Taking a group of California high school students on a road trip from New Orleans to Memphis in April. Not worried about New Orleans, but I need ideas for meals for the rest of the trip. My goal is to avoid chains entirely and concentrate on local specialties. I also need to keep costs down (the kids need to be able to find decent options at $5-7 for lunch, and around $10 for dinner). The biggest challenge is that a handful of the students do not eat meat.
Here is our basic itinerary:
Monday/Tuesday: New Orleans
Tuesday Afternoon: Laura Plantation
Tuesday Night: Stay in Vicksburg
Wednesday Morning: Drive to Helena to visit Delta Cultural Center
Wednesday Afternoon: Drive to Indianola to visit the BB King Museum
Wednesday Night: Drive to Memphis (with possible stop in Clarksdale)
I do realize that our Wednesday Itinerary is a bit crazy, and involves lots of retracing of our steps. While it would make more sense to do Indianola in the morning before heading to Helena and Clarksdale, I'd really like to be at the Delta Cultural Center at lunchtime for King Biscuit Time.
My greatest needs are ideas for:
1. dinner in Vicksburg. (Will we have better luck if we take 55 to Jackson and eat dinner there before heading to Vicksburg?)
2. quick take-away lunch in Helena before or after King Biscuit Time.
3. dinner in Clarksdale or elsewhere on the way into Memphis. (How is the food at Ground Zero? They seem a bit more veg friendly than most, though still not very.)
Last time I took students to Memphis the Arcade worked well for us. Though there is great debate about the Rendezvous, I expect we'll return there (They're one of the few barbecue options with a meat free Red Beans and Rice, they also offer a Greek Salad, and I will cry if I don't get to have the Lamb Riblets) I'm very open to other ideas.