Saturday, May 14, 2011

East Tennessee - Classic Country Diner!

As previously reported, (5/2/11: ‘Locavores – Good Eating in East Tennessee), we recently drove down to Delano Tennessee to buy produce from the local Mennonite community farm market.  We had another goal in mind that needed to be fulfilled before we did any shopping… We drove a bit past the market to the town of Benton. 

Lottie’s Diner is located just south of town and, we’ve had it on our back road radar for some time.  We were in serious need of a country breakfast!

It’s a straight-forward little restaurant with a deck for outdoor dining.  Nothing fancy…  Most of the customers were locals and since our visit was just a bit after the recent tornado outbreak in the south, much of the table to table conversation was about the damage suffered locally…trees and buildings damaged, power outages…and conversation about how everyone was pulling together to help with the recovery. 

Laurie ordered 2 eggs over easy with bacon and hash browns plus a ‘cathead’ biscuit and a side of gravy.  The eggs were a little overcooked but everything else was very tasty.  The biscuit was excellent and it was a meal in itself. 

My easy over eggs were about right… Note that the sausage patty was about the same size as the cathead biscuit!  We both agreed that this was one of the 2 or 3 best breakfasts that we’ve had to date, (21 months), in East Tennessee.

Service was very friendly… Nice people all around us!  This is a popular stop for truckers and other travelers traversing US Highway 411 between Chattanooga and Knoxville.  We will be back for more!

Lottie’s Diner is located at 5790 Highway 411 in Benton Tennessee.  Phone: 423-338-8511. 


  1. Dear Dave, Thank you for your visits it makes me happy that you visit. I must say that my Dad always said when truckers eat at a place the food is good. I am glad that you and Laurie enjoyed the time. There is nothing like eggs, biscuits, bacon, sausage,hash browns and coffee. What could be better than that. Blessings, Catherine

  2. Looks real good from here Dave. We've driven by the place several times but we're always in a hurry and between meals. Glad it turned out well.