15366 Highway 13 South,
Hurricane Mills, Tennessee
zip code: 37078-2347

We have driven by this place a few times on our travels over the last couple of years and it was never a good time to stop and chow down. I had heard good things from people about the quality of the country cooking. Finally we were able to stop and get a bite to eat.

The weather was horrible and rainy when we stopped in.  I tried to take a picture of the HUGE buffalo statue out front but it just did not come out.

The restaurant is located right beside a touristy type of gift shop with everything in it from music to hillbilly accessories. Fun to walk around and check out all the kitschy stuff. It was entertaining to see all the Loretta Lynn souvenirs. It always amazes me how many things they will put a famous persons face and or signature on.

It was just approaching noon as we walked in and place was filing up with folks that looked like they had just come from church and some other tourists from all over the US, Canada and Great Britain. I always feel better when I see some locals in the mix.

They have a full menu full of Southern Fare:

We decided to have the Sunday buffet. It was filled with lots of choices, full salad bar, fried chicken, fried catfish, chicken tenders, beans, turnip greens, hush-puppies, corn bread muffins, buns, butter, coleslaw, green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy and sweet potatoes.

This was my plate:

The food was really decent. Nothing wrong with any of it. Just good country cooking. However I will say the turnip greens were exceptional. I went back for seconds. They had beautiful big chunks of pork in them. Lots and lots of pork flavor which was a nice balance against the greens. They also were not overcooked and still had great texture.

I didn’t take a picture of my salad plate however their macaroni salad was something I would go back for in an instant as well. Great flavor. Nice crunch and properly cooked pasta.

For dessert they had banana pudding on the buffet. It was not memorable. Skip it. Also the staff here are really genuinely nice. Not overly syrupy nice just really nice efficient warm and friendly.

This is a great place to go and eat – we highly recommend it.


Well we woke up in Memphis this morning. Thankfully without a hangover from last night.

Yesterday we started driving from Barrie Ontario Canada and we pulled up here in Memphis about 25 hours after we started. Now its only a couple more hours till we get to Little Rock Arkansas.

Yesterday being St. Patrick’s Day it was fun to see the festivities at Silky O’ Sullivan’s on Beale St. It was a lot of fun to watch the festivities.Then we headed back to Pig On Beale. Still terrific food, fun staff, and great atmosphere.  If you go to Memphis make sure you go eat there.

My husband really wanted some Memphis BBQ since he didn’t come on the trip last month. I was craving a steak. Had to cave to his request. Really it wasn’t much of a cave. Vlad is one of the most incredible people on the planet. He goes out of his way to do everything he can to support my BBQ habit/obsession/career.  He really enjoyed his BBQ feast. Plus he had enough leftovers to do at least 2 more meals today LOL.

One of the highlights of this trip besides seeing everyone will be seeing  My Sister in Smoke Angie Quaale.  She is flying in today from BC to hang with us this weekend. That is awesome. So happy she is coming. Last year my friend Tim Brown from Can’t Stop Grilling came with us. His team is the only other Canadian team that will be in Little Rock this year. I plan on doing everything I can to beat him.

So we are off to do the final leg of our journey to compete in Little Rock Arkansas. There are 225 teams that are competing for $100,000.00 in prizes. I sure hope the Olympic Own the Podium program applies to Competitive BBQ’ers as well. I believe. LOL I can barely type that without cracking up. OK in reality I believe that I will do my best. I believe that- if I can- out of this entire trip – be proud of my turn in boxes, and get a call that would be cool. But I can dream. Hell yeah. I can dream.