I attended a great civil rights bus tour of the south, focusing upon the Freedom Riders of 1961. I searched Chowhound and asked for advice. Here a couple notes on what I found. With as group of 30, it was often difficult to get in and out in a timely manner.
The Windsor Hotel in Americus, GA had decent food, but it took two hours to pay our bills.
Up the Creek in Atlanta appeared to be a chain, and tasted like one. Not bad, not great, reasonable prices. when a server spilled a pitcher of water, my video camera was nearlt snuffed out. I managed to dry it off, but my shorts wewren't so lucky. I was just thankful taht it was water and not sweet tea.
With little time, Nashville did not provide an decent eats, as we just rushed to a bar downtown.
In Anniston, AL, we were welcomes at Mt. Zion Baptist with open arms, and were just as welcome at La Mama's for lunch. Mama's opened especially for us that Sunday, offering fried chicken, fried pork chops, baked chicken, and some excellent sides. Our hgungry party was very happy. A nice buffet and drinks for $10 apiece.
In Montgomery AL, Martha's Place offered great soul food at rock bottom price. Just $5.50 for entree, 2 sides, drink and dessert. Service was good, and food was filling and excellent.
Too bad Martha's was so rich, people werenm't hungry for Jubilee Seafood that night. Perhaps it was a blessing--- Jubilee is much more expensive than i was led to believe by the owner. One member of our party ordered two crab cakes as an appetizer: over $30 after tip. For a bunch of graduate students, Jubilee wsas far out of their price range. The food, however, was very good.
In Birmingham Big Bert's BBQ, a new place in the historic business district, fit the bill while we were on the fly. The rib tips were disappointing, but the ribs themselves were good. So little meat on the tips, I ordered half a rack to fill me up. Bert himself is big, and a real character. Lots of fun. The BBQ was very good, but not great. I make better ribs at home, but it was wonderful to have some real smoked meat after a couple improvised disappointments in Nashville.
The Downtowner is Selma, AL was a real treat, usual southern food done very well, with fast service and good prices. One of my faves. Baked apple was sweet and a great side.
The Pines in Troy was capable, good steak, seafood and chicken dishes.
thanks to all for your input. I arranghed all the food except that in Atlanta and Nashville. someone else from the group recommended Bert's in Birmingham.