Go off the ‘eaten’ path

Travel through the South with great recipes from eateries in “Southern Living’s Off the Eaten Path: Second Helpings” by Morgan Murphy.

The author visited restaurants based on word-of-mouth recommendations through 16 states from Texas to Maryland and chronicled 150 recipes. Want an idea of a great place to roadtrip? This book will give you some ideas of not only where to eat, but also several hotels and resorts to check out.

The book is divided into six chapters. From the West covers restaurants in Texas, Oklahoma and Missouri. Across the Middle covers those in Arkansas, Tennessee, Kentucky and West Virginia. To the Gulf covers Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi. Around the Bend is Florida, Georgia and South Carolina. Up the Coast is North Carolina, Virginia, District of Columbia and Maryland. And Where to Rest Your Head is recommended places to sleep.

The book is filled with photos of not only the recipe, but the restaurant and the area it comes from, as well as bit of background about the restaurant. There’s also recommended soundtracks for your road trip!

From the West opens up with Chocolate Cream Pie from the Coffee Shop Cafe in McGregor, Texas; Indian Fry-Bread Tacos from the Rock Cafe in Stroud, Okla.; Sweet Lemon-Pecan Linguine from Abigail’s in Rocheport, Missouri, to name a few.

Across the Middle has Kickin’ Chicken Sandwiches from Godsey’s Grill in Jonesboro, Ark., Skillet Cornbread from the Farmer’s Daughter in Chuckey, Tenn., Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes from the Courthouse Cafe in Whitesburg, Ky., and Feliz Navidogs from Hillbilly Hot Dogs in Lesage, W.Va., and Grape Pie from Pies & Pints in Fayetteville, W.Va.

To the Gulf has recipes for Greek Chicken from Niki’s West in Birmingham, Ala., Pimiento Cheese Burgers from Blow Fly Inn in Gulfport, Miss., and Crawfish Etouffee from Kartchner’s Grocery and Specialty Meats in Krotz Springs, La.

Around the Bend has dishes like Red Velvet Cake from the Bubble Room Restaurant in Captiva Island, Fla., Fried Green Tomatoes from Chicken and the Egg in Marietta, Ga., and Lump Crab Cakes from Bowens Island in Charleston, S.C.

Up the Coast has recipes like Peach Brulee from The Admiral in Asheville, N.C., Bacon and Blue Cheese Dip from Bayou Bakery Coffee Bar & Eatery in Arlington, Va., Corned Beef Hash from Tune Inn in Washington, D.C., and Marinated Turkey Breast from Cafe Hon in Baltimore (where Chef Ramsay went in Kitchen Nightmares.)

Part travelogue, part recipe book and all fun, this is a cookbook to page through.

“Second Helpings” is published by Oxmoor House. It is $22.95.

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