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2011/06/14 17:43:32 (permalink)

Dallas to DC Road Trip

We are headed from Dallas to DC and back and would love any and all suggestions along the way.  The typical route, 30 - 40 - 81 is the current plan but we can head off the beaten path for the perfect plate.  Any and All suggestions welcome!
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    MetroplexJim
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/14 20:05:06 (permalink)
    Will you be spending one night or two along the way?  My wife and I make this trip annually and we usually go from McKinney to just east of Nashville, spend the night, then drive through to McLean the next day.
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/14 20:55:16 (permalink)
    In Virginia
     
    At the intersection of 81 and 77 is Wytheville and a great hot dog stand.
    http://bit.ly/kdzMGw
     
    A short trip off 81 into Roanoke will net you this little gem.
    http://bit.ly/mzw2mW
     
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/15 10:25:00 (permalink)
    Here's one place we never miss along the way; it is unique:
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72xXxV9qIPg
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/15 10:40:57 (permalink)
    And when you get to DC, don't miss:
     
    Mario's Pizza House, 3322 Wilson Bv., Arlington, VA 22201.  (Between Virginia Square and Clarendon)
     
                              
     
    They serve the 1950's - style pizza squares and the best hot subs in DC.  Try a few squares and a ham, steak, & cheese with grilled onions & shrooms.
     
    WARNING:  their pizza does not "travel"; it must be consumed immediately on the premises.  When I go in I order a few squares from Joe and consume them while waiting for Lefty to fry up my sub. 
     
    BTW: the " 'hood" is ultra-safe; it is on Wilson between the Virginia Square and Clarendon Metro stops.  It is a testament to their food that Mario's hasn't been torn down and replaced by $400,000+ 1 BR high rise condos:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4T1RMuoQnKo  .
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/16 16:04:51 (permalink)
    1 stop - we are debating on doing Nashville vs Knoxville.  The advantage of Nashville being CMA stuff and the Knoxville would result in us being able to do a bit of a drive through the Great Smokey Mountain area.   Thanks for the suggestions so far and any and all others are welcome!
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/18 10:23:02 (permalink)
    The eastern outskirts of Nashville are 1/2-way.  On the way we usually stop in Memphis for a BBQ lunch at The Rendevous: http://www.hogsfly.com/  .
     
    Nashville has far more to do (and eat) than Knoxville.  If you want a beautiful drive the next morning, take a short side-trip to Asheville.  One of my old DC buddies who could afford to retire anywhere in the world chose Asheville. 
     
    Back on the road, I highly recommend Three L'il Pigs BBQ in Roanoke:  http://www.threelilpigsbbq.com/contact.html .
     
    Where are you staying in the DC-area?  If you have a choice I would highly recommend Northern Virginia where the pocals refer to the Potomas as "our moat"!
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/18 11:01:55 (permalink)
    Here's a few places to stop and rest on your way from Dallas to DC. 
    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.
    Burton's Family Restaurant @ 1505 Shannon Rd E, Sulphur Springs, TX 903 - 885 - 5976.
    http://www.burtonsfamilyrestaurant.com/
    Get off I30 at Exit 201 on N Center St. and get a good country meal at Nana's which is right off I30.
    Nana's Family Diner @ 1026 North Center St/, New Boston, TX 903 - 628 - 0700.
    One of my favorite road stops is Ramage Farms Country Store at Exit 208 for good road food. The restaurant is an old building just off the N side of I30 and has all sorts of food stuff to purchase to take home. They serve outstanding BBQ, sandwiches, combo plates and steaks. Stop by if just to rest and get a cold drink. It's worth the effort to visit the old store.
    Ramage Farms Country Store @ 901 Main St., Hooks, TX 903 - 547 - 6187.
    http://www.ramagefarms.com/
    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.
    Bryce's Cafeteria @ 2021 Mall Dr., Texarkana, TX 903 - 792 - 1611.
    http://www.brycescafeteria.com/
    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.
    Hamburger Barn @ 2813 Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 246 - 5556.
    The Honeycomb Restaurant @ 710 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 245 - 2333.
    http://www.honeycombrestaurant.com/
    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.
    Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663.
    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.
    Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.
    Get off I 40 at Exit 183 at Carlisle, AR on Highway 13 and go S to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR.
    Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.
    http://www.nicksbq.com/
    Craig's BBQ in Devall's Bluff, AR is outstanding.
    Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.
    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. Greg & Jim's Grocery & BBQ @ Hwy 306, Colt, AR. 870 - 633 - 0541.
    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.
    The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.
    http://olesawmillcafe.com/
    For outstanding BBQ stop at Roadside BBQ @ Exit 271 off I 40 In W Memphis, AR.
    Roadside BBQ @ 196 Arkansas 147, West Memphis, AR 870 - 733 - 9208.
    If you want to stop in Memphis, TN for BBQ I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right after your cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ. When you leave CC head E to N Manasas and take your left. Go a block and take a right on Jackson Ave. then go about half a mile to I 240. Go under the IS and take a left going N and get on I 240 or I40 and go N. Go about 15 miles on I 240. You will turn E and then S before you reach Exit 12C then take I 40 E 200 miles to Nashville, TN.
    Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
    http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
    It's about 85 miles from Cozy Corner to Jackson, TN. It's a fine place for a road stop. Get off I 40 at Exit # 80A at Jackson, TN and get off to the right on Hwy. 186/45 then turn into Casey Jones Old Country Store on the right. This is a large complex with Casey Jone's Home and Museum and some shops. The Old Country Store serves a buffet of outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and opens at 6:30 AM.
    Old Country Store @ 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 731 - 668 - 1223.
    http://www.caseyjones.com..CountryStore/index.html
    First good country food is at Exit 204 before you get to downtown Nashville on I 40. Get off and go right on Robertson Ave. then take your first left on Charlotte Ave. go past the shopping center on your left and take a left on 53rd Ave. N and Wendell Smith's is on your left open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving good soul and country food. There's a Best Western, Days Inn, Comfort and Baymont back at Robertson where you get back on I 40 if you want to stay there. If you stay in this area you can go back to Wendell Smith's for breakfast.
    Wendell Smith's @ 407 53rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 7114.
    If you pass up Wendell Smith's then you can get off I 40 at Exit 1A and go back E on West End about a mile and then turn left on 25th Ave. N just past Centennial Park take your 1st right on Elliston and Rotier's is just ahead. Have a great meal there in one of Nashville's most well liked restaurants serving good seafood, steaks, sandwiches and plain ole good food in great atmosphere. Opens around 10:30 AM for lunch and dinner and closed on Sunday.
    Rotier's Restaurant @ 2413 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 615 - 327 - 9892.
    http://www.rotiers.com/
    Arnold's Country Kitchen @ 605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 615 - 256 - 4455.
    http://www.hollyeats.com/ArnoldsCountryKitchen.htm
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/18 11:05:17 (permalink)
    Get off I 40 at Exit 238 in Lebanon, TN and go N on S Cumberland to Sunset Restaurant for good country food. 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. 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.
    Sunset Restaurant @ 640 South Cumberland St., Lebanon, TN 615 - 444 - 9530.
    Timberloft Restaurant @ 470 Gordonsville Highway, Gordonsville, TN 615 - 683 - 5070.
    http://www.timberloftrestaurant.com/
    Maddux Station Restaurant & Wine Bar @ 319 East Spring St., Cookeville, TN 931 - 854 - 0883.
    http://www.madduxstation.com/#
    Brass Lantern Restaurant and Lounge @ 79 Chestnut Hill Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 7657.
    http://thebrasslantern.fo...elive.com/default.aspx
    Dickey's BBQ Pit @ 965 Northside Dr., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 4900.
    Halcyon Days Restaurant @ 2444 Genesis Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 456 - 3663.
    Before you reach Knoxville get off I 40 at Exit 373 on the S side and hit the first street left on Parkside and go about a mile to Smokey Mountrain Brewery for pizza, burgers and steaks. Get back on I 75 and head N on I 75/I 40 past Knoxville.
    Smokey Mountain Brewery @ 11308 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 288 - 5500.
    http://www.coppercellar.net/smbSite.shtml
    The folks that own Smokey Mountain own Copper Cellar just N of SM at Exit 380 S of I 40 on Parkside also convenient to plenty of shopping and just a minute off I 40. Both places are similar.
    Copper Cellar Restaurant @ 7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 865 - 673 - 3422.
    http://www.coppercellar.net/copperSite.shtml
    Unless you spend the night close to Knoxville, TN I would keep rolling and get on around Knoxville, TN and head E out of the traffic. Litton's is a good family restaurant in Knoxville, TN but it's not convenient to I 40. If you took the I 640 by pass around Knoxville, TN on the N side it's pretty convenient. Get off I 640 at Exit 6 and go N on N Broadway SE to Litton's for good country family food.
    Litton's Market and Restaurant @ 2803 Essary Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 688 - 0429.
    http://www.littonburgers.com/
    When you leave Knoxville, TN you may need to make a road stop.. If you want to get on past Knoxville here's a neat place 30 miles E of Knoxville with good seafood for lunch. If you don't eat you can rest and get a cold drink. Get off I 40 at Exit 417 and go S on Hwy. 92 a couple of miles to Dandridge, TN. This runs into Meeting St. Go 5/6 blocks to Dandridge Seafood Restaurant.
    Dandridge Seafood Restaurant @ 310 East Meeting St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2315.
    I would rather go to Smoky's Steak and BBQ which is one street over on E. Main and before the Dandridge Seafood Restaurant. They have good burgers, salads, etc. I know you did not want BBQ but Smoky's is a very nice restaurant in an attractive location with outdoor dining on the front porch. Check this link for their menu.
    Smoky's Steak and BBQ @ 149 East Main St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2272.
    http://www.smokyssteakandbbq.com/
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/18 11:07:19 (permalink)
    Phil's Dream Pit BBQ is excellent at Exit 67AB near Kingsport, TN go E on I 26 just a minute to Exit 10 then go N on Eastern Star Rd. a minute. About 5 minutes off I 81.
    Phil's Dream Pit @ 534 Eastern Star Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 349 - 6437.
    http://www.philsdreampit.com
    Just N about 10 miles on E side of I 81 is Dixie Outpost BBQ if you prefer at Exit 69. Go E on # 394 a mile or two then turn left or N on # 126 just a few minutes to Dixie.
    Dixie Outpost BBQ @ 3172 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 423 - 574 - 7447.
    Troutdale Bistro is the place for lunch/dinner in Bristol, TN.
    Troutdale Bistro @ 724 State St., Bristol, TN 423 - 989 - 3663.
    http://troutdalebistro.com/
    Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723.
    http://www.cootiebrowns.com/
    Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.
    At Abingdon, VA there's some fine places. Have lunch at the House on Main and dine on the porch, lunch or dinner at Peppermill or BBQ at Parks BBQ at Exit 17. Chick N Little is good country food and Ellis Soda Shop and Grill has good salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more with outdoor seating as well. Wildflower Bakery and Cafe is great for breakfast,lunch or dinner and it's close to I 81 at Exit 19. Your next stop is Wytheville, VA.
    The House on Main @ 231 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 619 - 0039.
    http://houseonmain.com/
    Parks Mill BBQ @ 21405 Parks Mill Rd., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 9191.
    http://parksmill.com/
    Peppermill Restaurant @ 967 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 0530.
    http://www.thepeppermill.com/pmillhome.asp
    Chick N Little @ 401 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 6690.
    Ellis Soda Shoppe and Grill @ 217 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 8187.
    http://www.ellissodashoppe.com/
    Wild Flower Bakery and Cafe @ 24443 Lee Hwy., Abingdon, VA 276 - 676 - 4221.
    Harvest Table Restaurant at Exit 24 in Meadowview, VA is outstanding for lunch or dinner.
    Harvest Table Restaurant @ 13180 Meadowview Square, Meadowview, VA 276 - 944 - 5142.
    http://www.meadowviewfarmersguild.com/
    On up N on I 81 in Wytheville, VA stop at Smokey's BBQ at Exit 70 or 73. Peking Chinese Restaurant is outstanding also. C J's Pizza is good if you have kids.
    Smokey's BBQ @ 1090 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 9014.
    http://smokeysbbq.com/
    Peking Chinese Restaurant @ 105 Malin Drive, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 5515.
    http://www.pekingva.com/
    C J's Pizza @ 1025 West Lee Highway, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 8448.
    In Fairlawn @ Exit 105 is Troy's Steaks and Pizza but it's 10 minutes or so W of I 81 and W of Radford in Fairlawn in town. Good place for road food.
    Troy's Steaks, Subs and Pizza @ 7339 Peppers Ferry Boulevard, Fairlawn, VA 540 - 731 - 4611.
    In Christiansburg just on up the road a piece is Dude's, Due South, Farm House and Summit. All are very good places to eat.
    Dude's Drive In @ 1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7901.
    Due South BBQ @1465 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 381 - 2922.
    http://www.duesouthbbq.com/
    Farm House Food @ 285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 4253. .
    http://www.thefarmhouseonline.com/
    Summit Restaurant @ 95 College St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7218.
    http://www.summitrestaurant.us/
    Roanoke has quite a few nice restaurants but they are mostly in town. The restaurants near I 81 don't compare. If you should spend the night in Roanoke go check out these places for good road food. Blues BBQ, Fork in the Alley for pizza, burgers, sandwiches, Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery for lunch/dinner, The Roanoker for breakfast and Wildwood Smokehouse BBQ.
    Blues BBQ @ 107 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 5683.
    http://bluesbbqco.com/
    Fork in the Alley @ 2123 Crystal Spring Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 982 - 3675.
    http://forkinthealley.com/
    Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery @ 7770 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 540 - 362 - 1812.
    http://www.hollywoodsrest...s_Website/Welcome.html
    The Roanoker Restaurant @ 2522 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 7746.
    http://www.theroanokerres...t.com/pages/index.html
    Wildwood Smokehouse @ 2041 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 540 - 989 - 2100.
    http://www.wildwoodsmokehouseva.com/
    The best option on I 81 near Roanoke, VA if you are trying to make good road time is Three Little Pigs at Daleville at Exit 150 5 miles N of Roanoke, VA. It's located in a small shopping center less than two minutes off W side of I 81 and serves great BBQ. It also has a very nice outdoor seating area and the menu includes sandwiches and salads for those who don't want BBQ. They also serve cold adult beverages. The shopping center has some very nice stores in case you are in need of road supplies. There are nice hotels on both sides of I 81 and a nice big truck stop to refuel and pick up road supplies. Three Little Pigs is a much better choice. Check it out next time you go by.
    Three Lil Pigs BBQ @ 120 Kingston Dr., Daleville, VA 540 - 966 - 0165.
    http://www.threelilpigsbbq.com/
    Get off I 81 at Exit 150B and go E to Highway 11. Turn left and go N a couple of miles to Pomegrante Restaurant for outstanding seafood and steaks for dinner.
    Pomegranate Restaurant @ 106 Stoney Battery Road, Troutville, VA 540 - 966 - 6052.
    http://www.pomegranateva.com/
    Home Place is a great restaurant several miles W of I 81 W of Roanoke at Exit 141 serving outstanding country food, good fried chicken and deserts in an old home. Just E of Lexington at Exit 188AB Frank's for the Memorie's is a great place for good road food with great outdoor dining.
    Home Place Restaurant @ 4968 Catawba Valley Dr., Catawba, VA 540 - 384 - 7252.
    Frank's for the Memories BBQ @ 2117 Magnolia Ave., Buena Vista, VA 540 - 261 - 5553.
    http://www.franks4thememories.com/
    Lexington, VA has a number of good restaurants like Bistro on Main for lunch/dinner, Macado's for sandwiches, Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant for lunch/dinner, The Palms for lunch/dinner and drinks and Soutern Inn for fine dining lunch/dinner. Lexington is the home of VMI and W&L U. It's a beautiful town a few minutes W of I 81 and worth a visit.
    Bistro on Main @ 8 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 4888.
    http://www.bistro-lexington.com/
    Macado's @ 30 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 8201.
    http://www.macados.net/
    Sheridan Livery Inn & Restaurant @ 35 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 1887.
    http://www.sheridanliveryinn.com/
    The Palms Restaurant @ 101 West Nelson St., Lexington, VA 540 - 463 - 7911.
    http://www.thepalmslexington.com/
    Southern Inn Restaurant @ 37 South Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 463 - 3612.
    http://www.southerninn.com/
    Staunton is just W of I 81 and a very nice town also. It's home to Mrs. Rowe's country food breakfast, lunch and dinner, Wright's Dairy Rite, Staunton Grocery for casual fine lunch/brunch/dinner and The Depot Grill.
    Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant @ 74 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 1833.
    http://www.mrsrowes.com/
    Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435.
    http://www.dairy-rite.com/
    Staunton Grocery @ 105 West Beverley Street, Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 6880.
    http://www.stauntongrocery.com/
    The Depot Grill @ 42 Middlebrook Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 885 - 7332.
    http://www.depotgrille.com/
    Harrisonburg has quite a few fine restaurants convenient to I 81. There are BBQ Ranch, Calley's Restaurant and Brewing Co. for good BBQ also, Dave's Downtown Tavern for good food and drinks, Donna Rosa for good Mexican, Jess' Quick Lunch, Joshua Wilton House Inn and Restaurant, Little Grill for breakfast, Local Chop and Grill House for fine dining, Smoking Pig BBQ and Village Inn.
    BBQ Ranch @ 3311 N Valley Pike, Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3296.
    Cally's Restaurant and Brewing Co. @ 41 A Court Square, Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 8777.
    http://www.callysbrewing.com/
    Dave's Downtown Taverna @ 121 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 564 - 1487.
    http://www.davestaverna.com/
    Dona Rosa @ 43 Linda Lane, Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 442 - 7672.
    Jess' Quick Lunch @ 22 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 434 - 8282.
    Joshua Wilton House @ 412 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 4464.
    http://joshuawilton.com/
    Little Grill @ 621 North Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3594.
    http://littlegrillcollective.com/
    Local Chop and Grill House @ 56 West Gay St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 801 - 0505.
    http://www.localchops.com/
    Smoking Pig @ 56 East Wolfe St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 433 - 3917. I81/EXIT247AB.
    The Village Inn @ 4979 South Valley Pike - S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 7355.
    http://www.thevillageinn.travel/
    Just up I 81 a few miles is Southern Kitchen serving outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Exit 264.
    Southern Kitchen @ 9576 South Congress St., New Market, VA 540 - 740 - 3514.
    On past Strasburg at Stephens City is Butcher Block BBQ @ Exit 264.
    Butcher Block BBQ @ 131 Town Run Lane, Stephens City, VA 540 - 869 - 4141.
    http://www.butcherblockbuffet.com/
    The Naked Oyster is a great place for lunch/dinner at Winchester at Exit 31A.
    Naked Oyster @ 2444 Valley Avenue, Winchester, VA 540 - 678 - 0778.
    http://www.thenakedoysterwinchester.com/
     
     
     

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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/18 13:00:06 (permalink)
    Thanks, Littleman!  I'll keep your notes for our next trip.
     
    I'll "second your advice" for the Three L'il Pigs in Roanoke, Mrs. Rowe's in Staunton, Jess' Quick Lunch in Harrisonburg, and The Southern Kitchen in New Market!
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    Will you take 95 south from Florence? Mc Cabe's Barbeque in Manning is one of the best. It's cash only and closed on Sunday.
     

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    I can't till I go back to DC. I'm going to run through all of these restaurants.........And be broke but happy!
     
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/21 19:09:48 (permalink)
    MetroplexJim

    And when you get to DC, don't miss:

    Mario's Pizza House, 3322 Wilson Bv., Arlington, VA 22201.  (Between Virginia Square and Clarendon)   
                              

    I signed up for an account just to tell you not to get the pizza here.  It's worse than school lunch pizza.  It might be the worst pizza on earth.  The cheesesteaks are admittedly solid, but this is solely a post 3 am joint among my friends.

    So I'm not just being negative, I'd suggest (omitting mexican and bbq places, too risky since youre from Texas):
    Ray's Hell Burger, in Arlington, VA - one of the best burger patties you'll ever have, just don't get tempted to drown the thing in too many fancy toppings
    Pho 75 is right next door - not sure if you have Pho in Dallas, but if you don't, I've found this place is the best in the DC area
    The Italian Store in Arlington has fabulous Italian subs
    Ravi Kabob in Arlington has amazing kabobs
    Kabob Palace in Crystal city has kabobs that are almost as good, but it's 24 hours
    El Pollo Rico in Arlington serves three things - grilled chicken, fries, and coleslaw.  the chicken is out of this world
    Amsterdam Falafel in the Adams Morgan area of DC has great falafel and an extensive topping bar.  Open until 5 am on weekends or something, but people definitely go for lunch and dinner
    Horace and Dickies in the H St area has insanely cheap fried fish.  You order a sandwich, and they give you four huge filets of whiting and two pieces of bread.  It's not just cheap, though, it's damn tasty.  Most people consider this a late night spot, but I've gone for lunch
    Fish in the Hood over in Petworth is an upscale version of Horace and Dickies.  Dozens of different kinds of fish, and the owner (forget his name) does a good job of broiling the fish too, if you prefer.
    Sam's Hot Dogs in Staunton is a small chain, but they do a damn good WV slaw dog for extremely cheap
    Texas Tavern in Roanoke is a ways off of 81, but it's a cool local spot with a damn good fried egg + chili burger
    Early Girl Eatery in Asheville is a great breakfast spot
    Salsa's in Asheville does carribean Mexican fusion - not quite road food, but a damn good take on nachos
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/21 19:31:01 (permalink)
    lesscryptic, Nice list!  Welcome aboard.
     
    My last trip to Ray's, I ordered the bison burger and was disappointed.  It was probably about a 6 ounce burger that got lost on the bun.  The rest of the group had burgers, and they were spot on.
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/22 10:10:52 (permalink)
    lesscryptic

    MetroplexJim

    And when you get to DC, don't miss:

    Mario's Pizza House, 3322 Wilson Bv., Arlington, VA 22201.  (Between Virginia Square and Clarendon)   
                             

    I signed up for an account just to tell you not to get the pizza here.  It's worse than school lunch pizza.  It might be the worst pizza on earth.  The cheesesteaks are admittedly solid, but this is solely a post 3 am joint among my friends.

    So I'm not just being negative, I'd suggest (omitting mexican and bbq places, too risky since youre from Texas):
    Ray's Hell Burger, in Arlington, VA - one of the best burger patties you'll ever have, just don't get tempted to drown the thing in too many fancy toppings
    Pho 75 is right next door - not sure if you have Pho in Dallas, but if you don't, I've found this place is the best in the DC area
    The Italian Store in Arlington has fabulous Italian subs
    Ravi Kabob in Arlington has amazing kabobs 
    El Pollo Rico in Arlington serves three things - grilled chicken, fries, and coleslaw.  the chicken is out of this world
    Texas Tavern in Roanoke is a ways off of 81, but it's a cool local spot with a damn good fried egg + chili burger

     
    For the purposes of fair comment I removed only the places at which I have not eaten.  Those that remain I heartily endorse from delightful experience; they are excellent choices!  We moved our primary residence to Texas 6 years ago; prior, we had lived in Arlington/McLean for 28 years and still keep a "pied a terre" there.  And yes, we do have Pho in Dallas.
     
    The best of your list are El Pollo Rico (Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken) and the Tramonte family's The Italian Store, both of which I have enjoyed since they opened back in the '80's.  Anthony Bourdain was urged by the "locals" to try El Pollo Rico and he both featured it on his show and raved about it.  An interesting thing to do is to try the Peruvia chicken one day, then try the Argentine version (mucho mas picante) at Crisp and Juicy in the Lee Heights Center at the intersection of Lee Hwy. & Old Dominion.
     
    Whenever I think about South American treats that are simply not available in Texas:  http://www.dcfoodies.com/2008/01/bolivian-salten.html  .  I'd kill for one (preferably three) right now!  The best place I found in NoVa where they are dependably available is Luzmila's in Falls Church: http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&sugexp=ldymls&pq=saltenas+dallas&xhr=t&cp=20&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.&biw=1006&bih=675&wrapid=tljp1308750867031020&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=saltenas+falls+church&fb=1&gl=us&hq=saltenas&hnear=0x89b64b6e7a4663ad:0x6e536688973d9759,Falls+Church,+VA&cid=500317449259115701
     
     Re:  Mario's Pizza House - as "my peeps" say - "chacun a son gout".  I guess the reason I so love their pizza is because it reminds me of the first pizza I ever had as a child.  Is it (in DC terms) "2 Amy's"?  No, and it does not try to be.  And, it must be eaten immediately when served.  If I had it delivered or tried it the next day I would share your opinion.
     
    BTW:  WELCOME TO ROADFOOD!!!
    post edited by MetroplexJim - 2011/06/22 10:14:32
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/22 17:10:48 (permalink)
    MetroplexJim

    lesscryptic

    MetroplexJim

    And when you get to DC, don't miss:

    Mario's Pizza House, 3322 Wilson Bv., Arlington, VA 22201.  (Between Virginia Square and Clarendon)   
                            

    I signed up for an account just to tell you not to get the pizza here.  It's worse than school lunch pizza.  It might be the worst pizza on earth.  The cheesesteaks are admittedly solid, but this is solely a post 3 am joint among my friends.

    So I'm not just being negative, I'd suggest (omitting mexican and bbq places, too risky since youre from Texas):
    Ray's Hell Burger, in Arlington, VA - one of the best burger patties you'll ever have, just don't get tempted to drown the thing in too many fancy toppings
    Pho 75 is right next door - not sure if you have Pho in Dallas, but if you don't, I've found this place is the best in the DC area
    The Italian Store in Arlington has fabulous Italian subs
    Ravi Kabob in Arlington has amazing kabobs 
    El Pollo Rico in Arlington serves three things - grilled chicken, fries, and coleslaw.  the chicken is out of this world
    Texas Tavern in Roanoke is a ways off of 81, but it's a cool local spot with a damn good fried egg + chili burger


    For the purposes of fair comment I removed only the places at which I have not eaten.  Those that remain I heartily endorse from delightful experience; they are excellent choices!  We moved our primary residence to Texas 6 years ago; prior, we had lived in Arlington/McLean for 28 years and still keep a "pied a terre" there.  And yes, we do have Pho in Dallas.

    The best of your list are El Pollo Rico (Peruvian-style rotisserie chicken) and the Tramonte family's The Italian Store, both of which I have enjoyed since they opened back in the '80's.  Anthony Bourdain was urged by the "locals" to try El Pollo Rico and he both featured it on his show and raved about it.  An interesting thing to do is to try the Peruvia chicken one day, then try the Argentine version (mucho mas picante) at Crisp and Juicy in the Lee Heights Center at the intersection of Lee Hwy. & Old Dominion.

    Whenever I think about South American treats that are simply not available in Texas:    .  I'd kill for one (preferably three) right now!  The best place I found in NoVa where they are dependably available is Luzmila's in Falls Church:

    Re:  Mario's Pizza House - as "my peeps" say - "chacun a son gout".  I guess the reason I so love their pizza is because it reminds me of the first pizza I ever had as a child.  Is it (in DC terms) "2 Amy's"?  No, and it does not try to be.  And, it must be eaten immediately when served.  If I had it delivered or tried it the next day I would share your opinion.

    BTW:  WELCOME TO ROADFOOD!!!

     
     
    First off - Thanks to everyone - I cant wait to get the trip started tomorrow!!!! 
    Metroplex Jim - the best southamerican food I have found in dallas has to be the place in Irving   which has the rotisserie chicken but the arroz con pollo is the best around!
       http:// www. eltesorodelinca .com/ (remove the spaces)
    post edited by reynoldsjason - 2011/06/22 17:12:19
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/06/23 10:56:40 (permalink)
    Thanks, I'll try their Peruvian chicken.  http://www.eltesorodelinca.com
     
    I notice from their menu that they also have some "highlands" specialties that are also shared with Bolivia.  But, no saltenas.  I wore my fingers out on Google and can't find thenm in Texas.  I'd definitely try Luzmila's in Falls Church.  Good luck on your trip. 
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/07/01 16:42:47 (permalink)
    Ray's Hell Burger, in Arlington, VA - one of the best burger patties you'll ever have, just don't get tempted to drown the thing in too many fancy toppings
    Pho 75 is right next door - not sure if you have Pho in Dallas, but if you don't, I've found this place is the best in the DC area
    The Italian Store in Arlington has fabulous Italian subs
    Ravi Kabob in Arlington has amazing kabobs
    Kabob Palace in Crystal city has kabobs that are almost as good, but it's 24 hours
    El Pollo Rico n Arlington serves three things - grilled chicken, fries, and coleslaw.  the chicken is out of this world
     
    I live in Northern VA and agree that the above are really, really good.
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/07/01 20:14:41 (permalink)
    It's been a long time and memory doesn't serve me well enough to recall all the little "roadfood" joints along the way but about 15 years ago the ex Mrs. Twinwillow and I ventured north to Long Island for a family wedding. We never took a major road or interstate but preferred to "hug the coast" as much as we could. One incident I remember was while we were driving in Maryland (Ocean Pines, maybe?) on the road to catch the ferry from Delaware to New Jersey when I spotted a "seafood shack" on the side of the road. We'd just had breakfast about an hour previously but, I was dying for some soft shell crabs as they were in season. I stopped outside this little place and asked if they had soft shells. The lady at the counter yelled toward the back, "hey, Jim, got any soft shells"? "Bringing them in now" "Jim" replied. They pan fried 3-4 each for us at $3.00 each. Damn, they were good!
    I can still taste those wonderful soft shell crabs after all these years.
    The OP can share the same type of experiences by avoiding the highways and finding true little road food gems along the way. Have fun!
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    Re:Dallas to DC Road Trip 2011/07/01 20:20:55 (permalink)
    Further to my above post, we did take I-40 on the return trip home for the most part and discovered an amazing little BBQ restaurant in Clarksville, Tenn. Naturally, I don't remember the name but it was in the middle of town. The pork ribs were amazing! Maybe someone familiar with Clarksville would know which place I described.
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