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Good places to eat close to I-40

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kagemusha49 Apr 19, 2014 06:27 PM

Driving with wife and dog from Tulsa to Georgia along I-40. Looking for great chow reasonably close to I-40. Bonus points for places that allow the dog (this is not a deal breaker as we can always do take out (doggie bags anyone?)

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    shallots RE: kagemusha49 Apr 21, 2014 02:47 PM

    Just guessing, but aren't you only going to take I-40 as far east as Nashville and then go south on I-24 down to Chattanooga (and thence to Georgia)?

    We drive the Nashville to Memphis leg fairly often and plan stops in Memphis or Nashville; aside from Jackson, it's a pretty drive but we haven't found a good stop.

    A fall back location is always Cracker Barrel with a broad selection of to-go meals. Dependable and fast.

    Hopefully, some good suggestions will emerge from your asking.

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      kagemusha49 RE: shallots Apr 21, 2014 05:10 PM

      You are correct about the route. I'm rather hoping for something better than a generic chain like Cracker Barrel.

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      bulldogx2 RE: kagemusha49 Apr 22, 2014 08:36 AM

      Shallots is right, unless there's something I'm not aware of, the stretch from Memphis to Nashville is pretty stark as far as good places to eat.

      In Memphis, you can get off I-40 at Exit 1B shortly after you cross the MS River. Go North on Danny Thomas and turn east/right on North Parkway. Cozy Corner BBQ is on the right. Very close to the highway and great ribs.

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        Michael H RE: bulldogx2 Apr 22, 2014 12:23 PM

        Downtown Memphis, right after you cross the river, is full of great restaurants. Rendevous, Gus' fried chicken, Little Tea Shop and plenty of upscale dining, such as Felecia Suzanne, Flight, and McEwan's. If you take 240 south around town (40 doesn't go straight through), get off on Poplar and you are within easy striking distance of Hog and Hominy/Andrew Michael, Southward and Owen Brennan's (great for lunch).

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        tracytrace RE: kagemusha49 Apr 23, 2014 07:50 PM

        Like everyone says, there's not much. However, if you are a fan of a great fried baloney sandwich, you can pull off I40 at the Bucksnort exit and stop at the little gas station/market/diner-type place, where they will fix you a good one and tell you about the escaped convicts who almost got away, but couldn't pass up the chance to grab one last sandwich. They got caught as a result, but apparently said it was worth it. It's not the best I've ever had (that's at Payne's), but it was good.

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          Clarkafella RE: kagemusha49 Apr 25, 2014 05:08 PM

          You might not find anything right off the exit ramp, but going by Helen's in Brownsville for BBQ would make your entire trip worthwhile. It is worth every second of extra time just to meet Ms Helen and her husband too if he is there! Another option that isn't to far off the beaten path is the *original* Gus's Fried Chicken in Mason, TN and Bozo's BBQ also in Mason, where I had lunch just yesterday. You won't go wrong with any of these, read the reviews on Yelp!

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