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Sunset Family Restaurant

640 Highway 231 South, Lebanon, TN - (615) 444-9530
Posted By Donald Frantz on 2/26/2013 6:41:00 PM
As you drive along Highway 231 through Lebanon, TN you will see this unassuming, neutral-colored building, with LOTS of cars parked around it. A large, blue-and-yellow neon "Broasted Chicken" sign welcomes you into the parking lot (good luck on finding a spot to park, though). The Sunset Family Restaurant, owned and operated by the Hodges Family, has being feeding hungry citizens and travelers since 1959.

As you walk inside and put your name down on the paper to be seated, you will quickly see why this place is filled. The tables and booths are filled with moms and dads, sons and daughters; the whole family is here not just to eat, but to share a meal. The staff warmly greets you with a "Welcome Hon" or a "Hi Sweety" and you feel like you are home.

The restaurant itself is no-frills; the fake wood paneling makes you feel like you are at dinner in your granny's house. There is usually a wait during "rush" peaks, but the wait is never too long.

The menu at the Sunset is full of down-home, country-style choices:
Roast beef and gravy
City ham
Country ham
Breaded veal
Ground beef steak
Catfish
Liver and onions
Chicken tenders
and usually a "Choice of the Day"

They also have Broasted chicken, catfish dinners, burgers, homemade soups, and stews. Then, of course, there is dessert, homemade that morning, or afternoon if it has been really busy:

Banana puddin'
Granny's recipe chocolate pie
Coconut cream pie
Praline pie
Buttermilk pie
Pecan pie

When your food arrives you will almost faint at the size of the portions. I am a big eater and I have to force myself to finish it all. As soon as your fork touches your lips you are transported back to your youth, sitting at dinner in your grandmother's house. The smell, the taste, transports you through time and space, back, back ...

OK, where were we? Oh yes, the food. The meals I have had here have been incredible. The city ham is perfectly balanced between pork and sweet, the country-fried steak, as big as the state of Texas, is incredibly juicy and fork-tender, and the homemade chicken and dumplins had me wondering if my German grandmother was back in the kitchen cooking.

The Sunset Family Restaurant, an oasis of great food along a strip of boring fast-food choices, is a must-stop anytime you find yourself in the Nashville, TN area. It is only about 25 minutes east on I-40 and north on 231, less than a mile from the interstate.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Country Fried Steak
Green Beans
Chicken & Dumplins
Granny's Recipe Chocolate Pie
City Ham
Buttermilk Pie
Broasted Chicken
Banana Puddin
Mashed Potatoes
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Country-fried steak with creamed corn and mac 'n' cheese
"Country-fried steak with creamed corn and mac 'n' cheese"
Donald Frantz





1/2 a broasted chicken with baked potato
"1/2 a broasted chicken with baked potato"
Donald Frantz


Jello with fruit cocktail as a side dish; I really am in my Grandma's house.
"Jello with fruit cocktail as a side dish; I really am in my Grandma's house."
Donald Frantz


Granny's recipe chocolate pie
"Granny's recipe chocolate pie"
Donald Frantz


Homemade corn bread muffins and yeast rolls
"Homemade corn bread muffins and yeast rolls"
Donald Frantz


Banana puddin'
"Banana puddin'"
Donald Frantz


Buttermilk pie
"Buttermilk pie"
Donald Frantz


Real mashed potatoes
"Real mashed potatoes"
Donald Frantz


BURP! No more desserts.
"BURP! No more desserts."
Donald Frantz


The sign says it all.
"The sign says it all."
Donald Frantz


The blue and yellow sign beckons you in from the vast wasteland of fast food surrounding it.
"The blue and yellow sign beckons you in from the vast wasteland of fast food surrounding it."
Donald Frantz



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