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Favorite road trip food finds

IMG_1119This past weekend I had a family obligation that prompted me to hop in the car for a day trip, driving over 5 hours each way to and from Florence, Alabama. While I had a pretty full schedule once I arrived, I knew there was one detour that I had to make: Bunyan’s BBQ.

Having been in business for over 50 years, the menu at Bunyan’s is pretty standard BBQ fare, and generally nothing so special that it would merit a side-trip. However, there is one dish at Bunyan’s whose equal I have yet to find: their spicy slaw.

Steeped in a vinegary hot sauce, this bright-orange slaw is beyond addicting. I hate the overused food-as-a-drug simile, but this stuff really is like crack. It goes well on absolutely everything, but I’ve been known to just fill a bowl with it and take it to the face by itself. While I waited in line to order my 1.5 gallons that I carted home, I overheard the guy in front of me explain that he was from Maine and had driven 2 hours out of his way just to get some of this slaw.

This got me thinking. If I was only looking at a 2 hour drive, I would totally sacrifice 4-5 hours of my day to drive to Florence just to go to Bunyan’s for more of that addictive slaw.

Now that summer is upon us, many of us have some road trips in our near future. What is the furthest out of your way that you have gone for a food item that you can’t get here in town, and what is it?

- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog

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Bubb

June 15th, 2011
1:32 pm

Dalton to Nashville for Prince’s hot chicken.

PJ

June 15th, 2011
1:38 pm

Dogma in Miami – we were always visiting my husband’s grandmother in South Miami, nowhere near the location of this hot dog stand, but we always made the detour over there, adding 60-75 minutes of driving time (which is quite a bit with young children). Best hot dogs, garlic fries & mint lemonade – all totally worth the extra effort.

Hungry Gringo

June 15th, 2011
2:34 pm

Washington DC to Rehoboth Beach, Delaware – only 3 hours each way to be drinking Dogfish Head IPA straight from the brewery.

Art

June 15th, 2011
3:57 pm

5 1/2 hours each way to get North Carolina barbecue from Lexington BBQ #1. They also have a red slaw that’s really good on their pulled pork sandwiches. I go at least twice a year.

Liz

June 15th, 2011
4:39 pm

On our way home from Dallas to Atlanta, we took a detour through New Orleans for beneighs.

BFellows

June 15th, 2011
5:55 pm

It’s called barbecue slaw. They have it at the incredible aforementioned BBQ #1 in Lexington and many other places that serve ‘lexington style’ or ‘western NC style’ bbq.

AL

June 15th, 2011
9:04 pm

I have looked all over Atlanta for a slaw like theirs but no luck:(. I haven’t had their spicy slaw in years and will have to make a detour next time I’m in Florence. Have you tried Trowbridge’s pimento cheese sandwich, chili dog, or ice cream??? It’s fantastic and we try to make it by there every year when visiting family.

redhousecat

June 15th, 2011
9:54 pm

I love traveling to South Carolina coast for some real low country boil.

Tim

June 15th, 2011
10:51 pm

Is Chicken Comers still in Phenix City? I ate there a couple of times and didn’t know if I liked it or not but 2 days later I was craving it!

C C

June 16th, 2011
12:49 am

While on an epic trip with 3 friends from Atlanta to Alaska and back (seriously) in 1992, we changed our route to include a trip to the Marysville House in Montana, for a truly awesome steak dinner.

A friend of mine is a private pilot, and he wanted to fly somewhere one Saturday last December. So we flew to Birmingham, to get Classic Cuban sandwiches at the new Kool Korners there. Yes!

Chuck Snow

June 16th, 2011
12:55 am

It’s a 10 1/2 hour drive to get to Maria’s Smoke house on Ft myers Beach Florida,but Allow me to assure you it’s worth every mile. The fried Shrimp and Flounder are fantastic. And 2 blocks up the street Is Maria’s Cajun restaurant, Just as good as Gumbeaux’s in Douglasville and the Shrimp Gumbo is 700 miles fresher, Don’t miss it .

C C

June 16th, 2011
12:57 am

Think I’ll drive back to Bham for another Cuban soon… Highly recommended!

majiesto

June 16th, 2011
6:06 am

Enter your comments here
Vegas is the closes to Atlanta for the best hamburgers in the world. IN & OUT!!!

InNOut

June 16th, 2011
11:25 am

there is an In & Out in SLC

Sarabelle

June 16th, 2011
3:23 pm

Woohoo! Florence is my hometown and I grew up eating Bunyan’s bbq. Haven’t found any better and I’ve searched high and low. Can’t wait to go home for the 4th and get some :o )

Miles

June 16th, 2011
3:41 pm

I live around the corner from Bunyan’s. It is the best slaw I have ever eaten. Great on their BBQ and Slaw Dogs!

Art

June 16th, 2011
6:04 pm

@Miles, we’ll all be over in about 5 hours… Get the beers cold!!! ;>)

Dave Nichols

June 16th, 2011
11:14 pm

Don’t forget Dick Howell’s. It’s the bbq there. We always go through Dothan when Dobb’s bbq is open. For great eating, Lydia’s in Butte Montana!

th

June 20th, 2011
10:39 am

I would drive to Asheville, NC for the MLT (portobello mushroom, lettuce & fried green tomato) sandwich and smoked potato salad at 12 Bones BBQ. It is awesome!!