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Old 06-10-2013, 10:25 AM   #21
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One more suggestion:

Your route will likely take you through Jefferson, TX a former steamboat port up the Big Cypress River from New Orleans. If so, I highly recommend Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar located downtown.

The cornbread sandwiches are absolutely delicious. Really.

If you have the chance, be sure to take a peek at nearby Caddo Lake:
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:59 AM   #22
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Well if you are into gambling, you could go through Louisiana or Oklahoma and stop at a Casino. Also, recommend staying off Houston's expressways during rush hours

Our weather guy said last night that the humidity streaming from the gulf is about to go way up, so I definitely agree with anti-perspirant comments.
No gambling, and the expressway waring is appreciated.

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One more gastronomical opportunity along near the suggested Google Maps route: David Beard's Catfish Village

I recommend the all-you-can-eat boneless fillets...
Ate my share and then some of Ohio river catfish, so I'll leave the rest for the catfish gourmets.

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Don't forget that great Texas restaurant chain, Whataburger.

Just remember that the Whataburger comes with mustard. If you want mayonnaise you will have to tell them.
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+1 on the whataburger

A good site for road trip advice is the Road Trip forum on Trip Advisor
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I like Trip Advisor and didn't know of the road trips forum. Great tip. We'll keep whataburger in mind, although DW doesn't eat much cow.

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In Saint Louis. the area known as 'the hill' [in the old days it was Dago Hill] has excellent style of Italian-American food known as 'St. Louis Style Italian'. Particulars include, a specific dinner salad St. Louis Specialties - Great Plains - Chowhound , toasted ravioli TOASTED RAVIOLI, THE SECRET OF ST. LOUIS - NYTimes.com and a pizza St. Louis-style pizza - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia . Also unique to the STL area is the meat ravioli (supposedly from combining Germans with Italian food) St. Louis Hill Meat Ravioli | Spectacularly Delicious

There also is a St. Louis Style BBQ St. Louis-style barbecue - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia , but while good, Memphis is better. In STL, go with the Italian food.

At the very end of this article is a section titled "Restaurants That Set the Table for St. Louis Italian and the Five Men Who Made Them Succeed" that are really classic St. Louis places. The Best Italian Restaurants in St. Louis - St. Louis Magazine - August 2012 - St. Louis, Missouri
Another good idea, as I've never been in St Louis.

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Since retiring we've never been at home in Houston in July. We'll be in France otherwise we'd have been happy to throw an alligator on the barbie and have a few brews in the ice box for you
Wait a minute. I've seen all those warnings about Texas, and they never included gators (for example, here ). I've eaten it, never on the grill, but am very open minded when it comes to food, especially when beer is involved.
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Wait a minute. I've seen all those warnings about Texas, and they never included gators (for example, here ). I've eaten it, never on the grill, but am very open minded when it comes to food, especially when beer is involved.
The Texas Gulf coast definitely has its share of gators


A few months after we arrived I read a news item about a guy who arrived home from work and opened his garage door from within his car to find a large alligator inside. Scary thing was that he hadn't noticed it when he had left that morning.
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Michael, keep your eyes peeled when you are here...

http://www.khou.com/news/local/Allig...209195841.html
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One more suggestion:

Your route will likely take you through Jefferson, TX a former steamboat port up the Big Cypress River from New Orleans. If so, I highly recommend Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar located downtown.

The cornbread sandwiches are absolutely delicious. Really.

If you have the chance, be sure to take a peek at nearby Caddo Lake:
+1 on Caddo Lake. You can go to Uncertain, TX (if you can find it!) and take a paddlewheel type boat sightseeing tour of the lake. There are several local businesses that do the tours. I've spent hundreds of hours fishing on Caddo, & it's a natural beauty. I've also fished & boated miles up the Big Cypress Bayou/River, which is the main tributary feeding Caddo Lake.
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+1 on Caddo Lake. You can go to Uncertain, TX (if you can find it!) and take a paddlewheel type boat sightseeing tour of the lake. There are several local businesses that do the tours. I've spent hundreds of hours fishing on Caddo, & it's a natural beauty. I've also fished & boated miles up the Big Cypress Bayou/River, which is the main tributary feeding Caddo Lake.
Are you sure?

That place name ranks right up there with Intercourse, PA and Dildo, NL.

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Well if you are into gambling, you could go through Louisiana or Oklahoma and stop at a Casino. Also, recommend staying off Houston's expressways during rush hours

Our weather guy said last night that the humidity streaming from the gulf is about to go way up, so I definitely agree with anti-perspirant comments.
We have six riverboat casinos right here in Bossier City & Shreveport (where I'm typing this from) ready & willing to take all the hard-earned money you're willing to donate! The newest one, Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville is scheduled to open any day now. It sits on the banks of the Red River on the Bossier side of the river, next to Bass Pro Shops & the Louisiana Boardwalk (shopping, dining, large movie theatre etc). Nice place to spend an afternoon.

Also, if you're interested, horse racing (with betting) is going on right now at Louisiana Downs in Bossier City.
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That place name ranks right up there with Intercourse, PA and Dildo, NL.

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One more suggestion:

Your route will likely take you through Jefferson, TX a former steamboat port up the Big Cypress River from New Orleans. If so, I highly recommend Kitt's Kornbread Sandwich and Pie Bar located downtown.

The cornbread sandwiches are absolutely delicious. Really.

If you have the chance, be sure to take a peek at nearby Caddo Lake:
My wife and I went over here in the late 70s. Her cousin was a sheriff somewhere near there and we were visiting him. We stayed at a really old hotel, I think named the Jefferson Hotel. Fascinating history, and I agree that Caddo Lake is a very interesting place. Lot of Belle Époque history over there. Great place for Goths.

We were on our way to Louisiana Downs in Bossier City. The whole way from Jefferson to Bossier City was great.

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Went on this FREE boat tour a few months ago in Htown.

Right price, right time.

Sam Houston Boat Tour | The Port of Houston Authority

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If one had asked a Beaumonter on January 1, 1901, what big news of recent months had most interested him, he would have said the great Galveston hurricane of September 8, or the dawning of a new century. If one had asked him on January 10, he would have said the great gusher at Spindletop - a salt dome about three miles south of Beaumont. Dubbed "The Lucas Gusher," the oil discovery on Spindletop Hill changed the economy of Texas and helped to usher in the petroleum age. Read more.
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Wait a minute. I've seen all those warnings about Texas, and they never included gators (for example, here ). I've eaten it, never on the grill, but am very open minded when it comes to food, especially when beer is involved.
There were always plenty of cajun and creole restaurants in Houston, but there seem to be even more since 100,000 or so former New Orleans residents settled here after Katrina. The good ones will serve you all the favorites: alligator, crawfish, shrimp, boudin, jambalaya, etouffee, etc.

If you take the Caddo Lake route, I recommend the real deal in cajun country along I-10 in southwest Louisiana. Food places on every corner in Lake Charles, Lafayette and bunch of tiny towns in between.

I found a couple of Lake Charles food and music festival listings for late July:
26th Annual Cajun Food and Music Festival - Lake Charles Events Calendar & Festivals - Lake Charles Louisiana Convention & Visitors Bureau
Marshland Festival, Cajun & Zydeco Festival, Lake Charles Louisiana Civic Center
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Went on this FREE boat tour a few months ago in Htown.

Right price, right time.

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+1. It is impressive like any port is, but the close-up views of huge petrochemical plants will probably leave even more of an impression.

If you take the tour before the wedding, you'll have a great conversation starter with the other guests. Most Houstonians don't know the tour exists, and even fewer have been on it.
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St Louis is a bit out of your way going to Houston, but is worth a visit anytime. It is an easy weekend trip from Chicago,with tons of free and inexpensive attractions. If you end up going that way I would have a lot more recommendations for you.
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Wife's a native Texan & is a fan of Whataburger. I'm not crazy about it, but I do stop in now & then for a honey-buttered chicken biscuit on the way to work sometimes.
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I had a Whataburger today and I got my senior discount without asking for it.
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Wife's a native Texan & is a fan of Whataburger. I'm not crazy about it, but I do stop in now & then for a honey-buttered chicken biscuit on the way to work sometimes.

Whataburger is good for fast food.... but I would not put it up there to recommend someone wanting to eat at a nice place...

It IS fast food.... and it IS NOT a gourmet burger....
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If Whataburger is a no go, we do have the renowned In and Out Burger in North Texas, and if your DW does not like COW, there is always Babes Chicken in Roanoke, TX.
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