Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT)

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Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 01/31/11 10:55 PM
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I am a longtime fan of Roadfood and have many of the Stearns' books in my library, and love reading these forums (and getting myself hungry while doing it!) and am hoping that the folks here can help us find out where to stop and eat on our upcoming big road trip!
 
My husband and I will be driving from Philadelphia to Austin TX in March, and I'm looking for roadfood suggestions that I could also blog about on my website  RetroRoadmap.com . This would mean places that have been around for a while (1900-1970 mainly) that retain their original look/feel/charm and serve good food, ideally with some regional specialties on the menu. I'm a sucker for a vintage neon sign, marble soda fountain, vintage diner, or anyplace where you feel like you've stepped back in time when you get there.
By putting places like these on my website (with a handy Google Map link) I'm hoping to make it easy for folks to find these places when they're traveling, and perhaps decide to visit them instead of the big and boring chains.
 
That said, we'll be looking for places to eat, photograph and blog about primarily along these routes:
 
Atlanta GA to Austin TX:
  • either via Birmingham AL, Jackson MS, Shreveport LA
  • or the more southerly route through Montgomery - Mobile AL, Baton Rouge LA, Houston TX
and on the way home:
 
Austin TX to Philadelphia via:
  • Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Memphis & Nashville, TN
  • Louisville KY
  • Cincinnati OH
  • Pittsburgh
Now those cities are just to give an idea of the route, we're willing to stop anywhere good as long as it doesn't take us too far off of the path, as we have to return home at some point (or the RetroRoadDog will be sad!)
 
I realize this post covers a lot of geography, but I'm hoping the folks who know their areas best can guide me to what places to put on the RetroRoadmap.
 
Thank You in Advance!

Mod Betty
 
 
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 7:17 AM
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Well first of all, not on you list of areas but certainly exactly what you're looking for are two places in Virginia off 81.
Skeeter's Hot Dogs in Wytheville
http://tinyurl.com/2dcv3l6


Texas Tavern in Roanoke
http://tinyurl.com/27ek3nd
 
Then, on the way back, when in Memphis there are two places.
Dyer's Hamburgers, Home of the 100 YO grease.
http://www.dyersonbeale.com/
 
The Rendezvous. We still love it. 
http://www.hogsfly.com/
 
Heading towards Nashville I'd recomend Puckett's Grocery in Franklin.
http://tinyurl.com/yjwyjw2


Up towards Louisville is The Whistle Stop in Glendale. The restaurant isn't old but the building is.
http://www.whistlestoprestaurant.net/
 
That's all for now. If you're willing to go a bit out of your way there's some other great places we've been to.
 
Have fun
 
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 10:10 AM
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Thanks DT for the quick reply! I wanted to make sure to add that if there are places folks know about that would "fit the bill" on RetroRoadmap.com but may not be on our route, please let me know anyways!
 
I can always add them to my list of places to check out on another visit, or if you are feeling like you would like to snap a photo of any "RetroRoadmap-worthy" places and write a few lines about it I'm always happy to add places to the map that way.
 
(Please don't take this as an ad for my blog/website- I just know there's a huge resource of cool insider knowledge here on Roadfood and want to learn from everyone!) Betty

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 10:17 AM
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betty, folks are always wary of new posters with websites. 
Past experience says to be.
If you're honest and earnest, eveyrone will chime in.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 10:19 AM
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A few places to consider in stream of consciousness order.
 
Arnold's Country Kitchen in Nashville may be the ultimate meat and three. Be sure to order the fried cornbread with your platter
 
Greg and Jim's Grocery Store in Colt Arkansas for ribs and the ultimate bbq beans - don't think you can get much deeper into the rural South.
 
Mary Mac's Tea Room in Atlanta - bring your white gloves.
 
The original Gus's Fried Chicken in Mason TN off I-40 between Nashville and Memphis.  Proceed with caution when specifying heat.
 
Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville - like soda shops used to be.
 
If you haven't done it - off I-95 in Fredricksburg VA, Carl's Frozen Custard whose frozen custard machine dates back to the 40's.
 
Ridgewood BBQ in Bluff City TN off I-81 before the VA border.
 
Breakfast at The Arcade - Memphis' oldest cafe.
 
A bit out of the way heading north through KY - the Beaumont Inn in Harrodsburg for what may be the finest country ham anywhere - aged locally a year before delivered to them and then aged at least another year before serving.
 
Have a tasty trip...

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 10:37 AM
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Noted and completely understood, Bill! Thanks for letting this newbie know :-)

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 10:38 AM
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Between Birmingham and Meridian, MS, just outside of Butler, AL is Ezell's Fish Camp. It is an old fish camp, on the banks of the Tombigbee. Sadly, it appears they have franchised but this is the original. Awesome cole slaw appetizer.
 
In Shreveport, Hickory Stick for BBQ, Monjuni's for Italian
 
If your route take's you through Waco, TX you would want to get pictures and have burgers from The Health Camp (really not very healthy) near the Baylor campus and George's restaraunt for chicken fried steak. Have a jalepeno cheesburger at Whataburger, not many of those around any more.
 
If you get even close to Hot Springs, AR then a visit to McClard's is a must!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 11:13 AM
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Near Austin, I would recommend visiting some of the classic barbecue places in Lockhart and nearby. (See http://www.roadfood.com/E...toftexas-barbecue-belt ) I would particularly recommend Smitty's and Louie Mueller's from my own experience.
 
In Salado, Texas (along I-35 north from Austin), there's the Stagecoach Inn, which goes back to a Stagecoach stop built in 1860, and one of my favorite genteel Southern restaurants in Texas.
http://www.staystagecoach.com
 
In West, Texas (also along I-35), there's the Village Bakery, which dates back to 1950 or earlier. http://www.roadfood.com/R...erview.aspx?RefID=6460
 
In Pittsburgh, I would particularly recommend two places:
Max's Allegheny Tavern (http://www.maxsalleghenytavern.com/ ) serves good German food in a restaurant that dates back to about 1900.
 
Klavon's Ice Cream ( http://www.klavonsicecream.com/ ) is a well-preserved ice cream parlor from the 1920s. The ice cream is Hershey's brand; in my opinion, the ice cream is good but not superlative. But since you say that you're a sucker for a marble soda fountain, I think that Klavon's will delight you.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 11:21 AM
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Thanks DT for the quick reply! I wanted to make sure to add that if there are places folks know about that would "fit the bill" on RetroRoadmap.com but may not be on our route, please let me know anyways!

I can always add them to my list of places to check out on another visit, or if you are feeling like you would like to snap a photo of any "RetroRoadmap-worthy" places and write a few lines about it I'm always happy to add places to the map that way.

(Please don't take this as an ad for my blog/website- I just know there's a huge resource of cool insider knowledge here on Roadfood and want to learn from everyone!) Betty

If you look at my website (davwudsfoodcourt.blogspot.com) you'll find some good places that aren't on your route.
 
Holly's site (hollyeats.com) is really good too.
 
Also check out flavourtownusa.com
 
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 12:19 PM
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Thanks for the suggestions so far- I'll be spending my lunch break putting pins in the Google Map.
 
Dave I look forward to checking out your blog as well- thanks for the link.
 
Holly - I'm a longtime fan of your website from when we first moved to the Philly area, great suggestions as always!
 
I look forward to being able to report back on where we ate- very excited about the trip!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 2:59 PM
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looks like you passed the "legit" test, Mod Betty , lol !!
(often there are 1st time posters who are never , never heard from again...
so it's gr8 the way you followed thru !!)
 
Gr8 responses on this thread ....(Holly Moore, Play 27, Ralph Morton !!)
Make sure to report back to us, Mod Betty !
 
p.s. all this talk is making me crave a Roadtrip, utilizing many of these suggestions !  Been to some, but Hickory Stick, and Gus's Chicken , sound intriguing ,etc !!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 5:54 PM
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Someone mentioned Meridian, MS -- not sure it is on your routes, but if so, Weidmann's is as vintage as it gets. http://www.weidmanns1870.com/
 
I second the Elliston Place Soda Shop in Nashville.  If you like fried chicken, try to go on the days they serve it (Saturday, I know, and maybe Wednesdays).  They also have wonderful coconut cream pie -- sometimes -- but selections vary by the day.
 
I haven't been to the Whistle Stop in Glendale, KY for several years.  I used to love it, but the ownership changed, so I'm not sure it's as good as it once was.  They had great brown sugar cream pie. 
 
Nowadays, for that dessert, I go to Science Hill Inn in Shelbyville, KY (open only for lunch).  It's rather elegant, but still informal, and the food and service are first rate. Great hot browns and fried chicken, delicious biscuits, and spectacular hot water corn bread.  Make a reservation just to be safe.   It was once a "ladies seminary" in the 1800s to mid-1930s, and is adjacent to the Wakefield-Scearce Gallery if you like silver antiques.  It's not far from Louisville, and you could easily stop there en route to Cincinnati. http://www.wakefieldscearce.com/menu.aspx
 
And I adore Beaumont Inn.  I've gone there since I was a child. Run by the same family since around 1917 -- I think it is now the third generation.  They have multiple dining options now -- the main dining room, the Old Owl Tavern, and the Owl's Nest, which is a small bar that also serves food. You can get the country ham in any of them, and my husband is addicted to it.  The chicken livers are superb, too, and I love their green beans and corn pudding.  Just be aware that none of their dining rooms is open on Sunday evening.  (They serve a buffet brunch in the main dining room which includes most of their specialties -- fried chicken, ham, corn pudding, etc., plus very good corn muffins and yummy yeast rolls  on Sundays until mid-afternoon.)  
  
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Tue, 02/1/11 7:39 PM
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"I haven't been to the Whistle Stop in Glendale, KY for several years.  I used to love it, but the ownership changed, so I'm not sure it's as good as it once was.  They had great brown sugar cream pie."
 
Any idea how long ago?? We were there about 3 - 4 years ago.
 
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Wed, 02/2/11 5:22 PM
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Don't leave Nashville without trying Prince's Hot Chicken.  Here's a good article that also has an amusing video embedded in it:  http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/1755
 
Be advised that Prince's has varying degrees of "hot".  Even though I like "hot", the "second hottest" is enough for me.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Wed, 02/2/11 6:20 PM
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Don't leave Nashville without trying Prince's Hot Chicken.  Here's a good article that also has an amusing video embedded in it:  http://www.ezrapoundcake.com/archives/1755

Be advised that Prince's has varying degrees of "hot".  Even though I like "hot", the "second hottest" is enough for me.

 
Thaks for the article and link.  I super enjoyed it.
 
I get to Nashville and each time I am there, I meet up with Poverty Pete.  He took me to a super good hot chicken place the last time I was there and I certainly will want to try this one.
 
Nashville is also known for its hot fish.  A few years ago, I visited one that Poverty Pete suggested.  I went there with the Mayor and it was super.
 
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Wed, 02/2/11 6:48 PM
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In Cincinnati
 
[this response concentrates more on the decor and less on the eats since that seems to be your preference]
 
A top quality century-old ice cream, soda fountain, and candy shop: Aglamesis Brothers
 
A great burger in a place lighted ENTIRELY in Neon (but is not that old): Terry's Turf Club
 
Sit down restaurant that is the oldest continually operating business in Ohio: the Golden Lamb
 
Red-sauce italian joint that will take you right back to the psychadelia of the early 70s: Scottis Italian Restaurant
 
Expensive/fancy dinner in expansive/awesome authentic art deco interior: Orchids at the Palm Court
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Wed, 02/2/11 8:16 PM
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Thanks for all the suggestions everyone - and I'm going to have to pace myself if I plan on fitting in my clothes for the entire trip! I love fried chicken and my husband loves hot chicken so we'll be exploring that, as well as the whole BBQ / Southern / Meat & 3 culture. Brown Sugar Cream Pie sounds absolutely divine!
 
As far as decor vs food, I try to have a balance, but I do totally dig those places that seem to have weathered the storm and not changed their looks to keep up with the passing times.
 
I'll be adding these pins to my map shortly, and promise to do a recap for the Trips forum when we return :-)

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sat, 02/5/11 1:53 PM
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Here's a few joints that you will pass on your way S on I 81 through VA.
The Naked Oyster is a great place for lunch/dinner at Winchester at Exit 313. Try the buffet at Butcher Block BBQ @ Exit 307 in Stephens City. Just down I 81 a few miles at New Market is Southern Kitchen serving outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Exit 264. Harrisonburg has quite a few fine road food places convenient to I 81. I suggest you consider Jess' Quick Lunch or Little Grill at Exit 247. The Village Inn is very nice also at Exit 240. Staunton is just W of I 81 and a very nice town also. It's home to Mrs. Rowe's country food breakfast, lunch and dinner and Wright's Dairy Rite. Lexington, VA has a number of good restaurants like Bistro on Main for lunch/dinner, Macado's for sandwiches and Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant for lunch/dinner. Lexington is the home of VMI and W&L U. It's a beautiful town a few minutes W of I 81 and worth a visit. Home Place is a great restaurant several miles W of I 81 W of Roanoke at Exit 141 serving outstanding country food, good fried chicken and deserts in an old home. Just E of Lexington at Exit 188AB Frank's for the Memorie's is a great place for good road food with great outdoor dining.

Get off I 81 at Exit 150B and go E to Highway 11. Turn left and go N a couple of miles to Pomegrante Restaurant for outstanding seafood and steaks for dinner.
Pomegranate Restaurant @ 106 Stoney Battery Road, Troutville, VA 540 - 966 - 6052.
http://www.pomegranateva.com/
 
In Christiansburg just down the road a piece is Dude's, Due South, Farm House and Summit. All are very good places to eat. On S on I 81 in Wytheville, VA stop at Smokey's BBQ at Exit 70 or 73. Peking Chinese Restaurant is outstanding also. C J's Pizza is good if you have kids. At Abingdon, VA there's some fine places. Have lunch at the House on Main and dine on the porch, lunch or dinner at Peppermill or BBQ at Parks BBQ at Exit 17. Chick N Little is good country food and Ellis Soda Shop and Grill has good salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more with outdoor seating as well. Wildflower Bakery and Cafe is great for breakfast,lunch or dinner and it's close to I 81 at Exit 19. If you have time to detour to Johnson City or Bluff City then Cootie Brown's and Ridgewood BBQ are good road stops.

Naked Oyster @ 2444 Valley Avenue, Winchester, VA 540 - 678 - 0778.
http://www.thenakedoysterwinchester.com/

Butcher Block BBQ @ 131 Town Run Lane, Stephens City, VA 540 - 869 - 4141.
http://www.butcherblockbuffet.com/

Southern Kitchen @ 9576 South Congress St., New Market, VA 540 - 740 - 3514.

Jess' Quick Lunch @ 22 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 434 - 8282.
Little Grill @ 621 North Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3594.
http://littlegrillcollective.com/
The Village Inn @ 4979 South Valley Pike - S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 7355.
http://www.thevillageinn.travel/

Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant @ 74 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 1833.
http://www.mrsrowes.com/
Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435. I81/EXIT220.
http://www.dairy-rite.com/

Bistro on Main @ 8 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 4888.
http://www.bistro-lexington.com/
Macado's @ 30 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 8201.
http://www.macados.net/
Sheridan Livery Inn & Restaurant @ 35 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 1887.
http://www.sheridanliveryinn.com/

Home Place Restaurant @ 4968 Catawba Valley Dr., Catawba, VA 540 - 384 - 7252.
Frank's for the Memories BBQ @ 2117 Magnolia Ave., Buena Vista, VA 540 - 261 - 5553.
http://www.franks4thememories.com/
 
The best option on I 81 in that area if you don't have a lot of time and you are trying to make good road time is Three Little Pigs at Daleville at Exit 150 5 miles N of Harbor Inn Seafood. It's located in a small shopping center less than two minutes off W side of I 81 and serves great BBQ. It also has a very nice outdoor seating area and the menu includes sandwiches and salads for those who don't want BBQ. They also serve cold adult beverages. The shopping center has some very nice stores in case you are in need of road supplies. There are nice hotels on both sides of I 81 and a nice big truck stop to refuel and pick up road supplies. Three Little Pigs is a much better choice.

Three Lil Pigs BBQ @ 120 Kingston Dr., Daleville, VA 540 - 966 - 0165.
http://www.threelilpigsbbq.com/
 
Roanoke has quite a few nice restaurants but they are mostly in town. The restaurants near I 81 don't compare. If you should spend the night in Roanoke go check out these places for good road food. Blues BBQ, Fork in the Alley for pizza, burgers, sandwiches, Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery for lunch/dinner, The Roanoker for breakfast and Wildwood Smokehouse BBQ.


Blues BBQ @ 107 Market Street SE, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 5683.
http://bluesbbqco.com/
Fork in the Alley @ 2123 Crystal Spring Ave. SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 982 - 3675.
http://forkinthealley.com/
Hollywood's Restaurant and Bakery @ 7770 Williamson Rd., Roanoke, VA 540 - 362 - 1812.
http://www.hollywoodsrest...s_Website/Welcome.html
The Roanoker Restaurant @ 2522 Colonial Avenue SW, Roanoke, VA 540 - 344 - 7746.
http://www.theroanokerres...t.com/pages/index.html
Wildwood Smokehouse @ 2041 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 540 - 989 - 2100.
http://www.wildwoodsmokehouseva.com/

Dude's Drive In @ 1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7901.
Due South BBQ @1465 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 381 - 2922.
http://www.duesouthbbq.com/
Farm House Food @ 285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 4253. .
http://www.thefarmhouseonline.com/
Summit Restaurant @ 95 College St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7218.
http://www.summitrestaurant.us/
http://smokeysbbq.com/
Peking Chinese Restaurant @ 105 Malin Drive, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 5515.
http://www.pekingva.com/
C J's Pizza @ 1025 West Lee Highway, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 8448.

The House on Main @ 231 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 619 - 0039.
http://houseonmain.com/
Parks Mill BBQ @ 21405 Parks Mill Rd., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 9191.
http://parksmill.com/
Peppermill Restaurant @ 967 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 0530.
http://www.thepeppermill.com/pmillhome.asp
Chick N Little @ 401 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 6690.
Ellis Soda Shoppe and Grill @ 217 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 8187.
http://www.ellissodashoppe.com/
Wild Flower Bakery and Cafe @ 24443 Lee Hwy., Abingdon, VA 276 - 676 - 4221.

Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723.
http://www.cootiebrowns.com/
Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.

 
 

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sat, 02/5/11 1:59 PM
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If you take the southern route back from Austin to Philadelphia on I 10 here's a few joints you might like to visit.  Don't miss a stop at Layayette, LA.
 
Get off I 10 @ Exit 64 in Jennings, LA and go S on Highway 26 to Frey's Crawfish House for good cajun food for lunch or dinner. They only serve dinner on T/F/S. Be sure to check their hours.
Frey's Crawfish House @ 919A North Lake Arthur Ave., Jennings, LA 337 - 246 - 5023.
http://freyscrawfish.com/
Get off I 10 at Exit 82 and go N to Hawk's for fresh crawfish.
Hawk's Crawfish @ 415 Hawks Road, Rayne, LA 337 - 788 - 3266.
http://hawkscrawfish.com/home.htm
Get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA then go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go less than a mile to Creole Cafe for good country breakfast or plate lunch.
Creole Cafe @ 1227 N. University Ave., Lafayette, LA 337 - 266 - 4648.
Or get off I 10 at Exit 101 in Lafayette, LA and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University. Take a right on Johsnton St. and go three blocks and take a right on W St. Mary Blvd.then go one block where you will find Old Thyme Grocery for good road food and the best po boys in LA.
Old Tyme Grocery @ 218 West Saint Mary Blvd., Lafayette, LA 337 - 235 - 8165.
Or get off I 10 in Lafayette, LA at Exit 101 and go S on Hwy. 182 which is N University. Go S on University and it becomes W University then it becomes E University. Go to Pinhook and take a right then go about 6 blocks to Blue Dog Cafe for great road food.
Blue Dog Cafe @ 1211 West Pinhook Road, Lafayette, LA 337 - 237 - 0005.
http://www.bluedogcafe.com/
Get off I 10 at Exit 109 in Breaux Bridge and go S on Rees Street or Highway 328 and go to Le Cafe for outstanding Po Boys. Or get Off I 10 at Exit 109 and go N on Highway 328 which is Anse Broussard Highway also to Poche Bridge Road. Go N to Main Highway and Poche Market and Restaurant for good Cajun cuisine for lunch. This is a buffet so you might really like it if you are in a hurry.
Le Cafe @ 124 Rees St., Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 332 - 2500.
Poche's Market and Restaurant @ 3015 Main Hwy., Breaux Bridge, LA. 337 - 332 - 2108.
http://www.pochesmarket.com/
Get off I 10 at Exit 115 in Henderson, LA and go E on Highway 352 to Henderson Levee Road to Pat's Fisherman's Wharf for good cajun food. Go to Whiskey River Landing for good music and cold drinks.
Pat's Fisherman's Wharf @ 1008 Henderson Levee Rd., Henderson, LA 337 - 228 - 7512.
http://www.patsfishermanswharf.com/
Whiskey River Landing @ 1365 Henderson Levee Road, Breaux Bridge, LA 337 - 228 - 2277.
http://www.whiskeyriverlanding.net/
Get off I 10 at Exit 157A in Baton Rouge, LA to Perkins Road and take a right to Parrain's for outstanding fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Or get off I 10 at Exit 157A in Baton Rouge, La to Perkins Road. Take a left and Acme Oyster House is on your left open for lunch or dinner serving outstanding fresh seafood.
Parrain's Seafood Restaurant @ 3225 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 381 - 9922.
http://www.parrains.com/
Acme Oyster House @ 3535 Perkins Road, Baton Rouge, LA 225 - 906 - 2372.
http://www.acmeoyster.com/
Get off I 12 in Hammond, LA @ Exit 38B and go N for 2 miles on I55 to Exit 31 for Highway 190 and go E. Turn right on Highway 190 after .2 mile for W Thomas Street. Go 1.2 miles and Voo Doo BBQ will be on your left.
Voo Doo BBQ & Grill @ 2108 W. Thomas St., Hammond, LA. 985 - 345 - 1131.
http://www.voodoobbqandgrill.com/
Get off I 12 at Exit 63A in Covington, LA and go N on Highway 190 to Acme Oyster House for fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Get off I 12 at Exit 63A and go S on Highway 190 to Bear's Grill and Spirit's for outstanding po boys and sandwiches. Or get off I 12 at Exit 65 and go S on Highway 59 to Lakeshore Drive. Turn left and go to Rip's for great fresh seafood overlooking Lake Pontchartain. Get off I 10 at Exit 2 at Bay St. Louis, MS and go E on Scenic Highway 90 to Trapani's for fine fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Continue on Highway 90 to Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill across from the Pass Christian Yacht Club for good fresh seafood, cold drinks and nice music. Continue on Highway 90 to Darwell's Cafe in Long Beach, MS for good lunch or dinner. Darwell's was featured on Diners, Drive In's and Dives. Continue E on Highway 90 to Highway 49 N in Gulfport, MS. Take a left and go one block to 13th Street and turn left to Half Shell Oyster House for fine fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Or continue on Highway 90 to Cowan Road which is E of Highway 49 in Gulfport, MS between Gulfport, MS and Biloxi, MS. Go N on Cowan Road to W Pine Street. Turn left and go 3 blocks to Washington Street, Turn right and go to Blow Fly Inn where the local's dine on fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. Continue E on Highway 90 to Caillavet Street just E of I 110. Turn left and go N to Howard. Turn right and go one block to Old Biloxi Schooner for good po boy's. For fine fresh oysters and good seafood continue E on Howard to Fillin Station for lunch or dinner. For fine country food for breakfast or lunch go E on Highway 90 to Ocean Springs, MS and turn right on Washington Avenue. Take your first left on Robinson Street and go to Bayview Gourmet. Fayard's has good BBQ. Ward's has good seafood and steaks. Phoenicia has good breakfast, lunch or dinner. For good BBQ and fun times get off I 10 at Exit 57 and go N on Highway 57 to The Shed for lunch or dinner. Stay on Highway 90 going E from Ocean Springs, MS. Go to Market Street and take a right. Go to Ingall's Avenue and take a left. Go 3 or 4 blocks to Bozo's Grocery for fine po boy's. For fine southern comfort food get off I 10 at Exit 68 at Moss Point, MS and go N on Highway 613 to Tugus restaurant.
For fine po boy's and fresh seafood get off I 10 at Exit 15A and go N on Government Boulevard to Hall's Mill Road just past the shopping center on the right. Take a right and go to the Boiling Point. The best BBQ in the area is at Brick Pit. Get off I 10 at Exit 15B and go N on Highway 90 for 3 miles to Demetropolis Road. Take a left and continue on Demetropolis Road which becomes S University Boulevard. Go about 5 miles from the left you took on Demetropolis to Old Shell Road. Take a right and go to Brick Pit for outstanding BBQ. The best seafood in Mobile, AL is at Wintzell's Oyster House. Get off I 10 at Exit 26 A and go W on Canal Steet. Go .4 mile and turn right on S Washington Avenue. Turn right and go .3 mile to Dauphine Street. Take a right and Wintzell's will be on your right.
Acme Oyster House @ 1202 N Highway 190, Covington, LA 985 - 246 - 6155.
http://www.acmeoyster.com...mp;id=50&Itemid=87
Bear's Grill and Spirit's @ 1809 North Causeway Boulevard, Mandeville, LA 985 - 674 - 9090.
http://www.bearsgrillandspirits.com/
Rip's on the Lake @ 1917 Lakeshore Drive, Mandeville, LA 985 - 727 - 2829.
Trapani's @ 833 Highway 90 # 3, Bay St. Louis, MS 228 - 467 - 8570.
Shaggy's Harbor Bar and Grill @ 120 S. Hiern Ave., Pass Harbor, Pass Christian, MS. 228 - 452 - 9939.
http://www.shaggys.biz/
Darwells Cafe @ 127 East 1st St., Long Beach, MS. 228 - 868 - 8946.
http://www.darwellscafe.co
Half Shell Oyster House @ FL 1st, 2500 13th St., Gulfport, MS 228 - 867 - 7001.
http://halfshelloysterhouse.com/
Blow Fly Inn @ 1201 Washington Ave., Gulfport, MS 228 - 896 - 9812.
http://www.blowflyinn.com/
Ole Biloxi Schooner @ 871 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 435 - 8071.
Fillin Station @ 692 Howard Ave., Biloxi, MS 228 - 432 - 5565.
http://www.fillinstationbiloxi.com/
Bayview Gourmet @ 1010 Robinson St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 4252.
Fayard's BP @ 6905 Washington Ave, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 1020.
Kenny Ward's @ 1504 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 818 - 4505.
McElroy's on the Bayou @ 705 Bienville Blvd. 228 - 818 - 4600.
Phoenicia Gourmet Cuisine @ 123 Government St., Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 0603.
The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint @ 7501 Hwy. 57, Ocean Springs, MS. 228 - 875 - 9590.
http://www.theshedbbq.com/ordereze/intro.html
Bozo's Grocery @ 2012 Ingalls Ave., Pascagoula, MS 228 - 762 - 3322.
Tugus Restaurant @ 6909 Highway 613, Moss Point, MS 228 - 474 - 9910.
The Boiling Pot @ Suite G, 5300 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 251 - 602 - 8405.
http://www.theboilingpotllc.com/
The Brick Pit @ 5456 Old Shell Rd., Mobile, AL 251 - 343 - 0001.
http://brickpit.com/
Wintzell's Oyster House @ 605 Dauphin St., Mobile, AL 251 - 432 - 4605.
http://www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com/

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On your way back through Dallas on I 30 to Little Rock and I 40 to Nashville here's a few joints for you to visit.
 
Get Off I30 at Exit 127 on Shannon Road in Sulphur Springs, TX and go to Burton's Family Restaurant for great road food at breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a typical diner and nothing is fancy about it but the food which is not expensive. It's next to the Best Western and convenient for quick access to I30.
Burton's Family Restaurant @ 1505 Shannon Rd E, Sulphur Springs, TX 903 - 885 - 5976.
http://www.burtonsfamilyrestaurant.com/
Get off I30 at Exit 201 on N Center St. and get a good country meal at Nana's which is right off I30.
Nana's Family Diner @ 1026 North Center St/, New Boston, TX 903 - 628 - 0700.
One of my favorite road stops is Ramage Farms Country Store at Exit 208 for good road food. The restaurant is an old building just off the N side of I30 and has all sorts of food stuff to purchase to take home. They serve outstanding BBQ, sandwiches, combo plates and steaks. Stop by if just to rest and get a cold drink. It's worth the effort to visit the old store.
Ramage Farms Country Store @ 901 Main St., Hooks, TX 903 - 547 - 6187.
http://www.ramagefarms.com/
If you want real family country food then get off I30 at Exit 222 in Texarkana, TX and go to Bryce's Cafeteria for the best home cooked food in America. It's just off I30 at Exit 222 and very convenient.
Bryce's Cafeteria @ 2021 Mall Dr., Texarkana, TX 903 - 792 - 1611.
http://www.brycescafeteria.com/
On up the road at Arkadelphia, AR you will find good hamburger's at Hamburger Barn or good country food for breakfast or lunch at The Honeycomb Restaurant at Exit 73.
Hamburger Barn @ 2813 Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 246 - 5556.
The Honeycomb Restaurant @ 710 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 245 - 2333.
http://www.honeycombrestaurant.com/
At Exit 116 at Benton, AR you will find outstanding road food at Ed & Kay's Restaurant on the N side of I30 for lunch and dinner.
Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663.
Get off I 40 at Exit 175 at Lonoke, AR and go S on Highway 31 to E 8th Street and go to Pruett's for good BBQ.
Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.
Get off I 40 at Exit 183 at Carlisle, AR on Highway 13 and go S to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR.
Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.
http://www.nicksbq.com/
Craig's BBQ in Devall's Bluff, AR is outstanding.
Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.
Get off I 40 at Exit 241A/B and go N to Colt, AR on Highway 1. Take a left on Highway 306 and go to Greg and Jim's for good BBQ. Greg & Jim's Grocery & BBQ @ Hwy 306, Colt, AR. 870 - 633 - 0541.
Get off I40 at Exit 241A/B and go S on North Washington Street in Forrest City, AR to The Ole Sawmill Cafe. It's open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right.
The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.
http://olesawmillcafe.com/
For outstanding BBQ stop at Roadside BBQ @ Exit 271 off I 40 In W Memphis, AR.
Roadside BBQ @ 196 Arkansas 147, West Memphis, AR 870 - 733 - 9208.
If you want to stop in Memphis, TN for BBQ I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right after your cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ. When you leave CC head E to N Manasas and take your left. Go a block and take a right on Jackson Ave. then go about half a mile to I 240. Go under the IS and take a left going N and get on I 240 or I40 and go N. Go about 15 miles on I 240. You will turn E and then S before you reach Exit 12C then take I 40 E 200 miles to Nashville, TN.
Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
It's about 85 miles from Cozy Corner to Jackson, TN. It's a fine place for a road stop. Get off I 40 at Exit # 80A at Jackson, TN and get off to the right on Hwy. 186/45 then turn into Casey Jones Old Country Store on the right. This is a large complex with Casey Jone's Home and Museum and some shops. The Old Country Store serves a buffet of outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and opens at 6:30 AM.
Old Country Store @ 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 731 - 668 - 1223.
http://www.caseyjones.com..CountryStore/index.html
First good country food is at Exit 204 before you get to downtown Nashville on I 40. Get off and go right on Robertson Ave. then take your first left on Charlotte Ave. go past the shopping center on your left and take a left on 53rd Ave. N and Wendell Smith's is on your left open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving good soul and country food. There's a Best Western, Days Inn, Comfort and Baymont back at Robertson where you get back on I 40 if you want to stay there. If you stay in this area you can go back to Wendell Smith's for breakfast.
Wendell Smith's @ 407 53rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 7114.
If you pass up Wendell Smith's then you can get off I 40 at Exit 1A and go back E on West End about a mile and then turn left on 25th Ave. N just past Centennial Park take your 1st right on Elliston and Rotier's is just ahead. Have a great country meal there in one of Nashville's most well liked restaurants serving good seafood, steaks, sandwiches and plain ole good food in great atmosphere. Opens around 10:30 AM for lunch and dinner and closed on Sunday.
Rotier's Restaurant @ 2413 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 615 - 327 - 9892.
http://www.rotiers.com/
 

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sat, 02/5/11 2:05 PM
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From Nashville to Louisville here's a few joints you can stop by for good road food.
 
Get off I 65 at Exit 2 in Franklin, KY and go to Nashville Road in Franklin, KY to Jim's BBQ for outstanding KY country food. Get off I 65 at Exit 26 in Bowling Gren, KY and go W on Cemetery Road or Fairview Avenue to Chestnut. Take a left and go to Brickyard Cafe for fine Italian for lunch and dinner. Get off I 65 at Exit 65 in Munfordville, KY and go S on Main Street to Big Bubba Buck 's BBQ for good Kentucky BBQ. Get off I 65 at Exit 86 at Glendale, KY and go to The Whistle Stop or Tony York's for outstanding southern country food for lunch or dinner. Get off I 65 at Exit 94 in Elizabetown, KY and go W on Mulberry to Commerce Drive. Take a left and go to Texas Outlaw BBQ for good road food.

Jim's BBQ @ 6111 Nashville Rd., Franklin, KY. 270 - 586 - 9851.
Brickyard Cafe @ 1026 Chestnut St., Bowling Green, KY 270 - 843 - 6431.
http://www.brickyardcafe.net/
Big Bubba Bucks BBQ @ 1802 Main St., Munfordville, KY 270 - 524 - 3333.
The Whistle Stop Restaurant @ 216 East Main St., Glendale, KY 270 - 369 - 7969.
http://www.whistlestoprestaurant.net/
Tony York's @ 201 East Main Street, Glendale, KY 270 - 369 - 6000. I65/EXIT86.
The Whistle Stop Restaurant @ 216 East Main St., Glendale, KY 270 - 369 - 7969.
http://www.whistlestoprestaurant.net/
Texas Outlaw BBQ @ 220 Commerce Dr., Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 234 - 8586.
Get off I 65 at Exit 94 in Elizabethtown, KY and go W on N Mulberry about half a mile to Stone Hearth Restaurant for outstanding southern food. The fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy is outstanding. Get a Kentucky tradition Hot Brown sandwich or one of their delicious po boys. Call ahead and get a box lunch to go. Get off I 65 at Exit 127 in Louisville, KY and go E on Highway 1065 to Preston Highway. Take a left a go 3 blocks to Bootleg BBQ for outstanding southern food open at 11AM for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  For good home style food with a water front view get off I 65 at Exit 0 at Court and go W to the first street. Take a left and go S to Riverside Drive to Buck Head Mountain Grill for lunch or dinner.
Stone Hearth Restaurant @ 1001 North Mulberry Street, Elizabethtown, KY 270 - 765 - 4898.
http://www.stonehearthetown.com/
Bootleg BBQ @ 7508 Preston Hwy., Louisville, KY. 502 - 239 - 2722. I65/EXIT127/128.
http://www.bootlegbbq.net/
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sat, 02/5/11 3:53 PM
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Littleman

here's a few joints you can stop by for good road food.

Littleman

go to Joe's Crab Shack for fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. 
Joe's Crab Shack @ 131 River Road, Louisville, KY 502 - 568 - 1171.
http://www.joescrabshack.com/

Gotta disagree with your list at this point in the strongest possible terms.
 
Not only is Joe's Crab Shack *not* roadfood, it isn't even good.  Its a schlocky national chain pushing overpriced low quality seafood.  Its not unlike recommending Applebees.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sun, 02/6/11 10:21 PM
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Wow, Littleman - thanks so much for the multiple posts with links and suggestions! It's going to take me a while to get through them and I've already found out already that this part of the trip planning makes me very hungry!
 
As a funny aside- with the new year my husband and I are trying to eat more healthy food and perhaps lose a few lbs. I told him I better start a few weeks before our trip and reintroduce fried foods and roadside treats, so I don't go into a shock once we're on the road eating nothing but that for almost 2 weeks. Will be bringing stretch pants for sure :-)

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sun, 02/6/11 10:40 PM
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TJ Jackson


Littleman

here's a few joints you can stop by for good road food.

Littleman

go to Joe's Crab Shack for fresh seafood for lunch or dinner. 
Joe's Crab Shack @ 131 River Road, Louisville, KY 502 - 568 - 1171.
http://www.joescrabshack.com/

Gotta disagree with your list at this point in the strongest possible terms.

Not only is Joe's Crab Shack *not* roadfood, it isn't even good.  Its a schlocky national chain pushing overpriced low quality seafood.  Its not unlike recommending Applebees.

 
While I agree that Joes Crab shack is mediocre and a chain I "gotta disagree with you in the strongest possible terms"!!!!
 
Littleman has (once again) provided a great and helpful list of good choices and you beat him up for one suggestion. Funny or sad really....

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sun, 02/6/11 11:10 PM
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I believe that if this list was actually great or helpful, it would not have included Joe's Crab Shack.  If you prefer volume of suggestions over quality, thats fine for you, but it is my general understanding that the typical reader here comes to find a few quality suggestions, not a huge number of mediocre-to-poor suggestions.
 
Let me know what city you will be visiting next, SSL, and I'll write up a list of every Subway, Applebees, and Famous Dave's BBQ in the area for you.  Right from the white pages.  No problem.
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sun, 02/6/11 11:34 PM
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TJ Jackson


I believe that if this list was actually great or helpful, it would not have included Joe's Crab Shack.  If you prefer volume of suggestions over quality, thats fine for you, but it is my general understanding that the typical reader here comes to find a few quality suggestions, not a huge number of mediocre-to-poor suggestions.

Let me know what city you will be visiting next, SSL, and I'll write up a list of every Subway, Applebees, and Famous Dave's BBQ in the area for you.  Right from the white pages.  No problem.

 
Nonsense! Absolute nonsense. Littleman provides a great service and most of his suggestions are excellent and roadfood for sure. And from his personal experiece and from his friends. Old and tired attitudes which detract from the website is what you are bringing back. get over yourself dude. Absurd. Petty. Ignorant.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 9:29 AM
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So if I understand you correctly - the desire to find high quality roadfood is an 'old and tired attitude'.
 
I suppose this website has indeed run its course then.  We are all tired of finding the best eats, and there is no more need for this website or this forum.  Its been nice knowing you all, but you know, SSL says we're all old and tired.
 
Littleman, I'll need to get lunch today - can you direct me to the nearest Joe's Crab Shack or TJ McCrapplebees or it's nearest equivalent?
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 9:53 AM
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Hello folks- 
 
I realize I'm a newbie here, and there are probably official moderators who do this type of thing, but because I started this thread I feel a certain ownership to it- so it stays on topic and beneficial - not only for me and the trip I'm planning in a few weeks, but for folks doing research in the future.
 
That being said, can we please refrain from the back and forth negativity regarding suggestions posted to this thread, or if you feel you must discuss it, please take it "outside".
 
While I appreciate the motivation to assure a certain quality of suggested places offered here, there are plenty of links to the websites of the places offered, and I'm sure anyone who looks at this thread will use that additional information to see if the establishments fit what they are looking for. 
 
I truly appreciate all of the suggestions here, and don't want this thread to devolve and move away from the intended goal. 
 
And if, as a newbie, I've overstepped the boundaries by asking people to remain polite and on-topic, so be it. 

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 10:12 AM
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I thought Littleman was a Bot.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 12:40 PM
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In regard to The Casey Jones Old Country Store, the museum is OK, the rest of it is commercial crap and the buffet is a trough. Think Shoney's with a theme. There are far better places in Memphis and Nashville, 3.5 hours apart. But, that's just my opinion. (P.S.-Joe's Crab Shack-anywhere-is on my "I will never eat there again" list.)

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 1:02 PM
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I've found Littleman's lists to be quite helpful but his suggestion of JCS is a miss. So it gets pointed out and we forget about it. No need to get all bent out of shape.
 
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 1:25 PM
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Mod Betty, I love your attitude and agree completely.
If you are near Jackson, MS, go to the Mayflower, downtown on Capitol St. It is a little more upscale than many of the other places mentioned, but the fish is some of the best anywhere. The've been there since the depression, so they must be doing something right! If you are there for lunch, ask for mystery fish. It is not on the menu, but it is the trimmed parts from the fresh fish for dinner. Can't be beat. Also get a salad  with their Kumbak dressing. I promise you have never had anything like it.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 1:46 PM
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oooh! as luck would have it we are planning on going through Jackson - the Mayflower looks like it totally fits the bill - thanks so much for that suggestion!!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 2:26 PM
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TJ Jackson


So if I understand you correctly - the desire to find high quality roadfood is an 'old and tired attitude'.

I suppose this website has indeed run its course then.  We are all tired of finding the best eats, and there is no more need for this website or this forum.  Its been nice knowing you all, but you know, SSL says we're all old and tired.

Littleman, I'll need to get lunch today - can you direct me to the nearest Joe's Crab Shack or TJ McCrapplebees or it's nearest equivalent?

 
No you don't understand correctly. teh desire to find high quality roadfood is not old and tired attitude. the desire to put down someone trying to provide advice because you don't like his lists is what is old and tired.
 
He has provided many great suggestions. You have no way to know whether people prefer a few good suggestions or many suggestions. That's just a personal preference. Now forget it.

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Davwud


I've found Littleman's lists to be quite helpful but his suggestion of JCS is a miss. So it gets pointed out and we forget about it. No need to get all bent out of shape.

DT

 
Yes!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 02/7/11 4:24 PM
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In response to the question earlier in this thread, I believe the ownership of the Whistle Stop in Glendale, KY changed in 2008 or thereabouts.  As I said, we loved the Whistle Stop in its original incarnation.  Superb hot browns, and you could order a half order (which was more than enough), and they brought your iced tea or soft drinks in "bottomless" carafes.
 
The online reviews after the ownership change are mixed, so I suspect different people have different experiences there.  I know the new owners opened a branch in Elizabethtown some years ago, which was basically a storefront in a shopping center.  I don't know whether it is still there, but we visited it for lunch when we were going to the Coca-Cola Museum, and we were very disappointed in the food, with the exception of the brown sugar cream pie, which was still very good.  
 
As for Littleman's listings, I've always been struck by how comprehensive they are, but I am curious as to whether he's actually visited them all, or whether he's gathering them from online -- which is useful, but not quite the same as an endorsement from someone who has eaten there, especially recently.  For example, Mrs. Rowe's in Staunton, VA, is unfortunately a shadow of its former self today, though it was once a great Roadfood destination with terrific biscuits at breakfast and fine pan-fried chicken, yeast rolls and pies at lunch and dinner.   
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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Thu, 02/17/11 1:52 PM
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I've been adding many of the places suggested above to our map, but that now begs the question - what regional fare should I make sure to order in each of these states? I just read about fried bologna sandwiches in Ohio, and I assume I should get some ribs in Memphis, and hope I can fit a Hot Brown in, but since I have limited stomach real estate I want to make sure I don't fill up on something generic when I could be experiencing, literally, the flavor of the region!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Fri, 02/18/11 12:07 PM
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If I come anywhere close to Austin, TX I am headed back to Louie Muellers in Tayor, TX for a beef rib...one of the best of my life.  The pork ribs at City Market in Luling, TX were especially noteworthy was well.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Fri, 02/18/11 12:18 PM
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John - thanks for the tips! Just added the pins to the map!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Thu, 02/24/11 9:56 PM
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I am so glad that there is a thread like this, discussing and giving tips about foods.  I love it.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Thu, 03/24/11 12:27 PM
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We just got home late last night from our big retro roadtrip down to Austin and back, and I wanted to send a big Thank You to everyone who chimed in with suggestions on where to eat. As I look at my less than inspiring sandwich from the corporate cafeteria I am reminded of all the wonderful meals we had in the past 2 weeks. It will take a bit of time but I will definitely be posting photos and addresses of where we ate and what we had!

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Sat, 03/26/11 2:36 AM
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Looking forward to your report.

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Mon, 03/28/11 9:10 PM
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Real quick question so I do things right - should I post the photos, reviews of our meals on this thread or break it out under the Trip Reports section?
 
Also, since we visited so many states, should I keep all of the places under one thread or break them out by state?
 
Just want to make sure I do the right thing - thanks in advance!
 
PS - you'll get a chuckle out of this, I bet - last night we went out for food here at home and without even thinking, I pulled my camera out to photograph my bowl of soup! Guess it became second nature being on the road for so long :-)
 

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Re:Road Trip - Cool Old Vintage Places - Philadelphia to Austin TX (RT) - Thu, 03/15/12 10:19 PM
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I realize it's a year ago since I created this thread and the thread requesting information about places for us to stop and eat along the way on our trip to Austin TX from PA and back, and I never made good on my promise to update everyone on the places we went! I had a hard enough time corralling all of that information on my website RetroRoadmap.com, and had hoped to link to some of those posts and photos to prevent having to create brand new content, but I couldn't do that, so I got discouraged.
 
I did however want to return to Roadfood to thank everyone who made suggestions on where to eat- we had some delish meals practically everywhere we went! I know this isn't what I had hoped to provide, but here's at least a list of most of of the places and stuff we ate when we were on this journey!
 
  • Texas Tavern - Roanoke VA - Late Night Cheesies and Bowls
  • Tony's Ice Cream - Gastonia NC - Got breakfast sandwiches but should've got ice cream too!
  • Blenheim Ginger Ale and Peach Cider in South Carolina
  • Mary Mac's Tea Room - Atlanta GA - Fried Chicken and Biscuits
  • The Silver Skillet - Atlanta GA - Country Ham & The Best Biscuits Ever!
  • Goal Post BBQ - Anniston AL - BBQ and Delish Lemon Ice Box Pie - I still crave it!
  • La Place Frostop - La Place LA - Burgers and Iced Root Beer in Glass Mugs - nom!
  • Kolaches on the road in Texas - who knew?
  • Hut's Hamburgers - Austin TX  - hamburgers, of course!
  • Whataburger - Austin TX  - More burgers but worth it
  • Arcade Restaurant - Memphis TN - Breakfast
  • Central BBQ - Memphis TN - then drove all the way to Nashville - yikes!
  • Northgate Soda Shop - Greenville SC - Best Pimento Cheeseburger ever
  • Theo's Drive In - Grand Prairie TX - More Burgers but So Good!
  • Tasty Dip - Heflin AL - A sweet treat for leaving the interstate!
  • Mayflower Cafe - Jackson MS - Delish Fish & Kumbak Dressing
  • The Dot Coffee Shop - Houston TX - TX sized portions
  • Gus' Fried Chicken - Memphis TN - we drove 11 hours to eat here - worth it!
  • Cincinnati 5 Way- in Cincy!
  • Hot Brown Sandwich at the Brown Hotel Louisville, KY
  • Aglamesis Brothers  - Cincinnati OH - Wonderful Vintage Ice Cream Parlor
  • Gigantic Sandwich at Primanti Brothers - Pittsburgh PA
  • Not Retro Roadmap worthy but the best Tex Mex ever at Polvo's Austin, TX
 
If you're interested in learning more about any of these places - please let me know! I'd be glad to elaborate! And I really want to get back into the habit of posting my Retro Roadmap worthy food places here too, since I've been helped so much by the folks and the information here.
 
Thanks!

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