TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006

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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/08 18:09:48 (permalink)
How easy is it to get to Litton's from I-75 or I-640? Would it be quick enough for a stop if I have the cats in the car? Or should I just make a road trip up to Knoxville to see Sundncer after I get settled? Maybe I can horn in on Louis' vacation instead. Did anyone else notice that his book was shown on the Feasting on Asphalt show when they were in Duncan Hines' kitchen? Way to go Louis!

Computer curfew has struck, must go pack some more.

Hugs from your Georgia Bound Diva,
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/08 18:11:55 (permalink)
Al,

As usual, great trip report and photos.

I'll most likely be heading down south in the fall, and I'm tempted to take a side trip to the Dillard House!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/08 18:15:12 (permalink)
Litton's is just a couple of miles up Broadway off of 640. Great stop but you will pass Louis on Broadway. As PP will testify and has indicated on this thread, their spaghetti sauce is the best either of us has ever had. Two great spots on one street.

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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/08 18:22:06 (permalink)

Alice coming down I-75... Use exit 108, turn left at the end of the ramp. Follow that road (Cedar Lane) to Fountain City (2.7 miles)The road winds thru a residential area, but is easy to follow. When you see the large Duck Pond and Park on the left,Look slightly to the right at the first major intersection (across the street from the park and pond) You will see an Exxon Station and Littons sign sticking up behind it. It is clearly visible. Less than 3 miles from I-75 going both north and south so easy access both ways. I hope you have time to stop and try the food!!

WJ- Dillard House would be a great stop on your tour. The only down side is that it is a bit out of the way if you are really pointed towards one of the major points of interest or cities . If you are willing to take the side-trip, I can promise you an exceptional eating experience in a stunning environment.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/08 19:41:36 (permalink)
A great report as usual. I am ready for your next trip!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/08 19:45:13 (permalink)
Litton's, from I-75, is easy. Get off at Merchant's Rd, and go east three miles. You'll see Litton's across the intersection, next to a service station. You won't miss it.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/09 16:34:09 (permalink)
I submitted a formal review of Litton's and an update to the already posted review of Dillard House. Both of these institutions deserve considerable recognition for their contribution to the Roadfood World !!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/10 13:52:36 (permalink)
Al, did you say that I "mooch"? Well, maybe a little mooching......especially when Steve sends me bacon!

As usual, nice trip report. Hopefully when we get to SoCal we can participate more.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/10 13:58:04 (permalink)
Yeah... Mooch!! But a Lovely Mooch, if I do say so!! Poverty Pete kept saying, as we were figuring out how much Bacon and Ham and Prosciutto to purchase, " Hmmm 2 for me and one for Lisa, add that to yours will ya please"!!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/12 12:45:55 (permalink)
We cooked up one lb. of the Benton Bacon. Great 'medium thick' slices with a wonderful smokie aroma. Taste was outstanding and it crisped nicely without overcooking. We made B & T sandwiches for lunch and saved a few slices to crumble up into the Red-Potato Salad Jan made to go with the Smothered Pork Chops we enjoyed for Dinner. All in all we are very pleased with the Benton Ham products we purchased last weekend. Getting the chance to walk thru the Ham-production area with Allan Benton and watch him trim "our" Prosciutto Ham was a real bonus to the whole deal !!

PS- It is nice to see our review efforts posted as a new entry to the permanent roster of restaurants. Thanks, Bruce.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/12 13:08:10 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen

We cooked up one lb. of the Benton Bacon. Great 'medium thick' slices with a wonderful smokie aroma. Taste was outstanding and it crisped nicely without overcooking. We made B & T sandwiches for lunch and saved a few slices to crumble up into the Red-Potato Salad Jan made to go with the Smothered Pork Chops we enjoyed for Dinner. All in all we are very pleased with the Benton Ham products we purchased last weekend. Getting the chance to walk thru the Ham-production area with Allan Benton and watch him trim "our" Prosciutto Ham was a real bonus to the whole deal !!

PS- It is nice to see our review efforts posted as a new entry to the permanent roster of restaurants. Thanks, Bruce.


Al Your review of littons is as good as any I have ever seen on this site. I am glad to see you are famous. You obviously are.

Paul E. Smith
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/12 15:33:08 (permalink)
Dearfolk,
Nice report!
I've got a few places of my own to report subsequently. Right now, I'm at the Fontana Regional Library in Sylva, North Carolina, checking my e-mail and pecking this out in the cracks.
Looks like we just missed each other... well, I'll be forced to get a home internet connection soon, whether I want it or not... then I can visit this website every day and make reports as I have them to make instead of when some library is open!
That Litton's chili dog is making me hungry, and I've already had a plate of decent 'cue earlier today....
Temporarily Carolineanly, The Travelling Trencherman, Ort. Carlton in Mistycool Sylva, North Carolina.
P. S. The local beer here is amazing! I'll detail more on a subsequent visit to this thread.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/12 15:48:04 (permalink)
Ort,
You Old Rascal, We are glad you surfaced! We were beginning to worry that the rumor about you being in Jail might be true
Don't get too used to the North Carolina 'Que..It'll have you looking for property to dig your own pit, if you eat too much of it !
Report on your adventures when you can !!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/13 10:20:18 (permalink)
A friend of mine relocated from Charlotte to Bryson City a few years ago. I used to eat at his bbq place just off I-85 and ...duh brain fade...near the a/p every Friday. Little Rock Road was the exit. His place and Old Original were the only good bbq places in Charoltte...both gone now.

Anyway he has a place near the railroad station in Bryson City. He is a biker and has a real nasty scar on his right leg from a jerk idiot that worked for him. Guy spilled a tub of boiling grease on his leg...skin grafts, the whole nine yards.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/15 09:26:38 (permalink)
I didn't get to Litton's this trip, but do plan to make the GA to Dayton, OH trip later on so I'll plan a stop then. Thanks for the directions. Y'all are the greatest!

Alice
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/16 04:05:18 (permalink)
Great job Al, as usual, thanks. And thanks for posting the reviews in the Restaurants section also; threads like this will get buried eventually and that's always the first place I look when I'm planning to hit the road.

I'd heard of the pimento cheese burgers and thought they sounded pretty good but I've got to say that one is not very appealing looking.

I've never been a very good photogographer but a digital camera makes it a lot more fun to try. I hope to hone my skills and get to where I can post enticing pictures, too.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/16 10:22:43 (permalink)
I used about one in three of what I took in the restaurant. I always double or triple shoot those food shots, as my LCD shows me a lot, but not enough detail to decide if I captured what I wanted!! Since film and processing costs aren't an issue, Shoot First and Delete later is the way to go!!
Thanks for the feedback.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/18 02:10:11 (permalink)
Hahaha...so I am not the only one who looks up the recipe and doesn't buy the cookbook!

I almost missed this report...I wish we had a topic for roadfood reports and informal restaurant reports...

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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/18 03:34:51 (permalink)
Elise,
Since we don't have a special place for these informal reviews, I make an effort to title mine with "TRIP REPORT..." as the opening words, so that entering TRIP REPORT in the Search box should give you a list of those reports that I (and others) have posted.
Pretty damn clever for a 3:30am entry.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/19 18:52:12 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Al-The Mayor-Bowen
Ort, Report on your adventures when you can !!


Mr. Mayor (And All Sundry Citizens),
I promise to be back tomorrow to do just that. Needless to say, I have kept copious notes.
Tenaciously, Ort. Carlton in 30601-land.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/20 15:31:17 (permalink)
I was impressed with the farmer's market just up the road from Dillard. They have so many fresh vegetables! Also, did you notice the lovely campus of the private school across from Dillard's? We rode through the campus and it is very nice.
That is such a beautiful area. I learned that the Foxfire books and publishing place is in the area also. Glad you had a nice time-we try to go a couple of times a year. Your pics made me ready to go. If we hadn't planned a trip to Bel Air and then on to Mass. and Quebec for Sept. & Oct. we would be on the road to Dillard!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/20 15:46:55 (permalink)
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Originally posted by familydok

I was impressed with the farmer's market just up the road from Dillard. They have so many fresh vegetables! Also, did you notice the lovely campus of the private school across from Dillard's? We rode through the campus and it is very nice.
That is such a beautiful area. I learned that the Foxfire books and publishing place is in the area also. Glad you had a nice time-we try to go a couple of times a year. Your pics made me ready to go. If we hadn't planned a trip to Bel Air and then on to Mass. and Quebec for Sept. & Oct. we would be on the road to Dillard!


I definately noticed the college across the road and the view of it from the restaurant at Dillards was superb. Beautiful part of the country. I'll bet most folks do not know that North Georgia is this mountanious.

No wonder Deliverance was filmed in this area and the Brass Twon Mountain is one huge hill.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/20 19:36:00 (permalink)
Yes, That Prep School has a beautiful campus. The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra was to play a charity concert the following evening (Sunday) with tickets avilable at the restaurant for $50 or so, a seat.

While I guess that knowing that "Deliverence" was filmed nearby could be a plus for a PR person, when I saw the thousands of rafters and kayakers in a traffic jam on the river, I figured "Ole Burt and His Friends (Larry, Darryl, & Darryl) would probably give up and head back to the Barn to wait for the winter season!!
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/08/31 23:56:47 (permalink)
Good review, Al. I have never checked out this section of the message boards. I will in the future. Sounds like it was a good trip.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/09/01 12:58:50 (permalink)

Bill,
I was impressed enough with the area that we are going to return for a few days at the end of September on our way to visit family at Ft Benning, GA. We plan to stop at the Apple Barn in Sevierville, TN then Dillard and Helen GA before making the leap across Atlanta to Columbus/Ft.Benning.
This time we will stay in some of the less expensive motels in that area. Dillard House has great food, but they are a bit pricey in their lodging. We are looking forward to seeing more of the area this month.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/09/01 15:54:54 (permalink)
Nice to see Benton's to get some love on the forums. No country ham I have tried compares. It is simply the best country ham anywhere. Period.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/09/01 16:16:13 (permalink)
Benton's is a real colloquial place. Mr. Benton is a class act. I first took the Mayor there several years ago and it made an impression on him and Janet.

It is a truly neat stop. I wish they would add an addition to their business and start a small restaurant featuring their product.

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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/11/15 14:12:38 (permalink)
Great work on the Dillard House~ I've been eating there since I was a kid. FYI-if you mention you are a "local", you get a couple $$ off the price. In the warmer weather, a great after dinner experience, is to drive south of Dillard to Tiger, Ga., and see a movie at the Tiger Drive In. It's a small, family operation, that was recently re-opened, after many a year closed.

Also, for those remembering the movie "Deliverance" (and who couldn't!), you can have a burger flipped to order, by the famous "banjo boy" from the movie.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billy_Redden

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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/11/17 01:16:42 (permalink)
Al, great trip report, great pics. It reminds me that I should have taken more photos for my last trip report. You'd think...since my husband is a photographer.
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RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 2006/11/17 07:33:32 (permalink)
The Dillard House is wonderful. Only one recommendation-don't go for Thanksgiving! We were there a couple of years ago and stood in line for over 3 hrs. in the rain. It is great, but I'm not sure anyplace is that good!!
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