Parton’s Deli, Gatlinburg TN

Once upon a time, Gatlinburg was a quiet and unassuming mountain getaway. There’s very little of those days left for tourists to see, but there’s one tiny little sandwich counter that serves as the most relaxing throwback room in the entire city. Continue reading “Parton’s Deli, Gatlinburg TN”


Jefferson Soda Fountain, Oak Ridge TN

Earlier today, we took a day trip to the Knoxville area, and had breakfast at a place where the scientists and servicemen who worked on the Manhattan Project may well have enjoyed breakfasts while they worked on the atomic bomb. The Jefferson Soda Fountain opened in what was then one of America’s three “secret cities” in 1944. Continue reading “Jefferson Soda Fountain, Oak Ridge TN”

Petro’s Chili & Chips, Knoxville TN (take two)

I had planned for us to sample one more barbecue place around Knox County, but our day was too long and we were too late. Plans B and C crumbled and so we hit a reliable old friend for a bowl of chili before coming home. Continue reading “Petro’s Chili & Chips, Knoxville TN (take two)”