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    I live in the Netherlands, but will be travelling to the US for a holiday. Yay!

    We intent to do a road trip through Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida.

    Road trips to us mean: drive a day, stay at a cheap motel, visit town/city, sleep at same motel, drive on.

    This will come down to eating at road side eateries a lot. Are there any places you guys can recommend that are less bad? We don't have a lot of fast-food/road side restaurants in the Netherlands, other than McD, BK and KFC.

    Also, if there's lingo for how to order a coffee at Starbucks (whole cream, no sugar, coffee), I'd appreaciate it!

    Thanks

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    I think you're better off in grocery stores, period. They're everywhere. Buy a cheapo styrofoam cooler or two and maybe some thrift store plates/utensils if you don't want to go w/ disposable and you're good to go. I'd rather demolish a rotisserie chicken any day than eat at McD's. I do have fond memories of the Waffle House chain for breakfast type stuff which I find the easiest meal to accommodate when eating out. Bucky's? I speak plain English just to annoy them.

    If you're in some out of the way small towns keep your eyes open for roadside bar-b-que or catfish or other regional food often just sold out of a food truck. Mississippi/Alabama was a bit of a culture shock for this lifelong Yankee, I'd be curious to know your impressions upon returning.

    If you're in that part of the country I'd also make it a point to get to New Orleans.
    Last edited by IvyBlue; 06-04-2012, 08:15 AM.
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    • #3
      Paula Deen has a restaraunt in Savannah Georgia, it's very good Southern cooking....some of its probably not so primal but hey it's vacation.

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      • #4
        Thanks! I do intend to grocery shop a lot, buy veggies (I know the Southern cuisine is not using too much vegetables) to eat on the way. Road side BBQ sounds good! I've already been to New Orleans, but that was way before Katrina hit. I'm not sure we will be able to make it that far south this time. We only have two weeks of road trip, followed by one week beach cottage in Miami.

        How was Mississippi/Alabama a culture shock for you? I expect a lot of red necks in Alabama (I like that!), I don't know what to expect from MI to be honest.

        Thank you both for replying!

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        • #5
          Most of our fast food chains are garbage, so I agree with the advice to buy food in a supermarket that's ready to eat, or something easy like cold cuts.

          However, the one chain that I will make an exception for, both because their food is damn good AND they have higher quality, sustainably raised ingredients is CHIPOTLE. You can look up their locations on their website if you want to see if there are any in the areas you'll be travelling.

          Chipotle: Food With Integrity

          Also, you're going to be travelling through prime BBQ country...I'd highly recommend eating as much local BBQ as you can - there are many different styles of BBQ, so it might be fun to compare them - i find yelp review to be very helpful, but just ask a local for their favorite BBQ place - they will be REALLY excited to give you recommendations.
          Last edited by BestBetter; 06-09-2012, 11:23 AM.

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          • #6
            Good luck with coffee. Have been on Canada's west coast for last two weeks and coffee rarely rises above bad. No good coffee ever came out of starbucks. Best I've gotten is by ordering double espresso, but still insipid
            Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.

            Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine

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            • #7
              Georgia, Alabama, and Mississippi are sort of miserable for road trips (sorry if I offend anyone from those states). In Tenessee, Chattanooga and Memphis are pretty interesting. My parents live in Florida, and it's beautiful, but you sort of have to seek out cool places around St. Petersburg , Sarasota (the Ringling Circus museum, art museum and house are amazing). Tampa has Busch Gardens. where in Florida are you going? If I were taking a road trip, I'd hit up North Carolina, for sure.

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              • #8
                You don't come to this continent for a vacation and expect to eat healthily. Enjoy the funnel cake.
                You lousy kids! Get off my savannah!

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                • #9
                  Oh, yeah, you can always drive by a Carl's Jr. (as they are called in most of the south) and order a lettuce-wrapped burger.

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                  • #10
                    You can yelp to see what is available in the local area as you travel.
                    I have found some fabulous dining searching Chowhound. (Search within area forum using name of the city your in)
                    Down home South
                    BBQ Tour
                    Swine Dining in Georgia
                    Shrimp an Grits, redeye gravy, bbq, etc I would blow the 20% trying different foods, enjoy your travels.
                    Last edited by springnr; 06-10-2012, 09:54 AM.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Shamia View Post
                      I live in the Netherlands, but will be travelling to the US for a holiday. Yay!

                      We intent to do a road trip through Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida.

                      Road trips to us mean: drive a day, stay at a cheap motel, visit town/city, sleep at same motel, drive on.

                      This will come down to eating at road side eateries a lot. Are there any places you guys can recommend that are less bad? We don't have a lot of fast-food/road side restaurants in the Netherlands, other than McD, BK and KFC.

                      Also, if there's lingo for how to order a coffee at Starbucks (whole cream, no sugar, coffee), I'd appreaciate it!

                      Thanks
                      Stay out of inner cities.

                      I wouldn't recommend those states in the first place. Go Northwest instead.

                      BBC News - British men shot dead on holiday in Sarasota, Florida

                      Your life is very much at risk if you inadvertently step into one of the quasi "NO GO" Zones.
                      Last edited by The Return of Dado; 06-10-2012, 09:50 AM.

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                      • #12
                        Large swathes of the US are effectively War Zones. You have to understand this.

                        Maybe not in the classical definition of a War Zone, but almost the same amount of risk.

                        Safe pockets are increasingly rare. Northwest states are your best bet for a nice vacation and for good people.

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                        • #13
                          Scared much Dado? These were 24 year old kids in a tourist area... must be more to the story. Random stuff happens!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by springnr View Post
                            Scared much Dado? These were 24 year old kids in a tourist area... must be more to the story. Random stuff happens!
                            LOL, yea, "random".

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                            • #15
                              Dado, people travel through all of those states daily and do not get killed. As for the NW, hasn't Seattle already met its all time highest yearly murder rate and the year is only half over? Nothing against Seattle, it's a great town but every where can be dangerous. Hell, I am sure there are places in the Netherlands you do not go at certain times. It is certainly true for large cities in other parts of Europe.

                              One road side eatery in that part of the US (and pretty much on Interstates everywhere) is Cracker Barrel. It is your general heart attack on a plate, southern cooking. That said they do have low carb options if you swing that way. I bring them up not because the food is great but because they are everywhere. You should be able to get some decent BBQ in Tennessee and seafood along the coast of Mississippi and FL.

                              Carls Jr as someone else mentioned has burgers wrapped in lettuce which work and most places will do their best to meet your requests (as long as they are not too outlandish). I've had luck just trying local places along the way. The best BBQ I have ever had was in Louisiana at some random interstate exit. The building looked like a shack that was ready to fall down but I would slap my mother to eat those ribs again. (Then I would run because she would slap me back )

                              If you want heavy cream at Starbucks you can order a latte 'breve' Usually they have half-and-half out to put into regular coffee. That said, I wouldn't worry about the lingo too much. Just tell them what you want. "Yeah, a coffee with some heavy cream in it" or whatever. That said, many places in the US are waking up to quality coffee so again you may want to try local places if you find them.

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