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Any good BBQ off I-77 in NC?

Outside of Charlotte, the only one on that leg that I've visited is Carolina Bar-B-Q in Statesville NC, and I liked it a lot.

Jun 27, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

3 Days in Atlanta

I still stand by Food 101 in Sandy Springs. They don't get a lot of press or hype, but Chef Justin is really talented and I think it's among the best of the many "mason jar" new-southern places around town.

Jun 25, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Spots Along the Georgia Coast?

I can vouch for Old School Diner. It's a really fun place with great service and a terrific chef. We went for lunch and it was fairly quiet - only two other groups - but the place seats about 200 in various ramshackle rooms and is said to get really loud and silly as it fills up. The food's very good, too, but I did prefer B & J's shrimp by a hair.

Jun 25, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Evansville IN: Can I get a good pork tenderloin sandwich here?

I'm thinking about a couple of days' visit to western KY and southern IN, and hope to find a really good breaded pork tenderloin sandwich without traveling too far north. Can I get one in Evansville that will blow my mind? I read that the local Zesto Drive-In offers them, but is their version worth the stop? Thanks!

Jun 19, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Great Lakes

Pork tenderloin sandwiches in Evansville IN?

I'm thinking about a couple of days' visit to western KY and southern IN, and hope to find a really good breaded pork tenderloin sandwich without traveling too far north. Can I get one in Evansville that will blow my mind? I read that the local Zesto Drive-In offers them, but is their version worth the stop? Thanks!

Jun 19, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Great Plains

Best BBQ in South Carolina?

While I appreciate that feedback, each entry on the map links a story at my blog. It only takes a few moments to get an idea of what the meal is like at each place, and, of less importance, what I thought of it. I hope you'll try it again sometime.

Jun 17, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Roadtrip: DC to Asheville, Looking for a BBQ Stop

I'd also go with Original Ridgewood, but if you'd like something more traditional, Dixie Barbecue in Johnson City is also very good.

Jun 17, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Spots Along the Georgia Coast?

We visit St Simons Island at least three times a year and have found some great places there. We went to B&J for the first time on the last trip and it was very good, and also very, very crowded. I think that if you want seafood in that area, it's probably going to be on the mainland. The bigger places on the island - Iguanas, Mullet Bay - are good, but there's better in Brunswick and Darien. That said, the Crab Trap on SSI is really quite good.

For barbecue, Southern Soul is the 800-lb. gorilla, but I also like Gary Lee's and Beachcomber.

http://marieletseat.com/category/geor...

Jun 17, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

I-20 Shreveport to Atlanta

Bob Sykes in Bessemer AL, Marie's BBQ in Heflin AL, Turn-Around in Tallapoosa GA (breakfast and lunch only), Hudson's Hickory House in Douglasville come to mind.

http://www.communitywalk.com/marie_le...

Jun 17, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Central South
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Good ethnic food in Atlanta

Most of what you're looking for is on or alongside Buford Highway - I don't believe that any African restaurants are along it, though I could be wrong - and your best resource for that road is Spatialdrift, who've visited darn near every place on it, for seven or eight miles:

http://spatialdrift.com/category/bufo...

Jun 10, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Hot chicken in Birmingham, AL

There will be, in late 2016, when Hattie B's opens in B'ham:

http://www.tennessean.com/story/news/...

Jun 10, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Central South

Best BBQ in South Carolina?

I only snacked at McCabe's, but I certainly enjoyed that snack. Shuler's in Latta was also very good. The only other SC BBQ place I've visited that fits your criteria is Roger's in Florence, which I would not recommend.

My BBQ map might help with other trips:
http://www.communitywalk.com/marie_le...

Jun 10, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Need help locating the best Chinese food in Atlanta!

Not only is Gu's gone (temporarily), but so's 1968 at Cafe 101 and Peter Chang 2. Darn, this thread's becoming dated.

Man Chun Hong is my favorite without Gu's around, followed by Northern China Eatery.

May 14, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Jacksonville Eats

I'll second Brewer's. That's a very good pizza. My favorite restaurant in town so far, though, is Whiteway Delicatessen.

May 14, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Florida

Where to have lunch driving through?

I visited Krog Street Market for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I expected great things and was still super-impressed. Yalla! and Fred's Meat & Bread were both excellent, and many of the other stalls looked wonderful. I look forward to returning.

May 14, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

ALLLLLL this barbecue! Huntsville

I'll second Chuck Wagon - it's terrific.

http://marieletseat.com/2013/07/05/ci...

A good resource for the area is the (unfortunately defunct) Great North Alabama BBQ Quest, which visited 60+ restaurants in the area:

http://bbqinbama.blogspot.com/

May 14, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Central South

Two Days in Birmingham, AL

I quite enjoyed Bob Sykes in Bessemer, but if you're downtown, Gus's Hot Dogs is a quick and easy option too.

May 14, 2015
MarieLetsEat in Central South

BBQ tour

Old Clinton in Gray GA, Scott's in Hemingway SC, and Leonard's in Memphis, I think!

Jun 02, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Central South

Cobb Gallaria recs

I agree with SJMDownunder's recommendations, but I'll add, since your hotel is on Franklin Rd, that there's another similarly-named taqueria and market - Taqueria Real de la Villa - in the strip mall at Franklin and the south loop, across the street from Tasty China.

Regarding Buford Highway, the blog Spatialdrift has covered the restaurants there more extensively than anybody else. This should leave you drooling:

http://spatialdrift.com/category/bufo...

As regards the food truck park, I'm hating to say this, but make that a Plan B. It really feels like they're having trouble getting trucks there lately, especially on Friday and Saturday nights. Keep an eye on the park's Facebook page about who may be there and then double-check the truck's own schedule!

https://www.facebook.com/AtlantaFoodT...

But if the Blaxican truck is there, you'll be in for a treat.

Jun 01, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Nashville BBQ

I think that I like Judge Bean's the most, so your unhappy experience is quite a surprise!

Whenever the subject of Nashville BBQ comes up, I like to point out this amazing set of articles by the Ulika BBQ competition team, who covered the city's barbecue better than anybody else has. Awesome work, this:

http://www.ulikafoodblog.com/search/l...

Athens Ga

Harry's (now called Harry's Barbecue) is very good, but you'd do even better to get a little out of town and visit Hot Thomas in Watkinsville, Zeb's in Danielsville, or Paul's in Lexington. None are more than a 30 minute drive.

Jun 01, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

100 Best Dishes in Alabama

Update on Anniston: Goal Post closed last year, which is a real shame.

Jun 01, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Central South

BBQ tour

May I recommend my barbecue map? It's far from complete, but it has 260+ open restaurants that my wife and/or I have visited in the southeast (although not, sadly, Texas... yet!):

http://www.communitywalk.com/marie_le...

Jun 01, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Central South

Help w/ Trimming Research Triangle Itinerary

If you're looking for a meat-n-three, I'd like to give a shout-out to Shrimp Boats in Durham:

http://marieletseat.com/2014/04/10/sh...

Jun 01, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Restaurants recs for Mobile, AL

Brick Pit has some of my favorite barbecue in Alabama. It's a great place with a terrific, and very friendly owner.

Mar 22, 2014
MarieLetsEat in Central South

Marietta?

I can't imagine what you read that left you discouraged about BBQ, because there are some excellent places in Cobb County. Heirloom Market is completely terrific, one of my ten favorites of 240+ BBQ restaurants on our blog. There's also Sam's BBQ-1 and Dave Poe's, which are both really good, Big Shanty Smokehouse, which has been winning raves for years, a really good takeout place called Ebony & Ivory, and the incredibly local, not-duplicated-anywhere-else style of Hudson's-style sauce, a Georgia specialty available in a couple of places in south Cobb County, Johnny's in Powder Spgs and Wallace in Austell. Georgia barbecue is much better than people who don't live here say.

I would also happily recommend Chicken & the Egg on 120 not far from the Marietta Square for new southern. If you'd like a proper, old-fashioned meat-n-three without any of the pretension of city flair, drive up to Doug's Place in Emerson. Other options are Alton Brown's beloved Sloppy Slaw burgers at The Red-Eyed Mule (breakfast and lunch only) and the frankly awesome chili slaw dogs at Brandi's World Famous Hot Dogs (lunch only, cash only) where I eat about once every three weeks, and the catfish at Barbecue Street, which is better than the BBQ.

The chili at Rocco's Pub has been competition-level good for years, though folk say it's not as good as it once was. The restaurant is the home of a celebrated annual cookoff. And the square is home to a couple of very nice places with solid reputations, Willie Rae's and Shillings, and a new place, The Butcher The Baker, that I have heard good things about.

I'd also think about going up to Acworth for Henry's Louisiana Grill, because it's terrific. I also like a no-frills Brazilian buffet called Sabor do Brazil on Delk Road. Heck, there are lots of great places!

http://marieletseat.com/

Oct 09, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Casual lunch between Atlanta and Augusta

Sorry that I missed this, but for the next time you're on this stretch of I-20 around lunchtime, try Crowe's BBQ in Madison (exit 114) or Holcomb's BBQ in Greensboro (exit 130). And keep our barbecue map bookmarked - it will be very helpful in the future!

http://www.communitywalk.com/marie_le...

Sep 06, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

3 Days in Atlanta

Unfortunately for your parents, Heirloom Market is carry-out only these days. The rest of your list (assuming that you mean Star Provisions and not State) is a pretty good one. Some other "new southern" places to consider are Food 101 in Sandy Springs and Article 14 in midtown.

Sep 06, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

PBS show on Atlanta dives

Jim is a treasure himself! Episode 3 of his series is particularly good.

Sep 06, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

First visit to Savannah

My favorite place for seafood in Savannah is the Cotton Exchange Tavern. Those have the best scallops I've had anywhere. That said, we were in town last month and really enjoyed the burgers at B & D on Broughton, and the tutti-frutti ice cream at Leopold's (opened in 1918) is a must.

http://marieletseat.com/2013/08/06/b-...

Aug 06, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Southeast