Archive for Road Food

Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66

Biker bar, BBQ and bras – everything at the Elbow Inn on 66

Yep, this bar and BBQ joint is chockfull of atmosphere. Formerly the 1929 Munger-Moss Sandwich Shop, and now a popular spot for bikers and bar-b-que.

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Skip the traditional motel – Shady Dell Trailer Court

Skip the traditional motel – Shady Dell Trailer Court

What a great idea! Travel trailers as motel rooms. Those aluminum marvels from postwar America that embodied the notion of “let’s hit the road.”

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The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” once was served up at Earnestine and Hazel’s

The Rolling Stones’ “Brown Sugar” once was served up at Earnestine and Hazel’s

Rumor has it the the Rolling Stones were so inspired by their visit to the ladies, that they wrote “Brown Sugar.” The White Stripes shot a video here, Robert Duvall danced a tango.

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La Posada – beautifully restored Harvey House hotel

La Posada – beautifully restored Harvey House hotel

I was lucky enough to be “stuck” for 3 days at La Posada during a dust storm a few years back. Everyday we “had” to eat incredible food, sit on the back porch, read, watch the trains go by, and sip pitchers of sangria. It was rough.

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Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Funks Grove Pure Maple Sirup (not syrup) – a Route 66 delicacy

Not exactly road food in the meal sense – hey – sirup is still food! Starting in 1824, the Funk family-owned business has been producing maple “sirup” for over 180 years.

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Stanley Restaurant in NOLA — I still crave their boudin Benedict

Stanley Restaurant in NOLA — I still crave their boudin Benedict

I am craving it as I write this. Despite its location on touristy Jackson Square, Stanley is the place that the locals go for breakfast. Be sure to order the Breaux Bridge Benedict with Charlie T’s boudin.

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Acme Oyster House – hand-shucked goodness

Acme Oyster House – hand-shucked goodness

Damn good food, its a New Orlean’s classic. If you are going to pick only one oyster house in NOLA, which is difficult to do, pick this one. Dragos also has great grilled oysters, but this has that “experience.” (In other words, plan on standing in line.)

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Spam, spam, spam, spam – a museum to meat in a can

Spam, spam, spam, spam – a museum to meat in a can

16,500 square feet of Spam history and memorabilia. Be sure to do the quick tour of the museum and try your hand at canning a block of meat history.

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Blessed Mary’s makes a righteous cheeseburger on Route 66

Blessed Mary’s makes a righteous cheeseburger on Route 66

What really sets this place apart is that there are no prices on the menu and no cash register on the premises. There is only a big jar by the door and a sign asking you to pay what you can. Any profits are donated to charity.

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Lotsa tasty love at the Loveless Cafe

Lotsa tasty love at the Loveless Cafe

Fried chicken and biscuits. Need I say more? Before the “super highways,” the rural South was a remote area with back roads leading to treasures known only to those who ventured down them.

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