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TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 2:26 PM (permalink)
Friday August 4th- Knoxville

We left Friday morning after dropping the dogs off at the Happy Tails Pet Resort. We usually take the pooches with us, but with the hot and muggy weather we did not want to have them stay in the truck during our meal-times and other happenings, so they got 'doggie-spa' time this trip.
We headed for Knoxville Tennessee via Lexington to meet up with Sundancer and Poverty Pete at Littons restaurant. Litton's has a good review on this site and is known far and wide as a great Burger Restaurant. Apparently it is better known that even we were aware as about mid-morning we received cell-phone calls from both Sundancer and P.P. that the Governor of Tennessee was enjoying his lunch at Litton's to celebrate his previous day's victory in the Primary Election....so the Parking area (at 11am) was crammed with TV trucks and cops and others interested in something other than a good burger. However by 1:30pm when we finally got into Knoxville things were back to normal. While Busy, the parking was easy and we were seated within a few minutes of entering.
Photo- 1 and 2




We had heard a lot about the Thunder Road Cheeseburger, so that was my choice. Janet and Paul selected the 'regular Cheeseburger' and Steve opted for the Fish Sandwich platter.
Here is my Thunder Road Cheeseburger. it was a great Burger ,but the Pimento Cheese was a bit overpowering , so I scraped off much of it, leaving a small amount to balance a bit better with the onions and the burger meat.

Here are the 4 plates together-


The fellow at the table beside me had ordered the Chili Dog. When it arrived he agreed to have us include it in the photo report. There is a 'Weinie' buried in that chili somewhere.!!


We enjoyed the lunch and the conversation a lot. For dessert we ordered some Red Velvet Cake (very, very sweet) for me and a Key Lime pie slice for Janet. I would pass on both next time. They were good, but on top of the Burger and Onion Rings they were a bit much!


At this point Paul headed for home, planning to join us Saturday in Georgia. P.P. and Janet and I headed south out of Knoxville to Madisonville and Sweetwater. We no sooner left Litton's that we were delurged with a real Frog-choker of a Rainstorm. We worked our way thru the late Friday afternoon traffic in Knoxville without being able to see the highway signs in the heavy rain. Luckily Steve knows the area so we finally emerged from the rain in the right location and pulled up at Benton's Hams in Madisonville TN without an extended delay. The place is on US 411 just south of the Junction with TN-72. Easy to spot once you are out of the city traffic.

We had a nice visit with Allan Benton who owns the business. Mr Benton started his professional life as a teacher just a year younger than the Mayor, so we swapped stories about what it like to try to feed a family on teacher pay back in the 60's!! He took us on a tour of the place showing and describing the steps in the process of making the ham and bacon products that he now excels in marketing. Fred Sauceman did a great article a couple of years ago reviewing Alan Bentons business. As a result of that article, Sundancer and I visited the place and really got hooked on the wonderful meat Mr.Benton produces. Country Hams, some 'extra-aged' for up to two years, Great Bacon- Ask Lleechef, she mooches some at every chance...and especially the Prosciutto.
Here are Hams in the various stages of aging.


Here are sides of Bacon, almost ready to slice.


We weren't sure how much of the prosciutto we wanted (read could afford at $16.00 a pound), but Allan told us that he sold the WHOLE Prosciutto Hams, de-boned and trimmed, but not sliced, for $6.50 a pound. Well Poverty Pete and I both jumped at that, with the agreement that Alan would cut the finished ham into two pieces so that we could each get a 'half'.
Here he is working on OUR Prosciutto.




We also bought some finished Bacon( 1 lb. pkgs), and some Country Ham 'Bits and Pieces' in 4 oz sealed pacs. Allan sealed our Prosciutto in the vacum-sealed plastic so it will keep until we are ready for it.

We bought some triscuits and had our supper in the motel on friday evening. This was a taste-test of comparing the prosciutto with thinly sliced Country Ham. We liked them both, but really noticed the softer texture of the Prosciutto when compared to the Country Ham. The Hams smokey flavor and grainier texture made it stand out from the mellower unsmoked Prosciutto...but the Ham was from the Bit's and pieces packs so it was probably trimmings from the outer edges, rather than the heart of the Ham!
Anyway, rather than go out for dinner friday we stayed in the Motel, snacked the nite away on the ham and triscuits and drank the Fuzzy Navels we wrote about on another thread. Homemade Peach Puree, OJ, Schnapps, and some bubbly soda made great beverages for Jan and I, while PP stayed with his beer!

Saturday Morning- We wandered around the Sweetwater Fleamarket for an hour or so. It is a large weekend Flea Market, Located on I-75 at exit 60. Always an interesting place to find a lot of stuff you don't need , fun to look at.

Then it was time to head for Dillard GA, with a stop at the Mayfield Creamery in Athens Tennessee on the way. Mayfield makes very good Ice cream. We think it is the equal to Grauters, the Cincinnati Ice Cream Chain, but Mayfields prices are "dirt cheap" compared to the other 'premium' sort of Ice Cream Stores.
At the dairy on the edge of Athens they have tours for those who want to watch the process and a pretty little Ice Cream Parlor and Gift Shop that just can't be beat.





The ice cream is a buck a scoop, and two scoops fills the Mayor quite well, thank you. I enjoyed Turtle-tracks and Carmel Coyote this time, While Janet did a Coffeecrunch and Carmel Coyote also.


With our sweet-tooth filled, we did the scenic skyway road over into North Carolina then south to the State Line and Dillard GA, in time to walk around their BBQ festival..More to be added
 
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    RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 2:38 PM (permalink)
    Al: As usual, a great report made even better with excellent photos. I'm enjoying the recap of your trip and I'm looking forward to the next installment(s)!

    p.s. That chili dog is overwhelming.
     
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      RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 2:43 PM (permalink)
      The chili dog was huge.

      My cheeseburger was the best of the group and that is what they are famous for. The burger was tender and the veggies were fresh.

      Poverty got french fries with his fish sandwich, I got onion rings and Al and Janet got cole slaw. Again, I made the best selection although I think I irritated PP by grabbing some of his fries.

      I was too stuffed to try dessert and I think PP was also although I think he sampled some of both.

      The restaurant in Fountain City is ver very good as evidenced by the every day except Sunday packed house.

      Great pics Al as usual.

      Paul E. Smith
      Knoxville, TN
       
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        RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 2:56 PM (permalink)
        i have to ask, Mr Mayor,
        did that guy actually finish that chili dog????
         
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          RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 3:28 PM (permalink)
          Should PP change his name to Sheckel-less Steve?
           
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            RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 3:33 PM (permalink)
            Ok, I love chili dogs, but that was overkill. Should have been posted on the menu as Chili with a dog..

            Either way, Nice Report Al! (As always).. Always enjoy reading about your travels and great pics you post...

             
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              RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 3:45 PM (permalink)

              The Hot-Dog/Chili gentleman was on his final bites when we left, so I assume he finished the dog.
              Not being a big fan of weinies (sorry you Hot-Doggers!) I would have ordered a Chili-Burger, but when I asked about it the waitress said with the Burger they put a cup of chili on the side as opposed to smothering the Burger. Now if they made a Burger smothered like the Weinie-Was..That would be at the top of my list next time.

              Steve is indeed Poverty Pete! He is a great person to meet in 'off-the-wall places' to share rations with and to swap stories about Roadfood Places all around the country. These two guys...and Iwannago are great roadfood company.
              I have Fred Sauceman's article in a doc file and I don't know how to upload it to the site..but i will get it posted shortly. Be patient!
              I am editing the Dillard Photos...When it comes to Roadfood, You Ain't seen nuthin' yet!!
              AL
               
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                RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 4:52 PM (permalink)
                Al, the trip looks good so far. Too bad we couldn't make it. We're still awaiting the grandchild and hope it comes soon - the waiting is too stressful for Mrs. Oneiron.
                 
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                  RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 5:50 PM (permalink)
                  Great photos, Mr. Mayor. Can't wait for part 2.
                   
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                    RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 7:13 PM (permalink)
                    OK Here is Part Two-

                    After departing Athens TN, mid-morning we followed the curving Skyway into North Carolina and then turned south on US 441 into Georgia. Dillard Georgia is a Border town, sitting just inside the state line. This weekend the Dillard Bluegrass and BBQ festival was scheduled for Friday and Saturday and appeared to come off without a hitch.
                    We arrived and checked into the Motel ,one of 4 motels operated as part of the Dillard House Complex. The lawns around the area were full of cars and trailers, with BBQ visitors and competitors everywhere. Since dinner didn't begin until 5pm we had a couple of hours to wait, so we sat on the veranda of the motel and watched the horses in the pasture nearby and chatted with some of the other guests who were enjoying the breeze and the wooden rocking chairs provided for the guests.



                    We talked to both Paul and Steve via cell-phone, who were staying in Helen, GA, a German-theme village south of Dillard. The plan was that the guys would drive up to Dillard to join us for dinner. Well that wasn't the way it worked. The traffic on the twisty-turnie mountain roads between the two villages was bumper to bumper and the distance was more like 50 miles rather than the 25 that was our original guess. So the three of them stayed in Helen eating Cold Oatmeal and Big-Macs (I guess!).

                    Here is the Lunch Menu at the Dillard House. I thought this was the Dinner Menu so I missed 'our' meal!




                    We got over to the dinner house at the start of the dinner service.While waiting for your party to be called there were musicans playing near the waiting area benches, taking requests!




                    The Dining room is large and very busy at mealtimes. However it took only a few minutes for us to be escorted to our table.



                    The meals are served family style, with the quantity in a serving being adjusted for the size of the party. Now, we have enjoyed 'family-style' dinners many times in various places--Hubers Family Farm Restaurant being one of the better ones in this area. But nothing we have ever seen equals the way the Dillard House takes care of it's patrons.When you are seated the server explains the rules, which cleared up the question I had about why I saw a large number of people leaving with multiple clam-shell take-out boxes. It is acceptable to request more portions of any dish served with the dinner to 'hoard' for take-out. One does not need to eat all they receive, and many customers do use that benefit to build take-out meals that are quite large.



                    In the first 'wave' of deliveries we got some creamy horseradish sauce and Vidalia Onion Relish that really added to the main dishes. High point of the meal was a baked Butternut Squash Cassarole w/coconut topping. It was like eating a Squash pie, sweetened with the coconut. Both of us loved it. The asparagus was great also.Candied Carrots, Thick slices of tomato, fresh melons, Corn on the cob, and stuffing that had okra chunks cooked into it,Fried and Roasted/BBQ Chicken, Prime Rib that was really a rib roast, not a Roasted Round of beef, Country Ham slices, Pork Tenderloin filled out the choices.



                    All of this just kept coming out of the kitchen as fast as our young server could get there and back. We enjoyed not only the good dinner but the efforts that our server took to fill our needs. At the end of the dinner he made sure we had enough take-out boxes to carry our leftovers (he brought 4 but we only used 2!). They had a standard one choice only Strawberry cobbler for dessert. It was ok, but I was no condition then for sweets of any type.

                    After enjoying the Squash so much we looked up the recipe in the gift shop and now will try to make a clone here at home! We also bought some of the onion relish that hd tasted sooooo good with the meal.


                    In the Morning (Sunday) Paul, Iwannago, and Steve joined us for an early breakfast.


                    It was the same routine, however the service was MUCH slower. The early staff were mainly non-english speaking and reacted much slower to the requests of the customers. The food was very good, with eggs and pancakes, fried pies both apple and peach,Blueberry muffins, and carmel pecan rolls were in the basket, and grits lining up with the Country Ham, Bacon, Wonderful Sausage, and tenderloins.Red Eye and Sausage gravies were there also. We seemed to reach saturation in a shorter period of time than at dinner the night before. Maybe it was due to the larger group, with more conversation moving the meal along quicker.





                    We all decided to stick Iwannago with the check....but I don't think it worked out that way.


                    When we left the Motel Janet had to buy a plant to take home...so this Hibiscus became our memory of Georgia for this trip !



                    Then we stopped beside the road to shoot a scene full of whitewater rafters...Something that Janet wants to do the next time we head that direction???


                    Then it was up I-24 to Nashville and I-65 from there to Home. The high point of that part of the ride turned out to be the gas at Franklin KY being "Only" $2.77.

                    Thats it for this weekend. Next will be the Ride to CrabFest in Baltimore for the August 26th meeting! See ya There.
                     
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                      RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 9:48 PM (permalink)
                      We wish that One-Iron and Mrs, who are about to become Grand-Parents, could have made the trip...but in this case We do understand.

                      Allan Benton had some very nice comments about Fred Sauceman and the way Fred is preserving the heritage of foods and business's in Tennessee. If you haven't read Freds article on the Hams... Here it is--

                      Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams
                      By Fred Sauceman

                      Allan Benton’s grandparents arose way before daylight every Thanksgiving Day. Their farm, in the England Valley community of Scott County, Virginia, was a bustling place 75 years ago. While green beans simmered in pork seasoned broth and the women of the family were crumbling cornbread for sage dressing inside the farmhouse, the men laid out ammunition, sharpened knives, and hauled out tackle for hog-killing.
                      Some parts of the hog were eaten that very day. But people in the hog business have forever cast an eye to the future. Thanksgiving long ago meant savoring and appreciating the fruits of the farm while always thinking ahead, anticipating the delayed pleasure of year-old hams and canned pork tenderloin, sausage spiced with black and red pepper, salt, and sage.
                      Allan Benton never forgot how it felt to plate up a slice of salt-cured ham that had been a year in the making, through Virginia winter chill and summer heat. The pull of his past eventually brought the former schoolteacher full circle, and as he strolls through his simple yet functional building between Vonore and Madisonville, Tennessee, he is surrounded by sometimes as many as 8,000 hams.
                      Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams is, as Allan describes it, “a hole-in-the wall business.” For example, in the second stage of curing, the salt equalization cooler, Allan rigged up a country boy’s dehumidifier to dry out his hams—a 220 heater that forces the refrigeration system to work harder and pull the moisture out of the meat.
                      Grain-fed hams, shipped in from the Midwest, are rubbed down with salt and brown sugar in a 25-year-old maple salt box made by Allan and his father. Maple is used because it is hard, does not splinter, and is low in acid. Those fresh hams are then hung on oak racks in the first curing room, at temperatures between 38 and 40 degrees. Once all the stages of curing are complete, they are sold as early as nine months of age, and the oldest in the house is usually 14 months.
                      Some cooks bake country hams and some boil them. Allan, though, is a strong advocate of pan-fried slices, in a black iron skillet.
                      “My advice is this: let us take the bone out for you and slice the ham,” Allan says. “Freeze the bones for seasoning. Take the ham slices and pack them in a container. I use an old wide-mouth gallon jar that my grandmother would have kept buttermilk in. Pack your ham in it good and tight and pour cooking oil—whatever you use, olive oil or canola or Wesson—until it covers the ham. Put the lid on and place the jar in the refrigerator. Dry it off with paper towels, fry it, and it tastes like it was sliced five minutes ago.”
                      The ham will keep for up to a year that way. It’s the very same storing method my mother used, but I’d never heard anyone describe it since my childhood.
                      Allan recommends pouring about a half a cup of coffee into the frying pan and stirring in “a big old pinch of brown sugar.” He lays the slices of ham on top of the sugary liquid and steams them, with a lid on, for just a few minutes. He then removes the lid and browns the meat lightly on both sides. The sugar helps neutralize the salty flavor of the ham, and it caramelizes on the bottom of the pan. Cola—with sugar, not diet—can be used instead of coffee, and in this case the brown sugar isn’t necessary.
                      The most intriguing cut of pork sold at Benton’s requires no cooking at all. Allan remembers the first time he sampled “prosciutto,” in the parking lot of a Fresh Market in Knoxville. Customers had asked him if he had ever tried cured ham sliced paper thin, a popular specialty of Parma, Italy. He bought a half a pound of a domestic version and handed the package to his carseat-aged children. The package came back empty. He went back in the store and bought a half a pound of imported.
                      “My initial reaction was I honestly believed that my one-year-old country ham, sliced paper thin, tasted better,” Allan remembers. “My children snacked on it all through high school and they would take vacuum-sealed bags to their dorm rooms in college.”
                      Benton’s prosciutto is so good it needs no accompaniment and is best eaten by the handfuls, though Allan’s wife Sharon, principal of Tellico Plains Elementary School, wraps the precious meat around asparagus and uses it as a stuffing for chicken breasts.
                      Chef John Fleer, at the Inn at Blackberry Farm, an award-winning, internationally recognized establishment near the Smoky Mountain village of Walland, serves Benton’s ham and is one of the company’s best promoters. Benton’s pork is regularly shipped to restaurants in New York and Chicago. Clementine’s, in Los Angeles, serves the shaved ham with homemade buttermilk biscuits and homemade apple butter.
                      “We also use it for our Clementine Breakfast Sandwich which has a poached egg, cheddar cheese, and shaved ham in between our homemade buttermilk biscuit,” says Chef Jessica Pounds. “We love it.”
                      I met Allan Benton for the first time this fall at the annual Southern Foodways Symposium on the campus of the University of Mississippi. The theme of the gathering was “Appalachia: Exploring the Land and the Larder.” I’ve been having visions of mountain-cured prosciutto and cola-coated country ham ever since.

                      If You Go There

                      Benton’s Smoky Mountain Country Hams
                      2603 Highway 411 North
                      Madisonville, Tennessee 37354
                      423-442-5003
                      Open Monday through Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
                      Benton’s ships anywhere UPS delivers.

                      NOTE- I edited the prices from Fred's Article as they have changed since the issue date- AL


                       
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                        RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 9:56 PM (permalink)
                        Al, Paul, et al: Wow! What a trip! A great report that pales in comparison to the comraderie and fun you all experienced.
                        Thank you for sharing your photos and enlightening us to these fine establishments and wonderful people.
                         
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                          RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 10:03 PM (permalink)
                          Paul, where did you get that pasta sauce you gave to Al and me? I have to hand it to you. I totally agree. That is the BEST pasta sauce I have ever tasted. Well done!!
                           
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                            RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 10:07 PM (permalink)
                            I wish I had known you were going to be in Dillard this past weekend. My team was there cooking in the contest. Maybe next time.

                            John
                             
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                              RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 10:58 PM (permalink)

                              John,
                              Sorry we missed you. We arrived just as the Festival was ending. It sounded like the folks in the competition had a good time!
                               
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                                RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 11:30 PM (permalink)
                                Mr Mayor,
                                i showed The Old Fart your pictures and he looked at me in bewilderment, wanting to know how much did a meal cost per person?
                                 
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                                  RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Mon, 08/7/06 11:51 PM (permalink)

                                  Xannie at Littons the Burgers were all in the $8-9 range. I don't know about the ChiliDog.
                                  At Dillards- Breakfast is $14.95, Lunch $18.95 and Dinner was $21.95
                                   
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                                    RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 12:50 AM (permalink)
                                    Awesome report Al, Both parts! But I have to say one thing, I cant remember a time you've mentioned chili dogs so many times in one thread! :)
                                     
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                                      RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 5:05 AM (permalink)
                                      quote:
                                      Originally posted by Poverty Pete

                                      Paul, where did you get that pasta sauce you gave to Al and me? I have to hand it to you. I totally agree. That is the BEST pasta sauce I have ever tasted. Well done!!


                                      Poverty, the sauce came from Louis on Broadway. The sauce is home made and they have been there for better than 50 years. The sauce is slightly salty, very spice and without the extreme tomato taste and very meaty.

                                      I have posted about them many times on Roadfood.

                                      Paul E. Smith
                                      Knoxville, TN
                                       
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                                        RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 6:32 AM (permalink)
                                        What photos about Dillard!The food looks great. A wonderful feast. Looks like the meet-up was also a lot of fun. Thanks for the report.
                                         
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                                          RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 8:29 AM (permalink)
                                          Those pictures are wonderful, Al, and truly representative of the experience one has when they eat at Dillard's. I am definitely going to get there next month when I take my annual two-week vacation. That place and the Blue Willow Inn in Social Circle, Georgia. I wish I lived next door to both!
                                           
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                                            RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 8:47 AM (permalink)
                                            Great stories and fabulous photos. Congratulations on a fine trip, Mayor.

                                            Had to "steal" a few of those photos and store them in my collection of foodie pix.
                                             
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                                              RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 9:32 AM (permalink)
                                              Al,

                                              Your report is outstanding! Thanks for sharing all this great detail, both in words and pictures. The Dillard House has been "on our list" for a long time. After reading your summary, I'm now compelled to get down there.
                                               
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                                                RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 10:04 AM (permalink)

                                                A few final notes about this trip.

                                                The winding hilly-mtn roads are beautiful rides, with rushing water running beside the roads for miles. On summer weekends this draws tons of folks who are rafting the various rivers or watching the rafting fun. The traffic gets heavy and slow. Dillard is a bit "off the beaten path" as far as going there on the way to somewhere else!! Leave extra time for travel, especially on a weekend.

                                                At Dillard House there are 4 motel units. Actually it is one motel with 4 subsets that form a long semi-circle fairly near the restaurant. Prices vary greatly based on month of the year and day of the week. We decided to stay on the Dillard House site to provide a base of operations for the group. As a result of all of the above our motel rate was higher than we normally pay for a room--$139.00 for a one night stay. The room was very large & beautiful with rocking chairs on the veranda overlooking the Horse pasture. During other times of year and mid-week it would have been $99. Other rates go as low as $69 in the off-season. So the timing of your travel has a definite impact on the budget here. Reservations in advance are the only way to be sure of your space at Dillard House. Rates and descriptions are available on the website you can get to using the Review of the restaurant on the Roadfood review section. There are many other motels in the town and in nearby communities. Poverty Pete, living up to his name, got a great room overlooking the river in Helen,GA for less than half of the rate we paid. So Shop around for lodging.

                                                Several write-ups of Dillard House describe the vegetables grown and served on site. We want to emphsize how good those were. That Squash dish is better than any veggie/dessert squash I have enjoyed anywhere...and I really like Butternut Squash dishes. The Asparagus was young and tender not what we see locally as thick-stalk Asparagus.
                                                The corn on the cob was a huge kernel specie, lots of corn-flavor, but not sweet like the delicate super-sweet garden corn. If you like 'Roastin' Ears' this would be a favorite for you.
                                                OKRA- I like it breaded and fried and in gumbo, but I pass it by most of the time if it is stewed. At Dillard House they make a stuffing (like Turkey Stuffing) with lots of 'bare' Okra in it. It was Great! Lots of stuffing flavor and the Okra seemed to help hold the stuffing together.
                                                With the breakfast we received two baskets of biscuits/muffins and sweet rolls, then another of fried pies, both Apple and Peach. Those little triangles with a flakey crust and sweet fruit filling would have been a great treat anytime of day. In fact we took half a dozen with us and enjoyed them later in the ride home.
                                                Meats? With the breakfast came the usual Country Ham slices, great Bacon, and both types of Sausage. The Patty was a highly spice fine-grind meat and the link had a Brat-type of base flavor. Both were Outstanding. We tried the strips of Breaded Pork Tenderloin but found them lost in the stronger flavors of the Country Ham and Sausages.

                                                That's enough Gushing on my Part. Thanks to Allan Benton for the great discussion and tour of his business, and to Fred Saucemen who sent me a copy of his write-up after I found that the link on this site no longer worked. To my good friends Paul, Roz, and Steve, Thanks for keeping up the spirit of the get-together, even when the evening plans got changed around. It is always good to get together with you and all the other Roadfooders. We have done this sort of meet and eat trip many times and have yet to have a negative experience ANYTIME. We really are looking forward to the Baltimore ride and lunch, August 26th.
                                                 
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                                                  roossy90

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                                                  RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 1:30 PM (permalink)
                                                  I KNEW other people, besides me, put beans in their chili!

                                                  Gawd, that looked fantastic...The whole spread.....


                                                  And the prices are reasonable also!
                                                  Another report by Al that has left me hungry and drooling...
                                                  Great photos, Al!
                                                   
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                                                    Pwingsx

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                                                    RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 2:22 PM (permalink)
                                                    Wow, Mr Mayor, your photos were great as usual. That pimento burger looked awesome, although I can understand why you scraped some of the cheese off. Just a little tooo much....

                                                    And the photos from the Dillard House really made me want to visit. It looks like a fun and really scenic place.

                                                    Bet the puppers were glad to see you home, though!
                                                     
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                                                      aleswench

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                                                      RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 2:36 PM (permalink)
                                                      Wow! What a wonderful report. Thank heaven I was eating lunch when I read it, or I'd be starving! Everything looks awesome. I'd think I would have to get a room right next to the restaurant - they'd have to roll me in wheel barrow to get anywhere after that meal!! Glad you had another successful and fulfilling trip! See you on the 26th!
                                                       
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                                                        SassyGritsAL

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                                                        RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 2:42 PM (permalink)
                                                        Great pics - had my mouth watering the whole time. Waiting for retirement so I can travel the backroads and try some of this great road food. Keep safe on the roads and keep bringing us these great descriptions.
                                                         
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                                                          mayor al

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                                                          RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 2:56 PM (permalink)

                                                          The Scotties were a bit scruffy from 2 days in the "Pet Motel" We were told that they both loved to play in the pool and chased the hose when their 'runs' were hosed down...So they demo'd the haggered look on Sunday when we picked them up.


                                                          Baring a record heat wave, we will bring them with us to the Baltimore Crabfest! If they were in Dillard with us they never would go back to Doggie Food....not after the leftovers we had from our meals there!
                                                           
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                                                            Sundancer7

                                                            RE: TRIP REPORT- Knoxville,TN & Dillard , GA 2006 Tue, 08/8/06 5:52 PM (permalink)
                                                            Al, you mean you did not save any of the stuff you put in the doggie bag for the doggies????

                                                            Seriously, they put some very good food and volume on us.

                                                            Paul E. Smith
                                                            Knoxville, TN
                                                             
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