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Mar 20, 2012 10:15 AM

Driving From Lynchburg, TN to Asheville, NC -- anything good to eat?

We will be taking the 55 from Lynchburg to the 40 all the way to Asheville, NC with a stop overnight in Harriman, TN.

We are hoping to avoid corporate chain food if at all possible and are open to anything chowhounds might suggest. Our goal is always to find where local people would go for straight-up good food. It might be a roadside chicken shack, a back-country barbecue joint, or the place you go for a birthday or anniversary.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Big Boy's BBQ @ 229 Interstate Dr., Crossville, TN 931 - 787 - 1350.
    Big Boy's BBQ @ 5409 Peavine Road, Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 1350.
    Brass Lantern Restaurant and Lounge @ 79 Chestnut Hill Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 7657.
    Dickey's BBQ Pit @ 965 Northside Dr., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 4900.
    Halcyon Days Restaurant @ 2444 Genesis Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 456 - 3663.
    Lefty's BBQ @ 4573 Peavine Rd., Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 4205.
    Log Cabin Restaurant @ 98 Interstate Drive, Crossville, TN 931 - 484 - 4422.
    Sister's Cafe @ 330 North Main Street, Crossville, TN 931 - 707 - 7702.

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    1. re: Littleman

      Crossville looks like the place to stop for lunch on the first leg of the trip. Thank you for the suggestions!

      1. re: Littleman

        Hey Littleman -- after reading up on the places you suggested in Crossville, we changed our reservations from the Holiday Inn Express in Harriman to the one in Crossville. We want to try one of the BBQ places for lunch (Big Boy's probably) and eat at the Brass Lantern for dinner. The menus at both places are CLASSIC! Thanks for the tips!

      2. Not too familiar with most of your route, but it takes you right by Lois's in Newport (best country ham I've ever had) and Carver's Apple House in Cosby (better than most country cooking, local produce and preserves, old-fashioned candy store, and a great view). Carver's is pretty famous for their fried pies, so be sure to get one if you go there.

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        1. re: regp03

          Cosby looks like lunch a good spot for lunch on the last leg of the trip. Thanks for the suggestions!

        2. Just before you leave, check the Tennessee highway report to see which roads are closed by landslides. Last week, one lane of I-40, one lane of Alcoa Hwy immediately south of Knoxville and both lanes of the Dragon were closed.

          If the expected rains later this week lead to more slides on I-40 and that will totally clog the road through NewPort, take I-26 south from Johnson CIty (and that will let you eat at Ridgewood BBQ near Bluff City, which should be on everybody's bucket list). It's also the best, newest and lest used interstate through the mountains.

          Near Harriman...really only chains. Interesting town founded on temperance. I think they may finally have passed liquor by the drink very recently. My FIL was in a nursing home near there and we would wait to get to west Knoxville for food.

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          1. re: shallots

            I had feared that Harriman was a chain-only situation. And it's hard to imagine myself in a town founded on temperance! We'll just have to suffer through Cracker Barrel or Shoney's or some such nonsense for one night. And thanks also for the road closure/alternate route tips. Hopefully by the end of May things will be cleared up.

          2. Harriman MAY have been founded on temperance..but we are far from that now! Liquor is served everywhere but McDonalds...just kidding.
            If you enjoy Mexican cuisine, I would suggest a couple of "local chains" including Cancun and Los Primos, both off I40 Exit 347. In Rockwood, very close by, Rockwood Grill. In Kingston is RedBones on the River. Full Bar and reasonably priced.

            1. Before you leave Lynchburg, you will, of course, be stopping at Miss Bobo's, right?? (My favorite place in the universe) Then you can be in Chowhound afterglow for the whole trip :-)

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              1. re: KyMikey

                For sho' -- one of the first reservations we made was lunch at Miss Mary Bobo's -- looking forward to it!