OK- It is time for my version of the GLEE CLUB MEETING-Trip Report
covering this expedition. I hope several of you will also give reports that cover the weekend from your own perspective...sort of like having the various networks covering the same news event...
We were late comers to the extended event, but planned to include the main meetings in our weekend visit to Tennessee. We visited Silke's Bakery and German Cafe
in Clarkesville... Knock'em Hill BBQ
in Hearndon KY, The Loveless and Ellendales
, both in Nashville.
Leaving home at 3:30 AM Saturday morning, we were among the first drivers to cross the newly repaired I-64 bridge to Louisville. It had been closed for 6 months due to structural failure found last September. Anyway it reopened to traffic at Mid-Night, just hours before we left, saving us several miles of city detour had it remained closed. Then down to E-town on I-65, and SW on the Western KY Parkway to the US 41 Parkway south to Clarksville/Ft Campbell. We timed the drive just right, planning to arrive just as SILKE'S BAKERY AND GERMAN CAFE
opened . All well and good, except I forgot to factor in the one hour time change from EST to Central Time. Thus we arrived right at 6:30 and had an hour to wait til the place opened at 7:30 !! Sort of a "Delayed TTM treatment"
! The Cafe actually opened for us about 7:10 and we were able to get some shopping for take home bread done before the rest of the crew arrived.
They had a nice variety of loaves of various breads and pastries for take-out as well as some nice rolls and 'Plates' of meats and cheeses for a light breakfast in the dining area. Please look up above in this thread for a copy of their complete menu. We were pleasantly surprised at the very high quality of the food presented at SILKES
. In a Military-centered town one expects a lot more in terms of GI targeted food offerings, but this is really good baked goods. The Sourdough we brought home is as good or better than any we have enjoyed elsewhere. The pastries were tasty, and the samples of the meat platters that were shared were very good...especially the liverwurst.
Here the boys sample pastries and look on at CTD's Meat Plate. He did share his Pickle chips with me !!
TTM ordered a meat sampler and a Latte' that looked great. The round disk is the slice of Liverwurst, It was outstanding.
We then left SILKES
at about 9 AM and convoyed out into the border area countryside to Knock'em Hill BBQ
. The owner and his assistants made us feel quite welcome and took our order. We had ten folks present so we ordered 4 of the Giant Pork Chops, and several other rib and pork plates. We heard a lot of mixed reviews of the various sides. Some folks like the beans, some didn't, and same for the Potato Salad etc. The Pork, both the ribs and the giant Chop was good. The Chop is really a 4 rib pork roast cooked slowly yet retaining most of it's moisture. It was "Interesting"!! We brought about half of ours home and finished it off Sunday night. About 11:30 am we were pretty well 'Porked Out" and headed to Nashville to check into our Motel and rest a bit before the evenings session.
AL & Jan shared this Giant Chop and the rib plate-
Here is Gregg (again) hoping we will not make him share the four chops !!
Lyn managed to consume "some of her Chop, but she took it home along with a Chocolate Pie that WJ had picked up at the Family Pie Store in Arkansas on his way to the meeting. She went home happy !!
Here's a close-up (minus CTD) of those Monster Chops
After a morning of pastry sausage and BBQ we were slowing down a bit.
As darkness settled in we headed west on I-40 to exit 192 and took the short side road over to the Loveless Cafe
. The place was very crowded and parking spaces were few and far between, but we eventually got settled and seated within minutes of checking in. Even though the place was jumping and quite noisy, the servers hustled food and drink to the 18 of us with amazing speed and courtesy. It really helped keep the spirit high to see the way they worked so hard to be sure everyone ALWAYS had full plates and drinks.
Greeting were warm and friendly, even in the big crowd.
Ralph and Lori check out the menu before the food began arriving. Lots of Biscuits and fresh Preserves helped start us off.
Chris brought his wife Ellen to her first RF meeting. She seemed to fit right in with the group. Chris (Pogophile) is our resident expert on Middle Tennesse locations !
The family style service meant that the platters and bowls saw a lot of movement as the dinner progressed
I managed one photo of my dinner..Ham, Catfish, Hashbrown Cassarole, Greens, Hush Puppies and Fried Chicken, with a Cucumber salad on the side. Outstanding..I rated the Ham as the top meat on the dinner. Some of the Varsity did a few desserts too, but we had our fill from the main menu.
MH and Lisa made the presentation of "Best trip Reports" to BuffetBuster and Wandering Jew. Well deserved awards, I must say.
The "Boys" show off their Trophies !! Congratulations Cliff and Dale, Keep the reports coming in.
Sunday Morning found the weather turning a bit sour. Our numbers dropped a bit due to some wear and tear for a couple of folks and the threat of bad weather affecting the ride home for others. With a dozen or so in attendance , we entered a much mellower environment at Ellendale's. The O J was fresh, the food quite good and the service, again, more than what one expects at a buffet/brunch. Lots of good conversation and a brief Sharing of thoughts on the Meaning of Life
by our young philosopher, T T M ,
was a fine ending to an excellent example of how the Roadfood Experience has brought us all together in a real "Spirit of Friendship". TTM
and Janet enjoy a light breakfast and some fresh O J
) delivers a brief sojourn on the Meaning of Life
to give us "food for thought
" on the trip home.
The guy really mellowed out as the brunch came to a close. Everyone said they were looking forward to the next meeting !
We will participate as we can in other activities later this year, but will be sure to mark our Calendar for a Gulf-Shore/ Mobile Weekend
this time next year!!!
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