Uncle Bud’s offers fantastic food, excellent service, and a fun eating experience. Great hometown spot!
Uncle Bud’s of Donelson
2719 Old Lebanon Rd.
Venue: “Home of the all-you-can-eat Fixin’s” that also offers an all-you-can-eat catfish any day of the week. This appears to be a popular local spot.
Atmosphere: Very welcoming and casual. Staff want you to have a good time.
Food Fare: Alligator tail, chicken nuggets and catfish are some of the items you can choose from. All dinners come with the All You Can Eat Fixin’s: coleslaw, white beans, hush puppies, fries, and pickles and onions.
Recommendations: Try the alligator tail–you can have it fried or grilled. Both are delicious but I like grilled better. Be prepared for a fun eating experience. Go early to avoid a wait.
Service: Exceptional! It was very good even on a crazy busy Father’s Day.
Return rating: Definitely. We’ve been twice and would love to return again. Worth a spot on your to do list for the Nashville area.
Casual dining, upside down hamburgers, and good service make this a great stop if you are going through Superior, Wisconsin.
Gronks Grill and Bar 4909 E. 2nd St., Superior, Wi
We drove by this fun looking place for years and finally decided to stop when we were burger hungry. We wish we had stopped sooner.
Venue: Sports bar and grill on Highway 53 in Superior, Wisconsin. Interesting upnorth sports and outdoor decor. Boasts it is “home of the biggest 1 pound burger.” Aren’t all 1 pound burgers 1 pound?
Atmosphere: Casual dining at wood tables or bar with small Gronks wear gift shop.
Food Fare: Upside Down burgers. You can check out their full menu online. We always request our fries well-done.
Recommendations: While you are online looking at the menu, look up their daily specials. Last I knew, Wednesdays was buy one, get one free Upside Down hamburgers. My husband likes the Barnyard Burger–it has beef, pork and an egg.
Service: Has been good every time we are there. We also call ahead to order when traveling through and carry out service is great too.
Return Rating: Definitely, every chance we get. Love to eat here.
Homey restaurant where the locals eat. Comfort food, friendliness and tasty food await inside.
We have a new favorite place to grab a burger in Texas. We’ve enjoyed Whataburger in the past, but when we are near Teague, Texas we plan to stop in at Cookie’s Place.
Venue: Restaurant where the locals eat. A homey atmosphere offering tables as well as a tv if you care to watch. Don’t judge the interior by the exterior. Comfort food and friendliness are inside.
Atmosphere: Very relaxed. We were invited to holler if we needed anything.
Food Fare: Burgers, fish, and soul food. If you are in a hurry, ask what is on the food line for a hot, delicious meal. If you have time, order off the menu. We enjoyed the chicken fried steak (off the line), bacon cheese burger and iced tea.
Recommendations: Try the buttermilk pie! It was a large piece and tasted great. The banana pudding was beyond tasty. My husband, who doesn’t do creamed banana anything, loved it.
Service: Solid service. We were waited on by a young lady, Cookie herself, and her husband. The young lady provided knowledgeable recommendations when asked. French fries were nice and crispy as requested. Cookie brought a pitcher of tea to our table for my husband who is a heavy drinker.
Return Rating: Definitely! Be sure to say hello to Cookie!
Chinese food you can order a la carts or by family meals. Request your food “Chinese Hot” for a flavorful zing. Staff address menu questions and the food is delicious.
Golden Dragon Chinese Restaurant, 215 S. Suffolk, Ironwood, MI
Venue: The Golden Dragon relocated from a small strip mall location to its current fine dining spot that was formerly an Italian restaurant in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s supper Peninsula. Lots of seating and a separate bar area.
Atmosphere: Relaxing environment with your choice of table or booth. The owner, Annie, is usually on site and interacts with her customers.
Food Fare: Chinese food that you can order a la carte or by family meals.
Recommendations: If you enjoy spicy, request your food “Chinese Hot” for a flavorful zing. Egg rolls and spring rolls are both delicious. The peanutbutter chicken has a sweetly delicious peanutbutter sauce.
Service: Excellent. Well trained staff. They know the menu and can address questions.
Return Rating: Definitely! Note: the restaurant is closed on Mondays.
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Get your coffee, donut or pasty at this Ironwood, MI bakery. Casual, friendly atmosphere in this downtown gem.
Rigoni’s Bakery, 110 S. Suffolk St., Ironwood, MI.
Venue: Hometown, local owned, small business bakery.
Atmosphere: Clean and casual, eat in or carry out bakery. Nice place for daily coffee as evidenced by many locals. The table in front of the window is the men’s a.m. gathering hole.
Food Fare: Donuts, cookies, muffins, breads, brownies, breakfast pasties, traditional pasties. Coffee, hot tea, other drinks. Reasonable prices.
Recommendations: Check out the day old packaged donuts for a deal. Also, there are sometimes pasties at a discount. Take ’em home and freeze for a quick meal. Say hi to Bob the Baker and owner if you see him. If you’ve not tried a pasty, be sure to do so.
Service: Friendly and they’ll keep your coffee cup full.
Return Rating: Definitely! This is one of the gems in downtown Ironwood in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Easy to spot barbeque stand in Trinity, Texas offers food the proprietor can rightfully be proud of. Worth a road trip for the ribs!
Sammy’s Bar-B-Que Trinity Texas
Venue: Side of the road Bar-B-Que stand that was easy to spot as we drove by (107 Calvin Street). There was a Resale Shop next door (don’t bother) separate from the food stand.
Atmosphere: Awning covered picnic tables with a small food trailer and a bar-b-que pit.
Food Fare: “The Best Bar-B-Que in Trinity TX” according to their sign (We agree). We tried the ribs and Boudin sausage and were very happy with them. Check out the size of the ribs in the picture – great tasting and easy to eat off the bone. Note: I am not usually an eat off the bone person, but I was with these! Sausage was delicious. We sampled potato salad and beans at the stand, and both were great tasting. The potato salad was some of the best we have ever had. The beans were exceptional. The proprietor was rightfully proud of his cooking.
Recommendation: If you are in the area, it is definitely worth driving a little out of the way to enjoy this food.
Service: Friendly and welcoming.
Return Rating: Definitely!
If you are cruising through Crescent City, IL be sure to get some ribs at Springcreek BBQ located at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.
Excellent ribs and mediocre brisket. We pulled up to this corner stand to see the proprietor and his son with their feet up watching a barbecuer. Sort of like watching water boil.
When we walked up we were warmly greeted. I asked if the ribs were done. He advised he needed to put barbeque sauce on them and continue to cook them. I asked if he would sell us a slab as is knowing they weren’t “finished.” We got a slab of ribs with only a rub on it and some brisket. The brisket was nothing special but we compare it to what we get in Navasota, TX at Mallett Brothers Barbeque. The ribs were excellent. While not “finished,” the meat was done, tender, and tasty. If these half done ribs are an example of what he makes, I would like to try the completed ribs.
We highly recommend stopping in. Skip the brisket, eat the ribs. This Barbeque Trailer is located in Crescent City, IL at the corner of U.S. highway 24 and IL highway 49.
Written by Pete Avery for BackroadTracks.com Blog.
The Bucket offers “wet” or “dry” All You Can Eat Fish on a Friday night. This hometown Bar and Grill is definitely worth a stop!
Ma Bucket’s Place
104 Coldwater Street
Union City, Michigan
Venue: The exterior façade of “The Bucket” does not reflect the phenomenal food and service you encounter on the inside. Very casual Bar and Grill with hometown atmosphere.
Atmosphere: Homemade lumber tables, banquet chairs, Keno, bar, and dancing floor. Staff are welcoming.
Food Fare: Phenomenal food and service! Fish and pizza are fabulous. Fried mushrooms are nice and crispy (pictured below).
Recommendation: Be sure to try the All You Can Eat Fish (“A.U.C.E. Fish”) on a Friday night. They offer “wet” and “dry” fish. Wet is beer batter fish and dry is a thinner coating on the fried fish. We prefer the dry (pictured above), but both are tasty. With the meal you get your choice of two: french fries, coleslaw, or cottage cheese. The A.U.C.E. fish meal includes a homemade dessert too!
Service: Is very good, but can be a bit slow on a busy Friday night. Be prepared to relax and enjoy your evening as you fill up on fish.
Return Rating: Definitely—every chance we get!
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Small, hometown 1950’s diner with breakfast anytime. Offers mouthwatering hamburgers, solid service, and a local diner flare.
Kelly’s Big Burger 405 N. Riverside Dr. Clarksville, TN
Venue: Local diner that’s been around a long time. Kelly’s boasts regular locals and does a brisk carryout business too.
Atmosphere: Small, hometown 1950’s diner feel with counter stool or table seating.
Food Fare: Breakfast anytime. Mouthwatering hamburgers and crispy french fries. Fried mushrooms and pretzels were good. Breakfast kid’s meal was a generous child portion.
Recommendations: Try a burger choice—you won’t regret it! Pace your soda (pop) as one refill is included.
Service: Good, solid service. We received what we ordered. Great team work by staff to get the job done.
Return Rating: Definitely! We love a great burger with local diner flare.
We were so looking forward to a buffet. The fried chicken was dry, the cottage cheese was warm, but the ham and beans were good. The food provided on the buffet was not up to standards that we have come to expect from Shoney’s.
Venue: Diner style restaurant with buffet option and waitress to your table service.
Atmosphere: We stopped in around the end of March and the hostess at this Shoney’s was surly at best. Otherwise, it was your typical Shoney’s with tables and booths.
Food Fare: We were so looking forward to a buffet. The fried chicken was dry, the cottage cheese was warm, but the ham and beans were good. The food provided on the buffet was not up to standards that we have come to expect from Shoney’s. The quality of the food tended to fall into the category of luke warm garbage.
Recommendations: Avoid this Shoney’s location.
Service: Our waitress was friendly even though her service was a little slow starting. She did attend to us more halfway through our meal to earn a tip. We are fairly low maintenance when it comes to service expectations. Keeping our drinks from going dry, clearing away dirty dishes, and checking on us once during a meal will earn a decent tip.
Return Rating: Not a chance! This review didn’t rate posting pictures.