Tampa to Ellijay, GA

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2011/07/12 11:58:32 (permalink)

Tampa to Ellijay, GA

Any food stop recommendations for the trip from Tampa, FL to Ellijay, GA?
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    Re:Tampa to Ellijay, GA 2011/07/12 12:17:56 (permalink)
    tpafoodie

    Any food stop recommendations for the trip from Tampa, FL to Ellijay, GA?


    I've got one, in Live Oak, FL just off of I-75 is Sheffield's Catfish House, a run down truckstop sort of place with some of the best fried catfish on the planet! Then Smokin' Pig in Valdosta, GA is some mighty fine Q. If you plan on stopping in Atlanta, the Silver Skillet is pure road food. Then when you get to Elijay, make sure to stop at Col. Pool's bbq. It's pretty good Q, and Co. Poole being a real character, the place has some pretty good ambience!
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    Re:Tampa to Ellijay, GA 2011/07/12 13:35:56 (permalink)
    I'm wondering, at what point are you veering off the Interstate.  Doing so, even as late as Atlanta, would give you some interesting, different options.
     
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    Re:Tampa to Ellijay, GA 2011/07/12 13:36:12 (permalink)
    I'm wondering, at what point are you veering off the Interstate.  Doing so, even as late as Atlanta, would give you some interesting, different options.
     
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    Re:Tampa to Ellijay, GA 2011/07/12 14:40:09 (permalink)
    There's an active thread about Tampa to Atlanta, and that has several recommendations for the first chunk of your trip.  You'll be taking I-75 through Atlanta and north to Marietta and then I-575 up to Ellijay.  Marietta is full of criminally underrated restaurants.  My blog, Marie Let's Eat!, has a pretty detailed section on Marietta, on account of us living here (if it's not too tacky to hawk myself):
     
    http://marieletseat.blogs...nesaw%20%2F%20marietta
     
    Notably absent is the Roadfood-approved Williamson Bros. BBQ.  This is because the site is, IMO, quite mistaken.  That is some terrible, terrible barbecue.
     
    The I-575 corridor is really not represented well among barbecue talk, but there are some very neat finds, including Mo-Ribs in Canton, Two Brothers in Ball Ground, Bub-Ba-Q in Woodstock and the original in Jasper, and, of course, Col. Poole's in Ellijay itself.  Massively improved over the years, this is among my nine or ten favorite plates of chopped pork anywhere, and an absolute spectacle.
     
    Other than BBQ, there is an old-fashioned Jiffy Freeze in Canton, similar to the famous Mrs. Story's in Opelika, AL.  In Woodstock, you'll find excellent pizza at Vingenzo's (mentioned in the other thread) and pretty good burgers at Canyon, a wannabe chain getting started.
     
     
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