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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

Restaurants near the High

I'll second the suggestion for Empire State South, which is completely terrific.

Veni Vidi Vici on the other hand is a little dated, essential in 1993 but not so much today. It's good, but I'd go a few miles north to either Davio's or to Cibo e Beve over VVV for the kind of nice, true-Italian experience you're looking for.

Aug 05, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Good burrito in Roswell?

You came a few years too late for the El Taco Veloz that used to be on Hwy 9 in Roswell. They closed that location, but they have six others around town. Closest is in Sandy Springs, but the one on Buford Hwy might give you the closest approximation to the experience you're looking for. And across the street from that location is a market called Carciniera Hispana that has a grill in the back and does tacos and burritos.

And, while it's not particularly authentic despite the Mexican chef, keep an eye out for the Tex's Tacos truck. I had them for the first time last month and it was fantastic.

Aug 05, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta

Food suggestions for a Kentucky road trip! [Owensboro, Bardstown, Louisville, Lexington and in-between]

For your Owensboro BBQ, many people favor the Moonlite for mutton, but I had a recommendation for Old Hickory and really enjoyed that.

There's an excellent old diner in Louisville called The Twig & Leaf that does a good breakfast.

In Lexington, I'm still keen to try the Tolly-Ho, but I made the mistake of trying to get there along with everybody else for a Wildcats basketball game and settled for some surprisingly decent BBQ at a chain place called City instead. There's also a massive old drive-in called the Parkette in Lexington. The burgers are ordinary and boring, but it's been restored really well and the fried chicken's good.

Mobile, AL

Brick Pit is one of my ten favorite BBQ places in the southeast. I recommend it loudly.

http://marieletseat.com/2012/03/08/ci...

Aug 05, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Central South

One night in Birmingham

Unfortunately, none of Saw's three places are open on Sunday evenings...

Aug 05, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Central South

Best in Charlotte NC

I've been wanting to make a return trip to Bar-B-Q King since we were there two years back. There are quite a few old canopied drive-ins that I'd also like to try, but Bar-B-Q King was very good and I've been craving it lately.

http://marieletseat.com/2011/02/12/ba...

Aug 05, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Nashville for 2.5 Weeks ... Thoughts?

I wouldn't skip the Pharmacy. I enjoyed our burger there a lot, and everyone in our group really liked the hand-mixed, clear phosphate sodas. Go off-peak time, ideally on Wednesday or Thursday.

I'd also add I Dream of Weenie to your cheap eats. Great hot dogs with fun toppings, plus canned Buffalo Rock, one of my favorite sodas.

Loveless is about what you'd expect for a tourist trap. Good, but not worth a really long wait. Again, avoid peak times and Sunday. Pancake Pantry really is worth the wait, but you can avoid the line by simply arriving earlier than everyone else. Get there at seven.

http://marieletseat.com/category/tenn...

Chattanooga and west via US-64

Earlier this month, I took a two-day "circumnavigation" of the Tennessee River Valley, looking for some good local eats and some barbecue that has not really been documented very much. I had some pretty good meals and one that was disappointing, before popping south down to Corinth. I regret not trying Honey's in Fayetteville for a slawburger, but enjoyed Chuck Wagon in that town, and Big John's in Lawrenceburg.

If you'd like to follow my trail and get some ideas for any road trips in that area, stop by my blog, Marie, Let's Eat!, and read along:

http://marieletseat.com/2013/06/26/ci...

I-95 with cats - drive through options?

I seem to recall that Jack's BBQ in Kingsland GA (I-95 exit 1) has a drive-through, but, if not, they are still pretty good and can get a take-out order together super-fast. (They're used to assembling orders for the truck stop across the street and delivering them via a golf cart!)

http://marieletseat.com/2013/02/09/ja...

Jun 04, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Athens, GA and Columbia, SC

Just to clarify for the sake of anyone who Googles through...

At the time of writing, Butt Hutt has two locations, one on Macon Rd in Athens, and one in Elberton. Their former location on Baxter was briefly the home of a different BBQ joint that did not last.

Jun 04, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Publix coming to Asheville

I'm very glad to read this. I'm hoping to move to Asheville in the near future and despaired about where we'd shop, because the Ingle's that we visited there (off Tunnel Road and a couple of exits west of town, I think) were pretty disappointing.

Jun 04, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Restaurants in Macon, GA

Since this thread seems to keep bringing lots of curious travelers to our blog, I'd like to say that we've updated it with four new Macon-area entries lately, and one of them is for Joe-Bear's and Son's Bar-B-Que, which is completely amazing.

The overall median-point for barbecue in middle Georgia disappoints me somewhat, but on the other hand, you've got Old Clinton, which is my favorite chopped pork in the state, and Joe-Bear's, which has my favorite ribs in the state, so I guess it all evens out!

Jun 04, 2013
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Athens, GA area BBQ

Yes, there have been many decent BBQ places in Athens over the years, but presently I'd say that Butt Hutt is the best in town by some margin - it's even better than Jot Em Down!

Nov 11, 2010
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Louisville on a budget

Lynn's Paradise Cafe is indeed very good, but the best meal that I've had in Looville was at Erika's German Restaurant - 9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd, Louisville, KY, 40220

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Erika's German Restaurant
9301 Hurstbourne Park Blvd, Louisville, KY 40220

Lynn's Paradise Cafe
984 Barret Ave, Louisville, KY 40204

Savannah for Thanksgiving--3 Great Meals (and recommendations for Tybee or San Simons Island?)

Ooooh, I'm looking forward to trying Mrs. Wilkes for the first time Thanksgiving week myself, on the way down from Atlanta to Saint Simons for the holiday.

There's some pretty good food on Saint Simons. For seafood, I like The Crab Trap and Mullet Bay, although I seem to be in a minority on that front. Southern Soul Barbecue is very good and there will probably be a crowd, as it was on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives a few weeks ago. You can get a nice, casual Southern lunch at The 4th of May. The best burger that I've found down there is at Brogen's.

Much as I enjoy the casual faux-mex of the Barberito's chain, I'd avoid the one on the island. The ones in Athens, where it is based, are terrific, but the one on the island is staffed by cheese-burning dimwits.

The best restaurant on the island is probably Bennie's Red Barn. It's very nice and upscale, and they do great steaks and seafood. I like this place a lot, but it's pricy enough to keep it off the regular calendar of visits.

I've also heard nice things about Coastal Kitchen, which is off the causeway, but have not visited yet.

I don't know much about Brunswick, but my wife really likes a Thai place called TupThim, and I've been wanting to stop into Mack's for ages but we never seem to have the time.

Have a great trip!

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Mullet Bay Restaurant
512 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Brogen's
504 Beachview Dr, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Bennie's Red Barn
5514 Frederica Rd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Crab Trap
1209 Ocean Blvd, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522

Coastal Kitchen
102 Marina Drive, Saint Simons, GA 31522

Nov 05, 2010
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

Good Around Statesville, NC ?

Port-a-Pit BBQ is on my own to-try list; it got a very promising writeup at roadfood.

Oct 29, 2010
MarieLetsEat in Southeast

In Search of Kool Korners Cuban Sandwiches--We Found Him in Birmingham

I had no idea what I was missing, all those years living here in Atlanta and never opening my ears to hear anybody talk about Kool Korner. We went out to B'ham a few weeks ago, and now that I've had one of his sandwiches, I've been kicking myself for all the meals that I could have been enjoying here. Simply terrific food!

Oct 29, 2010
MarieLetsEat in Atlanta