My buddy from high school just graduated from Duke Law School and has to drive his car back to Southern California (where we're from). So of course I'm joining him on a good ol' fashioned American road trip! We're leaving from Durham this Friday, August 7th, and are going to end up in San Diego (where I am). Now we need breakfast, lunch, and (possibly late) dinner recommendations for the trip! FYI, I'm cross posting this thread on the "South" board too.
We have some specific stops planned, and thus cities for which we need good food recs. I'm looking for local food, preferably unique to the city/region, and/or representative of what locals eat. So I'm thinking soul food and BBQ are necessities, for example. Really good red beans and rice? Favored fried chicken? Is Tex-Mex any good at all?? Regional/small chains are acceptable in this case, I think.
So here they are, and the approximate meal we need:
Atlanta, GA - Lunch
Montgomery, AL - Breakfast, Dinner
New Orleans, LA - Lunch
Beaumont, TX - Breakfast, Dinner
Austin, TX - Lunch
Ozona, TX - Dinner (and Breakfast anywhere nearby that area to the west)
Tucson, AZ - Lunch
Ideas so far:
-Wishbone Cafe in Montgomery for dinner (not breakfast, since it's east of the city).
-Felix's or Parkway Bakery in New Orleans for oysters and po boys.
-Patillo's Bar-BQ in Beaumont.
-Ruby's or Trudy's in Austin.
That's all I've come up from my research so far. In case you're wondering, I don't have anything for Atlanta yet because I've seen so many recommendations that I have no idea where to go. Any help would be greatly appreciated!