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big666dog
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Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Wed, 08/24/11 9:19 PM
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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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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Thu, 08/25/11 3:28 AM
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Sorry you arent including Milwaukee in your ride. Excellent food!

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Thu, 08/25/11 3:53 AM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 9:18 AM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 12:59 PM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 3:10 PM
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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.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Thu, 08/25/11 5:00 PM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 9:58 PM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 10:00 PM
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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
Johnny McClanahan

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Thu, 08/25/11 10:05 PM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 10:06 PM
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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! - Thu, 08/25/11 10:19 PM
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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! - Sat, 08/27/11 12:42 AM
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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! - Sat, 08/27/11 2:22 AM
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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! - Sat, 08/27/11 8:23 AM
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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.
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Sat, 08/27/11 11:44 AM
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Looks like a great first day! Thanks for the link.

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Sat, 08/27/11 1:01 PM
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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! - Sat, 08/27/11 4:24 PM
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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! - Sat, 08/27/11 6:48 PM
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****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! - Sat, 08/27/11 9:59 PM
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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! - Sat, 08/27/11 10:14 PM
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Another great day in paradise.  You are really killing me with those boiled taters.
 

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Sat, 08/27/11 11:50 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 12:41 AM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 1:01 AM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 1:51 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 3:27 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 4:02 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 4:29 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 4:32 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 4:39 PM
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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.
 
Elvis, Cajun, Crawfish and Alligators
 
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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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Sun, 08/28/11 6:35 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 6:39 PM
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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/

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Sun, 08/28/11 7:37 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 8:16 PM
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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! - Sun, 08/28/11 11:57 PM
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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! - Mon, 08/29/11 12:23 AM
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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.

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Mon, 08/29/11 7:03 AM
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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! - Mon, 08/29/11 7:52 AM
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CajunKing


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! - Mon, 08/29/11 8:58 AM
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I'm really enjoying this report and your blog too!

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Mon, 08/29/11 10:52 PM
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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! - Tue, 08/30/11 4:56 PM
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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/

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Tue, 08/30/11 5:30 PM
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CajunKing

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
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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Tue, 08/30/11 9:17 PM
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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! - Tue, 08/30/11 9:28 PM
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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! - Wed, 08/31/11 9:29 PM
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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! - Thu, 09/1/11 1:55 AM
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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! - Thu, 09/1/11 4:23 PM
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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! - Thu, 09/1/11 4:40 PM
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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! - Thu, 09/1/11 5:00 PM
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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! - Thu, 09/1/11 5:57 PM
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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! - Thu, 09/1/11 6:07 PM
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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! - Fri, 09/2/11 12:02 AM
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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! - Fri, 09/2/11 3:36 AM
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This is a fun trip to follow, along with my roadfood friends additions!

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Re:Our Annual MONSTER Road Trip! - Fri, 09/2/11 10:23 AM
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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! - Fri, 09/2/11 3:46 PM
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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! - Sat, 09/3/11 1:21 AM
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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! - Sun, 09/4/11 1:54 AM
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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! - Sun, 09/4/11 3:48 AM
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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! - Sun, 09/4/11 10:11 AM
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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! - Sun, 09/4/11 1:44 PM
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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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