Meeting friends in Tennessee
This past weekend, Mariton and I flew into Nashville. The trip got off to an inauspicious start since Budget Car Rental didn't have our reservation and the Comfort Suites in Lebanon gave away our hotel room because we weren't there by 8:30. Don't get me started...
On Saturday morning, we arrived in Knoxville and made our way to Litton's
. We were the second car in the parking lot, since Roadfood legend and all around good guy Sundancer7
(Paul) was waiting for us, along with the lovely Roz. Litton's
is best known for their cheeseburgers, so Mariton and I ordered the Thunder Road,
a perfectly cooked burger topped with creamy pimento cheese, grilled onions and a huge jalapeno pepper. Outstanding burger! On the side, I got the extra crispy sweet potato waffle fries. Here is the group
posing with our lunches. Litton's
is also famous for their bakery cases full of homemade pies and cakes. So what do you do when you have too many to choose from? Order them all, of course! Well, at least it seemed that way. Here is our waiter
posing with coconut cream pie, Key lime pie, German chocolate cake, red velvet cake and strawberry cake. Roz did a great job of cutting them up, so each one of us ended up with sections of all the desserts on their plate. The star for me was the strawberry cake, but we all had different favorites.
As much as we enjoyed the food, it was such a treat to spend time with Paul and Roz. I have only gotten to talk briefly to Paul at group get togethers previously, so this was an opportunity to get to know both of them better. Paul especially has a wonderful sense of humor and had Mariton laughing. She told me numerous times she had no idea Paul was so funny. We laughed everytime Paul ordered an LDC (large diet Coke). Later in the day, Paul and Roz met us for drinks back at our hotel.
The next day, we met Paul and Roz for breakfast at OliBea
in downtown Knoxville and Big_g
(Gary) was nice enough to join us. Here is a group photo:
The food at OliBea
was excellent and everyone seemed to enjoy it. My entrée was the Shelton Farms grits with Benton hock.
When they first placed the dish in front of me, I truly thought that was octopus! After breakfast, we said our goodbyes to Gary, whom we have gotten to know through various Roadfood bus tours and Crawls. Before we left Knoxville, Paul gave us a tour around the city, showing us the University of Tennessee campus and some beautiful neighborhoods.
It was time to get back to Nashville and as a happy coinicidence, Roadfooder Rocky Enfield
and his family were also in town. Rocky and I had met for dinner several years earlier, so I already knew what a terrific person he was. He suggested Loveless Café
as he has never been there before, so we were on our way. I got there first and put our name on the list, as it turned out to be an 1 1/4 hour wait. We eventually got seated in the far back table, which would have been used when the Crawl was in Nashville earlier in the year.
The food was good, especially those famous biscuits
sided by homemade preserves (peach is my favorite), but we were there for the company, as Rocky's wife Kathy, daughter Amelia and son Ian are a delight. It was great catching up and making new friends. One final group shot:
Mariton and I agreed that this was one of the most fun weekend trips we had this year.