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2011/08/24 21:19:32 (permalink)

Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip!

About to kick off our annual MONSTER road trip over 14 days starting this Friday! Like previous years, we'll be blogging it the whole way. We're looking for any "can't miss" suggestions!
Links to our blog for this years and previous years:
http://happymouth.ca/?p=3995


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    ann peeples
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 03:28:13 (permalink)
    Sorry you arent including Milwaukee in your ride. Excellent food!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 03:53:04 (permalink)
    Since you're already a "Roadfood Insider", I'd suggest taking full advantage of the "Roadfood Offline" section offered to Insider Members. Just click on the "Insider" tab on the top toolbar and scroll down to the Roadfood Off-line link. There's 1000's of reviewed places on the list and hundreds on the route you'll be taking. Take advantage of your membership dues. It's the best deal in town!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 09:18:50 (permalink)
    You can make an easy adjustment in your route by staying on I-80 after Joliet and hit Ron's Cajun Connection in Utica Illinois. Ron's is just a few minutes off either I-80 or I-39. Great Cajun food by a real Cajun cook!
     
    http://www.ronscajunconnection.com/
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 12:59:48 (permalink)
    I will give you a BE SURE TO MISS list of two...
     
    Do not under any circumstance go to Pier 424 Seafood Restaurant on Bourbon St.  No matter how inviting it looks do not step foot in to that place!
     
    The other is the famous Court of Two Sisters.  Others may feel differently about it but the food is just not good if you've been anywhere that serves good food.  Think TV dinner with a bad attitude.  The fact that tourist busses get paid to drop people off there for dinner means that everything is rushed and prepared like cafeteria food.
     
    I go for the good places (usually) when in New Orleans.  I've never had a bad meal at Commander's Palace, Antoinne's, Gallatoire's, Brennan's or even Emeril's.
     
    At Emeril's I've had the seating at the chef's station.  You sit at a counter and watch them do a lot of the food preparation.
     
    If you know when you'll be in New Orleans, and you're thinking of eating in some of the finer places.... make your reservations NOW.
     
    I also think the stands in the French Market offer some of great things to eat.  I had pork boudin and alligator jerky there.  The boudin was some of the best I've had.
     
    Enjoy your trip and stay safe!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 15:10:14 (permalink)
    Well, in NOLA I'd suggest a stop in at Acme Oyster House to try their Pecan Cobbler. It's quite possibly one of the best desserts I've ever eaten. Their red beans and rice is pretty darned good, too. Not to mention the oysters. Creole Creamery has some absolutely top notch, off the wall ice creams. Worth the trip to get a  scoop or 3.
    post edited by Root-Beer Man - 2011/08/25 18:14:43
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 17:00:46 (permalink)
    On your stretch between St Louis, MO and Decatur, IL if you detour west into Springfield, IL you can enjoy RF's own Dr of BBQ.
     
    http://www.drofbbq.com/
     
    Jack does BBQ Right and very tastily.
     
    5th and Stanford in Springfield, IL
     
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 21:58:15 (permalink)
    Great suggestions, all! Keep'em coming. We tend to try to find places that are emblematic of their location and look for good, honest food. This means it could be a truck stop or could be a 4-star top-notch jacket and tie place, as long as the food is authentic and prepared with honesty and pride.

    We do revel in the hidden treasures, though, and that tends to be the hole-in-the-wall that's been doing something right for quite some time.
     
    Thanks, Foodbme, we have checked out the insider maps and have plenty of great ideas from them. Very little coverage of Mississippe, though. We;ll be tracveling the Natchez trace across the state with stops in Jackson and Tupelo. In Jackson, we'll reprise a visit to E&L BBQ to get some rib tips and wings (best BBQ sauce ever) and take them back to the hotel (rough neighbourhood, but worth braving it for excellent 'cue!).
     
    Thanks for the warnings Mar52. I had heard about the bum's rush they give you at Court of the Two Sisters.
     
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 22:00:45 (permalink)
    Mammy's Cupboard in Natchez MS
    http://www.roadsideamerica.com/story/3344
    Lunch was pretty good. Saying we ate under Mammy's skirt was priceless
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 22:05:14 (permalink)
    Hahahaha! That and "Cock of the Walk" are the two places we're looking at for Natchez. But I think, like you, Mammy's is too good a story to pass up!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 22:06:57 (permalink)
    The dessert was good also at Mammy's if you don't have room for lunch. Maybe better than the lunch!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/25 22:19:14 (permalink)
    Big666dog
     
    you might do a search for some of buffetbusters trip reports he loves MS and has done several trips and reports.  Or you might pm him and he can get you some suggestions
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 00:42:34 (permalink)
    Day One is in the bag. Arrived in NOLA today. Thanks for the suggestions, and please keep them coming.
     
    New Post: Day one of our 2011 Monster Road Trip - New Orleans! Po'boys, jambalaya and shrimp remoulade. Oh, my! http://happymouth.ca/?p=4032
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 02:22:14 (permalink)
    Nice Blog you have there! Good pictures too! Do you plan to drive all the way back North?
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 08:23:37 (permalink)
    Thanks for compliments! The plan is to drive the route in the picture at the top of the post over two weeks. We'll fly home to Ottawa from Chicago, then.
    post edited by big666dog - 2011/08/27 09:14:02
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 11:44:43 (permalink)
    Looks like a great first day! Thanks for the link.
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 13:01:38 (permalink)
    Loving it.  Glad to know you're including liquids in your meals.  The heat demands it.
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 16:24:09 (permalink)
    In NOLA I like to hit Olde N'awlens Cookery on Conti St. and Mother's on Poydras St.  Of course in addition to breakfast at Brennan's and coffee and beignets at Cafe du Monde.  Don't forget a muffaletta from Central Grocery.  NOLA is a great food destination.  Bon appetit!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 18:48:50 (permalink)
    ****SIGH****
     
    I need to get back to LA, it has been too long and my tabasco sauce content in my blood is dangerously low.
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 21:59:18 (permalink)
    New Post: Road Trip Day 2 in New Orleans: Local Flavours. We went all over, from the French Qarter, to Treme, to the Garden District to the Waterfront.
    http://happymouth.ca/?p=4104
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 22:14:11 (permalink)
    Another great day in paradise.  You are really killing me with those boiled taters.
     
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/27 23:50:54 (permalink)
    Don't know how much longer you'll be in NOLA, but this web site might help you with your planning. If it were me, I'd just spend the rest of the trip in NOLA and fly home from there!
    www.nomenu.com
    Tom Fitzmorris is a food blogger like you. He has a radio show you can listen to while riding around. In addition to his writing, Tom is the host of a daily radio talk show devoted exclusively to food and drink. That's been around a long time, too--since 1975. "The Food Show With Tom Fitzmorris" is heard three hours a day on WWWL and WWL Radio. It's the only radio show of its kind and duration in the world. It's on the air weekdays from three until six in the afternoon, Saturdays noon until three. You can listen online during the show's hours here
     
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 00:41:06 (permalink)
    WOW! Thanks, FoodBMe! Very useful blog! Tomorrow's our last full day and we'll use NOMenu to help guide us...
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 01:01:17 (permalink)
    Tomorrow should be a Jazz brunch. I love Commander's Palace. Brennan's would be a good choice also. Fitzmorris has over 40 Jazz brunches listed on nomenu.com.
    I used this restaurant website a few weeks ago when I was in NOLA for the Satchmo Summerfest. Thanks Foodbme for suggesting it in another New Orleans post!
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 13:51:21 (permalink)
    I would adjust the trip to go through Springfield instead of Decatur, IL. Route 66 goes through Springfield. So much more there. Besides DrBBQ as CajunKing mentioned you also have many opportunities to try a horseshoe. I also would not pass up going to the Abraham Lincoln Museum & Library and his burial site in Springfield.
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 15:27:01 (permalink)
    Summer is hard on the hospitality industry, and there are some great restaurants who participate in "Coolinary" menus through Aug. and Sept., great specials for lunch and dinner.  Check out our convention and visitors' bureau website for a list of those restaurants and sample menus -  www.neworleanscvb.com
     
     I agree with Mar52 and not to miss is Antoine's 3-course lunch special - Mon-Sat, for $20.11(.25 martinis).  Dress is casual during the day.
     
     
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 16:02:02 (permalink)
    Thanks for the tip re: Springfield. Our route will probably take us there... Google maps REALLY didn't want to route me that way, but we are following Route 66 on that leg. You've got me intrigued, though. I have to look up "Horseshoes". Can you give me hint, so I don't have to wade through iron that's put on the end of horse's legs?
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 16:29:46 (permalink)
    A horseshoe is an open face sandwich invented in Springfield and pretty much unique to Springfield to this day. It consist of toast on the bottom, a meat of some kind topped with French fries and then inundated with a proprietary cheese sauce. The sauce is what makes each restaurant's reputation. I found Springfield seems to close down on Sundays. My focus was D'Arcy's Pint but it was closed on Sunday. I had to search for an open place and finally found the Brickhouse Grill. This horseshoe had a breaded pork tenderloin for the meat.
     

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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 16:32:45 (permalink)
    From Wikipedia (since it was easier than writing myself):  This open-faced sandwich begins with thick-sliced toasted bread, and most often hamburger patties, or ham. Other meat is also used, such as deep fried pork tenderloin, grilled or fried chicken breast, and fried fish filets. There is also a "breakfast" horseshoe that uses eggs and hash browns. The meat is topped with french fries and smothered with a "secret" cheese sauce.
     
    From what I recall, it's called a horseshoe because the ham originally used was horseshoe in shape, the french fries are the nails.
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    Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! 2011/08/28 16:39:46 (permalink)
    BTW, I made a similar trip a couple of years ago including going down the Natchez Trace to Lafayette, LA. I reported on it here.
     
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    We are heading out next month primarily for the Texas Lake of the Pines, Houston, New Orleans and the Gulf Coast of Florida.
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