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Aug 13, 2012 02:12 PM

Road trip reccomendations

I am planning a road trip from charleston, SC to Texas with a plan to stop in nashville and Memphis. Looking for places to stop along the way for a great food experience. Any type of food is appreciated, but BBQ would be the top on any list for me. Help me find the great spots between the major cities! thanks,

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  1. We stopped in Tennessee, right off the highway, General Lee's, gas station, head shop, bbq joint. Yep. not sure if this is it or not:
    We had the brisket. It was good, and the people were nice.
    I-40, exit 288

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    1. re: wyogal

      Thanks for the reccomendation. Sounds like just what we are looking for!

    2. Get off I 40 at Exit 287 in Cookeville, TN and go N on S Jefferson to Maddux Station at E Spring Street for good road food. Go to Brass Lantern in Crossville for good road food. Dickey's has good BBQ and Halcyon is a fun dining choice.
      Maddux Station Restaurant & Wine Bar @ 319 East Spring St., Cookeville, TN 931 - 854 - 0883.
      Brass Lantern Restaurant and Lounge @ 79 Chestnut Hill Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 7657.
      Dickey's BBQ Pit @ 965 Northside Dr., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 4900.
      Halcyon Days Restaurant @ 2444 Genesis Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 456 - 3663.
      Get off I 40 at Exit 258 at Gordonsville, TN and go N on Gordonsville Highway to Timberloft for good BBQ and road food for lunch or dinner.
      Timberloft Restaurant @ 470 Gordonsville Highway, Gordonsville, TN 615 - 683 - 5070.
      Get off I 40 at Exit 238 in Lebanon, TN and go N on S Cumberland to Sunset Restaurant for good country food.
      Sunset Restaurant @ 640 South Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 615 - 444 - 9530.
      Get off I 40 at Exit 210 and go to Arnold's for good country food.
      Arnold's Country Kitchen @ 605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 256 - 4455.

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      1. re: Littleman

        Thanks for the great list. Any stops you'd consider cant miss?

        1. re: rbietry

          Between Nashville and Memphis, there's Helen's Bar-B-Q in Brownsville TN, and Scott's-Parker's in Lexington TN. Apparently both are well worth stopping at for serious BBQ.

          1. re: cherylmtl

            Scott's in Lexington, TN (take the TN-22 exit south to US412. Head west and just past the stoplight for TN-104 you'll see B.E. Scott's on the right. They do run out and close early so either get there early or call ahead.

            Scott’s BBQ
            10880 Hwy 412 West
            Lexington, TN
            (731) 968-0420

            Here's a thread from another forum that describes a lot of BBQ spots in TN....with pictures! Enjoy!!

      2. For outstanding BBQ stop at Roadside BBQ @ Exit 271 off I 40 In W Memphis, AR. Get off I 40 at Exit 241A/B and go N to Colt, AR on Highway 1. Take a left on Highway 306 and go to Greg and Jim's for good BBQ. Get off I40 at Exit 241A/B and go S on North Washington Street in Forrest City, AR to The Ole Sawmill Cafe. It's open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right.Gene’s has good BBQ in Brinkley. Craig's BBQ in Devall's Bluff, AR is outstanding. Get off I 40 at Exit 183 at Carlisle, AR on Highway 13 and go S to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR. Get off I 40 at Exit 175 at Lonoke, AR and go S on Highway 31 to E 8th Street and go to Pruett's for good BBQ.
        I would not stop in Little Rock, AR unless you just want to. If you need to stop get off I 30 at Exit 133 and go N on Geyser Springs Road to Sim's for good BBQ. At Exit 116 at Benton, AR you will find outstanding road food at Ed & Kay's Restaurant on the N side of I30 for lunch and dinner. On up the road at Arkadelphia, AR you will find good hamburger's at Hamburger Barn or good country food for breakfast or lunch at The Honeycomb Restaurant at Exit 73.
        If you want real family country food then get off I30 at Exit 222 in Texarkana, TX and go to Bryce's Cafeteria for the best home cooked food in America. It's just off I30 at Exit 222 and very convenient.
        Stop at Nana's Diner in New Boston, TX. Get off I30 at Exit 201 on N Center St. and get a good country meal at Nana's which is right off I30. Get Off I30 at Exit 127 on Shannon Road in Sulphur Springs, TX and go to Burton's Family Restaurant for great road food at breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a typical diner and nothing is fancy about it but the food which is not expensive. It's next to the Best Western and convenient for quick access to I30.
        Roadside BBQ @ 196 Arkansas 147, West Memphis, AR 870 - 733 - 9208.
        Greg & Jim's Grocery & BBQ @ Hwy 306, Colt, AR. 870 - 633 - 0541.
        The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.
        Gene's Barbecue and Family Restaurant @ 1107 N. Hwy. 17, Brinkley, AR. 870 - 734 - 9965.
        Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.
        Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.
        Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.
        Sims BBQ @ 7601 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, AR 501 - 562 - 8844.
        Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663.
        Hamburger Barn @ 2813 Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 246 - 5556.
        The Honeycomb Restaurant @ 710 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 245 - 2333.
        Bryce's Cafeteria @ 2021 Mall Dr., Texarkana, TX 903 - 792 - 1611.
        Nana's Family Diner @ 1026 North Center St/, New Boston, TX 903 - 628 - 0700.
        Burton's Family Restaurant @ 1505 Shannon Rd E, Sulphur Springs, TX 903 - 885 - 5976.