My wife and I will be doing a road trip, starting in Florida, and hoping to go through North/South Carolina, Memphis, New Orleans, maybe more.
A major part of this trip is focused on home-style cooking, southern food, regional specialities, bbq...things we can't get in Toronto.
However I want to balance it with not JUST food, but unique sights and activities to keep it rounded (and keep my wife interested).
I'm having a tough time deciding between staying a few days in the bigger cities, or stopping off for shorter stays in smaller towns. Friends recommended me to go to Charleston for sure, however looking at some reviews on this board, the restaurants look good but doesn't seem to be what I'm looking for. The kinds of restaurants I'm seeing in Charleston are the kind of stuff we eat in Toronto and I want to concentrate on less refined, home cooking, local food.
Also...georgia...I know absolutely nothing about the region. Atlanta or smaller towns recommended?
Final question for now...North Carolina, is it a must to visit North Carolina in addition to SC? Because just looking at the map, seems like I could avoid some backtracking if I just hit up SC. However, I won't be back in this area for a long time, so I dont' want to miss out on some good bbq, local foods, and sights I won't get anywhere else.