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Hey fellow travelers,
Have to drive from Vermont to Dallas, TX in January 2011. Looking to take 91 S over to 81S to 40W thinking to avoid as much snow as possible. Any advice on this long-distance cross-country trip for January?? Safety, routes, or just cool places to hang out for a few hours along the way? _Sooze

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    I 81 from PA to TN is a great route for good food. The Naked Oyster is a great place for lunch/dinner at Winchester at Exit 313. Try the buffet at Butcher Block BBQ @ Exit 307 in Stephens City. Just down I 81 a few miles at New Market is Southern Kitchen serving outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch and dinner at Exit 264. Harrisonburg has quite a few fine road food places convenient to I 81. I suggest you consider Jess' Quick Lunch or Little Grill at Exit 247. The Village Inn is very nice also at Exit 240. Staunton is just W of I 81 and a very nice town also. It's home to Mrs. Rowe's country food breakfast, lunch and dinner and Wright's Dairy Rite. Lexington, VA has a number of good restaurants like Bistro on Main for lunch/dinner, Macado's for sandwiches and Sheridan Livery Inn and Restaurant for lunch/dinner. Lexington is the home of VMI and W&L U. It's a beautiful town a few minutes W of I 81 and worth a visit. Home Place is a great restaurant several miles W of I 81 W of Roanoke at Exit 141 serving outstanding country food, good fried chicken and deserts in an old home. Just E of Lexington at Exit 188AB Frank's for the Memorie's is a great place for good road food with great outdoor dining. Roanoke has quite a few nice restaurants but they are mostly in town.

    Get off I 81 at Exit 150B and go E to Highway 11. Turn left and go N a couple of miles to Pomegrante Restaurant for outstanding seafood and steaks for dinner.
    Pomegranate Restaurant @ 106 Stoney Battery Road, Troutville, VA 540 - 966 - 6052.
    http://www.pomegranateva.com/
    Just a little N of Roanoke at Exit 150A/150/B is 3 Little Pigs. In Christiansburg just down the road a piece is Dude's, Due South, Farm House and Summit. All are very good places to eat. On S on I 81 in Wytheville, VA stop at Smokey's BBQ at Exit 70 or 73. Peking Chinese Restaurant is outstanding also. C J's Pizza is good if you have kids. At Abingdon, VA there's some fine places. Have lunch at the House on Main and dine on the porch, lunch or dinner at Peppermill or BBQ at Parks BBQ at Exit 17. Chick N Little is good country food and Ellis Soda Shop and Grill has good salads, soups, sandwiches, burgers and more with outdoor seating as well. Wildflower Bakery and Cafe is great for breakfast,lunch or dinner and it's close to I 81 at Exit 19. If you have time to detour to Johnson City or Bluff City then Cootie Brown's and Ridgewood BBQ are good road stops.

    Naked Oyster @ 2444 Valley Avenue, Winchester, VA 540 - 678 - 0778.
    http://www.thenakedoysterwinchester.com/

    Butcher Block BBQ @ 131 Town Run Lane, Stephens City, VA 540 - 869 - 4141.
    http://www.butcherblockbuffet.com/

    Southern Kitchen @ 9576 South Congress St., New Market, VA 540 - 740 - 3514.

    Jess' Quick Lunch @ 22 S. Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 434 - 8282.
    Little Grill @ 621 North Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 3594.
    http://littlegrillcollective.com/
    The Village Inn @ 4979 South Valley Pike - S Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 7355.
    http://www.thevillageinn.travel/

    Mrs. Rowe's Family Restaurant @ 74 Rowe Rd., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 1833.
    http://www.mrsrowes.com/
    Wright's Dairy Rite @ 346 Greenville Ave., Staunton, VA 540 - 886 - 0435. I81/EXIT220. ***
    http://www.dairy-rite.com/

    Bistro on Main @ 8 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 4888.
    http://www.bistro-lexington.com/
    Macado's @ 30 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 8201.
    http://www.macados.net/
    Sheridan Livery Inn & Restaurant @ 35 North Main St., Lexington, VA 540 - 464 - 1887.
    http://www.sheridanliveryinn.com/

    Home Place Restaurant @ 4968 Catawba Valley Dr., Catawba, VA 540 - 384 - 7252.
    Frank's for the Memories BBQ @ 2117 Magnolia Ave., Buena Vista, VA 540 - 261 - 5553.
    http://www.franks4thememories.com/
    Dude's Drive In @ 1505 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7901.
    Due South BBQ @1465 Roanoke St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 381 - 2922.
    http://www.duesouthbbq.com/
    Farm House Food @ 285 Ridinger St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 4253. .
    http://www.thefarmhouseonline.com/
    Summit Restaurant @ 95 College St., Christiansburg, VA 540 - 382 - 7218.
    http://www.summitrestaurant.us/

    Three Lil Pigs BBQ @ 120 Kingston Dr., Daleville, VA 540 - 966 - 0165.
    http://www.threelilpigsbbq.com/

    Smokey's BBQ @ 1090 East Main Street, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 9014.
    http://smokeysbbq.com/
    Peking Chinese Restaurant @ 105 Malin Drive, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 5515.
    http://www.pekingva.com/
    C J's Pizza @ 1025 West Lee Highway, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 8448.

    The House on Main @ 231 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 619 - 0039.
    http://houseonmain.com/
    Parks Mill BBQ @ 21405 Parks Mill Rd., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 9191.
    http://parksmill.com/
    Peppermill Restaurant @ 967 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 0530.
    http://www.thepeppermill.com/pmillhome.asp
    Chick N Little @ 401 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 6690.
    Ellis Soda Shoppe and Grill @ 217 West Main St., Abingdon, VA 276 - 623 - 8187.
    http://www.ellissodashoppe.com/
    Wild Flower Bakery and Cafe @ 24443 Lee Hwy., Abingdon, VA 276 - 676 - 4221.

    Cootie Brown's @ 2715 North Roan St., Johnson City, TN 423 - 283 - 4723.
    http://www.cootiebrowns.com/
    Ridgewood BBQ @ 900 Elizabethton Hwy., Bluff City, TN 423 - 538 - 7543.

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    Depending on how you segment, Nashville is a great stop. Hotels on the West End (Church Street addresses) are in the Vanderbilt neighborhood. There is a Holiday Inn, Courtyard, Hampton Inn, and a Marriott. Many restaurants in walking distance.

    If Memphis is a better location, the Germantown area hotels are in a good neighborhood.

    I would avoid staying over in Arkansas if you can avoid. No insult, no safety issues, but most of the freeway exit options are a disappointment.

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    You should make it to Winchester, VA the first day. The Hampton Inn is nice. The GW Hotel is downtown near all the shops and restaurants.

    Hampton Inn @ 1655 Apple Blossom Drive, Winchester, VA 540 - 667 - 8011.
    http://www.hamptoninn.com/en/hp/hotels/index.jhtml?ctyhocn=WNCVAHX
    The George Washington Hotel @ 103 East Piccadilly Street, Winchester, VA 877 - 999 - 3223.
    http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/DCAGW/main.wnt

    Joshua Wilton House is a neat inn and restaurant in Harrisonburg, VA. Inn at Old Virginia in Staunton is neat. The Best Western in Wytheville is a good place for the night. The Martha Washington Hotel in Abingdon, VA is nice also.

    Joshua Wilton House @ 412 South Main St., Harrisonburg, VA 540 - 434 - 4464.
    http://joshuawilton.com/
    Inn at Old Virginia @ 1329 Commerce Road, Staunton, VA 540 - 248 - 4650.
    http://www.innatoldvirginia.com/
    Best Western @ 355 Nye Road, Wytheville, VA 276 - 228 - 7300.
    http://www.wythevilleinn.com/
    Martha Washington Hotel and Spa @ 150 West Main Street, Abingdon, VA 276 - 628 - 3161.
    http://www.marthawashingtoninn.com/

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    Troutdale Bistro is the place for lunch/dinner in Bristol, TN.

    Troutdale Bistro @ 724 State St., Bristol, TN 423 - 989 - 3663.
    http://troutdalebistro.com/

    On E side of I 81 is Dixie Outpost BBQ if you prefer at Exit 69. Go E on # 394 a mile or two then turn left or N on # 126 just a few minutes to Dixie.

    Dixie Outpost BBQ @ 3172 Highway 126, Blountville, TN 423 - 574 - 7447.

    Phil's Dream Pit BBQ is excellent at Exit 67AB near Kingsport, TN. Go E on I 26 just a minute to Exit 10 then go N on Eastern Star Rd. a minute. About 5 minutes off I 81.

    Phil's Dream Pit @ 534 Eastern Star Rd., Kingsport, TN 423 - 349 - 6437.
    http://www.philsdreampit.com

    Before you reach Knoxville, TN you may need to make a road stop. Here's a neat place 30 miles E of Knoxville with good seafood for lunch. If you don't eat you can rest and get a cold drink. Get off I 40 at Exit 417 and go S on Hwy. 92 a couple of miles to Dandridge, TN. This runs into Meeting St. Go 5/6 blocks to Dandridge Seafood Restaurant.

    Dandridge Seafood Restaurant @ 310 East Meeting St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2315. I40/EXIT417.

    I would rather go to Smoky's Steak and BBQ which is one street over on E. Main and before the Dandridge Seafood Restaurant. They have good burgers, salads, etc, Smoky's is a very nice restaurant in an attractive location with outdoor dining on the front porch. Check this link for their menu.

    Smoky's Steak and BBQ @ 149 East Main St., Dandridge, TN 865 - 397 - 2272.
    http://www.smokyssteakandbbq.com/

    At Knoxville get off I 40/75 at Exit 373 on the S side and hit the first street left on Parkside and go about a mile to Smokey Mountrain Brewery for pizza, burgers and steaks.

    Smokey Mountain Brewery @ 11308 Parkside Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 288 - 5500.
    http://www.coppercellar.net/smbSite.shtml

    The folks that own Smokey Mountain own Copper Cellar just N of SM at Exit 380 S of I 40/75 on Parkside also convenient to plenty of shopping and just a minute off I 75. Both places are similar.

    Copper Cellar Restaurant @ 7316 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 865 - 673 - 3422.
    http://www.coppercellar.net/copperSite.shtml

    Litton's is a good family restaurant in Knoxville, TN but it's not convenient to I 40. If you took the I 640 by pass around Knoxville, TN on the N side it's pretty convenient. Get off I 640 at Exit 6 and go N on N Broadway SE to Litton's for good country family food.

    Litton's Market and Restaurant @ 2803 Essary Dr., Knoxville, TN 865 - 688 - 0429.
    http://www.littonburgers.com/

    There's a Hampton Inn at Exit 216B right at the Nashville airport which has free breakfast that will get you headed out of town early the next day. There are more hotels at Exit 219 including Day's Inn which serves free breakfast, Best Western, Country Inn and Suites, Springhill, Wingate and Comfort.

    http://tiny.cc/pkxvp

    Get off I 40 at Exit 1A in Nashville, TN and go back E on West End about a mile and then turn left on 25th Ave. N just past Centennial Park take your 1st right on Elliston and Rotier's is just ahead. Have a great country meal there in one of Nashville's most well liked restaurants serving good seafood, steaks, sandwiches and plain ole good food in great atmosphere. Opens around 10:30 AM for lunch and dinner and closed on Sunday.

    Rotier's Restaurant @ 2413 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 615 - 327 - 9892.
    http://www.rotiers.com/

    There's good country food in Nashville, TN at Exit 204 off I 40. Get off and go right on Robertson Avenue then take your first left on Charlotte Avenue go past the shopping center on your left and take a left on 53rd Avenue N and Wendell Smith's is on your left open for breakfast, lunch and dinner serving good soul and country food. There's a Best Western, Days Inn, Comfort and Baymont back at Robertson where you get back on I 40 if you want to stay there. If you stay in this area you can go back to Wendell Smith's for breakfast.

    Wendell Smith's @ 407 53rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 383 - 7114.

    Get off I 40 at Exit # 80A at Jackson, TN and get off to the right on Hwy. 186/45 then turn into Casey Jones Old Country Store on the right. This is a large complex with Casey Jone's Home and Museum and some shops. The Old Country Store serves a buffet of outstanding country food for breakfast, lunch or dinner and opens at 6:30 AM. There are numerous hotels in the Jackson area on I 40.

    Old Country Store @ 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson, TN 731 - 668 - 1223.
    http://www.caseyjones.com/OldCountryStore/index.html

    If you want to stop in Memphis, TN for BBQ I suggest you go to Cozy Corner BBQ due to it's location close to I 40. Right ebore you cross the Mississippi River get off I 40 at Exit 1B and go N on N Danny Thomas Blvd. Go about 2 blocks and you will pass St. Jude Children's Hospital then take a right on N. Parkway. Go 2 blocks to Cozy Corner for outstanding BBQ.

    Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
    http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/

    If you are interested in spending the night in Memphis and trying good Memphis BBQ. Here are the top choices.

    A & R Bar B Que @ 1802 Elvis Presley Blvd., Memphis, TN. 901 - 774 - 7444.
    http://www.aandrbbq.com/
    BBQ Shop @ 1782 Madison Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1277.
    http://www.dancingpigs.com/
    Central BBQ @ 2249 Central Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 9377.
    Charlie Vergo's Rendezvous @ 52 S. Second St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 523 - 2746.
    http://www.hogsfly.com/
    Cozy Corner @ 745 N. Parkway, Memphis, TN. 901 - 527 - 9158.
    http://www.cozycornerbbq.com/
    Interstate BBQ @ 2265 S. Third St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 775 - 2304.
    http://www.interstatebarbecue.com/
    Neely's BBQ @ 670 Jefferson St., Memphis, TN. 901 - 521 - 9798.
    http://www.neelysbbq.com/
    One and Only BBQ @ 1779 Kirby Pkwy., Memphis, TN 901 - 751 - 3615.
    http://www.oneandonlybbq.com/
    Paynes BBQ @ 1762 Lamar Ave., Memphis, TN. 901 - 272 - 1523.

    The BBQ Shop and One and Only are my favorites but Payne's is famous for their pulled pork sandwich.

    I would stay downtown so you could visit Beale Street. The Peabody is a great hotel downtown but there are more. Go to Gus' for world famous fried chicken.

    If you don't want to deal with the traffic in Memphis, TN take the bypass around Memphis, TN and you won't have to stop in traffic there.

    You may want to taste Memphis style BBQ if you did not stop in Memphis. Stop at Exit 271 off I 40 at Road Side BBQ right on the side of I 40 a few miles W of West Memphis, AR

    Road Side BBQ @ 196 St. Hwy. 147, Procter, AR. 870 - 733 - 9208.

    Get off I40 at Exit 241A/B and go S on North Washington Street in Forrest City, AR to The Ole Sawmill Cafe. It's open for breakfast, lunch or dinner and serves outstanding country food. Get off on the S side of I40 on N Washington and go about 2 blocks to Ole Sawmill Cafe on your right. A good place to stop on I40 is Gene's BBQ and Family Restaurant @ Exit 216 in Brinkley, AR. Get off I40 on the S side on N Main St. and go about half a mile and you will find Gene's on the right serving outstanding country food. There's a lot more than just BBQ so stop by Gene's for sure even if you rest up and get a cold drink. Craig's BBQ in Devall's Bluff, AR is outstanding. Get off I 40 at Exit 183 at Carlisle, AR on Highway 13 and go S to Nick's BBQ in Carlisle, AR. Get off I 40 at Exit 175 at Lonoke, AR and go S on Highway 31 to E 8th Street and go to Pruett's for good BBQ.

    I would not stop in Little Rock, AR unless you just want to. If you need to stop get off I 30 at Exit 133 and go N on Geyser Springs Road to Sim's for good BBQ. At Exit 116 at Benton, AR you will find outstanding road food at Ed & Kay's Restaurant on the N side of I30 for lunch and dinner. On up the road at Arkadelphia, AR you will find good hamburger's at Hamburger Barn or good country food for breakfast or lunch at The Honeycomb Restaurant at Exit 73.

    If you want real family country food then get off I30 at Exit 222 in Texarkana, TX and go to Bryce's Cafeteria for the best home cooked food in America. It's just off I30 at Exit 222 and very convenient.

    One of my favorite road stops is Ramage Farms Country Store at Exit 208 for good road food. The restaurant is an old building just off the N side of I30 and has all sorts of food stuff to purchase to take home. They serve outstanding BBQ, sandwiches, combo plates and steaks. Stop by if just to rest and get a cold drink. It's worth the effort to visit the old store. Stop at Nana's Diner in New Boston, TX.

    Get off I30 at Exit 201 on N Center St. and get a good country meal at Nana's which is right off I30. Get Off I30 at Exit 127 on Shannon Road in Sulphur Springs, TX and go to Burton's Family Restaurant for great road food at breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a typical diner and nothing is fancy about it but the food which is not expensive. It's next to the Best Western and convenient for quick access to I30.

    The Ole Sawmill Cafe @ 2299 N. Washington St., Forrest City, AR 870 - 630 - 2299.
    http://olesawmillcafe.com/
    Gene's Barbecue and Family Restaurant @ 1107 N. Hwy. 17, Brinkley, AR. 870 - 734 - 9965.
    Craig's BBQ @ Rt. 70, Devalls Bluff, AR. 501 - 998 - 2616.
    Nick's Bar B Que @ Hwy. 13 N., Carlisle, AR. 870 - 552 - 3887.
    http://www.nicksbq.com/
    Pruett's Bar B Que @ 108 E. 8th St., Lonoke, AR. 501 - 676 - 2622.
    Sims BBQ @ 7601 Geyer Springs Road, Little Rock, AR 501 - 562 - 8844.
    Ed and Kay's Restaurant @ 15228 Interstate 30 N., Benton, AR 501 - 315 - 3663.
    Hamburger Barn @ 2813 Pine Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 246 - 5556.
    The Honeycomb Restaurant @ 710 Main Street, Arkadelphia, AR 870 - 245 - 2333.
    http://www.honeycombrestaurant.com/
    Bryce's Cafeteria @ 2021 Mall Dr., Texarkana, TX 903 - 792 - 1611.
    http://www.brycescafeteria.com/
    Ramage Farms Country Store @ 901 Main St., Hooks, TX 903 - 547 - 6187.
    http://www.ramagefarms.com/
    Nana's Family Diner @ 1026 North Center St/, New Boston, TX 903 - 628 - 0700.
    Burton's Family Restaurant @ 1505 Shannon Rd E, Sulphur Springs, TX 903 - 885 - 5976.
    http://www.burtonsfamilyrestaurant.com/

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