i posted this over in the boards for the south, but much of the trip is midwester, so here we go again:
the sis and i are headed down for a wedding and are making it a 3-day roadtrip. any suggestions for places to stop? the route has not yet been defined -- and i was hoping to do that based on what kind of eats there are (say, in arkansas vs. indiana). we're definitely stopping in nashville for hot chicken, but our primary objective is BBQ, and lots of it. we're big fans of local food, specialties that are particular to a place, and establishments that speak of a particular area.
i've been dying to find these guys in poplar bluff, MO, that jeffrey steingarten wrote about in TMWAE, but i've come to the conclusion that they don't actually own a restaurant or sell their BBQ. does anyone know different? also, it seems like we might find amazing BBQ in murphysboro, IL. seems like we'll actually be missing their cook-off by a week, unfortunately. any ideas on that area as well?
what say you, chowhounds?