Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, Athens TN

I’ve always felt that we should have a story about the Buddy’s chain here at our blog. It’s a very successful one, with a dozen stores around Knoxville. But whenever we’re in that city, there have been other priorities. Fortunately, there’s one outpost about halfway between Knoxville and us, and we had some shopping to do around lunchtime. Continue reading “Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, Athens TN”

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White Duck Taco Shop, Johnson City TN

For my lunch in Johnson City, we learned that a favorite place from Asheville has opened a location here, sharing a space with the local Yee-Haw Brewing Company. Continue reading “White Duck Taco Shop, Johnson City TN”

Blue Circle Hamburgers, Bristol TN

For our first of several stops in the Tri-Cities, an area that I very much want to revisit many times, we pulled into a 52 year-old burger joint. For quite some time, this place was the only survivor of a Tennessee chain that was founded way back in 1931. Continue reading “Blue Circle Hamburgers, Bristol TN”

Tupelo Honey Cafe, Chattanooga TN

One day in late May, Marie and I drove up to Chattanooga with our son to look at what we hoped would be the house that we’d rent in the city. It’s smaller than the one we left behind, but the kitchen is larger and it has a screened patio and we found room for our shelves. The search was over and we were ready to celebrate. Continue reading “Tupelo Honey Cafe, Chattanooga TN”

Culver’s, Dawsonville GA

Two months ago, Marie and I took our son to Amicalola Falls, and I had a cunning plan to swing by the new Culver’s that had opened in that long, deeply depressing strip of one-off buildings and drive-thru restaurants on GA-400 along the outlet mall. This is the stretch of road where the Varsity Jr. relocated its iconic store on Lindbergh and added a playground. A playground. You’re shaking your head right now just thinking about it, I can tell. Continue reading “Culver’s, Dawsonville GA”