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five pound possum May 6, 2012 04:09 PM

a few friends of mine and i will be taking a roadtrip down from atlanta to new orleans and we're looking for bbq joint or otherwise good hole in the wall spots to eat along that route. shortish detours are totally acceptable. any suggestions from alabama to lousiana would be much appreciated!

  1. 1POINT21GW May 6, 2012 05:55 PM

    What route will you be taking?

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      five pound possum May 6, 2012 06:59 PM

      good question. probably I-85 to montgomery, I-65 to mobile, and I-10 to new orleans.

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        1POINT21GW May 6, 2012 11:29 PM

        Well, to start your trip out, no question, I'd stop at Taqueria Iztaccihuatl in Fairburn. It's about 10 minutes off the expressway (I-85). They serve the absolute best authentic Mexican (although not every single thing they serve is 100% authentic) at fantastic prices. Everything they serve is made to order. Their corn tortillas are made from scratch right there in the restaurant (the grandmother of the family can be seen making the dough and pressing out the tortillas on Saturdays). Armando, the father of the family, and his wife own the place and they could not be nicer, more genuine, more caring people. Armando's true love for people and his food shines through in the entire experience. I HIGHLY encourage you to check this place out. It is my all-time favorite Mexican restaurant of anywhere I've ever traveled.

        http://www.yelp.com/biz/taqueria-iztaccihuatl-fairburn

        http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/9/806415/...

        In Mobile, I have been told that The Brick Pit is outstanding, although I have never been there.

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      Littleman May 9, 2012 01:04 PM

      The best BBQ in Mobile is at Brick Pit. Get off I 10 at Exit 15B and go N on Highway 90 for 3 miles to Demetropolis Road. Take a left and continue on Demetropolis Road which becomes S University Boulevard. Go about 5 miles from the left you took on Demetropolis to Old Shell Road. Take a right and go to Brick Pit for outstanding BBQ.

      For good BBQ, music and fun times get off I 10 at Exit 57 and go N on Highway 57 to The Shed for lunch or dinner.

      The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint @ 7501 Hwy. 57, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 9590.

      http://www.theshedbbq.com/ordereze/intro.html

      The Brick Pit @ 5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 251 - 343 - 0001.

      http://brickpit.com/

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        Dax May 10, 2012 12:52 PM

        I've only been to the Brick Pit once and thought it was closer to good than great and not oustanding at all. Weak, sweet sauce. Pork itself was good.

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          pkimble May 24, 2012 08:45 AM

          I'm voting with Littleman. The Brick Pit is one of my favorite BBQ places, though I wasn't a fan of the Boiling Pot. I also liked both the Phoenicia and Blow Fly Inn on a recent trip to the MS Gulf Coast.

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        Littleman May 12, 2012 12:45 PM

        The best seafood in Mobile, AL is at Wintzell's Oyster House. Get off I 10 at Exit 26 A and go W on Canal Steet. Go .4 mile and turn right on S Washington Avenue. Turn right and go .3 mile to Dauphine Street. Take a right and Wintzell's will be on your right. The best BBQ in the area is at Brick Pit. Get off I 10 at Exit 15B and go N on Highway 90 for 3 miles to Demetropolis Road. Take a left and continue on Demetropolis Road which becomes S University Boulevard. Go about 5 miles from the left you took on Demetropolis to Old Shell Road. Take a right and go to Brick Pit for outstanding BBQ. For fine po boy's and fresh seafood get off I 10 at Exit 15A and go N on Government Boulevard to Hall's Mill Road just past the shopping center on the right. Take a right and go to the Boiling Point.
        Wintzell's Oyster House @ 605 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251 - 432 - 4605.
        http://www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com/
        The Brick Pit @ 5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 251 - 343 - 0001.
        http://brickpit.com/
        The Boiling Pot @ Suite G, 5300 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 251 - 602 - 8405.
        http://www.theboilingpotllc.com/
        For fine southern comfort food get off I 10 at Exit 68 at Moss Point, MS and go N on Highway 613 to Tugus restaurant. Stay on Highway 90 going E from Ocean Springs, MS. Go to Market Street and take a right. Go to Ingall's Avenue and take a left. Go 3 or 4 blocks to Bozo's Grocery for fine po boy's. Go to Tay’s for the best BBQ on the coast.
        For good BBQ and fun times get off I 10 at Exit 57 and go N on Highway 57 to The Shed for lunch or dinner. For fine country food for breakfast or lunch go E on Highway 90 to Ocean Springs, MS and turn right on Washington Avenue. Take your first left on Robinson Street and go to Bayview Gourmet. Fayard's has good BBQ. Ward's has good seafood and steaks. Phoenicia has good breakfast, lunch or dinner.
        Tugus Restaurant @ 6909 Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 228 - 474 - 9910.
        Bozo's Grocery @ 2012 Ingalls Ave., Pascagoula, MS 228 - 762 - 3322.
        Tay’s BBQ @ 3602 Ingalls Avenue Pascagoula, MS 228 – 205 - 2167.
        http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tays-BBQ/183971898302626?sk=info
        The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint @ 7501 Hwy. 57, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 9590.
        http://www.theshedbbq.com/ordereze/intro.html
        Bayview Gourmet @ 1010 Robinson St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 4252.
        Fayard's BP @ 6905 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 1020.
        Kenny Ward's @ 1504 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 818 - 4505.
        McElroy's on the Bayou @ 705 Bienville Blvd. 228 - 818 - 4600.
        Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine @ 123 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 0603.
        Continue on Highway 90 to Highway 49 N in Gulfport, MS. Take a left and go one block to 13th Street and turn left to Half Shell Oyster House for fine fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Or continue on Highway 90 to Cowan Road which is E of Highway 49 in Gulfport, MS between Gulfport, MS and Biloxi, MS. Go N on Cowan Road to W Pine Street. Turn left and go 3 blocks to Washington Street, Turn right and go to Blow Fly Inn where the local's dine on fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Continue E on Highway 90 to Caillavet Street just E of I 110. Turn left and go N to Howard. Turn right and go one block to Old Biloxi Schooner for good po boy's. For fine fresh oysters and good seafood continue E on Howard to Fillin Station for lunch or dinner. White Cap has some fine seafood too.
        Half Shell Oyster House @ FL 1st, 2500 13th St., Gulfport, MS 228 - 867 - 7001.
        http://halfshelloysterhouse.com/
        Blow Fly Inn @ 1201 Washington Ave., Gulfport, MS 228 - 896 - 9812.
        http://www.blowflyinn.com/
        Ole Biloxi Schooner @ 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 435 - 8071.
        Fillin Station @ 692 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 432 - 5565.
        http://www.fillinstationbiloxi.com/
        White Cap Seafood Restaurant @ 560 Beach Drive, Gulfport, MS 228 - 604 - 4444.
        http://www.coastseafood.com/whitecap.html
        Continue on Highway 90 to Darwell's Cafe in Long Beach, MS for good lunch or dinner. Darwell's was featured on Diners, Drive In's and Dives. Continue on Highway 90 to Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill across from the Pass Christian Yacht Club for good fresh seafood, cold drinks and nice music. Get off I 10 at Exit 2 at Bay St. Louis, MS and go E on Scenic Highway 90 to Trapani's for fine fresh seafood for lunch or dinner.
        Darwells Cafe @ 127 East 1st St., Long Beach, MS. 228 - 868 - 8946.
        http://www.darwellscafe.co
        Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill @ 120 S. Hiern Ave., Pass Harbor, Pass Christian, MS. 228 - 452 - 9939.
        http://www.shaggys.biz/
        Trapani's @ 116 N Beach Boulevard, Bay St. Louis, MS 228 – 467 – 8570.
        http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/159/95105...

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        1. re: Littleman
          Bill Hunt May 30, 2012 08:35 PM

          Did not see this one mentioned, but if Littleman has covered it, my apologies.

          On HWY 90, in Gulfport, MS, I would recommend the White Cap restaurant. This restaurant has been around for at least 50 years, but in different locations. We were highly impressed, though it looked to be a bit of a "tourist restaurant" in its present iteration. We were very surprised, and in a very good way. http://coastseafood.com/whitecap.html

          Enjoy, and travel safely.

          Hunt

          [Edit] Oops, no sooner did I post, and I saw that Littleman had already include the White Cap - he is thorough, and good.

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          five pound possum May 31, 2012 06:28 AM

          wow! these are great recs. unfortunately a little too late for that trip, but perfect for future runs down to new orleans. did hit up taqueria iztaccihuatl. we had a variety of tacos, of which the al pastor was the highlight. super friendly staff too! thanks to all responders.

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            1POINT21GW May 31, 2012 10:34 AM

            FANTASTIC!!!

            I am SO GLAD to hear you enjoyed Taqueria Iztaccihuatl! Thank you for replying back sharing that.

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