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The Ultimate Foodie’s Road Trip to The Deep South

If there are two things that all Americans love, it’s road trips and food. Heading to the Deep South is on the bucket list for many. But with such a huge area to cover, it can be difficult to embark on a road trip without a clear objective. Luckily, there is an answer to this problem. Simply call it a culinary adventure and head to all the spots that offer the best food in the country.

Why Is a Road Trip Better Than Flying?

Foodie trips have long been associated with flying. Jetting off to places like Paris and Rome to experience the world-renowned dishes that have put these cities on the map was a pre-COVID luxury. But it doesn’t always have to be about getting on a plane and flying thousands of miles. Indeed, driving across the incredibly varied American landscape is 10 times more enlightening than being up in the clouds. This is why the new foodie adventure could be a road trip. And what better place to head in the states than the Deep South?

What Are Your Rights if Flights Are Canceled?

Of course, you may be someone reading this in another country. In that case, you’ll need to fly to get to the U.S. and then set off on a road trip. If so, Flightright encourages travelers to make sure they know their rights before flying. If flights are canceled, you are entitled to a ticket refund or a replacement flight. It’s naturally important to know your rights, and sites such as this list these details clearly. In this case, you’d need to ask the airline to write down the reason for the cancellation. It would also be beneficial to gather some evidence such as expense receipts. By getting comfortable with these steps in advance, you can set off on your holiday with much greater peace of mind.

Key Locations You Must Visit

Photo of Duck and Andouille Gumbo courtesy of Chef Brian Landry. Get the recipe here.

There is heated debate about where the best food in the Deep South hails from, but there are a few spots that most people would agree on. Louisiana should definitely be on the itinerary because this is where some of the most iconic American cuisines can be found. Dishes like gumbo, boudin, beignets and, of course, the famous jambalaya. Lafayette, in the heart of Cajun Country, may be the best city to visit to get an authentic foodie experience.

The next stop on the road trip should be Memphis, Tennessee, which is famous for its Southern barbecue. If you find yourself down there, you simply must eat as many ribs as you can. The slow-cooked delights can be found with dry or wet rubs, and each restaurant has its own unique blend of herbs and spices. Central BBQ is renowned for being one of the top restaurants for enjoying succulent ribs.

Shrimp and grits courtesy of Discover South Carolina.

From Memphis, you could head up to Nashville for some biscuits and hot chicken or jump over to Mississippi for the best soul food in the world. The Gulf Coast of Alabama is renowned for its seafood, while the classic dish of shrimp and grits hails from South Carolina.

Of course, this guide has barely scratched the surface. In fact, it should merely serve as a starting point to get you excited about planning a road trip to the Southern states.

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