Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL

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2012/12/08 10:05:37 (permalink)

Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL

Going on a roadtrip with one of my sons to check out the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on our way to JAX.
 
Once out of NY area, taking 78 to 81 in VA . . . 81 to 77 in NC . . . then 77 to 85 to Atlanta.   I'm looking for quick on/off highway places.  In Atlanta looking for places near the Aquarium.  Can't spare too much time driving to places from the highways.
 
Looking for breakfast/lunch places close to the highway from Atlanta to JAX.
 
Thanks in advance . . . Enjoy the season . . . 
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/08 13:06:17 (permalink)
    karilyn

    Going on a roadtrip with one of my sons to check out the Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta on our way to JAX.

    Once out of NY area, taking 78 to 81 in VA . . . 81 to 77 in NC . . . then 77 to 85 to Atlanta.   I'm looking for quick on/off highway places.  In Atlanta looking for places near the Aquarium.  Can't spare too much time driving to places from the highways.

    Looking for breakfast/lunch places close to the highway from Atlanta to JAX.

    Thanks in advance . . . Enjoy the season . . . 

    Silver Skillet on 14th St. Great Breakfast with waitresses that call you "hon" and have stood the test of time!!! If you can't make breakfast, lunch is good as well! If you want a grab and go good burger, hit Googie Burger in the middle of Centennial Park. 
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/08 14:41:54 (permalink)
    In Atlanta, Varasano's Pizza in Buckhead and Mary Mac's Teahouse downtown
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/09 08:56:22 (permalink)
    I've started a list . . . thanks!   
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/09 09:11:37 (permalink)
    TJ Jackson

    In Atlanta, Varasano's Pizza in Buckhead and Mary Mac's Teahouse downtown

    Definitely Mary Macs! Varasano's has gone down hill in my opinion.  
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/09 11:06:49 (permalink)
    I did the very same trip some years ago and was feeling very bloggy.
    http://www.roadfood.com/forums/m460025-print.aspx
    http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/m457567-print.aspx
    And for some reason this related post is not here anymore:
    http://roadfood.com/Forums/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=31721
    Consider a side trip to Daytona
     
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/09 16:39:41 (permalink)
    Agree, your best bet for a meal right after the Aquarium - park in the American Cancer Society deck on Baker Street for $5, much cheaper than the Aquarium's lots - is Googie Burger, which is about six minutes' walk from the Aquarium.  I'd do Silver Skillet for breakfast, see the dolphins, get some lunch at Googie and get outta town.  Or stop by the children's museum and see whether I'm working and say hello!
     
    Leaving Atlanta, 75/16/95 or 75/10 are almost equal in time to Jacksonville.  As always, my blog's map should help you find all kinds of good eating along the way.  I-16 is the more brain-deadening dull bore of the two, but you get Jomax BBQ along the way, plus other probably better food options in Darien/Brunswick than in Valdosta/Lake City.  Then again, I haven't really covered Valdosta well.  There's a blogger down there called Moody Foodie GA who has covered the region pretty well and may have some suggestions.
     
    http://www.communitywalk....ie_lets_eat/map/939046
    http://moodyfoodiega.wordpress.com/
    post edited by Heartbreaksoup - 2012/12/09 16:42:36
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/09 17:03:29 (permalink)
    What a great sounding trip you have ahead of you karilyn!
     
    If you have never tried it before, you should definitely try the peanut soup at Southern Kitchen, which is less than a mile off of I-81 in Virginia.  I also like their breakfasts, country ham and pies.
     
    Any chance we will be seeing a trip report when it is over?  
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/10 14:56:20 (permalink)
    Instead of I 75 to I 16. Get off I 75 in Cochran and take the Golden Isles Parkway to I 95. I take this route every year to the Ga. Fla. game. Along the way stop and eat lunch in Darien at B&J's, Skippers, or Mudcat Charlie's. All are decently priced and have good food. Also at St. Simons' Island try southern Soul BBQ.
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/12 12:22:21 (permalink)
    Driving along 77 we always stop in Mt. Airy NC at the Snappy Lunch for a pork chop sandwich
     
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/12 13:03:30 (permalink)
    B&J's may have the best fried shrimp you will ever put in your mouth.  Remember, friends don't let friends eat imported shrimp!
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/17 08:16:44 (permalink)
    THANK YOU . . . . EVERYONE!!!!!  We are "winging" it so I don't know where we'll end up eating but I've plotted these ideas into my GPS.  BB  I might try writing a trip report but I'm certain it won't be up to your ability.  I might need help posting pictures!!!  And WGE . . . awesome reports of your travels!  As always, you both inspire me!!!  Happy Holidays everyone!!!  
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/17 08:35:44 (permalink)
    Have a great time karilyn.  Safe travels and eat well!
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/29 23:11:53 (permalink)
     

    We're back from a very successful trip.
    We relied on our GPS to find our first meal . . . big mistake!  Not even worth mentioning.
    Day two took us to the Southern Kitchen,  just off of 81 in VA.  Kyle loved the peanut soup - I was not a fan.  I did however love the fried chicken and we both shared and loved a chocolate cream pie.  We explored a nearby civil war battlefield.  Sadly we didn't have enough time to explore the town - lots of cute looking shops.
    Day three began at the Silver Skillet in Atlanta.  We both loved the biscuits and sausage gravy.  Kyle had a perfect ham and cheese omelet and I enjoyed their version on an egg mcmuffin.  From there we went to the Georgia Aquarium.  It was spectacular - worth the drive.  We ended the day at Mary Macs in Atlanta.  Kyle loved the chicken and dumplings and I loved the fried chicken.  We had a hard time choosing our sides - too many choices.  I was happy with my stewed apples.  The wait staff was what really stood out to us.  We wanted to take our waitress home with us.
    Once in Florida, we enjoyed a fabulous pizza at Moon River Pizza on Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville.  It's just down the street from the Edgewood Bakery and The Crazy Egg - both favorites.  The pizzas were hand tossed, thin crust.  Their salads were unusual and quite good.
    Another highlight was the greek food at Nick The Greek which is closer to the Beach in Mayport, near the naval station.  Currently it's a walk up window on a busy street.  They are in the process of renovating a space in a strip mall around the corner.  Excellent gyros!!!  Everything is freshly made and Nick has high standards as to where he gets his ingredients!  A great place!
    Thanks again for all the wonderful suggestions!  Happy New Year!

     
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2012/12/30 12:07:48 (permalink)
    karilyn

     

    We're back from a very successful trip.
    We relied on our GPS to find our first meal . . . big mistake!  Not even worth mentioning.
    Day two took us to the Southern Kitchen,  just off of 81 in VA.  Kyle loved the peanut soup - I was not a fan.  I did however love the fried chicken and we both shared and loved a chocolate cream pie.  We explored a nearby civil war battlefield.  Sadly we didn't have enough time to explore the town - lots of cute looking shops.
    Day three began at the Silver Skillet in Atlanta.  We both loved the biscuits and sausage gravy.  Kyle had a perfect ham and cheese omelet and I enjoyed their version on an egg mcmuffin.  From there we went to the Georgia Aquarium.  It was spectacular - worth the drive.  We ended the day at Mary Macs in Atlanta.  Kyle loved the chicken and dumplings and I loved the fried chicken.  We had a hard time choosing our sides - too many choices.  I was happy with my stewed apples.  The wait staff was what really stood out to us.  We wanted to take our waitress home with us.
    Once in Florida, we enjoyed a fabulous pizza at Moon River Pizza on Edgewood Avenue in Jacksonville.  It's just down the street from the Edgewood Bakery and The Crazy Egg - both favorites.  The pizzas were hand tossed, thin crust.  Their salads were unusual and quite good.
    Another highlight was the greek food at Nick The Greek which is closer to the Beach in Mayport, near the naval station.  Currently it's a walk up window on a busy street.  They are in the process of renovating a space in a strip mall around the corner.  Excellent gyros!!!  Everything is freshly made and Nick has high standards as to where he gets his ingredients!  A great place!
    Thanks again for all the wonderful suggestions!  Happy New Year!



    Glad you enjoyed the Silver Skillet and Mary Macs, two of my favs in ATL!! If you ever get back to Mary Mac's a must have side is the tomato pie, it's amazing stuff!!! 
     
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2013/01/02 12:52:38 (permalink)
    Karilyn-
    Thanks so much for the report.  So glad to hear that you had a safe and successful trip.  And eating well always helps!  Did you get a slice of the great lemon ice box pie at Silver Skillet?
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    Re:Massachusetts to Atlanta and then on to JAX, FL 2013/01/06 20:17:25 (permalink)
    Buffetbuster  . . . sad to say we did not try the lemon ice box pie at Silver Skillet.  I'm guessing they might not have had it . . . OR . . . the chocolate meringue pie was mentioned first as once I hear that, I'm done listening to other choices!
     
    So do you have any RoadFood goals this year???  I'm so in awe of yours and Mariton's travels.  I've been to many of your CA stops - your report brought back many memories, all good ones!  
     
    Best . . . karilyn
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