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Road trip Chow (dallas tx to santa rosa florida)

Taking a road trip to Florida (Santa Rosa) next week. I wanted to check and see if anyone had recommendations on any spots that are worth stopping for? To or from we will be going through N.O. I have plans for there. What areas I am looking for guidance on is:

1. Anything around int. 20 between dallas and jackson ms (in LA i am willing to make significant detours for good LA food)
2. Anything around Jackson ms to hattiesburg ms
3. Anything around hattiesburg to mobile to santa rosa.
4. Anything off 49 and 10 through LA.

We will have a 5 year old with us so but besides that i am open to all suggestions.

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  1. I have no suggestions for you except to say, I'd explore Chowhound for those particular areas you'll be traveling in.

    1. In New Orleans, suggest Brigtsen's.

      1. thanks foieegras.

        twinwillow, thanks for the suggestion. i have indeed already opened multiple threads in the designated areas of travel. just wanted to make sure i cover all the possibilities.

        1. the best LA food will be in Lafeyette and Acadia, not in New Orleans. Specifically, Old Tyme Grocery for the best po boys.

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          1. re: demigodh

            I 100% agree with you demigodh. any other recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Adding old tyme grocery to the map THANKS!

            1. re: wishIwasinsardegna

              When I'm driving that route I try to plan a meal at the Half Shell Oyster House in Gulfport - very good.

              1. re: Veggo

                I second that rec of the Half Shell Oyster House! Specifially the Oysters Orleans. I hadn't ever tried an oyster before (I know, for shame, for shame) and I am now salivating at the thought of having that dish. It is a must for me when in that area. http://halfshelloysterhouse.com/

            2. re: demigodh

              In addition to those excellent suggestions, I would also add the town of Breaux Bridge, La. for a great selection of real Cajun food restaurants. Especially for crawfish and boudin.

              http://www.google.com/search?client=s...

              1. re: twinwillow

                These are great guys! thanks for the info (im getting hungry)

                1. re: twinwillow

                  twinwillow...breaux is already on the map. our departure time from dallas is so that we arrive at crazy bout crawfish for a bowl or 5 of their seafood gumbo (one of the best i have ever had)
                  thanks.

              2. Last time I made the drive from Dallas to NOLA, we stopped at Lasyones (http://lasyones.com/) in Natchitoches for meat pies, which were absolutely delicious.

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                1. re: hypahypo

                  mmm meat pies...adding to the map... im actually making meat pies while on our trip...but im not cajun (just a wana be) so i need as much inspiration as possible. thanks.