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BBQ off of 10 between NO and Pensacola?

Leaving New Orleans tomorrow morning to drive to Pensacola with some friends. Never been through the south before and am CRAVING some good BBQ. I'd love to stop at the Brick Pit in Mobile but it's a little too far off of the route for my non-foodie companions. Anyone have any suggestions for some place a little closer to the fwy? Doesn't have to be in Mobile, really anywhere along the interstate works.


Apr 16, 2008
cgoble in General South Archive

Oregon wine/food/beer road trip

I have to chime in and agree -- you've got a killer schedule. It would be a long, hard, cranky day driving from grant's pass to Astoria all in one go. Takes me 4-5 hours to get from Portland to Medford -- on I5, going 70+. You won't be getting above 55 much if even that high on 101. It's gorgeous and worth it but slower going especially if you get stuck behind an RV. (it's two lane without many passing lanes around all those bendy windy curves). You've also got to figure in slowing down through all the little coastal towns along the way.

S OR is definitely the next region in Oregon and it's gorgeous country. If you love wine you have to stop at New Sammy's country bistro where there are some stunningly priced older bordeuxs and burgundies... good food too. Though they grow fabulous grapes I think most in the industry would agree there isn't particularly a standout winery down there that anchors the region yet. which isn't to say you couldn't find some great gems -- you maybe could, I haven't been out tasting there. But I'd say you're just as likely not to. S OR would be an adventure. We're pretty {boringly?} predictable up north. Of course, there's the Rogue Creamery down there, and Henry & David... and Ashland and Jacksonville are SO cute. if you make the time for it going up over to the coast through Jacksonville is a great idea.

Up in Yamhill for food I second Nick's in McMinnville. Martha's taqueria in Lafayette splits honors with Panaderia Gonzalez in Newberg for most-likely-to-hit-a-winemaker-with-a-coin-toss. Red Hills in Dundee never seems to get mentioned with everyone babbling (rightly so) about Tina's and the Bistro but does a great job and had a wonderful list last time I was in. But I must strongly push for my city -- If you want standout Pac NW food you must come to Portland. Even come in just for dinner -- it's a 45 minute drive from Dundee. I'm sure there's a wealth of information on Chow about PDX but Higgins gets my vote for if-i-must-choose-one-pacNW-restaurant-to-visit.


Apr 10, 2008
cgoble in Pacific Northwest

The Heathman (SW Portland)

I can't speak to the food (ouch! ice-cold? and subbing in the wrong dessert??) but I wouldn't diss your som for their recommendations. There's a fair amount of back and forth about whether to serve young to old or old to young but the industry will nearly always recommend drinking the young wine first and if your som was trained well s/he'd definitely try to steer you that way.

Young wines should be simple and refreshing and as the first wine to pass your lips will generally come across as somewhat abrasive as your palate learns to accept the acidity and possibly tannins. This in effect prepares you for the complexity of an older wine which though softer isn't necessarily any less voluptuous. The suggestion of palate fatigue from drinking the younger first is actually useful here because you've trained your palate to appreciate the more complex flavors of the older wine.

Apr 08, 2008
cgoble in Pacific Northwest

bbq or soul food in Portland

No one's mentioning Campbell's -- way out on 87th and Powell. Can be a bit hit or miss but when they're on they are ON and they are soooooo good.

Apr 08, 2008
cgoble in Pacific Northwest

Are there any regional foods unique to Idaho and Oregon?

DEFINITELY huckleberries! They come into season in late July and early August. You can generally find them fresh in farmer's markets or at roadside stands off the beaten path. They're a mountain berry, elusive and painstaking to pick but soo worth it. If you've got the time and are more of an outdoorsperson take an afternoon to hunt some down, nothing better than eating them off the bush!

Apr 08, 2008
cgoble in Pacific Northwest

Portland: Paley's Place or Wildwood?

I second Paley's over Wildwood. In the past couple of years I've had more thoughtful food and service at Paley's -- and the wine list acknowledges that wine is made from areas outside of Oregon! more important to a local than a visitor, I suppose but there you have it. Wildwood was great in the late 90s but seems to have lost its focus a bit. Definitely still good food just a bit more careless. Haven't thought that about Paley's at all.

I had a spectacularly unmemorable meal at Sel Gris, despite the hype that's been wandering around, and in fact canceled reservations to take my father there when he came to town because it was so mediocre... stick with Paley's!

Apr 08, 2008
cgoble in Pacific Northwest