New Orleans to Chicago

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gstafford
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2003/09/03 18:50:52 (permalink)

New Orleans to Chicago

Hi, I am going to be travelling straight north from New Orleans to Chicago along I-55 and I-57. I really want to hit any and all good roadfood stops along the way. I have never done this drive before, and would appreciate any recommendations. Thank you!
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    Liketoeat
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    RE: New Orleans to Chicago 2003/09/04 13:08:22 (permalink)
    gstafford, right off hand I can't think of any restaurants right along I-57 in southern IL, but if you had time for small off highway jaunt, I'd recommend turning west off I-57 at Benton, IL, and running over to Christopher for one of Maid-Rite's unique sandwiches and its delicious pie or for either barbecue or catfish at Larry's Barbecue there. See my 7/14/03 post under "Long Gone Regional Chains" in "Miscellaneous" forum for more info. You could also turn off I-57 at Marion and head west toward Carbondale to try at "The Pioneer" (believe its name is) a few miles down the road, one of its family style fried chicken dinners. If you had more time, even more enjoyable would be going on over to Carbondale and out to Giant City State Park Lodge restaurant and trying its family style friend chicken dinner, not only for the great food but also for the beauty of the park. (See my 7/5/03 and others' posts under "St Louis Favorites" in "Where Should I Eat" forum.) Assuming you've not been to Lambert's "Throwed Rolls" Cafe in Sikeston, MO, a stop there would be worthwhile once just for the experience (provided you don't hit it right at mealtime and encounter one of its long waits). Know I've seen other posts re places along both I-55 and I-57, thought can't think of any just now except for several Memphis barbecue posts. If you'd utilize Roadfood's "Search" feature, perhaps searching city names and restaurant or food types, you 'd likely find more interesting spots along your route. Have a good trip. Liketoeat.
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    RE: New Orleans to Chicago 2003/09/04 13:19:21 (permalink)
    Rather than Lambert's try Gary's Barbecue in Portageville (a bit south of Sikeston). Gary's slogan is "Home of Rolls too Good to Throw." He's right--the rolls are warm and served with honey butter. There's a menu for sandwiches and stuff, but the real treat is the buffet--typical of what you'll find in the south--catfish, pork chops, mac n cheese, stewed tomatoes, sweet potatoes--lots of variety and good. I don't remember the exact price but I'm sure it wasn't more than $8.
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    RE: New Orleans to Chicago 2003/09/04 13:49:32 (permalink)
    Netfeather, glad to hear your recommendation of Gary's Barbecue in Portageville. Now that you've mentioned it, I recall seeing signs when driving along the Interstate, but never thought of it as a place to stop for a meal. Now that I know, I'll remedy that. Sounds like my kind of place, though a buffet for me when traveling is not a good idea due to tendency to overeat and then get sleepy.
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    RE: New Orleans to Chicago 2003/09/04 18:21:33 (permalink)
    Great advice....thanks a million.
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    Originally posted by Liketoeat

    gstafford, right off hand I can't think of any restaurants right along I-57 in southern IL, but if you had time for small off highway jaunt, I'd recommend turning west off I-57 at Benton, IL, and running over to Christopher for one of Maid-Rite's unique sandwiches and its delicious pie or for either barbecue or catfish at Larry's Barbecue there. See my 7/14/03 post under "Long Gone Regional Chains" in "Miscellaneous" forum for more info. You could also turn off I-57 at Marion and head west toward Carbondale to try at "The Pioneer" (believe its name is) a few miles down the road, one of its family style fried chicken dinners. If you had more time, even more enjoyable would be going on over to Carbondale and out to Giant City State Park Lodge restaurant and trying its family style friend chicken dinner, not only for the great food but also for the beauty of the park. (See my 7/5/03 and others' posts under "St Louis Favorites" in "Where Should I Eat" forum.) Assuming you've not been to Lambert's "Throwed Rolls" Cafe in Sikeston, MO, a stop there would be worthwhile once just for the experience (provided you don't hit it right at mealtime and encounter one of its long waits). Know I've seen other posts re places along both I-55 and I-57, thought can't think of any just now except for several Memphis barbecue posts. If you'd utilize Roadfood's "Search" feature, perhaps searching city names and restaurant or food types, you 'd likely find more interesting spots along your route. Have a good trip. Liketoeat.
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    RE: New Orleans to Chicago 2003/09/04 19:17:18 (permalink)
    gstafford,
    Memphis is so obvious a destination that I won't say any more. North of there, you could detour over I think it's like 15 miles and hit Bozo's in Mason, Tennessee.
    SUNning Myself On Those Yellow Records From Nashville (Of Course, Most Of Us Know That They Actually Were From Memphis, But John Sebastian Couldn't Make A Rhyme Out Of "Memphis" Worth Using, So He Stretched The Truth A Bit!), Rockin' Ort. Carlton in rockin' Athens, Georgia.
    P. S. They called me "Billy" back in grammar school....
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