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:

Southern Food Roadtrip Olde Pink House BLT salad


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  • 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.

Savannah 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.

Charleston coleslaw

Normal coleslaw from the pier restaurant in Charleston

Olde Pink House coleslaw

From the Olde Pink House Restaurant in Savannah

Southern Food Roadtrip Poogan's Porch Pimento Cheese Slaw

Pimento Cheese slaw from Poogan’s Porch in Charleston

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Broccoli slaw from Pearlz Oyster House in Charleston

Southern Food Roadtrip coleslaw

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

Southern Food Roadtrip Bin 152 Wine Shop Charleston

Wine shop Bin 152.

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The fun porch swings on the pier

Charleston Pier

Pretty scenery

  • 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!!!

Southern Food Roadtrip Happy Hour at Pearlz

My future Southern traveling plans include going back to Charleston and spending more time in Asheville, possibly going on one more Southern Food Roadtrip!


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8 Responses

  1. courtney says:

    I think another loser was the dijon cole slaw on my buffalo chicken sliders in Columbia. Cole slaw should not be dijon-y! Not sure what my favorites were…but definitely limited to the meals I got to enjoy without a screaming child. 🙂

    • Andrea says:

      I forgot about that one! Probably because I only to pictures of my pimento cheese BLT at that stop. Mmmmm…pimento cheese BLT

  2. Lizzie says:

    Great food and great scenery = sounds like the best trip ever! My mom loves to remind me when I have neglected to blog about something, too, haha.

    Also, did you take any notes during the session about transitioning to blogging full time?! I missed that one – the trampoline thing went a little over and then I forgot to rush over to that. If you have notes (or memories) of any good points that she made, I’d love to hear them!!

  3. What a great trip! Charleston is my favorite… followed closely by Savannah. I live in Asheville though, so that is my true fav!

  4. Lean Lena says:

    Oh I miss Savannah so much! Such a gorgeous place! I hope there’s another FitBloggin’ there one day 🙂
    Thanks for sharing your food adventures with Tasty Tuesday linkup, Andrea 🙂

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