TASTY TRAVELS: This road leads to dinner's delights

By Carlie Kollath/NEMS Daily Journal

If it worked with the blues, why not with food?

Mississippi launched a new avenue for tourism when it created its ever-growing Blues Trail, a series of markers that pay homage to the state’s musical heritage.

Now, tourism officials hope to build on another tradition with culinary trails, aimed at luring visitors to see, feel and taste the state’s iconic fare.

Inspired by such efforts, we at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal have created food trails of our own to spotlight the flavors of the region.

We solicited eatery recommendations from tourism officials, economic developers, Journal readers, co-workers, friends, family members and anyone else who enjoys food.

The result is a culinary tourism series called Tasty Travels. Over the next three months, we’ll feature six food trails focusing on blue plate lunches, catfish, barbecue, burgers, big breakfasts and desserts.

The trails highlight eateries that excel in the particular food topic and provide diners with a unique and memorable experience.

The stories, which will run through mid-August, will appear in Business and Food sections.

We’re interested in your feedback about the trails. If you visit one of the stops, tell us about it on NEMS360.com. Send digital pictures of your dining experiences to carlie.kollath@djournal.com.

Think we left out a stop on a trail? Tell us on NEMS360.com.

MORE TASTY TRAILS COVERAGE

Click here for Culinary Cruising – Tourism industry to kick off project
Blue Plate lunches

Click here for Blue Plate Specials – Six places to get a good meat and three.

Click here for FORKS IN THE ROAD May 31, 2009 – Northeast Mississippi is packed with places to get a good blue plate lunch. Here are some other eateries that were nominated.

Click here for story on Martha’s Menu in Corinth with ‘meat and three’ for $5
Catfish
Click here for Tasty Travels: Catfish

Click here for Forks in the Road: Catifsh

Click here for catfish stops in Northeast Mississippi.

Click here for Mississppi Landmark – Taylor Grocery.
Barbecue
Click here for barbecue in Northeast Mississippi.

Click here to read about barbecue stops.

Click here for Forks in the Road: Barbecue

Click here for Barbecue and More about Bar-B-Q by Jim.
Burger
Click here for FORKS IN THE ROAD July 12 – Burgers.

Click here for Burger stops in Northeast Mississippi.

Click here for Slugburger part of Northeast Mississippi.

Breakfast

Click here for breakfast getting more attention.

Click here for six Big breakfast stops

Click here for breakfast Forks in the Road.

A Starkville institution: Starkville Cafe.

Desserts

Desserts come in many forms

Dessert Forks in the Road

Click here for story on Cafe’ Memories in Iuka.

You eat too, so tell us what you think. Comment below to tell us what you think or start a blog and do your own food travels right here at NEMS360.com. The travels have ended. Thanks for reading.