Contrary to popular belief not everything is fast food and greasy as fuck here in the United States. While staying here in Hattiesburg I have had the pleasure of eating out at some truly fantastic places, along with some even better home cooked meals!
For those of you at home who told me I NEEDED to get myself a Super-size meal I have some bad news. Turns out McDonald’s actually stopped super-sizing meals after a certain documentary that caused them a world of pain a few years back (See “Normal guy eats nothing but McDonald’s for 30 days straight and nearly dies, calls it a documentary”) but that’s not to say the portion size is crazy! The photo above is a SMALL Big Mac Meal, and it’s as big as a large back in Australia. I couldn’t eat the whole thing. What surprised me the most was the major difference in the menu. I got off the plane at Dallas and I went to the first restaurant I knew, Macca’s and to my surprise the only three things on the menu I recognised was Big Mac, Quarter Pounder and McChicken. I was under the impression that Macca’s was the same everywhere, minus a few minor changes of course, but how wrong I was!
My favourite place to eat around here though has definitely been Mama Alma’s Kitchen. The story of how this kitchen was born into existence is remarkable. “Mama Alma” began just making and selling Tamale’s at a local Farmer’s Market here in Hattiesburg. Word quickly spread around town that these were how shall I say, “Fucking Amazing” and soon enough she had a good enough reputation and enough money to open up her own restaurant. I’ve been back there a few times now and each and every time the food has been amazing! Amazing atmosphere, great food and a lovely story to top it all off.
Old Athen’s Grill is much like a typical greek restaurant back home but the food is exceptional, and two for one draft beer ALL DAY EVERY DAY certainly makes it a great choice. Arielle and I have been back there three or so times, and I’ll probably go back there before I leave so that’s saying something.
Sonic…..don’t get me started on Sonic. Sonic for those of you at home is a fast food joint that you drive into a parking booth with your car, you make an order from the car window and they bring out your food. After eating a giant burger filled with grease and death I felt sick for two straight days. I think my heart is still a little angry at me. Apparently that is what REAL American fast food is all about.
Waffle House reminds me of all those shitty little diners you see in all the movies. Open 24/7 it’s become a regular for me after a night on the piss. Nothing soaks up the alcohol like Waffles smothered in maple syrup and a plate of hash browns smothered, scattered and some Ketchup and Mustard.
Sakura is a classy Sushi place and I’ve been there twice now. Much like the little boutique Sushi Bars in the back alleys of Melbourne, the food at Sakura is great! Here in Hattiesburg I have driven past a number of Japanese places, shame Australia isn’t the same because I really love Sushi!
But without a singe shred of doubt in my mind my favourite place to eat in the USA is………TACO BELL! Nothing will cure the drunken hunger pains like a trip down to Taco Bell and treating yourself to some Bean Burritos or some Chicken Chaloopas. Taco Bell is AWESOME there is no other way to describe it, and it is CHEAP AS FUCK!
But having said that all food is cheap here in the USA. For me to take Arielle out for dinner somewhere, and having a few beers each I don’t think a meal has cost over $30. What can I say, the American’s know how to do it!