Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Breakfast in Madisonville Tennessee…

Another morning…but instead of our normal cereal, yogurt or toast with peanut butter and jam, we were up early enough to actually go out for breakfast.  As I’ve mentioned many times before, there seems to be limited breakfast options here in East Tennessee.  

In our vicinity…a 15 mile radius…we have Cracker Barrel (Just don’t like the food); Waffle House (OK…if a bit greasy); Shoney’s (I’d rather skip breakfast!); American House of Pancakes (Haven’t had breakfast there yet…but reports from friends haven’t been encouraging); Mark’s Diner (Seems to depend on whether the cook is ‘on’ or ‘off’ that day); Toqua Golf Course Clubhouse (Pretty decent actually) and; Dinner Bell (That big buffet is just too tempting for my well-being!). 
So, we headed out in a southerly direction to try someplace new to us…
This is the Lamp Post Restaurant on the north side of Madisonville Tennessee.  There are always cars and pick-up trucks in the parking lot, so it must be a local favorite.  It has that typical ‘diner look’ to it from the outside…
As we suspected, it was obvious that a lot of the patrons at the Lamp Post are long time regular customers.  The waitress was on first name basis with several of the diners seated near our table.
Lamp Post has the obligatory diner style counter with stools favored by workers and travelers on the run.  The restaurant's staff was friendly and welcoming.  Service was fine too…
In a slight nod to healthy eating, I ordered wheat toast with my hash brown potatoes, sausage patties and 2 eggs over easy.  I’d ordered my hash browns on the crispy side.  They were OK if not exactly crispy… The sausage patties were a little overcooked but tasty enough.
Laurie had a little more ‘crisp’ on her hash browns.  She said that the bacon was just fine…which is critical to her breakfast ‘happiness’!

All in all, we had a satisfactory if not great breakfast at the Lamp Post Restaurant.  The price was right, the food was decent and the people were nice.  We will stop here again on one of our drives.  I checked out a recent review on Yelp…and that patron gave the Lamp Post 4 stars out of 5 possible.
The Lamp Post Restaurant is located at 4218 U.S. Highway 411 in Madisonville Tennessee.  They are open from 6 AM to 9 PM Monday thru Saturday and from 6 AM to 3 PM on Sunday.   Phone: 423-420-0026.  I couldn’t locate a website for this restaurant.
Just click on any of the photos to enlarge it…
Thanks for stopping by for a visit!
Take Care, Big Daddy Dave 


  1. Delicious! I've never met a breakfast I didn't like, but Laurie's is my fave!

  2. Dear Dave, It is nice to find a place with a friendly atmosphere and first name basis. The extra plus is the good food. It sounds like you both enjoyed the morning. Blessings, Catherine

  3. You must have been a restaurant reviewer in a previous life :-). You really do a great review.I hope you have a fabulous day. Blessings...Mary