I am so excited to be traveling through this gorgeous part of the country for the first time --- driving from Austin to Louisville, KY to sing with Kentucky Opera. We're planning on making it to Memphis or possibly Jackson on Day One, We're looking for a good, hot, relaxing dinner at a nice local restaurant., no chains, vegetarian friendly (seafood is fine); also a good breakfast rec along I40. And although it's not chow, if anyone can offer suggestions for decent hotels in Memphis or Jackson, I'd appreciate it. We're only going to be stopping over one night, so we're not looking to stay someplace fancy like the Peabody; just a good value, comfortable, quiet, and clean.
I'll be in Louisville for a month and we'll be celebrating our 11th anniversary there, so I would love recommendations for a vegetarian-friendly yet upscale place to have a celebratory dinner. In fact, any recs about local sights and eateries will be much appreciated. Thank you!