Friday, July 25, 2008

chicken or pork?

There are a couple of shows on Travel Channel that could be on Food Network and several shows on Food Network that could easily pass for Travel Channel shows. A recent episode of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" got me thinking about where to have lunch the next time I'm in Memphis. It will be tough to choose between Tom's Bar-B-Q and Leonard's Pit Barbecue. A place called Marlowes didn't look bad either.

For me, food and travel have always been linked. When I think of places I've been, I remember specific restaurants and their delicacies. Whenever possible, I try to avoid chain restaurants at our destinations. Chains are fine for a pit stop along the Interstate.

I've been researching things to see and places to eat during our upcoming road trip. I decided to save Iowa for a time when I can also get to Nebraska. Therefore, the next state I will add to my list is Arkansas. As of right now, there are more restaurants on my list than tourist attractions.

My daughter gave me a copy of "1,000 Places to See in the U.S.A. and Canada Before You Die" for my last birthday. And by last, I mean most recent, not final. The book recommends McClard's Bar-B-Q Restaurant in Hot Springs. I'm also intrigued by Gee Whillikers Soda Fountain and Eatery. My brother-in-law emailed to suggest a place called White Pig Inn in North Little Rock.

My plans for this trip also include a pass through Branson, Missouri. We won't have time to see or taste everything there. Any suggestions for the one or two best places to go?

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Blogger Mr. Kazinec said...

I know from listening to the show that your not as into history as Marc thought but have you been to Warm Springs, GA or more specifically the "Little White House?"
My parents, the wife and I went out that way for a vacation/ghost investigation and it was a very interesting place and I learned a lot about FDR.

Blogger Frank Murphy said...

No, I haven't been to Warm Springs yet although it sounds like someplace I would enjoy. Thanks for the idea. If and when I get back to Georgia, I'll keep it in mind.

Anonymous Craig T. said...


Good post; I love watching Diners, Drive-ins, and Drives and Alton Brown's road show.

What are some of your favorite Knoxville area restaraunts besides the obvious ("C" restaraunts, Regas, etc.)? Are there any "gems" that you are aware of?

Blogger Frank Murphy said...


We like to go to Connor's for family birthdays and celebrations. I also like Aubrey's a lot.

Nama lives up to the hype.

Of the C restaurants, I've probably been to Calhoun's the most.

We want to go back to Mulligan's after enjoying our first visit recently. We heard that they have a good Sunday brunch.

For pizza, we like Mangia at Turkey Creek.

Among chains, Mimi's Cafe and Wild Wing Cafe are both good.


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