Monday, May 05, 2008

not a spoonerism

What makes a place one of your "regular" restaurants? Do you have to go there once a week? Once a month? Once a year? I thought about that question yesterday when my wife and I saw that our regular Fuddruckers had closed. I wonder what they did with all the wall decorations.

We drove by it yesterday on our way home from Grandma's birthday party in Fairfax County, Virginia. The restaurant was in Salem, about halfway between our house and Northern Virginia. My wife and I could each get a salad and split a burger or a chicken sandwich while taking a break from the eight-hour road trip. I'm pretty sure I had been to the Salem Fuddruckers more often than the one near my house in Knoxville, which is still open.

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Anonymous Chris Townsend said...

I heard a term recently that was new to me. It was a "Meat and 3". This term was used to define small diners that serve a meat and 3 sides.

There was a small diner off Central Avenue called Rankin's I believe. Kind of a bad name for a restaurant, but it was clean and they had good food. Seemed like it was usually the old timers.

I like those types of restaurants. It reminds me of my grandfather. He was a travelling salesman and used to take me with him on certain occasions. I remember stopping at several little places just like Rankin's in our travels.

Blogger Brian said...

The one in Knoxville is awful. Not the worst Fuddruckers, but right there.

The one in Sevierville is fantastic, however.

If you're driving thru Georgia, don't bother stopping at the one in Dalton, GA, it's worse than the Knoxville location.


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