The Great Southern Food Roadtrip
My mom informed me that I neglected to write a wrap-up from last week’s Great Southern Food Roadtrip. The reason Courtney and I went South is because 1) I wanted to see Savannah and Charleston, 2) We like food, and 3) Baby Riley needed to meet some of her family.
If you know me in real life you know that I love the Food Network and Travel Channel. It is pretty much the only TV I watch. It is a little strange I love the Food Network considering I don’t cook. The Travel Channel watching makes much more sense. But my favorite shows are the ones that tell you where to go and eat- Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, Man v. Food, The Best Thing I Ever Ate, Bobby Flay’s Throwdown, etc. For this trip we decided to follow these shows through the South to figure out where to eat. The route we took changed depending on the restaurants we wanted to eat at (like Chapel Hill and Asheville)
We ate a lot of good food (and gained a few lbs) on the Southern Food Roadtrip, but these are the favorites:
- Best Restaurant: Poogan’s Porch in Charleston, SC (Giada’s Weekend Getaways) for their delicious biscuits, fried pimento cheese, pork belly, mac and cheese with bacon, and greens.
- Best new food: I’m not a big eater of Southern cuisine. Collard greens were a big surprise- they tasted good at Poogan’s Porch! At the Dillard House (The Best Thing I ever Ate) they were pretty good too. But the winner was the creamed corn at Paula Deen’s restaurant (also on the Best Thing I Ever Ate). I’ve never had creamed corn- soooooo good at The Lady and Sons.
- The Coleslaw Challenge: Courtney decided that she should eat coleslaw at any restaurant that had it to try out the different varieties. She’s new to eating coleslaw so she was learning but I just love coleslaw.
Normal coleslaw from the pier restaurant in Charleston
From the Olde Pink House Restaurant in Savannah
Pimento Cheese slaw from Poogan’s Porch in Charleston
Broccoli slaw from Pearlz Oyster House in Charleston
Normal coleslaw at Dot’s Back Inn in Richmond (Diners, Drive-Ins, and Drives).
All of them were good. There was no clear winner. However there was a loser- Paula Deen’s coleslaw. There was no mayo in it at all. It was strange coming from Paula Deen knowing her love of mayonnaise.
- Favorite City: Charleston, SC
Wine shop Bin 152.
The fun porch swings on the pier
- Best run: Charleston, SC waterfront (tie) Cleveland, GA lakes and hills
There are no pictures of the places I ran because I have not yet become quite the crazy blogger that brings her camera everywhere. The Charleston run was great because it was a dedicated sidewalk to runners and walkers right next to the water that goes by parks and a lot of old houses.
My hilly run in Cleveland, GA was great too- I saw deer, a pretty lake, there was cool mountain air, no cars. The hills were bad, the scenery was great.
Overall we had a great time. The drives were a little boring in places but the stops made it worth it. Southern food is good!!!
My future Southern traveling plans include going back to Charleston and spending more time in Asheville, possibly going on one more Southern Food Roadtrip!