Thursday, February 27, 2014

Dead End BBQ--Knoxville

The Marquee says it all....The Search is OVER!    Finally made it to a place I have wanted to visit for a long time.  Stopped in for lunch at Dead End BBQ.  It was close to 130PM and the place was still hoppin'!  The entire restaurant was not what I was expecting...this place is is classy in an "Buckhead Atlanta" style.  Clean, sharp design.   But on to the BBQ.  

Immediately seated and was presented with the extensive menu featuring Speciality Sandwiches, BBQ plates and very interesting appetizers.  My server, suggested many things...but I wanted her to surprise me.  Very quick service and she brought the Wednesday daily lunch sandwich, Philly Cheese pulled pork with the Mac and Pimento cheese.  Loved the sandwich...and I could have eaten another one!  


I will be back......with all my foodie friends!   
Next time will be enjoying a beer too.  

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Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Chattanooga Trip

The weather has been beautiful for the last few days....sunny and 60F plus.  Time for a day trip to Chattanooga, TN.   Our destination was the Tennessee Aquarium, but we just HAD to eat somewhere.

Near the Aquarium, you have more choices than a mall dining court.   Everything is available from cocktail lounges, grilles and smoothie shops.  I was hungry for BBQ and Buffalo Wild Wings was right in front of us.   Never been to BWW before and always looking for a foodie adventure.  

We arrived at lunch time and the place was moderately busy.  We decided to sit at the bar and had the full attention of our bartender and server.  After figuring out how to order, the rest was easy.   While waiting for our food order, I ordered a Fat Tire Draft.....thought it was VERY expensive at $7 per glass.  That was one of the middle priced beers and they offered more higher priced draft beers. It's draft beer after all!

We ordered Garlic Parmesan Wings and Cole Slaw.  Also, the boneless Honey BBQ wings with a house salad.  Everything was great...but I learned my ordering lesson.   Order your salads to be delivered with the wing order...then you can put the boneless wings on top of your salad for a BBQ salad.  They included at least 4 stalks of celery with the order..I maybe ate two pieces.  

House Salad with Bleu Cheese Dressing

Boneless Honey BBQ Wings

Garlic Parmesan Wings with Cole Slaw

Our Evening Meal was reserved with Open Table reservations.   Love that service and the mobile app is so handy while traveling.     It was my best friends birthday and we always have a yearly tradition of getting the best steak we can find for birthday celebrations.  Last year was on the Carnival Cruise ship The Legend in the Golden Fleece Steakhouse.  This year was going to be Bald Headed Bistro in Cleveland, TN.   Who could have guessed that this gem would be located here.  

Our server, let us enjoy browsing the menu.  We chose the Shrimp/Calamari appetizer with our martinis.  
Calamari and Shrimp Appetizer
Sad to report, but this was the ONLY picture that I could save since my batteries just up and died during dinner....I was MAD!    

We enjoyed the Bacon Extravaganza...a small filet wrapped in bacon, a wonderful scallop wrapped in bacon and a quail breast stuffed with Boursin cheese wrapped in bacon.   Great dinner with the roasted Brussels Sprouts.     I had my server surprise me with their choices which was the bone in filet mignon and mashed potatoes.   Really a great steak...perfectly prepared.  

For dessert, we had to have The Bread Pudding with Pecan Ice Cream and candied bacon garni.   Very good...and also the Elk Track Ice Cream Pie.  Both were perfect ending to a great day of traveling.  

Since Cleveland, TN is only 60 miles from where I live..Bald Headed Bistro will by my Great Restaurant destination in the very near future!   

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Chandler's Deli--Knoxville, TN

I don't get to East Knoxville much...but when I do...

we head to Chandler's Deli!

Stopped by today and was greeting by a packed restaurant at 130 PM.  Thought I might have to order take out...but a couple of tables opened up.  They were not clean..but I grabbed it anyway and wiped it down with the paper towels.    

Chandler's BBQ is so the smokey flavor and the meaty ribs.   Today was a pulled pork sandwich, french fries and slaw.  

Everything  made at Chandler's is great...and they even are Knoxville's Award Winning Soul Food restaurant many years in a row.  

Cafeteria Style Ordering

One of my favorite things is the pulled pork sandwich.   Love the pork but the "white bread bun" just doesn't hold up...falls apart and you end up eating your sandwich with a fork.   Doesn't matter since its all good, no matter how you get it in your mouth.  

Seasoned Fries..made to order!

Creamy Cole Slaw

The famous Pulled Pork Sandwich
Love the food...but the entire dining room is a little messy.  But...that being said, you soon forget about that and dig into some of the best.    Never got to the fried chicken...and everyone raves about it.   Never had had the chicken...but there will be a "next time" real soon.  

Busy Place....all the time!!  

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