Ok folks, I admit it, I've been neglecting you. BUT I have an excuse. With the hustle and bustle of big exams, the start of busy season and traveling for work, I haven't had much time to cook or bake (let alone write about it).
Have no fear though, I have been spending some quality time with my Diners Drive-ins and Dives map in Tennessee, which means drool-inducing reviews.
Before I get into my review of a fabulous restaurant near our client location, I have some photo souvenirs and anecdotes to go along with my travels:
The Jack Daniels Distillery - Lynchburg, TN
|I know this isn't a picture of food.. but this was such a quaint little place.|
Lynchburg (home of Jack Daniels) is steeped in history and was overall a pretty nice place to visit; the people were friendly and the air smelled like the world's largest loaf of sourdough bread was being baked under the sun (seriously, everywhere you went smelled like bubbling bread dough, my kind of place).
I always assumed Jack was one of those drinks that was made in giant factories all over the US, but it is actually only distilled in Lynchburg and is made with surprising care. The tour opened my eyes a bit, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is traveling through middle Tennessee (plus, it's free and if you're already in middle Tennessee, what do you have to lose?).
I bought a cookbook from a restaurant in Lynchburg that has been open since 1911. It's chock full of down-home cookin' and even has a recipe for hushpuppies. I will be sharing that recipe with y'all soon. (also, if I don't leave here soon, I'm going to pull a Gweneth Paltrow and come home sounding like I grew up on collard greens and grits... y'all.)
One more sidetrack: something I found in a liquor emporium here
|Note two things: 1) that this is legit moonshine in a mason jar and 2) that it's a ridiculous $25|
Trailer Temptations: Prater's Barbecue (Morrison. TN)
I'm going to give this restaurant 8.5/10 for three reasons:
1. They make everything from scratch (and for a little place on the side of a highway, that's pretty damn impressive).
2. I could pull the bones straight out of my ribs. With no effort. and the meat was like barbecue heaven.
3. They have homemade barbecue sauce on the tables that I was dipping my warm, homemade bun in. (Read that sentence again and tell me you wouldn't give anything an 8.5 that made you do that).
I had a half-rack of ribs, homemade potato salad and green beans with an unsweetened tea. Total price $10 including tip.
|Fine dining can have its fine china. If Styrofoam and paper plates hold this kind of greatness, I'm with them all the way.|
|Please note the immense lack of meat on these bones (the ones in the picture, not mine. I've got plenty). The meat just fell off. Heaven.|
If they served up the hushpuppies from Burk's in SC, I would move in and never leave. I think that a barbecue coma is an excellent way to go out.
Some more things that I found cool in TN:
|Teeny packets of lemon juice everywhere (and now in my purse..). They have them for sweet tea, but they're so darn practical for water. Canada needs to get these asap.|
|No, you're not dreaming. This is actually an all-you-can-eat-freaking-KFC. It's $8 including a drink. And I don't know that because I went.. maybe.|