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Favourite roadside diner / roadhouse?

Discussion in 'Lounge' started by gordy, Sep 5, 2010.

  1. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    An out of the way ma and pa restaurant or greasy spoon is always a welcome break from the Red Lobsters and Olive Gardens.

    My favourite is Franks in Schulenburg, Texas . We'd stop there when I was young and traveling west from Houston, 30 years ago, I was glad to see it still there when we visited Texas in '08 The best chicken fried steak and pecan pie ever!
  2. T50 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    Oh boy... Chicken fried steak is one of my favorite American dishes!
    With white sausage gravy... yeah
  3. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    True! Now I only have chicken fried steak two or three times a year, the best local place is Cracker Barrel ;) But when in Texas to Frank's for sure!
  4. Sambaman Well-Known Member

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    United-States
    OK, so I found this place by chance one day, being fairly new to the Knoxville area and all.....but my favorite greasy-spoon for sure right now is a place in East Knoxville called The Lunch House. Daily specials, reasonable prices, big portions, a staff that are career waitreses and THE BEST blackberry cobbler I have ever put spoon to in my life! I thought my wife was having an out of body experience the first time we tried it! I personally go for the turkey and stuffing plate when it's available. The specials are different every day. It's outstanding!

    Jay H.
  5. BarrieHynd Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Scotland
    Hi Jay, please excuse my ignorance, and at the risk of making myself look like an idiot, what is a blackberry cobbler? Its just i am a fish supper kinda bloke lol.
    Barrie.
  6. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States
    A fruit pastry: Peach or apple are prominent flavours, blackberry is rarer and divine!

    1007p113-blackberry-cobbler-l.jpg
  7. housecarl A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom
    Ah, blackberries are in season here at the moment, I picked a load today whilst walking my dog. I could go all lentil, and say Mother nature is my favourite greasy spoon. Must go, got to hug a tree.:p
    Carl.
  8. Andrew Craft Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    Great to see your one of those conscientious dog walkers who picks up after their dogs, or did you mean the blackberries? :D
  9. housecarl A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I did that as well Andrew, I have to be careful with which bag I use.:eek:
    Carl.
  10. Barke02 Active Member

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    I never knew you lot over the pond used the expression 'greasy spoon'! I thought that was just us in the south east? (Mockney Cockney!).

    Well, you learn something new every day!

    Cheers,
    Jon.
  11. Jamie Stokes Well-Known Member

    Country:
    Australia
    While I was living in Tasmania, some weekends, I used to lad the dog into the car, drive 10 minutes to the town of Penguin, and eat at the "Groovy Penguin" cafe.

    Little Brown Dog would wait for tid-bits (Big breakfasts are really big there!) and great coffees and Teas.

    Plus there was a chocolate shop near by, good for any lady friends I was with at the time.

    Made for a great part of a relaxing day.

    http://www.yourrestaurants.com.au/guide/?action=venue&venue_url=groovy_penguin_cafe
  12. Guy A Fixture

    Country:
    United-States
    When I lived on the Eastern Shore of Maryland there was this converted gas staion that was made into a seafood resturant called Mutts. Best crab cakes I ever found.
  13. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    OK that's a new one on me, what is `Chicken fried steak`, I am assuming you don't have chickens working in your greasy spoons that cook the steak for you :)

    Steve(y)
  14. gordy Well-Known Member

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    United-States
  15. gothicgeek A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    here in the north of England the best simple food is usually from little trailer/wagon things with a hatch on the side at the side of the road :)

    My local is " Oggies " and the best thing is a Belly Buster!

    large white bread bun ( cake, stottie etc ) and butter with eggs, sausage, bacon, black pudding, tomatoes and mushrooms. It's as big as a small childs head and costs £2.50

    And a mug of tea is naturally the only way to wash it down.

    Heaven!

    :)

    I will take a picture of one the next time I decide to knock a week off my life ;)
  16. gordy Well-Known Member

    Country:
    United-States

    Ah! We endearingly refer to those as a "Roach Coach" ;) in the States, and I fondly remember the road side tamales wagons next to I-45 onramp when I lived in Houston. The best ever!!
  17. 1969 A Fixture

    Country:
    United-Kingdom
    Thanks for the explanation Gordy, sounds very nice, if i ever get over to the States i will have to try one:)

    Steve(y)

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