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  • #16
    I second Yelp and Chowhound.

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    • #17
      I live in St. Louis, which has been ranked, many times, the "murder capitol" of the U.S.
      It laughable to us, really. It's mostly the people shooting people who they know, in the north-side of the city. We'll protect you, if you come here

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      • #18
        all I can say is that I hope this is not your first trip to the US, because if so, I fear it will be your last. Please don't let your impression of those states impact your impression of the US as a whole. Yikes. That said, I think you'd be best off sticking to grocery stores if possible. Or just say the heck with it and experience southern food for what it is. In some towns you might be able to find some decent restaurant food, but I'd suggest avoiding fast food if at all possible.

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        • #19
          Wow, I can't believe half of the folks on this thread (the other half had actual suggestions). And Dado - bullshit. I haven't visited a state yet in the US where the entire population was a criminal write-off - it must be your experience due to your attitude, or maybe you just have a penchant for looking for trouble and then blaming it on others when you find it. I was born in the South, did a stint in Texas, and then was mostly raised in the North when I wasn't in Europe because of my immigrant mom. EVERYWHERE I found nice people and EVERYWHERE I found food I would return for.

          Shamia, I hope you have a ton of fun! I am really glad you are choosing to do the road-trip thing and not just head for Disney (for example). Here are my suggestions:

          I agree - please do not discount tiny roadside places. My husband is a junkie of one unlikely joint in North Carolina just for its BBQ that he will risk missing his flight for; and an out-of-the-way place outside of Baton Rouge for its crawfish etouffee.

          Do some homework before you leave the Netherlands. Google "Georgia food" just to see what a little of the food history is, for example. This will give you an idea of what you could be asking for in any of the states you are visiting.

          You will find small festivals and fairs just everywhere. There is, in almost every real town, and certainly in every county seat, something called the "Chamber of Commerce / Tourism Office". Find this address and go. They have the master list of every food happening in the area, and they are more than happy to help interested foreigners find eats.

          Bend the Primal rules. When I was in Amsterdam, I ate the stroopwaffel and drank the Advocaat, too. And you know what - it was yummy.

          Southerners have a notorious sweet tooth, so plan for sweet tea and lots of desserts. Or plan how you plan to decline them.

          I agree - get a cooler. Ice is available everywhere, and if you don't find anything you like, you will at least have Primal in the car from something purchased from the grocery store.
          I have a mantra that I have spouted for years... "If I eat right, I feel right. If I feel right, I exercise right. If I exercise right, I think right. If I think right, I eat right..." Phil-SC

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          • #20
            Having no idea when the time frame of this trip is, let me just say that it is HOT right now in Northwest Alabama (June 2012). Other than seeing the superneat Cathedral Caverns and extremely primal Dismals Canyon (which are underground and very cool), I'd avoid summertime sightseeing this way. Well, Elvis Presley's birthplace in Tupelo, MS just a few miles away is airconditioned and a really interesting step back in time to a more-primal 30s-40s way of life, even if you don't like Elvis.

            Meanwhile, do not be afraid to travel in the Deep South. We will not eat you. We will however eat all kinds of venison, wild boar, and fried catfish. Most of the small town diners will deep fry their mothers in peanut oil though. You might want to be careful of that. And practically everything includes carbs--french fries, grits, biscuits, cornbread, peach cobbler, etc. I tend to stick to lots and lots of salads and grilled meats of many kinds.

            I wish we had a good local primal meetup group so we could all get together for dinner--Southern primal style!

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            • #21
              I would recommend using Urbanspoon.com when looking for places to eat. I found an amazing Thai place in Kingman, Arizona of all places. If you just put in the area you're in and check for good reviews, you should be able to find some really decent restaurants. Remember, sometimes the best places in town don't even have signs out front.

              I would stay away from chains as much as possible. I mean, what a boring thing to do on a trip to a foreign country, you know? Not to mention the quality usually sucks. I'd definitely recommend trying out all the dinky little local places. Even if they're terrible, at least it will be a good story to tell later. I've never heard a good story that started "So, we went to Cracker Barrel, and..." Also, last I heard, Cracker Barrel was a super super racist company. Personally, I don't support that.

              Anyway, since you'll be in the south, there will be a ton of local BBQ places to choose from. Go for dry rubs over sauces if you are worried about sugar content, and enjoy!

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