As I realized that I wasn’t going to make it to the final stop that I’d planned for in Chattanooga in time, I detoured to a beloved and ramshackle sandwich shop that I noticed earlier this year.
An early morning, and a sensible sobriety in front of one’s offspring, kept us from drinking and dancing here, but it looks like this place in Donelson is a fine one to spend many happy hours into the night.
The Music City is known for its hot chicken, but we took a break from shopping to sample another local specialty: hot fish.
Just north of Nashville, our second stop of the trip was at a very good barbecue joint that is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this year.
For Circumnavigation # 6, I tossed out the rule book, brought my daughter along and spent a day in Tennessee. Our first stop was a late breakfast at a totally groovy sandwich shop in the Scenic City, man.
The Scenic City is a long way from Jacksonville, so what are northeast Florida’s signature sandwiches and drinks doing in this small chain here?
After lots of fun in Coolidge Park, we visited two new-to-us places for snacks, and I was charmed by the decaying art deco edifice of the long-abandoned Ellis Restaurant.
We thought we were going to visit a classic dairy bar, but instead found a refreshing and modern take on fast food that’s merely operating from one of these fun old buildings.
As many restaurants as we’ve visited, we haven’t found anybody else who offers barbecue in the same way as this old roadside place, so it definitely deserved another look.
Behind the absolutely glorious retro signage of this old business are some pretty darn good treats, and even better service. Just the thing to get a long trip home started.
The last new restaurant that we visited in the Memphis area is also the oldest. It’s 103 years young and absolutely worth the drive to the suburbs for fabulous burgers and onion rings.
They say it’s “so good y’ull slap yo mama,” and this tourist destination really does smoke some great ribs and sausage.
Marie picked a place for lunch hoping that I’d enjoy the hamburger, and I did, but the real winner was the excellent chili.
My poor planning meant that we didn’t get to a restaurant that I really wanted to visit. Our hastily-made second choice is not really known outside the area, but locals have been crowding it for decades, and with good reason.