Dead End BBQ, Knoxville TN

I’ve read many reports that this two-store chain serves up some of the best barbecue around Knox County, and have had it on my to-do list for years. With a last-minute change of plans affecting our trip, we pulled into their original location to see what the fuss was about. Continue reading “Dead End BBQ, Knoxville TN”

Pal’s Sudden Service, Kingsport TN

Pal’s Sudden Service is known as a drive-thru fast food place. In fact, the small chain is the industry leader in speed, efficiency, and accuracy in its drive-thru. But before it started putting its brand together and constructing identical buildings – beautifully oddball, but identical – it opened a store in Kingsport that is nothing like the others, and that’s the one we went to visit. Continue reading “Pal’s Sudden Service, Kingsport TN”

Old Lighthouse Diner, Bristol TN

Marie writes… Sometimes you know before you even see the lobby that you won’t want to eat the free breakfast at your hotel. Sometimes you have a place already in mind that wouldn’t change your decision even if the hotel has the breakfast buffet to end all buffets. In this case, both were true. Continue reading “Old Lighthouse Diner, Bristol TN”

Burger Bar, Bristol VA

For the last stop on our first day of traveling, we visited the incredibly neat twin cities of Bristol, where the state line runs right down the center of the main street. On the Virginia side, there’s a diner that’s been open since 1942 and serves a far better burger than you’d expect to get in a greasy spoon like it. Continue reading “Burger Bar, Bristol VA”