*Photo Credit: Clint’s BBQ & Southern Cookin’, image courtesy of Jill Krause
The other day we talked about 5 tips for making dinner a rewarding part of your travels. When traveling don’t miss the opportunity to learn about the area through the food.
Food is a central activity of mankind
and one of the single most significant trademarks of a culture.
Following a few simple tips you can get a lot more than good food out of your dining experience. On a recent trip to Severville Tennessee we ate it up, literally:
1. Do the old fashion thing, ask real people.
We got a great list of must try restaurants from our host including: Flapjack’s Pancake Cabin, Applewood Farmhouse Restaurant, The Diner and Clint’s BBQ & Country Cookin’.
2. Get an experimental entree.
On our trip, Susan from 5 Minutes for Mom was the most adventurous with trying new things. Vancouver city girl, meet down home Southern cooking. She tried grits, chicken and dumplings, sausage gravy and smoked meat for the first time on our trip.
I couldn’t agree more with the Applewood Farmhouse when they say, “Life is short, Eat Fritters first…” Their apple fritters were divine.
3. Ask for the story.
While enjoying delicious ribs and fried green tomatoes we learned that a fire had burned Clint’s BBQ down to the ground. The community joined together to get the restaurant back-up and running.
Photo Credit: Clint & Susan, image by Jill Krause
4. Ask if the owner is around.
The group had a chance to meet Clint and his family. His wife not only performs (see spotlight photo above), she also bakes the desserts for the restaurant. Her Hummingbird Cake was moist, chunky and perfectly sweet.
We also had the pleasure of meeting the owner of The Diner, a businessman who decided to “relax” in his retirement by opening a diner. He is a go-to-guy with great knowledge of the area and the nation. In his years, he’s traveled quite a bit and was able to chat with each of us about our home towns. The atmosphere of The Diner was perfectly retro, from the decor to the music.
The cool part? Beyond traditional burgers and milkshakes they offer things like Grilled Elk Chopped Sirloin Steak and Fresh Hummus on their Skinny Menu.
*Photo Credit: The Diner, image courtesy of Jill Krause
5. Take the adventure home with you.
Well there was this…
And that… So many delicious munchies. Last week, Jill used her pancake mix to make Apple Pancake, Egg & Goat Cheese Sandwiches.
Mmmmmm. I am drooling just thinking about all the food I tried. Do you have a favorite Southern dish? Let’s chat in the comments.
The good folk of Sevierville, Tennessee invite me and a few other bloggers down to check out their city. They were gracious host, all travel and activities expenses were covered by the Chamber of Commerce. As always, I am honored to share my adventures with you.
Stay tuned for more updates!