Monday, August 03, 2009


…but, hey, there are worst things to be addicted to I suppose!

As soon as my friend Jeff Wilson arrived in Harriman, we began his visit with a lunch feast at Midtown, Tennessee’s “Good Ol’ Days Diner” with hot dogs and burgers. The hot dog I had, pictured here was a delight with a sweet tasting slaw and corn nuggets. If you travel through this area (Intersection of Hwys 29 and 70), you must try any of the treats here!

After a day of hiking and sightseeing, we took Jeff to Big Ed’s Pizza in Oak Ridge, TN. Big Ed (Jr.) had expanded the draft beer selection to include two of my favorite pal ales, Fat Tire and Yuengling. I was absolutely thrilled and will go there twice as often now for sure. The pizzas were made to perfection, as only Big Ed’s staff has been making them since 1970. It is a must if traveling through East Tennessee – it’s an institution!

At breakfast the following morning, I started the day with a Ciabatta Breakfast Sandwich at Mimi’s Café at Turkey Creek in Knoxville. Between the great bread is an egg, grilled ham, bacon, garlic spinach, tomato, cheddar cheese, and citrus remoulade!

Jeff picked out the huge Chipotle Breakfast Burrito, which was stuffed with scrambled eggs, shredded beef, green onions, cilantro and black beans, all topped with chipotle sauce and melted cheeses, and served with red skin potatoes!

Jeff and I met Judy, Neena, Ron, and Corey at the Wild Wings Café that evening to cap off a wonderful day of shopping at the Smoky Mountain Knife Works, Bass Pro Shop, and Gander Mountain. Man, we were so hungry for some wings!

As I have documented, Judy and I went to Memphis with Jeff on Wednesday morning. GO HERE for two post on the wonderful time we had last week! In Memphis we treated ourselves to BBQ!

Our first outing was at Charles Vergo’s Rendezvous Charcoal Ribs. The Rendezvous has been in Memphis since 1948. If dry-rub ribs are your weakness, then you must drop by there and pig (on pun intended)! You can see the guys working the BBQ beef and pork in the kitchen from your table. You’ll notice that there are just as many orders “to go” as dine-in! The place is a bee hive of activity. Oh yes, they ship too!

On Thursday night, we made it over to Neely’s Bar-B-Que (west). In February 1988, four brothers (Gaelin, Tony, Mark and Patrick) launched into the barbeque business. They opened their first restaurant in downtown Memphis, with only tables, chairs and one BBQ pit. The brothers started building a reputation of hard work, great BBQ and consistently good service. Four years later after a huge demand we expanded to an East Memphis location, which was opened in October of 1992.

To our delight, these “wet” ribs were sweet and delicious. We also tried the pull-pork and BBQ spaghetti! The spaghetti was a wonderful surprise for us all.

Well, I’ve made myself hungry, so I have to go now. I think there is some “chicken-chili” ready in the kitchen!


FHB said...

I still wanna know how you got a picture of my breakfast before I did. Hell, I didn't even get a picture of it before I tasted it. Sneaky bastard.

It all sure was good. Only thing I'd say was that the ribs at Neely's were better than the ones at Rendezvous. They had more meat on them. OK, beef vs. pork, but still. The ribs at Rondezvous were dryer and chewier. Stll, I'd gladly go for it all again.

It was a great time brother. I miss you guys, but life and work goes on. Next time we'll do it all up again. I can't wait!

Mushy said...

Me either!

Anonymous said...

It all looks good! I prefer a "slaw dog" made with the hot and spicy on the dog as they do in N. AL (at Bunyan's somewhere behind ECM Hospital, Rick's BBQ, the old poolroom near Court St., etc.) Katie's poolroom coleslaw is even sold in some stores there. It's great on pork bbq sandwiches also. They have it @ Singleton's BBQ there in Florence as well. I'll be checking out TN eateries soon enough myself. Thanks for all the "Jeff" trip updates. Our students are looking forward to having him back at Ft. Hood this term. For the "newbies" I always tell them they'll never be bored in his classes! Belton Belle

Mushy said...

I'll have to check those places out! Thanks.

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