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Top joints list? - Wed, 10/23/13 3:06 PM
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I recently bought '500 Places to Eat....', and a buddy and I are planning a cross-country road trip next year (we don't have an exact itinerary, but probably New England -> Pittsburgh -> The South -> New Mexico -> Phoeniz -> Northern California), and I wonder if anyone has created a Best of the 500 list from any of the Sterns' books.
 
Thanks in advance for any pointers.

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Re:Top joints list? - Wed, 10/23/13 4:12 PM
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Near Pittsburgh, try this joint
 
I learned about it here on Roadfood and loved it!

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Re:Top joints list? - Wed, 10/23/13 4:47 PM
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You'll probably be going through Nashville. 
Don't miss this joint!
 


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Re:Top joints list? - Wed, 10/23/13 5:32 PM
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MetroplexJim


Near Pittsburgh, try this . 

I learned about it here on Roadfood and loved it!

Thanks, Jim!    I'll research that restaurant.

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Re:Top joints list? - Wed, 10/23/13 5:54 PM
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Prince's Hot Chicken looks like a winner.   Thanks!

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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 10:26 AM
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For the best bets in Memphis/East Arkansas follow this Roadfood thread.
 
Just off I-30 east of Dallas, The Fish Camp is one of our local favorites.  Be aware of their hours; we just had to go after seeing this video on the local NBS station.  we were not disappointed!
 
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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 10:53 AM
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You asked for 'joints'; here is my favorite joint in Dallas.
 
Is it the best italian Restaurant?  No.  But it's pretty damn good.
Does it serve the best pizza.  No.  But it's pretty damn good.
 
The only location of theirs I recommend is the original Egyptian Lounge on Mockingbird.  The pictures on the wall there make for some extremely interesting reading.  Enjoy!  I always do.
 
BTW:  it's only a short walk from the new George W. Bush Presidential Library should that destination be on your list. 
 

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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 12:41 PM
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Thanks for the pointer.
 
Great reports and photos!
 
And, thanks for the kind welcome.   This seems like an awesome forum! 
MetroplexJim


For the best bets in Memphis/East Arkansas follow this .

Just off I-30 east of Dallas, is one of our local favorites.  Be aware of their hours; we just had to go after seeing this on the local NBS station.  we were not disappointed!

BTW:  Welcome to Roadfood!!!


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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 12:43 PM
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Interesting menu ("Italian Style Crab Claws")!    Thanks for the recommendation.
 
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You asked for 'joints'; here is my favorite .

Is it the best italian Restaurant?  No.  But it's pretty damn good.
Does it serve the best pizza.  No.  But it's pretty damn good.

The only location of theirs I recommend is the original Egyptian Lounge on Mockingbird.  The pictures on the wall there make for some extremely interesting reading.  Enjoy!  I always do.

BTW:  it's only a short walk from the new George W. Bush Presidential Library should that destination be on your list. 





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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 2:20 PM
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I like this thread. Can we help plan out your route?

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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 2:26 PM
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If you come through NC I'll give you my top 3 BBQ joints.

Further west:

OK - Several burger places I'm dying to try. Classen Grill in OKC for breakfast.

NM - Santa Fe Bite for green chile cheeseburger.

AZ - Indian Fry Bread House for fry bread tacos.

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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 4:19 PM
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He's going New England - Pittsburgh, then The South. 
 
So, I-40 through Nashville/Memphis then I-30 through Dallas enroute to NM is the only route that makes sense to me.  That guided my suggestions.
 
Sadly, I don't think Eastern Carolina is in the cards. 

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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 4:29 PM
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NM - Santa Fe Bite for green chile cheeseburger.

 
Don't forget the "(in)famous" Frito Pie at the Santa Fe 'Five & Dime'! 


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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 5:04 PM
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Of course a trip to Dallas ain't a trip to Dallas if you skip Babe's Chicken Dinner House
 
This is their newest location in Arlington, near Cowboys' Stadium (tours available); I prefer the less glitzy Garland location for two reasons:  quieter and they are the only location to offering hickory smoked ribs. 
 
The main course portions at Babe's are huge, e.g. you get 1/2 a large chicken; the rib slab hangs over the plate, the excellent sides are AYCE, etc.  Dinner for two + dessert, including tip, is < $30.  Enjoy! 
 

 
 
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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:36 PM
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Welcome to Roadfood! 
Some tips about Pittsburgh:
1. Do not say "you".  It's yinz.
2.  They're not "Pittsburghers".  They're yinzers.
3.  Do not leave Pittsburgh without having a Primanti Bros. sandwich.  It's in the Strip District.  No, there are no strippers there.  That's what the yinzers call it.  It's actually a market district.
4.  Do not leave Pittsburgh without having a gigantic fish sandwich from Wholey's.  It's around the corner from Primanti's.  In the Strip District.
5.  Do not drink Iron City Beer.  It's nasty.  Have a Yuengling.
 
Otherwise, listen to all the folks here, they know what they're talking about!  Yes! to Prince's Hot Chicken and Yes! to a green chile cheeseburger!

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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:41 PM
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Ha, ha, sure you can help plan our route(!), but we have criteria other than food, weird as that may sound to you Road Foodies.   We also want to visit Civil War sites and some National Parks.
The part of the route that's set is that it starts in New England, goes through the Grand Canyon, pauses in Sacramento, then continues back to New England along a northern route.   Also, I suspect the westbound route will go through Pittsburgh.
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I like this thread. Can we help plan out your route?



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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:45 PM
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OMG, I have a soft spot for green chiles (I roasted some Hatch Chiles a few weeks ago)!   Santa Fe Bite sounds amazing!
 
JRPfeff


If you come through NC I'll give you my top 3 BBQ joints.

Further west:

OK - Several burger places I'm dying to try. Classen Grill in OKC for breakfast.

NM - Santa Fe Bite for green chile cheeseburger.

AZ - Indian Fry Bread House for fry bread tacos.



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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:47 PM
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Tell me more about the Frito Pie.   And, why is it infamous.
I'm getting hungry already, and I have to wait a year for this trip!
 
 
MetroplexJim


JRPfeff


NM - Santa Fe Bite for green chile cheeseburger.


Don't forget the "(in)famous" Frito Pie at the Santa Fe 'Five & Dime'! 



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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:51 PM
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Babe's sounds great!   Thanks.
MetroplexJim


Of course a trip to Dallas ain't a trip to Dallas if you skip . 

This is their newest location in Arlington, near Cowboys' Stadium (); I prefer the less glitzy Garland location for two reasons:  quieter and they are the only location to offering hickory smoked ribs. 

The main course portions at Babe's are huge, e.g. you get 1/2 a large chicken; the rib slab hangs over the plate, the excellent sides are AYCE, etc.  Dinner for two + dessert, including tip, is < $30.  Enjoy! 







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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:51 PM
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We also want to visit Civil War sites and some National Parks.

Well, if you choose to visit Gettysburg, and you should, some 15 miles south on U.S. 15 you'll find Chubby's BBQ, which is run by Tom Caulfield who posts here as chewingthefat. Don't skip his cream of crab soup, chili, the baked beans and the smoked corned beef, among other things.


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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 6:54 PM
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You got me reading about Primanti Bros, and it sounds great.   Apparently, the cole slaw is awesome, too.
 
lleechef


SSP
Welcome to Roadfood! 
Some tips about Pittsburgh:
1. Do not say "you".  It's yinz.
2.  They're not "Pittsburghers".  They're yinzers.
3.  Do not leave Pittsburgh without having a Primanti Bros. sandwich.  It's in the Strip District.  No, there are no strippers there.  That's what the yinzers call it.  It's actually a market district.
4.  Do not leave Pittsburgh without having a gigantic fish sandwich from Wholey's.  It's around the corner from Primanti's.  In the Strip District.
5.  Do not drink Iron City Beer.  It's nasty.  Have a Yuengling.

Otherwise, listen to all the folks here, they know what they're talking about!  Yes! to Prince's Hot Chicken and Yes! to a green chile cheeseburger!



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Re:Top joints list? - Thu, 10/24/13 7:01 PM
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Michael, Chubby's sounds great.    Thanks very much for the specific food recommendations there.
 
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We also want to visit Civil War sites and some National Parks.

Well, if you choose to visit Gettysburg, and you should, some 15 miles south on U.S. 15 you'll find Chubby's BBQ, which is run by Tom Caulfield who posts here as chewingthefat. Don't skip his cream of crab soup, chili, the baked beans and the smoked corned beef, among other things.



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Re:Top joints list? - Fri, 10/25/13 9:15 AM
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Tell me more about the Frito Pie.   And, why is it infamous.
I'm getting hungry already, and I have to wait a year for this trip!


Frito Pie was a raging topic here a short while back.  There were two threads on it; the more 'colorful one' got expunged into the cybernether.  This thread remains.
This is what started the fur flying and revealed that while most Roadfooders have a sense of humor, sadly one or two do not:
 


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Re:Top joints list? - Fri, 10/25/13 11:39 AM
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Jim, thanks for the vid.
 
That was funny (!) and educational.
 
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Re:Top joints list? - Fri, 10/25/13 1:25 PM
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Sounds like a great trip and adventure. I have a Grand Canyon tip for you. (I was a river guide for three seasons there)....make every attempt to see the North Rim versus the South Rim. Much more beautiful, cooler, fantastic forested approach road in, and total lack of busloads of Asian tourists with high black socks, floral shirts and Nikons around their neck.

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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 12:07 PM
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Thanks for the tip.
 
I didn't mention it, but over the years I've been to both rims and ridden a mule (or was it a donkey?   it's been a long time...) partway down at the north rim, which was a blast.
 
My buddy hasn't seen either, though.
 
My buddy's wife will probably fly into Phoenix (to see the GC) and spend a few days with us, so at a minimum we'll see the South Rim.
 
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Sounds like a great trip and adventure. I have a Grand Canyon tip for you. (I was a river guide for three seasons there)....make every attempt to see the North Rim versus the South Rim. Much more beautiful, cooler, fantastic forested approach road in, and total lack of busloads of Asian tourists with high black socks, floral shirts and Nikons around their neck.



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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 12:13 PM
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I'm a mule.

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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 12:53 PM
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LOL!
 
Yes, that's him!!
 
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I'm a mule.



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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 1:45 PM
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Yep, mules for sure for the rides down off the rim. Fantastic safety record as well. Back in the 1880's the gold prospectors brought in burros. While I was there in the late 70's there were some feral ones still around. They used to freak out the guests at some of the campsites. Ornery little critters. You guys are probably familiar with the kid's book "Brighty of the Grand Canyon"....story about one of those burros. Also, if you're driving up there from Phoenix try to make it up to Jerome, Oak Creek Canyon and Sedona. Beats just going up I-17 for scenery anyway.
 
http://www.nationalparkst...n-grata-national-parks
 
 
 
 
 
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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 3:12 PM
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If you come via Nashville you will be in the area for several civil war sites.
 
Stones River Battlefield & National Cemetery in Murfreesboro
and then west of Nashville between there and Memphis will be
 
Shiloh National Battlefield and Cemetery and Corinth.
 
There is some seriously good eats in and around Nashville and Memphis, and don't take ChiTownDiner's word, you have to try a SLUGBURGER while in Corinth, MS

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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 6:21 PM
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FYI in choosing routes: I-80 across PA is a long stretch of nothing; I-81 through VA to meet I-40 in TN isn't much better.

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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 6:39 PM
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Ah, but at Buckhorn there's a terrific truck stop -- the hot roast beef sandwich and the hot meatloaf sandwich (both open face) are terrific. Don't sit under the stuffed Nittany lion.

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Re:Top joints list? - Sat, 10/26/13 6:53 PM
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Since he's going to do the Civil War thing from NE enroute to Pittsburgh, I-80 probably isn't in play.  Just wanted to warn him anyway. 
 
From Pittsburgh, Nashville via Columbus, Cincy, and L.vl is far more "interesting" food-wise - than a trip through the wonderous Shenandoah (where, frankly, I wish I still lived).

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Re:Top joints list? - Sun, 10/27/13 11:29 AM
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What a great article!   I love the first paragraph.
 
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Re:Top joints list? - Sun, 10/27/13 11:50 AM
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Who is ChiTownDiner?
I google slugburger and found that Weeks' Diner in Booneville serves it.   Is that your 'while in Corinth' reference or does a joint in Corinth serve a slugberger, too?
 
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If you come via Nashville you will be in the area for several civil war sites.

Stones River Battlefield & National Cemetery in Murfreesboro
and then west of Nashville between there and Memphis will be

Shiloh National Battlefield and Cemetery and Corinth.

There is some seriously good eats in and around Nashville and Memphis, and don't take ChiTownDiner's word, you have to try a SLUGBURGER while in Corinth, MS



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Re:Top joints list? - Sun, 10/27/13 12:09 PM
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Who is ChiTownDiner?
I google slugburger and found that Weeks' Diner in Booneville serves it.   Is that your 'while in Corinth' reference or does a joint in Corinth serve a slugberger, too?

CajunKing


If you come via Nashville you will be in the area for several civil war sites.

Stones River Battlefield & National Cemetery in Murfreesboro
and then west of Nashville between there and Memphis will be

Shiloh National Battlefield and Cemetery and Corinth.

There is some seriously good eats in and around Nashville and Memphis, and don't take ChiTownDiner's word, you have to try a SLUGBURGER while in Corinth, MS

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCU5R9ikVVE#t=49


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Re:Top joints list? - Sun, 10/27/13 12:18 PM
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Got it.   Thanks!
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Re:Top joints list? - Mon, 10/28/13 12:22 PM
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Corinth, MS is the "Home" of the slugburgers.  There are several places around that prepare them.
 
ChiTownDiner just tried one and did not like it at all. 
It is an acquired taste, a VERY acquired taste.
 
I have a thread in the where should I eat section asking about slugburger places.  I am headed that way today so there will be a thread about them coming soon also mid south pie shops and Nashville burger places too.

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Re:Top joints list? - Mon, 10/28/13 12:47 PM
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I like the song. I'd like to try a Slugburger.
http://www.slugburgerfestival.com/what-are-slugburgers/

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Re:Top joints list? - Mon, 10/28/13 8:54 PM
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CajunKing, thanks for explaining.