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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 18:35:17 (permalink)
You must be going to Tupelo to visit Elvis' birthplace.  I would continue W from Nashville to Memphis and take the Delta Highway 61 route through Clarksdale to Vicksburg and Natchez.  Here's a few links for you.  Visit the home of the blues.  There's not much to see on the Natchez Trace Highway.  There's more on # 61. 
VISIT THE DELTA......
http://www.visitthedelta.com/
 
 
MS BLUES TRAIL.......
http://www.msbluestrail.org/
 
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 18:39:11 (permalink)
Here's some joints on the Natchez Trace.  I would go down # 61 and have some fun.  Good luck.
Old Country Store @ 18801 Hwy 61, Lorman, MS 601 - 437 - 3661.
Detour to Vicksburg and tour the old antebellum homes and the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Have lunch/dinner @ Rusty's River Front Grill @ 901 South Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 601 - 638 -2030.
or @ Walnut Hills @ 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 601 - 638 - 4910 for southern cooking.
http://www.walnuthillsms.net/
Stop in Jackson at Hickory Pit BBQ for good road food.
Hickory Pit @ 1491 Canton Mart Road, Jackson, MS 601 - 956 - 7079.
http://jackson.metromix.c...t-north/653901/content
Stop in Kosciusko for good road food at Cafe on the Square, Old Trace Grill or Rib Alley.
Cafe on the Square @ 115 West Jefferson St., Kosciusko, MS. 662 - 289 - 5888.
Old Trace Grill @ 719 Veterans Memorial Dr., Kosciusko, MS. 662 - 289 - 2652.
Rib Alley @ 201 N. Madison St., Kosciusko, MS. 601 - 289 - 9800.
There's a small country cafe at French Camp.
http://www.frenchcamp.org/NatchezTrace_site/cafe.html
Go to Sonny's in Ackerman for good BBQ.
Sonny's Smokehouse @ 8936 Hwy. 15, Ackerman, MS. 662 - 285 - 8074.
Go to Little Dooey's in Starkville.
The Little Dooey @ 100 Fellowship St., Starkville, MS. 662 - 323 - 6094.
http://www.littledooey.com/
Go to T's for good BBQ in Houston.
T's Bar - B - Que Pit @ 693 N. Jackson St., Houston, MS. 662 - 456 - 0045.
Go to Bishop's or Forty Five in Saltill for good BBQ.
Bishop's BBQ @ 2546 Hwy. 145, Saltillo, MS. 662 - 869 - 8351.
Forty Five BBQ @ 2125 Hwy. 145, Saltillo, MS. 662 - 869 - 5928.
Go to Cafe Memories or Homer's in Iuka.
Cafe Memories @ 127 South Fulton St., Iuka, MS. 662 - 423 - 1050.
Homer's BBQ & Ribs @ 1209 W. Quitman St., Iuka, MS. 662 - 424 - 0268.
Go to Fish Hut, Hickory Pit or Sweet Peas in Savannah.
Fish Hut @ 95 Water St., Savannah, TN 731 - 925 - 6571.
Hickory Pit BBQ @ 555 Main St., Savannah, TN 731 - 925 - 2268.
Sweet Pea's Family Restaurant @ 869 Pickwick St. S, Savannah, TN 731 - 925 - 8780.
Go to Shaffer Farms for good BBQ in Summertown.
Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ @ 4 Vaughn Staggs Rd., Summertown, TN. 931 - 964 - 6328.
Go to Columbia Square Market or Marcy Jo's in Columbia for good road food.
Columbia Square Market and Cafe @ 36 Public Square, Columbia, TN 931 - 840 - 3636.
http://squaremarketcafe.com/
Marcy Jo's Meal House @ 4205 U.S. 431, Columbia, TN 931 - 380 - 0968.
Go to Puckett's in Franklin for good country food, cold drinks and good music.
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant @ 120 4th Avenue S., Franklin, TN. 615 - 794 - 5527.
http://www.puckettsgrocery.com/
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 19:37:16 (permalink)
Thanks! I took a shot in the dark and googled "horseshoe food" and got close. I must say that these don't appeal to me much (they seem too much like the crap they shovel on the "Outrageous Food" show) but given the amount of variety and the interesting description of the cheese sauce I am intrigued. Will definitely check them out.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 20:16:51 (permalink)
I've driven the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Coronado Scenic Byway (Arizona) and the Natchez Trace. The first two are a challenge to drive and vista scenic. The Natchez Trace is fairly straight and mostly tree lined with really no scenery. However, the Natchez Trace is probably the most relaxing stretch of road one could possibly drive leaving you rather relaxed and contented. I would not pass it up. You can get off and explore places to eat. Between Tupelo and Natchez there is only one stop on the Parkway that I featured in that earlier link I posted.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 23:57:19 (permalink)
New Post: New Orleans Day 3: The mighty Muffaletta and elegance at the Rib Room.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4205
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/29 00:23:03 (permalink)
Another Day Another fine report
 
You also have to remember You Are In the South and 90% of the world is closed on Sundays.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/29 07:03:28 (permalink)
I am so enjoying your report-the pics are excellent and the narrative makes me feel I am right along with you!
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/29 07:52:04 (permalink)
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Another Day Another fine report

You also have to remember You Are In the South and 90% of the world is closed on Sundays.

Hahaha! Thanks for the reminder. Brings me back to my childhood in Canada where nothing was open on Sundays. We give ourselves as "Ohhhhh Yeah!" to remember the cultural hold religion has here.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/29 08:58:08 (permalink)
I'm really enjoying this report and your blog too!
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/29 22:52:56 (permalink)
New Post: Road Trip Day 4, crossing into Mississippi. Roadside meats, Crawfish Mac 'n' Cheese, and killer BBQ in Natchez at the Pig Out Inn.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4334
 

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/30 16:56:47 (permalink)
Another fine leg of the journey.  There is nothing like eating "under Mammy's Skirt"
 
Boudin in LA is either red (cajun) or white (french)
 
Red is made with pork, rice and seasonings
White is made with usually chicken or veal and NO rice
 
Here is a cool link for the lover's of Boo-Dan.
 
http://www.boudinlink.com/
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/30 17:30:22 (permalink)
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Another fine leg of the journey.  There is nothing like eating "under Mammy's Skirt"
Boudin in LA is either red (cajun) or white (french)
Red is made with pork, rice and seasonings
White is made with usually chicken or veal and NO rice
Here is a cool link for the lover's of Boo-Dan.
http://www.boudinlink.com/

CJ,
Last night on the Travel Channel, Anthony Bourdain visited Cajun Country. The whole show involved a Whole Hog Butchering and Hog Roast with many people participating in dressing butchering and cooking every part the hog. If it re-runs, be sure to catch it. It was an interesting show. Here's some pictures:
http://www.travelchannel.com/TV_Shows/Anthony_Bourdain/Photos/tonys-cajun-country-photo-journal
post edited by Foodbme - 2011/08/30 17:33:17
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/30 21:17:21 (permalink)
New Post: Road Trip day 5 from Natchez to Jackson, MS - Pecan pie for breakfast, hot tamales, and saucy BBQ.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4403

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/30 21:28:43 (permalink)
You are batting 1000. 
 
You are right about the trace, it is some beautiful scenery and history.
Those Wings had to come from ONE BIG CHICKEN!!
 
Keep it up!
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/31 21:29:37 (permalink)
New post: Mississippi swamps, Where the King was born, Rib Alley and sandwiches at Elvis' favourite table.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4482
 

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/01 01:55:56 (permalink)
Really well done Blogs. You're capturing the Heart & Spirit of the Colonies. Most places serve "Minter Cheese" with just the cheese spread on plain bread, toasted or not. 
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/01 16:23:50 (permalink)
Another fine leg of the journey, your sandwich selection for the day looked spot on, especially those from the rib alley.
 
I thought you said not to get used to seeing you two in the pictures
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/01 16:40:00 (permalink)
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Here's some joints on the Natchez Trace.  I would go down # 61 and have some fun.  Good luck.
Old Country Store @ 18801 Hwy 61, Lorman, MS 601 - 437 - 3661.
Detour to Vicksburg and tour the old antebellum homes and the Vicksburg National Military Park.
Have lunch/dinner @ Rusty's River Front Grill @ 901 South Washington St., Vicksburg, MS 601 - 638 -2030.
or @ Walnut Hills @ 1214 Adams Street, Vicksburg, MS 601 - 638 - 4910 for southern cooking.
http://www.walnuthillsms.net/
Stop in Jackson at Hickory Pit BBQ for good road food.
Hickory Pit @ 1491 Canton Mart Road, Jackson, MS 601 - 956 - 7079.
http://jackson.metromix.c...t-north/653901/content
Stop in Kosciusko for good road food at Cafe on the Square, Old Trace Grill or Rib Alley.
Cafe on the Square @ 115 West Jefferson St., Kosciusko, MS. 662 - 289 - 5888.
Old Trace Grill @ 719 Veterans Memorial Dr., Kosciusko, MS. 662 - 289 - 2652.
Rib Alley @ 201 N. Madison St., Kosciusko, MS. 601 - 289 - 9800.
There's a small country cafe at French Camp.
http://www.frenchcamp.org/NatchezTrace_site/cafe.html
Go to Sonny's in Ackerman for good BBQ.
Sonny's Smokehouse @ 8936 Hwy. 15, Ackerman, MS. 662 - 285 - 8074.
Go to Little Dooey's in Starkville.
The Little Dooey @ 100 Fellowship St., Starkville, MS. 662 - 323 - 6094.
http://www.littledooey.com/
Go to T's for good BBQ in Houston.
T's Bar - B - Que Pit @ 693 N. Jackson St., Houston, MS. 662 - 456 - 0045.
Go to Bishop's or Forty Five in Saltill for good BBQ.
Bishop's BBQ @ 2546 Hwy. 145, Saltillo, MS. 662 - 869 - 8351.
Forty Five BBQ @ 2125 Hwy. 145, Saltillo, MS. 662 - 869 - 5928.
Go to Cafe Memories or Homer's in Iuka.
Cafe Memories @ 127 South Fulton St., Iuka, MS. 662 - 423 - 1050.
Homer's BBQ & Ribs @ 1209 W. Quitman St., Iuka, MS. 662 - 424 - 0268.
Go to Fish Hut, Hickory Pit or Sweet Peas in Savannah.
Fish Hut @ 95 Water St., Savannah, TN 731 - 925 - 6571.
Hickory Pit BBQ @ 555 Main St., Savannah, TN 731 - 925 - 2268.
Sweet Pea's Family Restaurant @ 869 Pickwick St. S, Savannah, TN 731 - 925 - 8780.
Go to Shaffer Farms for good BBQ in Summertown.
Shaffer Farms Texas BBQ @ 4 Vaughn Staggs Rd., Summertown, TN. 931 - 964 - 6328.
Go to Columbia Square Market or Marcy Jo's in Columbia for good road food.
Columbia Square Market and Cafe @ 36 Public Square, Columbia, TN 931 - 840 - 3636.
http://squaremarketcafe.com/
Marcy Jo's Meal House @ 4205 U.S. 431, Columbia, TN 931 - 380 - 0968.
Go to Puckett's in Franklin for good country food, cold drinks and good music.
Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant @ 120 4th Avenue S., Franklin, TN. 615 - 794 - 5527.
http://www.puckettsgrocery.com/

Most of your links don't open.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/01 17:00:08 (permalink)
I noticed that too.
 
The french camp . org site lists nothing about a cafe, they do sell bread at the welcome center.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/01 17:57:17 (permalink)
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Littleman

Here's some joints on the Natchez Trace.  I would go down # 61 and have some fun.  Good luck...

Most of your links don't open.

When I see lists like that I just skip over. I think I can Google with the best of them.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/01 18:07:33 (permalink)
CajunKing

I noticed that too.

The french camp . org site lists nothing about a cafe, they do sell bread at the welcome center.

In my trip, Elvis, Cajuns, Crawfish & Alligators I linked on the first page of this thread I covered the French Camp. Here it is. The cafe is called Council House.
 
We drove down the Natchez Trace Parkway for about half its 450 length that starts in Nashville, TN and ends in Natchez, MS. The parkway is a two lane non-stop road with a maximum speed limit of 50 mph maintained by the National Park Service. Traffic on the day we drove it was minimal thus making it a very pleasant relaxing drive. There is activity, roads and settlements pretty much parallel and adjacent to the parkway but you never see any of it, just trees and fields. Consequently, unless you get off the parkway there are no food stops but one the whole way. That stop was French Camp. French Camp, as the name implies was first settled by the French. There is a general store and cafe right on the parkway so we stopped there for a timely right on the dot noon lunch. When we arrived there was a small musical ensemble entertaining the patrons.

Approaching French Camp


View of the Council House Cafe patio at French Camp


The Council House Cafe menu was modest as you can see


The sandwiches were modest but tasty

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/02 00:02:38 (permalink)
CajunKing-
Thanks for the Boudin link! Nice site that I can use next spring when I return to the Lafayette area. I have been to a few of those places. The cracklin trail link at the top of the Boudin link page is great also.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/02 03:36:28 (permalink)
This is a fun trip to follow, along with my roadfood friends additions!
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/02 10:23:29 (permalink)
New Post: Completing the Natchez trace & tremendous BBQ sandwiches off the grid.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4536
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/02 15:46:33 (permalink)
Another fine leg of the journey.
 
On your thoughts about crossing such a huge river.... It wasnt so big back then. Modern construction of hyrdro dams throughout the US as made some of the small rivers seem mighty.
 
The Ohio river in front of me was able to be crossed on horse back in many places.  Now with the hydro dams it is in places like the big muddy and almost a mile wide.
 
My thinking about the older days like that, was how they got up and over all those hills on horse back or foot.  Today we drive up and over them and dont think about them, but for the early settlers they did it by foot or horse.  YIKES!
 
You are right about the mysterious death of Meriwether Lewis, there has been legal battles and all sorts of claims, but the National park service wont let his body be exhumed to further the claims.
 
He was an amazing individual!
 
 
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/03 01:21:45 (permalink)
New Post: Nashville - Boots, Red-eye Gravy, BBQ and Friends.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4612
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/04 01:54:38 (permalink)
New Post: Authentic Cajun food in the backwoods (really!) of Tennessee.
http://happymouth.ca/?p=4665

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/04 03:48:56 (permalink)
My Daughter & Family live in Franklin TN.
In looking at Papa Boudreaux's Web Site, it says they have an address in downtown Franklin.
Do you know if that place is open yet?
The web site said "Franklin Menu coming soon"
Another GREAT REPORT!
Don't ya just love that area?
Takes you back over 100 years like the world used to be and should be today.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/04 10:11:55 (permalink)
Yes, the Franklin location is open! We decided to go to the original for the vibe and the experience. I linked to the Urban Spoon reviews of the Franklin location, because there was no listing for the original. As you could see their own website is not up to date.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/09/04 13:44:18 (permalink)
The Cajun food in your Tennessee photos are gorgeous.  I was surprised by some of the prices on the menu.  Some seemed rather high for what they were while others did not.
 
I'll have the bisque if ever there.  I want it now.
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