The Airplane filling station was built by a Mr. Nichols who was a member of our church. His son Allen Nichols was a good friend of mine. The construction of this contraption was featured in the Knoxville News Sentinel about a year ago. I am aware that there is effort under way to rehabilitate this strange architectual delight that has long amused many on their travels on Clinton Hwy.
I cannot wait to try the deli you described.
Paul E. Smith
ctfrasier, the Scotties in Knoxville is on US 25E/Clinton Hwy on the NW side of Knoxville. If you ever get over this way drop me a line and I can get you the official address and do a mapquest or tell you how to find it myself. Next time one of us is in Cookeville, ask Miniburger about their origins and report back.
Where did you find a Scotties? I loved Scotties when I was a kid! We had one in Sparta. I ALWAYS got the little burgers. They were all the pre-fab trailer type buildings similar to what Waffle House uses. I remember the one in Pikeville but haven’t been there in years. I believe Miniburger in Cookeville, I mentioned it in an earlier post, was once a Scotties. Lord knows it sounds like Miniburger.
You also drove by the "airplane" not a real airplane at all but made to look like one. When that was the main road from Michigan to FL, pre I-75, that was the halfway point/landmark. it’s going to be fully restored later this year and put into use.
Also, you drove by Humphammer’s, did you notice it?
Down about 2 miles on Emory Rd, off Clinton Hwy, is Harry’s deli, a brother or cousin to the owner of Louis on Broadway. You should try them sometime. I think it’s as good as Louis.
It is ironic that as I was driving Fred Sauceman to Ciderville, we passed Scotties and I pointed it out to him. Perhaps you werre there as we passed. It was about 12:30PM. I recall seeing another somewhere south of Madisonville, TN and on the right on 411. It use to be a chain and use to be good. I did not recall the intense smoke. That can be really offensive.
Paul E. Smith
Thought I’d post about another experience from today. Wasn’t sure where to put it, and so rather than start a new thread and since no one reads anyway I’ll just post here.
I went to a Scottie’s for lunch today. Wow, what an experience. I thought this was a chain, and apparently it was at one time, but the owner said the chain has disbanded and the remaining one’s are individually owned. Roadfood!
First, the place is a diner. A long counter with stools, and a few tables off to the side. Ashtrays, and lots of them, are part of the counter. Not only that, but all three ladies working were smoking like chimneys. All of them raising hell about a customer named Rooster who simply pays what he feels like whenever he comes in. You had to be there.
No menus, just read the sign on the wall. They serve breakfast all day. Mostly waffles, eggs, sausage & bacon.
I was in the mood for hamburgers and since they were 50 cents I had a few. They’re just like a White Castle/Krystal with pickles on TOP of the bun, but not as good as the above IMO. Fries were really good though.
I don’t think I’ll go back. The smoke is just too much to endure. But it certainly embodies roadfood (hey, they’re not all good). I think I’ve seen one in Pikeville, TN, wondering if anyone else has ever seen one nearby?
Let’s see, they also sell chili, fried pies, baloney, big normal sized burgers, beans and cornbread. All real cheap.
If you’ve got extra time and want more ethnic places, I think that was his interest, check out T. Ho’s for excellent Vietnamese, and Havana Cafe for exellent Cuban. Both fit the roadfood category.
Carlton, nice report and I sent it to Fred Sauceman. He will be in Knoxville tomorrow and I will have lunch with him at louis on Broadway, dessert at Littons and a finale at Ciderville. I want to do Marys for tamales and the Phillipine Connection.
Paul E. Smith
I made it to Mary’s Tamales this afternoon for lunch and what a wonderful discovery. Address is 1931 E. Magnolia. It’s a tiny hole in the wall establishment. She does have one table which is where I ate. I had a medium full house and an extra tamale.
She is the real deal when it comes to tamales. Best in town. Unfortunately for Sundancer her chili contains beans but let me tell you it would be worth the upset stomach. This is pure heaven. What else is on the menu? Not much. Hot dogs, chili, baloney, fries. That’s about it, and she makes a sweet potato tart which I will get next time.
Buy tamales by the dozen for $13, or $1.50 apiece. The owner is a woman named Clara Robinson, a neat little old black woman I’m guessing at about 70 – 75 and she has a helper. Nicest lady you’d ever want to meet. Her sister, Mary, is who the place is named for, but she passed away. They learned to make tamales in Greenville, MS where they are from and opened this place in 1989. Closed on Monday’s. For Sundancer’s info she got a 96 on her last check by the Health dept or whoever it is that inspects restaurants. I hope some of you will check it out. I cannot wait to go back.
BTW, there seems to be a number of BBQ places in the neighborhood of Magnolia. I’ll have to check them out over time as well, and I noticed what looked like a new one on Baxter & Central Ave. Didn’t have a name on the place that I saw.
Real Roadfood in Knoxville
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