Road trip: Mid-Mo to Nashville via Owensboro, KY & Murphysboro IL
Barbecue & authentic-local-eats fiend driving mid-Mo to Nashville next week, already planning detours/stops at 17th street Bar & Grill (Murphysboro IL) on the way there, plus one of the mutton-que joints in Owensboro KY on the way back (prob'ly Old Hickory BBQ, if I have to pick just one). Taking suggestions to sample another hidden gem or two elsewhere along the way, & anything great in Nashville itself (not necessarily just barbecue). Your suggestions welcome & could affect my route. Paducah, Henderson, Bowling Green? Carbondale, IL? Evansville, IN?
Paducah is a wonderful little Southern Food town.... Several non-chain very excellent restaurants downtown that are all unique and very well done. Max's Brick Oven, Tribeca Mexican, JP's fabulous alfresco dining, Cynthia's impeccable Italian, Doe's Eat Place famous for steaks, Whaler's Catch for fish and frog legs, Di Fratelli, Martin Fierro Argentinian Grill, Shandies run by the owners of Artisan Kitchen....all are in historic settings and offer great food opportunities! BBQ ~ Starnes and Backwoods are both superb...offering different sauce types. Starnes tends to be more vinagar-y and Backwoods a little sweeter. Wonderful ribs!
Hope this helps~~