Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012

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wanderingjew
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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/2/13 8:14 PM
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Seven Splendid Breakfasts (in no particular order)
 
1.  Debris Grits and Eggs Mothers Restaurant New Orleans LA
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
2.  Migas and Refried Beans Joe's Bakery Austin TX
 

 
 
 
3. Huevos Rancheros Theresa's Mosaic Cafe Tucson AZ
 

 
 
4. Apple Oat Square (among other things) Silke's Old World Cafe Clarksville TN
 
 
 
 
5.  Harvest Wheatberry Pancakes with real maple syrup Blue Benn Diner Bennington VT
 

 
 

 
 
6. Mixed Grill Deluca's Pittsburgh PA
 
 

 
 
7. Seven Grain Porridge and Corned Beef Hash Hot Suppa Portland ME
 

 
 



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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/2/13 8:25 PM
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You know how I love that song.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/2/13 9:19 PM
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The Travelin Man


You know how I love that song.

 
So do I

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/2/13 9:44 PM
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Oh that apple oat square looks wonderful!!!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 7:35 AM
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wanderingjew


The Travelin Man


You know how I love that song.


So do I
Don't make me say it!!!
 
I am wondering which mixed grill you think is better, DeLuca's or the Gab 'N Eat

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 10:06 AM
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"Cheater, Cheater"... great song and video. Joey is gorgeous, sexy and blessed with a really impressive voice.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 10:11 AM
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Buffetbuster
 
It was for good reason that Gab N Eat was my number one breakfast in 2011, therefore I did prefer the mixed grill at there over the one at  Deluca's
 
Oh, and by the way, this is for you....
 


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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 10:15 AM
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Look closely, "The Bat" is saying that you should have gone to Prince's instead of Bolton's!
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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 10:36 AM
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Yeah, I would agree with you on Gab 'N Eat being better. 
 
Oh, and I'm Batman!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 10:52 AM
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One place on my bucket list is Mothers......
 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 11:01 AM
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Ann,
 
Mother's will be on at least one other year end list.....
Still probably my favorite roadfood restaurant in New Orleans

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 11:09 AM
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wanderingjew


Ann,

Mother's will be on at least one other year end list.....
Still probably my favorite roadfood restaurant in New Orleans


Mine too.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 1:25 PM
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Lets do it, Lisa!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/3/13 11:50 PM
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We were sitting in Mothers last month when the cooks wheeled out this cart carrying 8 Whole Hams.....then a minute later they rolled out another cart of 8 Hams headed to the serving line.
Pretty impressive considering all the beef they use and this was Saturday,
Fried Chicken Day at Mothers.
 
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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Fri, 01/4/13 8:22 AM
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wanderingjew, Breakfast at Mother's is a NOLA must for me.  The Biscuits are second to none.  Great year end review!  
 
mhill95, Nice shot of the hams at Mothers.  
 
 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/5/13 10:48 PM
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Those hams had to be at least 15 lbs each.
No matter what you choose for breakfast, the "Ham Biscuit"
compliments everything.
mike
 
 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Fri, 01/11/13 7:45 PM
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Ten Tempting Snacks, Sides and Drinks 
(in no particular order)


Perhaps the main meal itself was not outstanding or perhaps it was just a snack. Here are the best snacks and sides of 2012.
 
 
1. Porterdale Sweet Potatos Jim Stalvey's Covington GA
 
 

 
 
 
2. Tomato Pie Mary Mac's Tea Room Atlanta GA
 
 

 
 
3  Hash Over Rice  True BBQ West Columbia SC
 

 
 
 
4. Fried Squash Wagon Wheel Restaurant Ft Lawn SC
 

 
 
5. Green Corn Tamales La Tolteca Restaurant & Market Phoenix AZ
 
 

 
 
6. Horchata, Tortila Chips (no photo) and Salsa Rosita's Place Phoenix AZ

 
 
 
 

 
 
7. BBQ Spaghetti A & R BBQ Memphis TN


 
 
 
8. Fried Dill Pickles with Comeback Dressing Ajax Diner Oxford MS
 

 
 
 
9 Delta Tamales Hick's World Famous Tamales Clarksdale MS
 
 

 
 
10 Corn Souffle Spiced Right BBQ Roswell GA
 
 



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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/12/13 3:18 AM
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WJ,
It's interesting to note that everything on the above list is either from the South or the Southwest.
You're obviously living in the wrong part of the country!
Imagine how much money you would have saved on airfare if you had just lived closer to the sources!!!!!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/12/13 8:43 AM
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We are in Austin going today to get a bowl of Texas red cant wait will let you all know.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/12/13 10:30 AM
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WE are in Austin going today to get some Texas red cant wait.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/12/13 10:35 AM
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We are in Austin going today to get some Texas red.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sun, 01/13/13 8:33 AM
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went to Texas chili parlor yesterday Tess red was great but paid for it last night if you know what I mean.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sun, 01/13/13 3:59 PM
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foodbme
 
Thats because all of my extended trips in 2012 took place in either the south or the southwest. If you look at my best of lists for 2010 and 2011 they were heavily midwestern and in 2010 it was heavily west coast and interior west.
 
rneiner 
 
glad to hear you enjoyed Texas Chili Parlor as much as I did.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sun, 01/13/13 8:45 PM
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Great photos WJ!    Those fried dill pickles and delta tamales make me wish I was in Mississippi right now.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Mon, 01/14/13 6:26 PM
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ba-dum-  BUMP!
 
 
Buffetbuster
 
There will be several more Mississippi restaurants that are going to end up on the top 10 lists including 2 on the top 10 new Restaurants of 2012

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Mon, 01/14/13 6:34 PM
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Great job WJ.  The tamales looked great.  Looking forward to visiting with you and Sandra in Mobile.
 
Paul E. Smith
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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/17/13 7:19 PM
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Lawd............see my note under BB's postings.....my copy and paste ain't working right

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/17/13 7:28 PM
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Paul 
 
Thanks, I know Sandra is looking forward to meeting you and Roz,  Of course I'm looking forward to seeing you all again and sharing some oysters and libations. I showed Sandra your Jib Jab Christmas Card. She got a kick out of that.
 
 
FriedClamFanatic
 
Thanks, I know I've been slow in completing my list but I've been sidetracked by other things. I will add more tonight.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/17/13 7:32 PM
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Roadfood Restauranteur of The Year
 
I've met some wonderful people who add to our Roadfood experience. Each year there is someone who just stands out a little more than the rest...And from my first Roadfood trip of the year, I just knew this particular proud restaurant owner in Memphis TN just had that extra special dedication that really adds to the experience...
 
 

 
Flora the owner of Payne's Bar B Que in Memphis TN

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Thu, 01/17/13 9:11 PM
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Top 10 Standby's  (In no particular order)
 
 
1. Mother's New Orleans LA
last visited 2005

 
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
2. Josza Corner Pittsburgh PA
 
last visited 2011
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
3. Flat Iron Cafe Cleveland OH
 
last visited 2005
 
 

 
 

 
 
4. Gilbert's Chowder House Portland ME
last visited 2009
 

 
 

 
 
5. Payne's Bar B Que Memphis TN
last visited 2005
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
6. Tacos De Juarez Phoenix AZ
last visited 2006
 

 
 

 
 
7 Stubby's Hik'ry Pit Bar B Que
 
last visited 1999
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 
8.  Maine Diner Wells ME
 
last visted 2008
 
 

 
 

 

 
 
9. Hoover's Cooking Austin TX
 
last visted 2005
 

 
 

 
 
10. Wo Hop NYC NY 
 
last visited circa 1990
 

 
 

 
 

 
(all photos courtesy of Billyboy)
 
Although we didn't actually enjoy these dishes, these photos will give you an idea of what to expect.

We actually had the hot and sour soup, mu shu chicken and shredded beef szechwan style.
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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Fri, 01/18/13 7:35 AM
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Dale,
   I have to comment on the fine quality of both Yours and Cliff's food photos. If you go back to look at some of trip reports from 6 or 8  years ago, you will notice how much the QUALITY of the photo records has improved. You guys have set new standards for the rest of us to follow. Congratulations on a fine report with excellent graphics !

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Fri, 01/18/13 10:57 AM
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WJ, I was pleased to see Wagon Wheel on your list.  I love that fried squash, but I realize that it's not for everyone.    Chris

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Fri, 01/18/13 12:23 PM
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wanderingjew


4. Gilbert's Chowder House Portland ME
last visited 2010

 
If airfare wasn't so expensive I'd be on a plane to Portland this afternoon!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Fri, 01/18/13 1:04 PM
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Glad to see my hometown represented, especially in time for Super Bowl visitors.  Hope you had an oyster loaf with that 'lil cup of gumbo.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/19/13 9:47 AM
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Al
 
Getting a new camera helps too!  
 
This is the very first digital food photo I ever took back in May 2006 at  Carolina's Mexican Kitchen in Phoenix
 

 
Ayersian,
 
I'm still bummed that they didn't serve banana pudding during the week. BTW do you know of any other places  in Charlotte that serve fried squash. Sandra is interested in trying some. Unfortunately Wagon Wheel will be too out of the way for us.
 
Screaming Brad
 
If only Chickens can fly
 
 
BelleReve
 
Stay tuned!
 
 
 
 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/19/13 10:18 AM
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Mississippi Madness
 
 
After spending some time in Mississippi last February I can certainly see why this is Buffetbuster's favorite state
 
These two Roadfood restaurants truly deserve a separate category....
 
Although the main dishes at The Dinner Bell in McComb were ordinary to just plain bad....the sides were second to none...
 

 
On the other hand, although the sides at Two Sister's Kitchen in Jackson were nothing special and the banana pudding unfortuntely was nothing like I remembered, the Fried Chicken was still probably some of the best I had all year.
 
 

 
 
 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/19/13 10:43 AM
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ScreamingChicken


wanderingjew


4. Gilbert's Chowder House Portland ME
last visited 2010

 
If airfare wasn't so expensive I'd be on a plane to Portland this afternoon!

That is a beautiful bowl of food.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/19/13 12:24 PM
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wanderingjew

Ayersian,

I'm still bummed that they didn't serve banana pudding during the week. BTW do you know of any other places  in Charlotte that serve fried squash. Sandra is interested in trying some. Unfortunately Wagon Wheel will be too out of the way for us.

 
WJ, the only other place I know of that's still open (?) is Gus' Sir Beef on Monroe Road.  This place used to be the premier meat-and-three in town, but I haven't been there in 20+ years.  My father swore by it for the longest time, but I don't think that even he has been there in a number of years.  I'd definitely call ahead to see what the deal is.  They do have a FB page but it hasn't been updated since 2011!  Copal Grill (now closed) used to be great, too.  And we both lament the passing of the Coffee Cup  Chris

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Sat, 01/19/13 5:58 PM
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wanderingjew


4. Gilbert's Chowder House Portland ME
last visited 2010

 
If airfare wasn't so expensive I'd be on a plane to Portland this afternoon!

Brad
 
I did that once , MANY YEARS AGO, was in the mood for chowder and got a morning flight out and came back later that day after getting my fill.  Expensive chowder, but hey it was a bucket list item.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Mon, 01/21/13 8:52 AM
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WJ-
While I undoubtedly have a sincere love for Mississippi and I am very much looking forward to spending some time there before Glee Club, New Mexico is actually my favorite state.  Great photos from Two Sisters and Dinner Bell!
 
After seeing that fabulous chowder, have you considered doing a review for Gilbert's?

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Mon, 01/21/13 2:35 PM
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Buffetbuster
 
And I think you picked a very fine state as your favorite, as New Mexico is one of my mine too.
 
Unfortunately as we've discussed previously, I'm pretty much retired from doing restaurant reviews. It's just way too time consuming for me, I won't even be doing a trip report for   our drive from Charlotte to Mobile and back....
 
I did promise one more restaurant review and that will be Miss Myra's Pit BBQ in Birmingham. I don't even know when I'll do that.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Mon, 01/21/13 3:08 PM
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The first time I went to Guy's Gumbo Shack in Fairhope, AL, it had fantastic gumbo. A few years later, after being on DD&D, I went back and it was mediocre. I gave it one more try in 2010 and at lunch time there was only one other table, close enough that I heard them talking about DD&D recommending the place. The gumbo was flavorless. I don't know if it was the publicity or what, but it had gone from great to awful.I feel your pain.
 
BTW, great report! Come on out to CA again soon----I've got new places to take you!
 
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kaszeta


mar52

Sorry to hear about The Gumbo Shop.  I have a bowl of gumbo at every place I can when in New Orleans and The Gumbo Shop was always up there with the best.  I can tell just by the picture that things have changed in the kitchen.

Yeah, this one surprised me.  I haven't been there since 2008, but my Shrimp Etouffee was really good:


Always sad when a formerly reliable place has a downturn.


Kaszeta,

Although they're been a  select few hit hit and misses with Roadfood recommended restaurants, this is probably the first time I walked into a place and felt truly ripped off..... I still don't think I insulted the place enough in my rotten tomatos list..




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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Mon, 01/21/13 8:22 PM
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EdSails
 
Thanks, unfortunately I do not have any plans to visit California in the near or distant future.  Things change but I just don't see it happening.  However please let me know when you can make it out to New England!
 
My trips just for 2012 alone will be few and far between. Other than the Glee Club event next month I have a week long trip planned to New Mexico and Oklahoma going through the northern panhandle of Texas... That will probably be it for the year.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 10:31 AM
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That would seem like a limited selection from which to compose a Top 10 for next year.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 1:01 PM
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The Travelin Man


That would seem like a limited selection from which to compose a Top 10 for next year.

 

 
I will accept charity contributions in the name of Roadfood

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 1:05 PM
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WJ-
You may have to include some Rhode Island places!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 1:10 PM
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buffetbuster


WJ-
You may have to include some Rhode Island places!

 
I know, I may have to loosen my restriction on "non-local" 
 
And again, there will be weekend trips too. In fact in Mobile  I look forward to taking TTM aside to discuss a possible weekend in Miami  to see the new Marlins ballpark.
 
And then there is that weekend in Pittsburgh that you and I discussed for sometime over the summer. 
 
BTW I just got my final gainsharing check which I look forward to tendering to the Ocean Point Condomium Association.....

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 3:29 PM
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I know, I may have to loosen my restriction on "non-local"
 
WHAT?!?!?!?!?!?!  Hello, Ripley's?  Yeah, you're NEVER gonna believe this...

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 7:45 PM
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Sightseeing Highlights Along the Way
 
 Bourbon Street New Orleans LA
 


 
 
 Creole Queen Boat Tour New Orleans LA
 


 
 
 
 St Louis Cemetery New Orleans, LA
 


 
 
 Voodoo Temple New Orleans LA
 

 
 
 Vulcan Statue Birmingham AL
 
 



 William Faulkner's Grave Oxford MS

 
 
 Mountain Tower Hot Springs AR (yes I climbed this all by myself)
 

 

 
 
 San Xavier Mission Tucson AZ
 

 
  Tucson Mountain Park Tucson AZ
 
  
      
 Sabino Canyon Tucson AZ
 

 
 
 Old Town Scottsdale, Scottsdale AZ
 

 
 
 
 River Walk San Antonio TX



 
 
The Alamo San Antonio TX
 

 
Governor's Palace San Antonio TX
 

 
State Capital Austin TX
 

 
Lyndon Johnson Presidential Library and Museum Austin TX
 

 
 
Stevie Ray Vaughan Statue Austin TX
 
 

 
 

 
State Capital Columbia SC
 

 
Margaret Mitchell House Atlanta GA



 
 
Atlanta History Center Atlanta GA
 

 
 
Carter Presidential Library and Museum Atlanta GA
 









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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 8:52 PM
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Always enjoy your reports WJ! Thanks for letting us enjoy some of you travels if only vicariously!

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Tue, 01/22/13 9:06 PM
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Well, our scenic destinations overlapped in Austin, San Antonio, and Scottsdale.  One of these days I'll run into you.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 8:15 AM
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agnesrob
 
My pleasure,  this year I too will have to somewhat take a step back and live vicariously through folks like Buffetbuster.
 
kaszeta
 
Yes it did, I've been remiss in reviewing both your and Buffetbuster's end of the year report. I've had alot going on which has also delayed my completing my own report. Once I'm done with that I look forward to viewing your unbelievably fantastic photos.
 
I have a couple of things to add on this week and the grand finale (honorable mentions and top 10 new restaurants of 2012) next week
 
 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 8:21 AM
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WJ-
The Margaret Mitchell House is a place I think I would enjoy, but have never been there.  Next time in Atlanta for sure.  Keep up the excellent report and we are looking forward to more. 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 8:23 AM
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What's in store for 2013 ?
 
Not as much as the last several years.......Funds are very, very tight this year.....(TTM and Buffetbuster, I'm accepting donations for the sake of Roadfood )
 
- Glee Club Mobile in February (with drive from Charlotte to Mobile and back)
- Big Trip of the year- in July- Oklahoma- New Mexico & the northern Texas Panhandle 
- Possible weekend trip to the New Marlins Ballpark in Miami in the spring (via a free flight)
- Possible extended weekend roadtrip to Pittsburgh in the summer
- Woud love to do a weekend  Amtrak trip to DC in the Fall, but again that depends on funds.....we'll see...
 
 
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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 8:39 AM
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Nice job WJ...always good stuff! 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 9:18 AM
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The key to securing a decent price on your Amtrak ticket should be no problem for you - plan ahead. There is a huge fare difference is you book that route 21 days out. I plugged in some random dates in October (Fri-Sun) and found a $67 fare each way. Their standard AAA fare was about $87 each way, so this is the best deal you're going to get. You can always purchase your tickets now and lock in the fare (Amtrak can always raise their prices), because Amtrak has a much more generous refund policy than the airlines.

Another tip - PVD-WAS (Providence to Washington) is $67 each way. You can also stop at any station along the way and so long as you reboard a train heading in the same direction within 24 hours, there is no change in fare. In other words, PVD-NYP-PHL-BAL-WAS is also $67, if you were so inclined as to do that kind of crazy itinerary over the course of one weekend, provided you book each train less then 24 hours after arrival in each city. It might be fun to "stop off" in Philadelphia for a cheesesteak, and reboard a train for Baltimore in four hours, for instance.
 
Instead of my usual snarky comments, you get helpful info today. :) 

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 9:54 AM
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TTM-
Wait, are you saying that your snarky comments aren't supposed to be helpful?

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 10:19 AM
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My snarky comments are helpful to me.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 10:26 AM
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The Travelin Man


Instead of my usual snarky comments, you get helpful info today. :) 

Actually, I was hoping for some $$, points, credits..... I'll take anything.....
 
Sandra has friends in DC so I thought it would be fun to do DC with her since we discussed  an Amtrak weekend excursion (or 3 day weekend excursion) to NY or DC previously.

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Re:Roadfood Rapture- The Best of 2012 - Wed, 01/23/13 8:52 PM
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Thanks for all that time and effort ... I thoroughly enjoyed your report.    I'm now craving pie!!!

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