Scotty’s, Caryville, Tennessee

Whenever we’re traveling, we try to stop at only non-chain restaurants along the way. That’s pretty hard to do sometimes, since all there seems to be along the interstates are fast food restaurants.

We were on our way from Indianapolis to Gatlinburg, TN, when we found Scotty’s on our GPS. The reviews (though there weren’t many) were positive, so we stopped on in. From the outside, you might be a little hesitant to go in if you’re used to those shiny, brand new fast food joints. Don’t fret, get yourself in and grab a seat at the counter and order up some sliders or a hamburger. You won’t be sorry.

Scotty’s apparently was a chain from Dayton, OH, to Alabama. It was very popular for its sliders. I believe this is the last one remaining. It was full of locals, which is always a good sign. The waitress (and cook.. one and the same) was the epitome of efficient. Our burgers were cooked on a flattop, and came out with the little crusty edge that you can only get from a good, seasoned, hot griddle. The toppings were fresh, and the fries were good. The patties were seasoned well and tasty.

I’d stop at this place again in a heartbeat. It’s not even a block off the interstate, so you don’t have an excuse for not going there! On the ‘Mater Rater I gave it high scores because I love diner food!

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At the totally other end of the spectrum in Tennessee is the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. They have great food and great sites, but no flat-top grilled burgers!


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