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Apr 16, 2012 02:27 PM

driving from chicago to new orleans---to eat southern ill, northern ms?

driving from chicago to new orleans---to eat southern ill, northern ms?
i posted on great lalkes board but i think its a better place to post here
anywher along the route to eat good-regionally honest fare?

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  1. Memphis BBQ is the best in the U. S. but there are very few joints close to I 40 that are convenient for long distance travelers that are usually in a big hurry and like to stop at places close to the IS. Cozy Corner is not too much trouble though.
    If you want to stop in Memphis, TN for BBQ I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right before you cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ.
    Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.

    1. 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 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 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 and country food. 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.
      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 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.
      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.

      1. 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.

        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.

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        1. re: Littleman

          thank you--you are a treasure--exactly what i was looking for. actually middendorfs is one of the reasons we drive down to new orleans --(rather than fly.)
          ive driven over to those places on the west shore of the lake in frenier--but never eaten there because mittendorfs is so close. perhaps i will try them also this year. we also go a little furhter west --on the river --to hymel's.

          1. re: joeljcj2

            Enjoy your visit. I think B & C is close to Hymels.

            B & C Seafood Market and Cajun Restaurant @ 2155 Louisiana 18, Vacherie, LA 225 - 265 - 8356.

            1. re: Littleman

              Oooo...+1 for B&C. Do the Laura Plantation tour if you have the time, also.