Monday, August 19, 2019

Along the Cumberland Plateau – Sights and History


…continuing with our exploration of parts of East Tennessee, specifically the Cumberland Plateau, that we hadn’t visited before. 

The following are a combination of random ‘finds’ plus places listed in the National Register of Historic Places.



The first photo shows the Dunlap Community Building from the side along Cherry Street in Dunlap Tennessee.  The second view is the front of the structure on Rankin Street.  The building was constructed by the National Youth Administration (NYA) between 1938 and 1942.  It was a Depression Era project of the NYA designed to employ youths in Sequatchie County while teaching them job skills for future employment. 

This 2-story building was constructed with limestone quarried by hand from a local mountain, then cut and shaped using hand tools.  A total of 96 young men worked on the project, 10 to 20 at a time.  The building was put in use in 1940 but the finishing touches weren’t completed until 1942.  At issue was funding and the availability of materials.  Originally, this structure housed government offices, a dentist office, the American Legion meeting room and it also served the Home Demonstration Club.  The Community Building is now home to the Sequatchie County Library.

The National Youth Administration was a Great Depression “New Deal” agency sponsored by President Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Its mission was to provide work and education for Americans between the age of 16 and 25.  NYA projects were locally controlled, unlike the projects directed by the Works Progress Administration, the Public Works Administration and the Civilian Conservation Corps.  To learn more, you can go to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Youth_Administration. 
 

This is the Sequatchie County Courthouse in Dunlap Tennessee.  Although it looks fairly new, it was actually built in 1911 for $12,000!  That means that the courthouse is celebrating its one hundred and eighth birthday this year.  The county has a population of about 14,900 and Dunlap has approximately 5,200 residents. 

Sequatchie County was created in 1857 via a controversial circumvention of Tennessee’s constitution.  It was originally part of Hamilton County and it was named after the Sequatchie Valley, which had in turn been named for a Cherokee chief.  During the Civil War, the county’s largest action involved a raid in 1863 by Confederate General Joseph Wheeler in which his forces burned almost 1,000 wagons and took possession of a large quantity of local livestock to feed his forces.


As we headed out of Dunlap to continue our drive, I put on the brakes when I spotted the military equipment on display at the Sequatchie County Veterans Memorial Park.  The memorial park is a local project that began in February of 2010 when a group of local veterans decided that a memorial for area veterans was needed.  At that time, of the 600 or so local citizens who’d served in World War II, only about 20 were still alive.

This particular aircraft is a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk.  This single-seat subsonic carrier-capable attack aircraft was developed for the US Navy and the Marine Corps in the early 1950s.  This was a very versatile and successful aircraft with a total of 2,960 being built between 1954 and 1979.  Besides the United States, the A-4 served in the air forces of Israel (until 2015), Brazil, Malaysia, Kuwait, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

In addition to the A-4 Skyhawk, this photo also features 2 3-ton anchors provided for display by the US Navy and a US Army M-113 Armored Personnel Carrier.  Variants of the M-113 are still in service with the USA and many other governments around the world.  Roughly 80,000 of the M-113 have been built since production started in 1960. 


This is a Vietnam era UH-1C “Huey” helicopter.  This version of the original model of this type of Bell helicopter was first introduced in the early fall of 1965.  Only about 766 of this model were built as Bell was about to introduce its AH-1 “Cobra” gunship.  The UH-1C was still a favorite with many as its door gunners could lay down fire towards the rear of the helicopter and it provided extra sets of eyes on enemy activity.

The efforts that was expended by local volunteers to procure and refurbish this “Huey” helicopter were epic.  There are many, many photos on the Sequatchie County Veterans Memorial Park Facebook page that show the work in various stages…and then there are photos of the Huey being transported to the park and placed on display.

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois (nicknamed the Huey) was first introduced into the US Army in 1959.  Around 7,000 of these aircraft were deployed in the Vietnam War.  A total of more than 16,000 Huey helicopters have been built and they are still in use in the US military as well as many other armed forces around the world.


This is a real Air Force classic.  It’s a fully restored T-33/F-80 “Shooting Star”, one of the very earliest US fighter jets.  It took nearly 2 years for local volunteers to restore this aircraft…and in late October 2018 it was towed down US 127 in Dunlap to the Veterans Park.  It was the final piece completing the display honoring area veterans.  A special National Guard trailer was needed to complete the move through Dunlap.  Appropriately, it was officially unveiled on Veterans Day, 11/11/18.

Originally designated as the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star, this was the first jet fighter used operationally by the US Army Air Forces.  It saw limited service in Italy just before the end of World War II.  With the creation of the Air Force as a separate military entity, the Army’s P-80 was re-designated as the F-80 and it saw extensive combat in the Korean Conflict.  The closely related T-33 2-seat Shooting Star trainer remained in service with the US Air Force well into the 1980s and the last one wasn’t retired until April of 1997.  Over 7,000 variants of this aircraft were built.


While the military hardware is interesting and represents the various branches of the military, the most significant feature of the Sequatchie County Veterans Memorial Park is this wall next to the A-4 Skyhawk.  It is inscribed with the names of over 1,700 area veterans who have served in American military conflicts beginning with the Revolutionary War and continuing all the way through the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This park and the wall in particular are a fitting tribute to those who have served to protect and defend the USA!  The Sequatchie County Veterans Memorial Park has a large site on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/category/Nonprofit-Organization/Sequatchie-County-Veterans-Memorial-Park-115319681863938/.


I took this photo of this sign welcoming us to Gruetli-Laager Tennessee just because the name is so unusual.  Actually, Gruetli-Laager (population about 1,700) consists of 2 towns that were incorporated into a single city.  Gruetli was founded by German speaking Swiss immigrants in 1869.  It was part of a greater initiative by an organization known as the Tennessee “Kolonisation Gesellschaft” to establish Swiss colonies on the Cumberland Plateau. 

Laager was originally just a railroad stopover established in 1918 in the hills just east of Gruetli that was originally called “Henley’s Switch”.  I couldn’t find anything that explained why it was renamed “Laager”.  Of course, ‘lager’ is a type of beer and ‘laager’ is a South African Boer/Afrikaans term referring to a defensive camp formed by a circle of wagons.  Both words have Germanic roots…

Then there is the nearby town of Soddy-Daisy…but that’s another story.


We followed along a back road searching for another place that was listed in the National Register of Historic Places.  Sadly, this was it…

This two and a half story weatherboard frame house on Colony Road in Grundy County Tennessee was built ca. 1875 by one of the earliest Swiss settlers in the area.  It served as a residence for the family and as an inn on the McMinnville-Chattanooga stagecoach line. 

The builder and owner, Christian Marugg, served as postmaster and storekeeper, plus he operated a printing press and made award winning wine.  Christian’s descendants continued to operate the Stagecoach Inn until 1915.  It served as a social gathering place for several years in the early 1900s, with dances being held every weekend on the first floor.  The second floor had 8 bedrooms for travelers.  This crumbling old inn is the last known commercial structure that remains from the original Swiss settlement of Gruetli. 

That’s all for now.  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Friday, August 16, 2019

Breakfast in Dunlap Tennessee


…continuing with our exploration of an area of East Tennessee that we’d never visited before.  It was time for breakfast!



We love small town restaurants…as well as neighborhood diners and dives.  As per the sign out front, the Dunlap Restaurant has been open since 1962.  This is their fifty-seventh year in business, quite an accomplishment!  This local favorite is open 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.



The dining area at the Dunlap Restaurant is classic…with booths, tables and a counter with stools.  The tables even have the old time style checkered table coverings!  The staff appeared to be seasoned veterans and most of the customers seemed to be regulars.

So what to eat?  It turned out that we’d lucked out!  It was only 10:55 AM and our waitress told us that they serve breakfast (our favorite meal) until 11 AM.


Laurie’s breakfast standard has always been 2 eggs over medium, bacon, hash browns and toast.  In this case, based on our waitress’s recommendation, Laurie decided on homemade biscuits rather than toast.  Dunlap Restaurant’s Classic Breakfast comes with meat and 2 or 3 sides. ($6.75 for 2 sides and $7.35 for 3) For her second side, she opted for the fried apples.

The eggs were about perfect and while the bacon and hash browns were fine, it was obvious that they’d been precooked. (Our first clue was just how quickly we got our food)


As for the biscuits…which I also ordered…they were warm, dense and yummy!  They were so good that I added a photo in their honor.


I ordered the same Classic Breakfast as Laurie, only mine came with sausage patties.  I’m felt that they were precooked as well and while they were good, they would have been better fresh off the grill.  As for the fried apples, they were a very nice change of pace…a real plus!

For lunch the Dunlap Restaurant has sandwiches and plate lunches. (Classic meat and two sides $6.25, with meat and three sides $6.90) The dinner menu includes items like a 12 oz. ribeye for $14.95, southern fried catfish for $9.25, a hot roast beef platter for $8.95 or a half-fried chicken dinner for $9.95.  Unless otherwise stated, entrees include a potato, salad and 2 vegetable sides.

The Dunlap Restaurant is a pleasant place to dine with lots of friendly folks and substantial fare at great prices.  Our breakfast was above average for the price but it would have been kicked up a notch if it had all just come off the grill.

The Dunlap Restaurant is located at 17238 Rankin Avenue (US Hwy 127) in Dunlap Tennessee.  Phone: 423-949-2595.  Their website is found at https://www.thedunlaprestaurant.com/.

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Historic Coke Ovens – Dunlap Tennessee


We finally went on a day long drive to explore parts of East Tennessee where we hadn’t ventured before… I’d planned out my route and researched historic buildings and sites as well as restaurants where we might have breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Out first stop was in Dunlap Tennessee…


This is the Dunlop Coke Ovens Museum.  We don’t think of Tennessee as a coal mining state but this museum is home to the largest collection of coal mining photos in the state as well as hundreds of mining related artifacts.  Unfortunately, the museum itself was closed when we stopped by. 

This is a full size replica of the original Douglas Coal and Coke Company’s commissary building.  The original structure (1902) was torn down in 1927 when the original company’s successor, the Chattanooga Iron and Coal Company declared bankruptcy.  In 1984, the Sequatchie Valley Historical Association determined that they would build this replica ‘commissary’ structure in the original location in order to house related artifacts and to present the history of the coke operation as well as a bit of other local history.



In 1899, coal mining began on Fredonia Mountain overlooking Dunlap.  For the next 25 plus years, mining grew into an industrial operation that helped the local economy grow and prosper. 

These ‘beehive’ ovens were constructed at the base of the mountain.  They were used to turn coal into coke for use in Chattanooga’s iron and steel foundries.  FYI, coke is a fuel derived from the carbonization of coal…that was used primarily in the production of ‘pig iron’, also referred to as crude iron...the raw material for steel production.

The first 24 ovens were constructed in 1902.  Expansion followed in 1906 with the addition of 144 more ovens and a steam powered coal washer.  In total, 268 stone ovens had been built by the time the operation went bankrupt.

As you can see from the photos, many of the old coke ovens have badly deteriorated.  They’d been unused and exposed to nature for more than 50 years…with the damage exacerbated by locals dumping trash and removing stones from the ovens.


This Norfolk and Western Caboose and a replica depot sit near the museum.  At one point, the railroad was critical to the mining operations, transporting coke, mining equipment and passengers to and from Dunlap…which is only about a mile from this 62 acre park.  During the early part of the 1900s, a passenger and freight depot at Dunlap served the Sequatchie Valley Railroad (Pikeville Branch Railroad)…all part of the Nashville, Chattanooga and St. Louis rail system.

In addition to remnants of old standard rail beds and some actual rails, there is also a 3,900 foot long old incline rail bed that leads to the top of the mountain/bluff where the actual mining took place.  The incline rail line was critical to operations when the coke ovens were operating.  



These photos show some of the more intact and preserved coke ovens at the park.  The rise of the steel industry during the Industrial Revolution required an enormous increase in the demand for coke.
 
The Dunlap coke ovens operation was made up of 5 batteries.  The batteries are all about 9 feet tall and 35 feet wide and range in length from 180 feet to 725 feet.  Each battery rests on a foundation of clay.  Railroad tracks ran across the top of each battery.  The incline railway brought the coal from the mine and the rail cars would dump the coal into the coke oven’s openings on the top.  At its peak, the workforce at these coke ovens reached 350…as the ovens operated 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

To learn more about the Dunlap Coke Ovens and the park, you can go to the park’s website at http://cokeovens.com/ and to an extensive summary of the operation at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunlap_coke_ovens.

Note: A Bluegrass music festival is held at the park every year during the first weekend in June.


This handsome Queen Anne style home is located adjacent to the Dunlap Coke Ovens Park and Museum.  Originally, this was the Douglas Coal and Coke Company Clubhouse…later known as the Chattanooga Iron and Coal Company Clubhouse.  It was built ca. 1902 to serve as a hotel for visiting company officials and traveling salesmen as well as a recreational facility for company managers.  Today it is a private residence…

Unfortunately none of the homes that were built for the Coke operation’s workers are left standing.  They were simple 4-room houses with a porch.  There were 2 sets of homes, one set was painted green (Green Town) and the other set was painted red (Red Town). The number of homes that were built is unknown but these company built communities had over 700 residents.

That’s it for now… Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Monday, August 12, 2019

A Restaurant in Sweetwater Tennessee plus a Breakfast Special


We’ve eaten at most of the restaurants within 30 minutes of our home in East Tennessee.  We’re always looking for new dining venues too.  In addition, we also spread ourselves around, with only a handful of nearby restaurants, (about 5 in total), that we visit more than 6 – 12 times a year.

Consequently, there are several restaurants within 30 minutes of home that we haven’t gotten back to in a couple of years or longer… On this occasion, we decided to re-visit one of those dining options for dinner.


This is Bradley’s Pit Barbeque and Grill in on TN Hwy 68 in Sweetwater Tennessee.  This large restaurant has seating for 120 patrons and it also offers patio dining in nice weather.  Bradley’s is located close to I-75 between Knoxville and Chattanooga and even has parking for semi-trucks and buses.

I failed to take a photo of ‘Bradley’s Sweet Side’, an ice cream shop that’s located at the west end of the parking lot.  We haven’t given it a try yet.


When you enter Bradley’s the first things that you encounter are the hostess station/cash register and a smattering of products for sale.


Upon entry, to your left you can see one of the two dining rooms in the restaurant, this one on the other side of a half wall. 


This is the dining room where we were seated.  There is a large TV on one wall and some country kitsch decorative items scattered around on the walls.  The room was clean and orderly.  Service was very good with the waitresses friendly and helpful.  We also felt that they’d been working at Bradley’s for a while.



The previous 2 photos show Laurie’s hamburger.  She ordered the newest item on the menu…a cheeseburger with lettuce and tomato and bacon jam…  She thought that it was excellent and she’d order it again!  The homemade potato chips were very good too.  I know because I finished them off for her!


I decided to take a chance on what I thought was an unusual menu item.  This was the Open Face Beef Brisket Sandwich.  With this creation, 2 slices of Texas toast (3 in this case) bracketed a heap of mashed potatoes, topped with pit barbeque brisket and slathered with a rich brown gravy.  I ordered coleslaw as my side but for some reason I was served a second heap of mashed potatoes and gravy.  It was a bit of overkill…

The brisket was quite tasty and smoky but, for me at least, the nice brown gravy just didn’t work with it.  The potatoes were very good too and the coleslaw was better than average.

Bradley’s Pit Barbeque and Grill is open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week.  The menu offers sandwiches, steaks, burgers, chicken, fish, a stuffed potato and of course, a number of barbeque items.  

This restaurant is located at 517 New Highway 68 in Sweetwater Tennessee.  Phone: 423-351-7190.  Website: https://bradleypitbbq.com/.  For some reason, the menu is on a separate site… In any case, if you’d like to check out Bradley’s menu, it can be found at http://www.ourrestaurantmenu.com/bradleysbbq/.


One more food item… Our recent visit to Lonesome Dove netted me some leftover mashed potatoes.  I don’t like to waste food so they became part of my breakfast menu one morning.  I seasoned them with garlic and onion powder plus pepper, then fried them in Amish butter to brown them up a bit.  

Next I scattered a bunch of shredded sharp cheddar cheese on the potatoes, turning the whole mess over repeatedly until the cheese was partially fried around the edges.  Finally, I fried up a couple of over-easy eggs to drop on top.  Yum!  After this big breakfast, I skipped lunch…

That’s about it for now.  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them.

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Friday, August 9, 2019

Pizza and Critters…

For the time being I have a bad knee limiting what we can do and where we can go… Such is life!  We have had a little excitement in our life though, mostly revolving around eating out locally, plus the critters that have entertained us as well as those that have found a temporary home with us.



We’re still getting used to the change in scenery in our neighborhood… If we look down the street to the left, it’s nice enough but it’s all about the 2 relatively new houses.  If we look up the street to our right, it looks like the view that we had for the first 8+ years living here in East Tennessee.  Still, as we get older its better to have neighbors close by...


In the last couple of weeks, despite all the building going on within 3 – 4 blocks of us, much to our delight the deer have returned.  This doe grazed her way through our back yard/wooded area, thoughtfully trimming back our oak leaf hydrangeas.  Then she watched us watching her for a while. 



Just the other day, Laurie took these photos of a doe and her triplets grazing along the edge of the woods across the street from our house.  The pictures are a little blurry as she was taking them through the window.

Notes:

·       While twins are the norm for most populations of deer, about 15 to 20% of does will bear triplets when the deer population is in balance and living in a high-quality habitat.

·       Did you know that twin and triplet fawns are not always sired by a single buck?  Research shows that 20 to 25% of twin fawn sets were sired by two different bucks.


I was looking around the internet for new pizza venues and I came across Metro Pizza in Alcoa Tennessee.  It’s located in the middle of a large strip shopping center that is part of a larger shopping complex.  It was hard to spot from the road but we kept looking until we saw it.



The dining area of Metro Pizza is basic but colorful.  Customers go up to the counter to order their food and the staff brings it out to you.  The staff was friendly and efficient and they make the pizzas right in front of the customers.

As per their website, Metro Pizza isn’t part of any chain but the restaurant is the result of an Italian gentleman who started it all about 25 years ago.  Dough is made from scratch daily and it’s never frozen.  The pasta sauce is made from oven baked vegetables cooking in 100% extra virgin olive oil, premium spices and tomatoes.  Pizza sauce is also made from scratch.  The cheeses are purchased in bulk and sliced in house.  The meats used at Metro Pizza are shipped in from a source in New Jersey.   


This was our huge 18” Pepperoni and Italian Sausage Pizza.  I didn’t get a detailed receipt but as per their on line menu, it cost $21.45 if the listing is up to date.  We both had domestic light beers at $3.25 each.

This is a thin crust pizza…pretty much what one would expect in a New York style pizza pie.  We could have folded it to eat it like a true northeasterner but we prefer the knife and fork method when eating a crust that sags.  The pizza was crisp on the bottom but with the sauce, cheese and meat, the ends drooped a bit.

This pizza has now taken second place in our list of favorite pizzas in East Tennessee.  The ingredients were flavorful, with the sausage and pepperoni acting as key players in the medley of taste!  More good news in the sense that we had 4 slices left to take home for another meal…

We’ll have to come back to try some other items on the menu.  In addition to pizza, this restaurant also serves calzone, Stromboli, pastas (with salad and garlic bread), hot subs, and dinners with a side of spaghetti.  Metro Pizza is located at 1084 Hunters Crossing in Alcoa Tennessee.  Phone: 865-982-2200.  Website: https://www.mmmetropizza.com/index.html.  
 

Speaking of critters, a local Loudon resident posted a request for a temporary place for her cats to stay while she looks for a new place to live that will allow her to have these felines cohabit with her…

Laurie volunteered to help despite her allergies…and so we have this photo of our bed with Loulou on the left and Roger on the right.




Loulou is only 2 years old and she’s quite small.  She was rescued by ‘her human’ right after having a litter of kittens when she was far too young for such a challenge.  She is shy when she first meets you but once she’s used to her environment, she runs and plays all over the place.  It’s difficult to get a good photo of her…she's always in motion!




Roger is an entirely different story.  He’s a 17 lb. 8 year old boy who has been raised from a kitten by his human.  He normally has very long fur but his owner has him regularly given a reverse poodle cut...because he loves the close feel of the human hand.  He is spoiled and he’s a lover.  He can’t get enough attention! Roger is an explorer and he can’t stand a closed door.  He’ll cry and paw at it until someone opens it or he gets tired.  He is good at posing for photos…


This photo shows Roger being held by Linnea, his very own human!  He actually likes being held like a baby and picking him up for any reason just isn’t an issue. 


As this picture shows, Roger likes to get close to people!  He tends to get as close to your face as he can… Here he’s trying to see just how bad Laurie’s allergies can get!  


Loulou isn’t a cat that is into being held!  If you pet her too long, she gets all worked up…like a 2 year old on a sugar high.  Like most 2 year old children, her favorite toy is the most simple.  In her case, she goes nuts playing with 2 plastic straws tied together!

So that’s it for now.  Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

The Apple Cake Tea Room

To begin with, I will admit to a male gender bias… Most American men will shy away from frequenting any restaurant that has ‘tea room’ as part of its name.    'Tea room' indicates an all-female venue with dainty or ‘fussy’ food.

We have been living in the greater Knoxville area for 10 years now and we’ve passed the Apple Cake Tea Room many, many times.  Laurie would suggest that we should try it sometime and I’d just keep driving.  However the other day after a little shopping in the Turkey Creek shopping area, and in an effort to try somewhere new for lunch, I actually suggested that we give this ‘tea room’ a try.


The Apple Cake Tea Room’s log cabin exterior is certainly different than most restaurants that aren’t actually in the Smokey Mountains.  One other fact that separates this restaurant from most others…the same family has been operating it for 35 years!


When you enter The Apple Cake Tea Room, there is a small retail area around the hostess/cashier’s desk.  Right away, one feels that they’ve been transported from Knoxville to another place and time…



Here are 2 views of the dining room.  With the low ceilings, the lighting, wood beams and the overall décor its pure country.  It’s also warm and welcoming. In the second photo please note that I wasn’t alone…another male had dared to invade this feminine sanctuary!


This beautiful quilt adorns one wall of the dining room.  FYI, the restaurant filled up shortly after we arrived…and there weren’t any additional males to be seen while we were there...except one fellow clearing tables.


Service was very pleasant.  Our waitress was both competent and friendly.  To start, she brought us these 2 little warm muffins.  They were tasty but tiny and I began to worry about the size of my entrée.  FYI, we ordered coffee, not tea, to accompany our meal. ($1.99)


As a side item, I ordered the Cheese Bread ($.90) to bolster the size of my expected luncheon entrée.  As it turned out, this was the only item we ordered that was disappointing.  Basically it was just melted cheese on white bread…


Laurie ordered one of The Apple Cake Tea Room’s ‘Specialties’ and it’s most popular item, the Tea Room Medley. ($9.15) It includes chicken salad, glazed fruit, a banana nut bread sandwich with cream cheese filling, and potato chips.  Laurie loved it all!  I tried a bite of her chicken salad and it was very tasty…

In addition to the 5 specialties on the menu, there also are 6 cold sandwiches, 4 hot sandwiches, 7 salads, a stuffed potato, combination lunches and 5 different desserts to choose from.


Cleverly, one of the restaurant’s specialties is designed for women who enjoy a more hearty meal…or is it on the menu to please the occasional male accompanying a lady?  My entrée was “Bravo!  Beef and Gravy”. ($9.15) Tasty and plentiful slices of roast beef are stacked on top of a slice of white bread topped with flavorful brown gravy, accompanied by half of a stuffed potato and a layered salad.  There was plenty to eat!

The potato is blended with cream cheese, chives, sour cream and it’s served in a potato skin, topped with cheese and bacon bits.  The layered salad consisted of lettuce, mayonnaise, green onions, green peppers, Swiss cheese, peas and bacon bits.  The potato was very enjoyable and while the salad was fine, the dressing was too bland for my taste and trying to eat the chopped up salad in that little bowl was challenging.  I finally emptied it on my plate to finish it.  


We brought home a slice of the namesake Apple Cake. ($5.25) The next day I melted a little butter on it in the microwave and finished it off.  It was good if not great…but to be fair, I like pie a lot better than cake.

Both the ambiance and service were pleasant and the food was way above average in quality.  Except for not huge slice of cake, the prices seemed very reasonable.  Laurie already has plans to return with one of her lady friends.

The Apple Cake Tea Room hasn’t really changed their menu in 35 years.  Despite very limited hours, 11 AM – 2:30 PM Monday through Saturday, this restaurant has prospered.  They have a cabin and rooms available for special events and I’m sure that this is part of their secret for success.

The Apple Cake Tea Room is located at 11312 Station West Drive in Farragut Tennessee.  (It’s accessible from Campbell Station Road right just a couple of blocks from I-40/75) Phone: 865-657-9624.  They are on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Apple-Cake-Tea-Room-117724694910977/.

Just click on any of the photos to enlarge them…

Thanks for stopping by for a visit!

Take Care, Big Daddy Dave