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Stu
01-16-2009, 23:29
In a couple of weeks I'm going to leave Northern Arkansas en route to Panama City FL. My route will take me through Memphis, across Northern Mississippi, and Birmingham. Are there any good liquor stores anywhere along that route? Although I suffer from Whiskirexia (as diagnosed by Dr. Cowdery) the cure has not yet been found so I'm still looking for new bottles. If you know a good store that you've already picked over for bourbon, tell me about it anyway, because I'm also into malts, cognacs, etc. This is a fun trip so if you have any suggestions of other things to see or do along the way, I'd appreciate that as well.

luv2hunt
01-17-2009, 10:40
Stu,

Don't know what you'll find along the way, but I spent a week last summer in Panama City at Anna's softball nationals. The liquor stores had the "usual" bourbon selection, no dusties, and no gotta have it top shelf bottles either. I didn't look at scotch.

It was July....it was hot.....we were drinking "fru-fru" sweet stuff! The Barefoot Beach Club was a nice walk down the beach from us. They make some kick ass pina coladas and rum runners in a cup you get to keep! I had WAY TOO MANY OF THOSE one night!!! Their food there isn't the best though.....but they did have the best drinks and drink service on the beach! (There was a place closer to us, but their walk up bar service sucked!) We stayed at the Flamingo.....should have been called the Dumpingo!

Dawn

Oh, and the best place we ate at was a little resturaunt under a viadock.....gosh, I'll ask someone what the name of it was! Best meal and great serving sizes at a non chain dining place. It was a short drive and WELL worth it! We asked the hotel staff where the locals go to eat and it was one she liked!

ratcheer
01-17-2009, 12:06
IMHO, there won't be anything good to check out after Memphis and before Florida. I am unfamiliar with Memphis, but I would imagine they have stores worth looking into. I am almost certain there would be nothing in northeast Mississipi, and I'm sure there's nothing in Alabama.

Tim

MJL
01-17-2009, 14:04
You guys are worse than gun collectors. Come to think of it I reckon I know some of you from my other life as a gun collector.

To explain to the non-collectors of guns out there I am talking about how close to the chest collectors keep their cards regarding potential honey pots. It has been my experience that they only talk about places among VERY close friends and only talk publicly about a place AFTER it has been plucked clean of bargains.

All that said I have no advice other than to make room and time to take in Memphis BBQ. My personal favorite place in Memphis for BBQ is a place called Central BBQ. They have an on-line presence and you can check their address via goggle. Their dry rubbed ribs are not to be missed. Do yourself a favor and order two racks when you walk in. You will be eating two racks so you might as well get them before you sit down. They are that good. Do not, repeat, DO NOT miss the BBQ in Memphis.

mozilla
01-18-2009, 12:46
Tennessee is the only place that you might find dusties other than Florida. Mississippi and Alabama are both controll states and more than likely won't keep stock that long. Can you find some bargains in those states...Yes. They do list their sale list on their ABC sites. So, check those out before you go and maybe you can stock up on a favorite label.
I would suggest heading through Louisiana and checking some of their stores, if you get the chance.

craigthom
01-18-2009, 12:53
Last time I was in Panama City Beach I went to that bar with the big fake shark out front. During happy hour they had Apalachicola oysters for a dime a piece. I didn't check out the bourbon selection, since I consider beer to tbe the appropriate beverage for oysters.

barturtle
01-18-2009, 12:53
I have picked up many dusties in Mississippi, they don't have state run stores, just a state run distiribution, so there is no state-wide clearance of bottles like a state with ABC-run stores, they just gather dust on the store owners shelves.

mozilla
01-18-2009, 12:57
Ah! Thank you very much, Timothy. I will have to check them out the next trip through.

Stu
01-18-2009, 15:50
Many thanks to all for the advice.

Dawn, we'll be staying with an old high school buddy and his lady who live in Indy and have a winter home in Panama City Beach. They may know the restaurant under the viaduct. If you can think of the name send me a pm please.

MJL, I teach a tax course in West Memphis and their idea of fine dining is McDonald's. I usually go to Memphis to eat and I've tried two different B-B-Q joints and was disappointed both times. I've never tried Central so I'll give them a try the next time I'm there. I was raised in Southern Indiana and now live in the Arkansas Ozarks, so to me B-B-Q is marinated in sauce for a couple of days then the sauce cooked in over hickory smoke. Both of the places I tried had ribs dripping with sauce. (I confess to loving a Texas mesquite smoked brisket however.)

I've done some scouring in Memphis in the evenings and the best liquor store I've found so far is Walgreens in West Memphis.

Craig, at a dime each, I know what I'll be having for lunch every day! I'll look for the shark. (I agree on beer with oysters).

Timothy, I won't be on interstate through Mississippi, so every time I see a good looking store I'll stop "on the come".

I look forward to seeing some of you in April at the gazebo.

J.W.
01-18-2009, 15:53
Hi Stu,
I live in North Ms. It is a Bourbon desert. I am guessing you will be travling hwy 78, The only thing that comes to mind is Saltillo Liquor & Wine. Just north of the hwy 78 & 45 intersection. He has a small but good selection. I think I saw a dusty Old Fitz, Hancock,and a couple more that escapes me at the moment. If you want Email me and I'll give you exact directions.

Have a save trip.
J.W.

Skunk
01-18-2009, 15:54
This is non-specific advice, but to anyone dusty hunting try a google map search of the place you're holidaying or passing through, and in 'search nearby' type liquor. Invaluable for scouring cities...

doubleblank
01-18-2009, 16:08
Stu....I'll second the recommendation for Central BBQ in Memphis. Wade and I stopped there on a road trip to Bardstown last April. I had a pork sandwich and their beans are great too.

TN has some dusties as does MS. Tim Sousley covered both areas pretty good but I think there are a few remaining, particularly scotch.

Drive safe.

Randy

luv2hunt
01-18-2009, 19:39
Stu,
I asked my other softball buddies and we think the resturaunt was called the "Docks" or "Dockside...something". Sorry, none of us remember for sure, but really, it had the BEST food! I had some kind of grouper and spinach dish and it was awesome!
I also liked the Raggie Jay's or Raggie Something resturaunt. Again, great grouper dish and I LOVED the sweet potatoe fries! It was by the shopping mall.
Pineapple Pete's....or something like that was good....get their specialty, which was BBQ ribs. It was good.
I was not impressed with the long wait and average food at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. The pitcher of margarita's however....very good!
Have a safe trip!! Hi to Bernadette!
Dawn

Stu
01-19-2009, 08:00
Stu,
I asked my other softball buddies and we think the resturaunt was called the "Docks" or "Dockside...something". Sorry, none of us remember for sure, but really, it had the BEST food! I had some kind of grouper and spinach dish and it was awesome!
I also liked the Raggie Jay's or Raggie Something resturaunt. Again, great grouper dish and I LOVED the sweet potatoe fries! It was by the shopping mall.
Pineapple Pete's....or something like that was good....get their specialty, which was BBQ ribs. It was good.
I was not impressed with the long wait and average food at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. The pitcher of margarita's however....very good!
Have a safe trip!! Hi to Bernadette!
Dawn

Thanks again Dawn. Best to you and John.

Stu
01-19-2009, 08:10
Stu....I'll second the recommendation for Central BBQ in Memphis. Wade and I stopped there on a road trip to Bardstown last April. I had a pork sandwich and their beans are great too.

TN has some dusties as does MS. Tim Sousley covered both areas pretty good but I think there are a few remaining, particularly scotch.

Drive safe.

Randy

Following Tim (or you) on a bourbon hunt would be like trying to find corn in a pig's trough! The nice thing is you both share your treasures generously. A B-B-Q place recommended by a shooter and endorsed by you and Wade has to be good. I'll give it a try. Thanks Randy, see you in April.

Stu

unclebunk
01-19-2009, 08:15
Stu,

Can't tell you a thing about good liquor stores along the way but will offer some advice on Memphis BBQ which was passed on to me by many friends who live there: You've GOT to go to Neely's and you may want to check out Interstate BBQ as well. Most tourists are directed to eat at the Rendezvous, a famous institution in Memphis, but my wife and I were not impressed by the stingey amount of meat on the ribs. On the other hand, I've had multiple kickass meals at both of the places I mentioned and have been known to wake up in a cold sweat at night after dreaming about Neely's. Damn, now I've got to plan a quick road trip and get me some of them ribs...

Hank

callmeox
01-19-2009, 08:26
They were just talking about Rendezvous on the late afternoon show on Sirius NASCAR radio the other day. Someone recommended it for BBQ and another caller insisted that it was a strip joint. :lol:

Apparently there are multiple establishments in Memphis with the name Rendezvous over the door.

MJL
01-19-2009, 09:06
Stu,

Can't tell you a thing about good liquor stores along the way but will offer some advice on Memphis BBQ which was passed on to me by many friends who live there: You've GOT to go to Neely's and you may want to check out Interstate BBQ as well. Most tourists are directed to eat at the Rendezvous, a famous institution in Memphis, but my wife and I were not impressed by the stingey amount of meat on the ribs. On the other hand, I've had multiple kickass meals at both of the places I mentioned and have been known to wake up in a cold sweat at night after dreaming about Neely's. Damn, now I've got to plan a quick road trip and get me some of them ribs...

Hank

Oh, yes, how could I have forgotten those two! I recommend Neelys and Interstate BBQ as well. My Parents-in-law prefer Interstate BBQ while we like Central BBQ but they are both great.

As well, have you considered that you will be in Panama City right at the height of Spring Break? Good luck with THAT. Try to stay out of the Girls Gone Wild videos.:bigeyes:

ratcheer
01-19-2009, 10:00
My favorite BBQ place in Memphis is Gridley's, but that was 20 or more years ago. They are probably still operating, but I'm not sure. Good BBQ restaurants tend to be perpetual.

Tim

PS - I just Googled it. It is still there.

OscarV
01-19-2009, 14:50
In Memphis, I gotta vote for Neely's and The Rendezvous.

The best?
The Boneyard in Dearborn, Michigan.

Stu
01-20-2009, 07:40
As well, have you considered that you will be in Panama City right at the height of Spring Break? Good luck with THAT. Try to stay out of the Girls Gone Wild videos.:bigeyes:

You mean I might be drinking a beverage and have some college girl flash her tits at me? Gee, I hope it doesn't gross me out so bad I can't finish my 10 cent oysters!

WsmataU
01-20-2009, 14:44
If you run through Pensacola (65S to 10E) Bambooze has a great selection of current bourbon. They may not have dusties but they tend to keep BTAC in stock (reasonable prices too!). Good Luck.

Frank