I posted a question about bulk shopping for a month and the consensus was to shop locally every 3-4 days. So, I figured I would make the best of it and buy the best local foods there are to offer.
So, who has great food and what is it???
*1 month trip in the heat of the summer (gotta love teacher schedules!)
*going through the south (Texas, Az, Miss, LA, FL) from CA to FL
*coming back through the middle (S Ca, Ga, Tn, Ne, Mo, Ut)
Georgia - peaches, right?
Texas - steak (I am totally going on stereotypes here...)
We tried this...got the list of Diners, Drives & Drive Ins off the internet and was gonna try these places but that didn't work out cause we are always off the beaten path and found very few and several had gone outta business by now. Now, whenever we go somewhere we Yahoo the local restaurants and try the ones voted the best...and living near Pigeon Forge, TN there are too many to choose from.
If you plan on going to TX by way of AZ, you will be crossing New Mexico as well. New Mexico would be noted for two foodstuffs, I would believe: Red/Green Chile & Pecans.
Yes, Texas also has pecans as do some of the southern states, but none are as tasty as those from New Mexico. AZ may be as good as well.
Taste of Red/Green Chile in Southern NM: Southern NM style Mexican Food is the best you will find anywhere. IMHO. Because of the use of red/green chile. Las Cruces area NM Mexican Food plus camping and attractions in the area. At least try a Green Chile Cheese Burger. Video
After reading a recent post of facebook from a cousin, I just found out that Bakersfield, CA is home to the largest collection of Basque restaurants in the United States. Never knew this. Wow. Might try one of them if passing by that area. Basque in Bakersfield
Most states will have steaks. Texas might also be know for Texas Chili or CHILI CON CARNE. Also Texas should be know for Bar B Que. Might try a few of them as you pass through Texas. Research to Find some good Texas Barbeque something like this place maybe Texas Pride Barbecue, which was featured on the Food Network. TX Pride ?? I can not recommend a place. We had some just off I-10 in Kerrville, but it was years ago. Not sure if it still good. The barbeque sauce is the key.
In 1895 Lyman T. Davis of Corsicana developed the original recipe for Wolf Brand Chili, which he sold for five cents a bowl from the back of a wagon parked on the streets in downtown Corsicana, Texas. He later opened a meat market in Corsicana where he sold his chili in brick form, using the brand name of Lyman's Famous Home Made Chili. In 1921, using the simplest machinery, he began canning his chili and marketing it in the immediate area. It was about that time that he adopted the brand name "Wolf Brand," in honor of his pet wolf, Kaiser Bill. By 1923, with improved equipment, Davis had increased production to 2,000 cans of chili per day. Because of the discovery of oil on his farm, he had neither the time nor the interest to devote to his chili business, and in 1924 he sold his operations to J. C. West and Fred Slauson, two Corsicana businessmen.
Better than Texas Chili, I would think Fajitas were 'invented' in Texas as well. You can try them in New Mexico of course as well as AZ & perhaps in CA. But for really good ones in El Paso (as well as San Antonio) try Taco Cabana just off I-10 on Mesa (west). (We eat at one in El Paso whenever we have to go there, see Mexican Nationals eating at it, must be good) Great Salsa, try some of each, very good eating.
Being a Native South Texan, Texas citrus is the best in the world, but a little out of the way on your trip. Texas Sea Food, shrimp & such, is so good if you happen to be by the Gulf Coast.
My wife & I are retired teachers, always enjoyed & looked forward to traveling in the summers, mainly in the west camping, but a couple of car trips to DC area.
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Actually, SC peaches are as good if not better than Georgia's. We have quite a few roadside peach stands that have been featured in Southern Living Magazine. We also have good BBQ (the sauces vary greatly by the regions of the state) and good seafood. If you know your route, post it or pm me and I can be more specific. Happy and safe travels!
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