Tennis and his dad Bill
We arrived in Decatur on Thursday and his mother met us with fried pies and coffee cake!
The first evening we went to dinner at a restaurant much like a Denny's.. I wasn't expecting much of a good meal. It was a classic chain restaurant called O'Charley's. It had this cheesy mural on the wall, but it did show that we were in Decatur.
To my surprise the food was great! I had the fried catfish and fried sweet potatoes. The fish was nice and crunch and well seasoned, the fries were good but could have a little more crisp. They even had good martini's. Great start to my southern culinary adventure. So far so good.
Next on the menu was the CF Penn burger.
Another Decatur institution. This is is another place that is a must go to when people arrive back into town. CF Penn has been around for 83 years. Last year because of the economy they were thinking of closing but luckily they have managed to stay open. Back in the 20's the burgers sold for 10 cents each or 3 for 25 cents. Today they sell for $1.30. The burgers have a secret ingredient.. it is said to be bread. Bread is mixed in with the ground beef so it gives the burgers a more meatloaf like texture. The patties are cooked up in advance then when ordered they are dropped into 4" of oil to fry. They are scooped out and put on a bun with mustard and chopped onions and if you want cheese. Back in the day they used to fry with lard but now they use vegetable oil. I bet the burgers were really good fried in lard. The burgers are simple but they are delicious. They also have fries but we didn't have any the day we went but I've heard that they are good. CF Penn's employs 6 people... most who have been there almost their entire lives. . It is also said to have been a favorite of Elvis Presley. He would send his people all the way from Memphis to pick up a sack full of burgers. This is a great place with tasty greasy burgers made the same way as it was 83 years ago.
She has been here for 37 years
A side trip to Moorseville. A historical pre and Civil War era town. All the homes in this little town are much like this one and all the homes and businesses are on the historical registry. This is a real functioning town not a museum or tourist attraction. So going through the town you need to respect the fact that your these are peoples actual homes.
Mooresville post office built after 1840 this post office has been serving the town for over 150 years. The town currently has 58 residents.
Yee Haw!! Jack Daniels!! Lynchburg Tennessee is about an hour and a half drive from Decatur
We took the tour which was interesting and we were able to buy a few bottles. This is a dry county so we didn't get to have any tastes. It makes it kind of hard to know which type of JD you want to buy..just buy one of each type.
Lynchburg court house
the town of Lynchburg TN cute tourist town. dinner here on Saturday night. One of the better restaurants in town.
strange wall hanging, it used to be a Greek restaurant so maybe this is a remnant of Greek sculptures? The restaurant now is more of a steak house. It was OK..though I think I'd rather have had more barbecue.
fillet, duck breast and lamb chops with mashed potatoes and vegetables..lots of food around here
How much more Southern can you get? When you think of the South you think of Cracker Barrel, at least I do. The breakfasts are huge!!
in the left corner apple hash, like pie filling. 2 eggs, country ham, bacon, sausage and hash browns
plus grits and biscuits and gravy