Friday, August 18, 2017

Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum

There was yet another attraction beckoning visitors to the Waco area…


The reputation of the Texas Rangers is larger than life…and this is the state designated museum and hall of fame in Waco that is operated in their honor.  The facility includes the Homer Garrison, Jr. museum gallery, the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame, the Texas Ranger Research Center and the Headquarters of Texas Rangers Company "F".  The City of Waco serves as the appointed trustee on behalf of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Texas Legislature.


This is the entrance to the museum and hall of fame.  The statue is of George Erath, Texas Ranger and Surveyor.  Erath served in both the Texas House of Representatives and the Senate.  He was born in Austria, fought in the Texas Revolution against Mexico and as a surveyor he drew up the original street grids for Waco. 

In 1964 the Texas Department of Public Safety chartered the City of Waco Texas to construct and operate this official museum.  The City of Waco agreed to commit 32 acres for the building site, provide an ongoing annual operating subsidy, and build and sustain a headquarters for Texas Rangers Company "F".
The museum complex was originally named Fort Fisher after an 1837 Ranger camp from which the City of Waco traces its origin.  It was designed in the style of Texas hill country architecture which is reminiscent of a 19th-century Texas Ranger headquarters.

More than three million persons have visited the historical center since it opened in 1968.


The museum has many displays that focus on famous former Texas Rangers.  This particular display is related to Homer Garrison Jr. for whom the museum gallery is named. 

Garrison, (1901 – 1968) was the chief of the Texas Rangers and the Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety.  At 19 he was appointed as a deputy sheriff in Angelina County.  In 1929 he became a state license and weight inspector for the Texas Highway Department.  He joined the Texas Highway Patrol when it was organized in 1930.  When the Department of Public Safety was founded in August 1935 Garrison became the first assistant director. 

Colonel Garrison became director of the Department of Public Safety and chief of the Texas Rangers in 1938.  Later in life, Texas Governor John Connally appointed Garrison as Director of Civil Defense and Disaster Relief for the state as well as the Chairman of the State Defense Council.  He was also named Director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Commission…quite a career! 


The museum is a firearms devotee’s/gun collectors dream!  Pistols, revolvers, shotguns, rifles and automatic weapons either used by the Texas Rangers or the criminals they chased down are prominently displayed throughout the various sections of the facility. 

This display shows the progression/development of the Winchester Rifle, and it includes weapons dating from about 1860 through the Model 1894.  Oliver Winchester was an investor who persevered in the development of an improved rifle…beginning in 1855 with his backing of the Volcanic Repeating Arms Company, then the New Haven Arms Company, the Henry Repeating Rifle Company and then in 1866, the Winchester Repeating Arms Company.


The walls of the museum contain many photos of early rangers.  This one is of Rangers George Black and J.M. Britton of Company B ca. 1890. 

Over the years, the Texas Rangers have investigated crimes ranging from murder to political corruption, acted in riot control and as detectives, protected the Governor of Texas, tracked down fugitives, and functioned as a paramilitary force in the service of both the Republic of Texas (1836–45) and the state of Texas. 

The Texas Rangers were unofficially created by Stephen F. Austin in a call-to-arms written in 1823.  In 1835 a resolution was introduced to the Permanent Council creating a body of rangers to protect the border.  The unit was dissolved by the federal authorities during the post–Civil War Reconstruction Era, but was quickly reformed upon the reinstitution of home government.


This is one of the numerous paintings on display throughout the gallery.  This work by Lee Herring depicts the end of the road for the infamous pair, Bonnie and Clyde on May 23, 1934.  Their gang reputedly killed at least 9 law officers and a number of civilians.

Interestingly, Bonnie and Clyde met their maker in Louisiana when they were ambushed by a posse consisting of 4 Texas lawmen and 2 from Louisiana.  The head of this posse was retired Texas Ranger, Frank A. Hamer.  He’d been brought out of retirement just to run the pair of killers down.  Hamer had a formidable reputation as the result of several spectacular captures and the killing of 53 Texas criminals.  He’d suffered 17 wounds himself in the process…
To learn more about Bonnie and Clyde and their reign of terror, just go https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bonnie_and_Clyde.


To the museum and the Ranger’s credit, neither the exhibits nor a film that visitors get to see gloss over some of the Ranger’s negative history.  Over the 180 + years history of the Texas Rangers, it wasn’t all upbeat.  Between dealing with strikes and protecting railroad property and replacement workers, to a series of extralegal killings, their history has its share of warts.
 
A massive and haphazard expansion of the Texas Rangers coincided with the Mexican Revolution in the early 1900s.  Little attention was paid to screening or training and this led to a decade-long flurry of killings by these unprofessional Rangers, (many of whom were criminals themselves), local law enforcement personnel and civilian vigilantes.  Massacres were even reported in a couple of border towns.  Most of the affected civilians were of Mexican descent with many fleeing across the border into Mexico.  


This display is all about the ambush and killing of Bonnie and Clyde.  The weapons at the right were used by the posse in the ambush and the items at left relate to the killer couple themselves…  

Of course, by far the greatest portion of the Ranger’s history has been positive…and even legendary.   During the Mexican-American War their effectiveness as guerrilla fighters and guides to the federal army greatly aided the pace of the American offensive.  Rangers played an important role in the battles of Monterrey and Buena Vista.  When the US Army landed at Veracruz in March 1847 the Rangers provided valuable support at the ensuing Siege of Veracruz and the battles of Cerro Gordo and Chapultepec.

They were also responsible for the defeat of the fierce Mexican guerrilleros that hindered the advance of the federal troops.  By then the Rangers had earned themselves a considerable reputation that approached the legendary among Mexicans.  When Ranger companies entered and occupied Mexico City with the U.S. Army in September 1847, los Diablos Tejanos (the "Texas Devils") were received with reverence and fear.


I took this photo because it’s such an unusual relic and it dates back to a bit of bloody Texas history… This surplus army helmet with steel plate welded over it was one of the results of negotiations stemming from the Huntsville Texas Prison Siege back in 1974. 

The Huntsville Prison siege was an 11 day prison uprising.  The standoff was one of the longest hostage-taking sieges in United States history.  A powerful heroin kingpin in South Texas was serving a life sentence for the attempted murder of a police officer.  He was also suspected in the murder of dozens of people in Mexico and Texas.  Having smuggled pistols and ammunition into the prison, he and 2 other convicts took 11 prison workers and 4 inmates hostage.
Over the next several days the convicts made a number of demands, including tailored suits, dress shoes, toothpaste, cologne, walkie-talkies and these bulletproof helmets.  

The Texas Governor agreed to provide an armored getaway car.  When the convicts moved out of the building toward the waiting vehicle, they used in a makeshift shield consisting of legal books taped to mobile blackboards.  Inside the shield were the 3 convicts and 4 hostages, while 8 other hostages ringed the exterior.  Acting on a prearranged plan, prison guards and Texas Rangers blasted the group with fire hoses.  Unfortunately a rupture in the hose gave the convicts time to kill the 2 women hostages who had volunteered to join the convicts in the armored car.  The ringleader killed himself and another convict died when authorities returned fire.  The third convict was later executed for his crimes…


Tributes to individual Texas Rangers line the walls of the museum.  Mart Jones served 30 years as a Texas Ranger and retired in 1969.  He began his career as a peace officer as a deputy sheriff in Polk County, and later served as a Texas Highway Patrolman before his appointment to the Texas Rangers.


This is another of the many paintings on the walls of the Texas Rangers Museum and Hall of Fame.  This one shows a Ranger and his horse on the ‘hunt’ for a wanted man and it’s entitled “Closing In”.  Like the painting of Bonnie and Clyde being ambushed, this one was also painted by Lee Herring.

FYI, Lee Herring describes himself as a "Traditional realist".  He creates oil paintings depicting historical and contemporary Western scenes.  He was born in rural Raines County Texas in 1940 and he’s living in Dallas Texas. 


The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame features a theater where visitors can view a film on the history of the Rangers.  These photos line the exterior walls of the theater.  I randomly took a photo of Ranger Company D.  This Company of Rangers covers the southwestern part of the Texas/US border with Mexico. 

There are 6 Companies of Rangers…A through F.  Their headquarters is in the State Capital of Austin.  In total statewide there are only about 162 commissioned members on the force.  Today the Texas Rangers really serve as the Texas State Bureau of Investigation.


This photo is of Texas Ranger Stanley Keith Guffey.  Ranger Guffey was posthumously awarded a Medal of Valor for his effort to rescue a 2 year old child from a kidnapper.  He was killed when the kidnapper tried to exit the ransom drop area with both the money and the child.  The kidnapper had killed before so it was determined that they couldn’t let him leave with the victim.  An exchange of gunfire ensued with the kidnapper being killed and Ranger Guffey mortally wounded.


The walls of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame are lined with photos and paintings of those Rangers who stood out above the others.
   
This example pictures Ranger John B. Jones.  He was elected to the State Legislature in 1868 but he was denied his seat by the “Radical Republicans”.  When the Texas Rangers’ Frontier Battalion was organized in 1874, Major Jones led the group.  In July of 1874, his group of 40 Rangers engaged in a battle with a combined raiding party of more than 125 Indians which was comprised of Comanche, Kiowa and Apache warriors.  The Rangers held out for more than a day before the US Cavalry showed up.

Under Jones’ leadership, the Frontier Battalion helped put an end to Indian raids and they also quelled many incidents of civil unrest.  Following his service with the Rangers, Jones was appointed as Adjutant General of Texas.

Note:

·       “Radical Republicans” were a faction of American politicians within the Republican Party of the United States from around 1854 until the end of Reconstruction in 1877.  They called themselves "Radicals" and were opposed during the War by the Moderate Republicans (led by President Abraham Lincoln), by the conservative Republicans, the largely pro-slavery and later anti-Reconstruction Democratic Party, as well as by conservatives in the South and liberals in the North during Reconstruction.  Radicals strongly opposed slavery during the war and after the war distrusted ex-Confederates, demanding harsh policies for punishing the former rebels.


One last historical photo… This is Cynthia Ann Parker.  Her story is a sad one.  She was an Anglo-American who was kidnapped in 1836, at the age of about ten by a Comanche war band, who had massacred her family's settlement.  Her Comanche name, Naduah/Comanche Narua), means "someone found."  She was adopted by the Comanche and lived with them for 24 years, completely forgetting the ways of Anglo life.  She married a Comanche chieftain, Peta Nocona, and had three children with him, one of whom was the last free Comanche chief, Quanah Parker.  

At approximately age 34, she was relocated by the Texas Rangers, but spent the remaining 10 years of her life refusing to adjust to life in white society.  At least once she escaped and tried to return to her Comanche family and children, but was again brought back to Texas.  She found it difficult to understand her iconic status to the nation, which saw her as having been “redeemed” from her life with the Comanche.  Heartbroken over the loss of her family, she stopped eating and died of influenza in 1871.

All in all, the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum was interesting and engaging…well worth the time spent.  To learn more about this facility in Waco, just go to http://www.texasranger.org/.

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a tour of this educational and historical attraction!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Birthday…or a Survival Celebration!

Yours truly recently celebrated my 75th birthday… In my mind, the celebration centers on surviving this long!

Nevertheless, my better half wanted to have a party to commemorate my continued presence on this planet.  I rejected the idea!  But then along came a happy surprise… Our son David II told me that the family was coming down to East Tennessee from Omaha just for this occasion!


David II took off a couple of days from the law firm that he works for and he flew from Omaha Nebraska to Charlotte North Carolina to Knoxville Tennessee.  This is a view of the ‘busy’ concourse at our airport as we waited for his plane to arrive… The bears, rocks, water feature and greenery welcome visitors to the foothills of the Smoky Mountains.



No…this isn’t the plane that our son flew in on.  But it was sitting on the tarmac and since I really like planes, I took this photo just because I wanted to…after all it was my birthday!  FYI, this is a version of the C-130 Hercules. 

The Lockheed C-130 Hercules is a 4-engine turboprop military transport aircraft designed and built originally by Lockheed.  Capable of using unprepared runways for takeoffs and landings, the C-130 was originally designed as a troop, medevac, and cargo transport aircraft.  It is the main tactical airlifter for many military forces across the world. Over 40 variations of the Hercules operate in more than 60 nations.  The Hercules has been in continuous production since 1954 and over 2,500 of them have been built.  I didn’t see any identifying marks on this particular aircraft.



Here’s the plane that our son flew on into Knoxville’s McGhee Tyson Airport.  Five airlines serve this airport providing direct flights to 20 different cities in the United States.  The airlines servicing this airport include American, United, Delta, Allegiant and Frontier.


…and here he came down the concourse!  Yea!

The rest of the family, mom Amy and both grandsons, David III and Emmett Lee had been on the road for more than a week visiting friends and family in Chicago, Indianapolis and Cleveland.  When we checked from the airport they were just a bit north of Knoxville headed in our direction down I-75 south.


For a birthday lunch we went to Hot Rod 50’s in Alcoa Tennessee.  This 1950s style diner isn’t far from the airport and the whole family really likes the comfort food and the casual fun atmosphere!  Even though it was after normal lunch hours, we still had to wait about 20 minutes for a table for 6…


The timing turned out perfectly!  It was about 5 minutes after we were seated that Amy and the boys arrived at the restaurant… Laurie took this photo of David II, David III, Amy, Emmett Lee and yours truly.  It was a great way to begin celebrating my big day! 

Information about Hot Rod 50’s restaurant can be found at http://hotrods50sdiner.com/.  FYI…try the Fried Twinkie Sundae…it is amazing!


Another restaurant and another photo… For dinner we went to a local Mexican Restaurant that we like…Cielito Lindo in Vonore Tennessee.  This time I took the photo… (From the left, Amy, David II, David III, Emmett Lee and my better half, Laurie) Note the ladies’ green Margaritas! 


Then Laurie, who is a much better photographer than I am, took another photo, this time with me included.  I even sort of smiled…




Yes readers…that is me.  As you can tell from the photo I’m not crazy about making a scene in public.  

However when we were placing our order my bride mentioned to the waitress that it was my birthday.  So…after dinner she and the rest of the waitstaff arrived at the table with that big sundae and the humongous sombrero.  It got much worse, with my sheepish embarrassed look further enhanced by the waitress when she smeared chocolate over parts of my face.  Thanks to grandson Emmett Lee and Photoshop, at least those elements have been purged from the photo!


On the day that we actually celebrated my birthday, it was really hot outside so we stayed home.  As one might guess based on the previous photos, I was off my diet for these 2 days.  We started our second day with a huge breakfast with scrambled cheese eggs, bacon, sausage, hash brown potatoes, fresh fruit and toast.  

While the ladies chilled on the screened porch with Sangria and the ceiling fan, us guys snacked and played Bananas, Dominos, Sequence and Yahtzee!  (Imagine if you can…teenagers without a computer in their hand for hours!)

Grilled pork steaks, burgers, coleslaw,….??? Rounded out our evening meal.  Then it was time for my cake.  I really prefer pie but I deviated from the norm and decided to have a nice glazed Bundt cake.  I poured half and half over mine!
It was a short visit but it was a hoot with lots of fun and a real surprise to boot!  Hopefully we can all get together again for my 80th birthday…

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Thanks for stopping by for a visit!


Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Monday, August 14, 2017

Mammoth National Monument – Waco Texas

Our visit to Waco Texas went beyond the Magnolia Market and the “Fixer Upper” phenomenon and a driving tour of some of the historic sites in the city.  There were 2 other attractions that we wanted to visit…


The first of those attractions was the Waco Mammoth National Monument.  Beginning with the first public access to the site in 2009, the Waco Mammoth Foundation worked to develop it in partnership with the city of Waco and Baylor University.  In 2015, the Foundation successfully sought a National Monument designation, bringing the expertise of the National Park Service into the partnership.



Not only is this a relatively new National Monument, it is a fairly small property by National Park/Monument standards.  The welcome center is simple and straight-forward…staffed by both the National Park Service and volunteers.


This tent is where guided tours of the dig site start.  Although entry to the National Monument is free, visitors can only tour the dig site with a tour guide.  The fee is minimal…$5.00 for adults, $4.00 for seniors, the military, educators and students from the 7th grade through college.  Younger children pre-K through the 6th grade are $3.00 each.   


This young lady was manning this display table full of fossils and bones…some real and others copies.  Junior rangers are regularly scheduled at the National Monument for this task… A big group of school children arrived just as we prepared to start our tour and this would be their first stop. 

In addition to the dig site itself, the National Monument offers hiking trails, a picnic area, birdwatching and a kid’s ‘dig box’.   


We were very happy when one of the volunteers offered to take us on a tour out of sequence, ahead of and separate from the school kids!  A paved path leads along to the actual dig site and its displays.

Laurie and I love Live Oak Trees!  Laurie took this photo of the woods leading to the covered dig site.  The park is small, covering only about 100 acres with the dig site and its immediate vicinity occupying just about 5 acres. 

  
It’s about a 300 yard stroll along the path to the covered dig shelter.  The public was invited to visit the dig site in 2009 for the first time after completion of this structure.  The National Park Service was only deeded this 5 acres segment by the City of Waco which retains ownership of the remainder of the property.   


This is part of the ravine in which the mammoth bones were discovered.  This area is just outside of the dig shelter.  The site was discovered in 1978 by 2 local men who were searching for arrowheads and fossils near the Bosque River. They found a large bone and took the bone to the Strecker Museum at Baylor University in Waco for analysis.


Once the bones were identified as those of a Columbian mammoth, the museum staff organized a formal dig at the site. Between 1978 and 1990, sixteen (16) mammoths were discovered!

How the animals at the site died is really unknown but apparently humans weren’t involved.  The theory is that about 68,000 years ago, at least 19 mammoths from a nursery herd were trapped in a steep-sided channel during a flash flood and they drowned and/or were buried in the mud.



This is one of the female mammoths from the first drowning event.  A second drowning event took place at a later date.  That time a still unidentified animal associated with a juvenile saber-toothed cat died and was buried in the muck.  A third event claimed the lives of a bull mammoth, two juvenile mammoths, and an adult female.  15,000 years after the nursery herd was trapped, this last group of animals were also unable to escape the ravine due to its slippery slopes. 


The same flood that caught up the mammoth nursery herd also trapped a camel. “Camelops” is an extinct genus of camel that once roamed western North America.  It disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene period about 10,000 years ago.  This “American” camel was very closely related to the Old World Dromedary and Bactrian camels.

Camelops's extinction appears to have been part of a larger North American “die-off” in which native horses, mastodons and other camelids died out. Possibilities for extinction include global climate change and hunting pressure from the arrival of the Clovis people.  They were prolific hunters. 


This is an overview of the primary viewing area of the dig site although there is another area to the left of this photo.  You can see the school children checking out the mammoth remains.  We were encouraged by the fact that even pre-teens in the group seemed interested in the dig and they asked a lot of questions…

The paintings on the walls of the dig shelter depict the nursery family at the right and a mammoth bull at the back center.  Like elephants, their modern relatives, mammoths were quite large.  The largest known species reached heights of about 13.1 ft. at the shoulder.  However, most species of mammoth were only about as large as a modern Asian elephant. 

Factoid:

·       Mammoths survived on the American mainland until 10,000 years ago.  A small population survived on St. Paul Island Alaska, up until about 5,800 years ago and the small species of mammoths on Wrangel Island Russia appear to have survived until only 3,700 years ago...about when the Middle Kingdom of Egypt was in full flower.

We enjoyed our tour and our guide was very knowledgeable.  Baylor University and the city of Waco are to be commended for their perseverance as regards this historic dig and the eventual creation of the National Monument.  For more information on the Waco Mammoth National Monument, just go to https://www.nps.gov/waco/index.htm.

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Thanks for stopping by for our tour of this National Monument!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


Friday, August 11, 2017

Down Home Cooking in Oak Ridge Tennessee

I’m always looking for a new dining experience here in East Tennessee and when I read about a restaurant that is a local favorite in Oak Ridge Tennessee, we gathered up our friends Linda and Norm and headed out for dinner.  It was about a 45 minute drive…


This is Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery.  It’s located in Jackson Square which is the historic center of Oak Ridge.  The Square is the original town site of the city.

Oak Ridge is also referred to as “The Secret City”.  Oak Ridge was established in 1942 as a production site for the Manhattan Project, the massive operation that developed the atomic bomb.  The Federal government seized 60,000 acres from local citizens and forced them to quickly leave their property.  By the end of WWII, the population of Oak Ridge (aka the “Atomic City” or the “City Behind the Fence”) had reached 75,000. 

During the Manhattan Project, the government built small areas for shopping and entertainment that were designed to serve workers and their families within the secure area in what is now known as Oak Ridge.  Jackson Square is part of the Oak Ridge Historic District as designated in the National Register of Historic Places.  During the war, Jackson Square was open 24 hours, seven days a week and was a common spot to gather when workers had downtime. These days Jackson Square is home festivals, shops, restaurants, the Oak Ridge Playhouse, (established during WWII), and the Oak Ridge Farmers Market.


The kitchen at Dean’s Restaurant isn’t a ‘secret’ to diners.  It’s definitely an open concept.  It’s worth noting that Dean’s grilled foods are among their most popular.  This is because all grilling is done over a wood fire…  


There are specials every day and prices are very reasonable.  Note the meat and 2 sides approach to dining…a true southern touch.


Remember… This restaurant is named Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery!  On this day, Dean’s was offering 9 different cakes, 3 pies, 3 fried pies, cookies, banana pudding, peanut butter brownies and pecan bars. 


Dean’s is spacious with lots of room between diners.  Historic photos and memorabilia decorate the walls.  Dean’s is not easy to find so GPS is very helpful.  However, Big Ed’s Pizza, another local and well renowned favorite is just a block or so away.


Our clean cut, well-spoken and friendly waiter asked us if we’d like some bread with our meal.  Our answer was yes…and the result was this basket of warm rolls, corn muffins and soft butter.  The corn muffins were perfect…crispy on the edges, soft and moist in the middle and just a touch sweet.


This was Laurie’s dinner.  It’s the Pot Roast Dinner with 3 sides. ($11.99) The pot roast with gravy was about as good as this comfort food can be.  Laurie liked her mashed potatoes and gravy.  The sautéed carrots were just right and the wood grilled squash was as good as she’s ever had!


Norm had one of the specials…Hughie T’s Country Fried Steak. ($11.99) For his sides he went for those carrots and the wood grilled squash with coleslaw as his third…just to be different.  He enjoyed his meal but he thought that the meat should have been warmer…  


Linda just went with the meat and two option. ($10.99) This was the wood grilled boneless Pork Loin with the grilled squash and mashed potatoes.  She enjoyed her pork and loved the squash but wasn’t crazy about the potatoes.  She felt that they tasted a little off from what she’d expect from fresh homemade mashed potatoes.  I tasted Laurie’s and, although Laurie liked them, I had to agree with Linda…


For my entrée, I ordered French fries as one of my meat plus 3 components.  This huge order of fries delivered good flavor and they were hot…but they were too soggy for my taste.  They should be crisp on the outside and soft in the middle.


As you can see, I also went for the Hughie T’s Country Fried Steak…with grilled corn and that amazing squash.  I ordered the grilled corn just because I’d never had it cooked that way before.  It was OK and lots of people prefer their corn grilled...but I’ve decided that my preference is steamed corn with melted butter and pepper.

As for the country fried steak, I agreed with Norm…it was just lukewarm…like it had been cooked earlier and was sitting in a pan.  Then someone put gravy over the top when it was served.  It was a big generous tasty hunk of meat but I think that I prefer a traditional crispy chicken fried steak with pepper gravy.


Linda and Norm shared this big slice of Coconut Cake. ($4.99) They thought that it was nice and moist and they enjoyed their dessert.


Laurie loves Coconut Cream Pie…this version topped with meringue. ($3.99) It wasn’t the best she’s ever had but it was very good.


I decided to go with one of the fried pies.  This was the coconut version. ($2.50) I hadn’t had a fried pie in years and now I remember why.  Although it was tasty, for my preference, fried pies have too much crust and not enough filling.

Dean’s also offers 3 large dinner salads to which you can add chicken salad, grilled chicken or salmon. ($9.99 to $12.98) Four sandwiches are also on the menu…included the Southeast’s omnipresent Pimento Cheese.  For the meat and 1, 2 or 3 options, turkey, fried catfish, grilled chicken, chicken ‘tenders’, pulled pork BBQ and salmon patties are on the regular menu.

We will return to Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery.  Despite the issues noted, the food was well prepared and flavorful and the price was right.  We will sample other items on the menu the next time.

Dean’s Restaurant and Bakery is at 239 Broadway in Oak Ridge Tennessee’s Jackson Square.  Phone: 865-481-2071.  Dean’s website can be found at http://www.deansrestaurantandbakery.com/.  

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Thanks for stopping by for dinner!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave