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Notes from the Newsroom
John I. Carney

Bobo-verkill, or, living the lard way

Posted Thursday, September 11, 2008, at 11:55 AM
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  • Lucky You!!!

    -- Posted by BCAC-Brenda on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 2:06 PM
  • Eat some for me!

    -- Posted by michaelbell on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 3:00 PM
  • If you want to send a proxy for one of the meals, count me in!

    -- Posted by bettyhbrown on Thu, Sep 11, 2008, at 11:37 PM
  • Yeah, eating great food more than one time in a week is NEVER a bad thing. :-)

    -- Posted by jaxspike on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 7:07 AM
  • Never have eaten there before...what kind of foods do they serve? Do you have to have a reservation? What is the proper dress attire?

    -- Posted by time2relax on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 1:05 PM
  • time2relax, the restaurant is owned by the Jack Daniel Distillery. They serve country cooking, family style. You're seated at a large table, with other guests whom you may not know, and a hostess. They bring the platters of food to the table like you would at Thanksgiving dinner, and you either pass them or use a lazy susan in the middle of the table (if you're in one of the rooms that has a lazy susan).

    Today's menu, which was pretty typical:

    Fried chicken

    Country ham

    Macaroni and cheese

    Mini corn muffins

    Coleslaw

    Red potatoes

    Fried okra

    Cooked apples, laced with whiskey

    Chess pie, with whiskey-spiked whipped cream

    I believe the fried okra and the cooked apples are always on the menu. The main dishes may vary, but you get the general idea.

    All of it was wonderful. (I didn't try the coleslaw, because I don't like coleslaw.) They bring more to the table if needed, so you can get as much as you want to eat. You'll be full the rest of the day.

    They have two serving times, 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. (During peak tourist seasons, they occasionally have a 3 p.m. serving as well.) Reservations are strongly recommended, although they do have more room since expanding two years ago. You should at least call first. If you're making reservations for 8 or more people, you have to send them a check for half of the bill up front.

    Because so many tourists patronize the restaurant, you get a mix of clothing -- tourists in T-shirts and shorts, and locals or business travelers in business attire.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 9:01 PM
  • Oh, and green beans.

    -- Posted by Jicarney on Fri, Sep 12, 2008, at 9:04 PM
  • When they reopened last year following renovations, they were offering dinner on Saturday nights. Are they still serving dinner?

    -- Posted by bettyhbrown on Sat, Sep 13, 2008, at 6:38 AM
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