This is not the first time that we went to middle Tennessee and enjoyed some pretty good barbecue, and then came back to eastern Tennessee and had better.
There’s a hippie van in an East Nashville neighborhood that’s serving up some terrific dogs that go really well with a very pleasant surprise, a spicy ginger ale that I’ve never seen in these parts before.
Once upon a time, this was a smoky joint full of crabby servers and barely any tables free for people who weren’t in with the court reporter in-crowd that filled it. Now it’s a little more family-friendly.
Perhaps we might make the argument that it’s better to consider the quality of Texas-themed barbecue by trying their brisket, but I’m a Georgia boy, and barbecue means pork to me.
The girlchild and I made a stop for milkshakes and a detour for agave-sweetened fountain sodas. In the evening, we went shopping at a very silly and fun store that specializes in obscure and utterly bizarre soft drinks. Have you good people ever had a bacon soda before?
Two Texans who graduated from Vanderbilt opened this place in 1984. Fashions come and go, but this madhouse has always been packed with students ready for a long afternoon drinking beer on the deck after class.
The girlchild and I visited a location in this regional chain, a successful copycat of the larger Whitt’s empire. It was okay, but we would have preferred that a much older establishment in this middle Tennessee town had stuck around for us instead.
It’s been around for 72 years and everybody says that the shrimp and the onion rings are completely amazing. This classic diner threatened to collapse from the weight of expectations and hype, but I was quite satisfied by the food and the excellent service.
Terrific news from Chattanooga: our favorite soft drink company is now bottling their sodas and they’re available at some of the city’s very best restaurants.
We enjoyed another trip to the Creative Discovery Museum, and navigated a crowd, marching band, and majorettes to enjoy some gelato at this recently-opened restaurant helmed by some of the city’s most successful restaurateurs.
We took another day trip to the Scenic City for more baby-friendly activities. This time, we started the day by meeting with a fellow blogger and her family for a great meal at the flagship for this local chain of pizza joints.
Our last stop on this fabulous road trip was another location of a restaurant that we really enjoy. Plus, after we returned, we learned some exciting news: they’re coming to Atlanta!
We made our way back to Knoxville to find what we thought was the last of the giant old Kay’s ice cream cone signs. We did better than that: we found two of ‘em.