Will be staying in Sarasota for a month and a half, of which 1.5 weeks or so will be dedicated to a road trip. The rough plan is to drive from sarasota and hit up South Carolina, North carolina, Memphis, new Orleans...not sure where else yet.
The goal is to eat a lot of regional foods, home cooking type meals, southern food, things that we don't get up in Canada. We are not typically looking for high end/refined unless it really is something special then I'll consider it. I like that food, its just that I have a lot of that in Toronto already.
Since sarasota is a bit down low on the peninsula, we'll probably be stopping and staying overnight somewhere close to the northern border on the way out (and somewhere else on the way in). Any recommendations on where to stop to eat and sleep based on our theme? Open to big city or small town to get us started on our trip!