May 1, 2016 (by Angela)
You only need to look at us to know that Jim and I enjoy good food. In addition, he and I love to explore, enjoy, and support local eateries while traveling. As he and I begin our last two months in this area, I thought it a good time to share some of our favorite places to eat. This will be two posts with this first one pertaining to the area in which we have lived and the second to the area in which Jim has worked. Remember that these recommendations are based on our personal experiences and are our picks. We hope that should you try any of these restaurants in the future that you have a good experience also. (Note: We are not getting any compensation for mentioning any of the establishments.)
In this part of the country, we have to start with catfish and BBQ options.
Our first choice for catfish is Hagy’s Catfish Hotel, located on the Tennessee River and adjacent to Shiloh National Battlefield Park. When you are driving down toward the river and the restaurant, watch out for wildlife, especially deer. Jim swears by their all-you-can-eat whole catfish, but if you are not a fish lover, there are many great options from which to choose. (We’ve been told that The Fish Hut in Savannah is the best fish place around, but they have such limited hours and days, we’ve never made it there. – Note: We finally made it to The Fish Hut on May 20, 2016. Though good, Jim and I still prefer Hagy’s Catfish Hotel.)
For BBQ, we enjoy The Outpost General Store, located on Highway 128 just north of Pickwick Dam. This is not only a restaurant, it is also a deli, market, and wood working store that features many local vendors. Here you can find homemade desserts daily, with homemade ice cream during the warm months, in addition to great BBQ. The Outpost also supports a local ministry. It is closed on Sundays.
For a meat and three, Mollie Monday’s on Eureka Street in Savannah is our go to spot. I agree with reviews that indicate service is not the best; it actually depends on who is working, but the food is good and plentiful for the price.
As far as burgers go, I have to say that The Spot on Wayne Road had the best burger I’ve eaten in town, but I went back three different times, and the business was closed. One time was on a Monday, and the restaurant, at this writing, is closed on Sundays and Mondays. I don’t know what was up the other two times. The fries were very greasy, but I understand the salad bar is good.
If you’re looking for a steak, my husband says to go to Freddy T’s; I’m not a big steak eater. It is located in Counce. As my husband says, all of their steaks are “big-assed,” so take a friend to share it.
Hungry for Mexican food? Then let us suggest Nuevo Vallarta in Counce. I’m not going to say it is the best Mexican food I’ve ever had, but it is pretty dog-gone good, and their lunch specials are very reasonable.
Is Italian what sounds yummy to you now? Then head on in to downtown Savannah to MaMa Fias (East); there is another in Adamsville, Tennessee. The food and service are good, and it is reasonably priced. Don’t forget dessert as they have tasty ones.
If you want a reasonably priced country breakfast, that includes chocolate gravy if you like, I think Whistlin’ Dixie in Counce is the spot to try. The place is filled with mismatched tables and chairs, but it is a busy spot. Get there early; breakfast ends at 9:30 a.m. Lunch is served until 2 p.m.
For the all-around best place when considering location, food selections, price, etc., Jimmy says Hagy’s Catfish Hotel is his choice.
What is really cool is that every single one of these eating spots are LOCALLY owned and operated. Not only do you get some great food, but you are not supporting corporate America when you patronize these business; you are supporting the local community.