerton Diner recently with my aunt who lives in that area. Their food is fresh and homemade. It is a very small space and is popular with the locals so expect to have to wait on a table.
            Apple Annie's in Florence is nothing special.

            1. re: Littleman

              whoa Littleman, someone's a little BBQ-centric. (props actually - that's an exhaustive list) forget good BBQ in DC and just surf/search the recent posts for that town (it doesn't change too fast)