J & D Quick Stop & Deli, Chattanooga TN

When I was reading about the East Lake neighborhood for a story last week, I read an article about a convenience store that made a really good burger. I picked up some lunch and took it to eat at my desk.

Last summer, Sean Phipps wrote about the small restaurant, which is owned by Janet and Dennis Wallace, for Nooga.com. He noted that the place isn’t in a particularly nice side of town, but was worth a visit. I pulled in around 11.30 and noted that, for a convenience store, it’s a really odd one. There’s a counter where they make breakfast, burgers, and sandwiches, but the only things on the shelves are packaged food-to-go like chips and sodas, and not any actual groceries. It’s really a place to get lunch to go, with a whole mess of choices. There’s no place to sit and eat inside, though there is a concrete picnic table on the side of the building.

You can get Uncle Ray’s chips here, like you can with a hot dog at Miss Griffin’s. Good; their hot chips are currently one of my local favorites. Happy to have a bag of those with lunch. I ordered a burger with lettuce, tomato, and mayo, paid for everything at the store’s register, took my sack back to the office and closed my door for a nice, uninterrupted lunch.

This was a really decent and very juicy burger. I really don’t have a whole lot to say about my lunch other than that, which is what makes the hobbyist world occasionally a brighter little place than paid writing. I don’t have an editor to sling this back for me to rewrite because the word count isn’t what they’re paying for! Phipps said that this reminded him of the sort of “old-fashioned” burgers that big fast food chains seek to emulate, and I can see where he’s coming from. This is a much juicier burger than what you can get locally at an Armando’s.

A burger costs $4.25 here. Add some chips and a large sweet tea and you’ve got a mid-priced lunch that’s a lot tastier than fast food options, served up by some great people who just made my day shine a little brighter. I wouldn’t mind having another sometime soon at all.

J & D Quick Stop & Deli
3403 4th Ave
Chattanooga, TN 37407

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