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"Must Try" Restaurants Around the Nation

DanMa1156

Land of the rising sun. Literally. There's no DST!
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So I'm driving to Mississippi next month and have been searching with little luck for local food joints on the way that are must-trys for local flavor/eats. I figured this could be a thread for the local places all around the nation that are definite good stops. I'm avoiding any chain places at almost any cost.

The states we currently plan on driving through are Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, Alabama, then Mississippi.
 

81montedriver

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In Woodbridge, VA there is this awesome Brazilian steakhouse called the Charbroil Grill. It's $20 dollars all you can eat. If you are not familiar with a Brazilian steakhouse, its the type of restaurant where they come around with different slabs of meat to your table.
 

Bevo16

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If you roll through Memphis, you can hit one of the "tourist" rib joints:
Neely's
Rendevous (bottom on my list)
Corky's

or, you can get brave and look up a place called "kozy corner": http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
To say that this place is ghetto, is a massive understatment. The woman who brings your order is a 2nd ammendment supporter and has a 40cal hangun strapped to her chest. The bars on the windows are because the pit would probably get stolen if they weren't there. It's worth the armed escort though, the food is bad-ass. If you want something almost as good and leave the AR-15 at home, check out "The BBQ Shop" aka "Dancing Pigs" on Madison.
 

MIDNJAC

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Not really all that much of note in the great state of MS, though I would suggest hitting up Jackson as there are some decent local places there. The wife and I often went to Julep when we were there. Good food, kind of quasi-southern without being the typical fried heart attack that you get at most generic southern style restaurants down there. Decent drinks as well. In the same parking lot, there is another place (can't remember the name at the moment) that is a bit more upscale; lots of good steaks and other steakhouse kinds of stuff. This is all just north of town off of I-55 near the Ridgeland area. We also went to some good places in Hunstville, Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and Mobile. Can't really remember names, but I think we found all of them off of yelp.com. Also, if you get a chance, there are some great places in NOLA as well. I'd highly recommend K-Pauls if you are in the French Quarter.
 

GreenLantern330

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Every place I've seen on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives has looked pretty good. The locations Guy Fieri has been to in MS:

Fly Boy Inn (Gulfport, MS)
Darwell's Cafe (Long Beach, MS)
The Shed (Ocean Springs, MS)
 

UMichfly

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Leatha's Barbecue in Hattiesburg is really good. It's a bitch to find but well worth it.
 

usmarinemike

Solidly part of the 42%.
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Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa has T34s making the trip up there pretty constantly. Word on the street is that they've begun franchising, but the honest to God original is in Tuscaloosa.
 

sickboy

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In Woodbridge, VA there is this awesome Brazilian steakhouse called the Charbroil Grill. It's $20 dollars all you can eat. If you are not familiar with a Brazilian steakhouse, its the type of restaurant where they come around with different slabs of meat to your table.
+1 to this one and all other Brazilian steakhouses.
 

haubby

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If you make it down to NOLA hit up Drago's in Fat City and try their charbroiled oysters.
 

jmcquate

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Breadline in downtown DC. Great sandwiches and salads. Excellent soft-shell crab sandwiches (during the season). Just a block from the Whitehouse on Pennsylvania Ave.
 

d3west86

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If you roll through Memphis, you can hit one of the "tourist" rib joints:
Neely's
Rendevous (bottom on my list)
Corky's

or, you can get brave and look up a place called "kozy corner": http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
To say that this place is ghetto, is a massive understatment. The woman who brings your order is a 2nd ammendment supporter and has a 40cal hangun strapped to her chest. The bars on the windows are because the pit would probably get stolen if they weren't there. It's worth the armed escort though, the food is bad-ass. If you want something almost as good and leave the AR-15 at home, check out "The BBQ Shop" aka "Dancing Pigs" on Madison.
Lived in Memphis most of my life, and I definitely agree The BBQ Shop is good to go as is Interstate BBQ.

The Germantown Commissary also has quality BBQ.

If you happen to pass through Oxford, MS, try out The Rib Cage and/or Taylor Grocery (best catfish!).
 

JD81

FUBIJAR
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Dreamland BBQ in Tuscaloosa has T34s making the trip up there pretty constantly. Word on the street is that they've begun franchising, but the honest to God original is in Tuscaloosa.
Also one in Mobile, been there for quite awhile.
 

GreenLantern330

Active Member
If you roll through Memphis, you can hit one of the "tourist" rib joints:
Neely's
Rendevous (bottom on my list)
Corky's

or, you can get brave and look up a place called "kozy corner": http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
To say that this place is ghetto, is a massive understatment. The woman who brings your order is a 2nd ammendment supporter and has a 40cal hangun strapped to her chest. The bars on the windows are because the pit would probably get stolen if they weren't there. It's worth the armed escort though, the food is bad-ass. If you want something almost as good and leave the AR-15 at home, check out "The BBQ Shop" aka "Dancing Pigs" on Madison.
How is Neely's? They have a show on Food Network and they're food looks great. I've always wanted to try it, but have never been in the Memphis area.
 
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