Mel Melton has hidden a southern Louisiana style club within a shopping plaza one mile south of exit 278 on I-40 in Durham NC. I drove 50 miles out of my way to visit this club and will do so again. 3/13/10, my wife and I visited for the first time and heard excellent music while Jasme, our server, made us welcome and educated us to our options. The gumbo was almost as good as what I used to eat in Kentwood, La and the crawfish etoufee was better than any I'd had before. I returned Sunday afternoon for the brunch and, as two men played on steel guitars, my wife and I shared a large meal of fried jambalaya, cheese grits, and poached eggs on a hash made of sweet potatos and andouille. Mel himself came to visit our table. Despite the crowded atmosphere, we were well served on both occasions. The three hour drive home included plans on how we might schedule our next visit to the Roadhouse. Mel, Tidewater Va needs you! Open another Roadhouse HERE!
Pros: Welcoming servers provide great food while live music plays
Cons: Needs to be bigger there and to expand to MY city here