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Eating our way thru TN and GA

sudiepav | Apr 23, 200412:01 PM

On a recent trip south, my husband and I took the slow way from Knoxville to Athens, GA on rte. 129. What an amazing drive...beautiful scenery, fine twisty roads, perfect for a sports car. On the way, we stopped in Robbinsville, TN for a lunch at Sweetwater BBQ. It just happened to catch our eyes. Quite good pulled pork, with a choice of 4 sauces to add. My side of Brunswick stew was very flavorful, and my husband loved his slaw and baked beans, tho neither are my favorites in any form. Clearly, we were the only tourists there. After we reached Tybee Island, where we feasted mostly on fresh shrimp, we had a really good dinner at Tango. A friend and I both ordered the grouper, one of the specials. It was thoughtfully prepared, with a nutty crust and cooked just perfectly. My husband relly liked his pork tenderloin, cooked with a jerk seasoning. This place is new since last we visited, and we spent a lovely evening on their patio. On Easter Sunday, we drove to the Jekyll Island Club for their Sunday Brunch. Normally, I'm not a fan of these, but this one was outstanding. It featured displays of cheeses, salads, cold meats, wonderful pates(my favorite station), carved lamb, brisket, and ham, cold seafood (oysters, scallops, shrimp, salmon smoked and not, caviar), and an omelet station, which we knew we'd not have enough room for, since, after all this, we were served our entree! We had choices of capon breast with apple stuffing (and glaze), eggs florentine, or shrimp newburgh, or a sampler plate of all three! We were past gluttony by this time, so of course we got the sampler. Both the capon and eggs were very good, but the shrimp newburgh was outstanding. The dessert tray was full of choices from key lime pie to chocolate mouuse, with bowls of jelly beans and peeps. I took a small piece of macadamia nut pie, which I couldn't finish, and my husband got a rollup of angel food cake, whipped cream and strawberries. The best parts of this meal were the professionalism of the waiter and the replenishment of the food. Even though we were later in the brunch, the food never looked in disarray, picked over or less than fresh. Our waiter was obviously a seasoned career server. Seldon anymore do we find such competent folks. Often servers seem to be young people on their way to other professions (and there's nothing wrong with that, usually) or people who are untrained for any other field. The complimentary mimosas served to us because they forgot us on the veranda were a nice touch, too. A truly great meal. Then of course, on the way home, we indulged in another feat of gluttony at the Beacon Drive-In in Spartanburg SC. Outside a Plenty...our luch of choice and good as ever. We're eating MUCH less at present, but what a wonderful week we had!

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