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Blackstone Brewery – At a New Location


We tried stopping by our go-to place in Nashville about a month ago.  We were driving down Westside Drive, looking for their sign, but weren’t seeing it.  We did a U-turn and made another pass, then finally found their lot.  Much to our surprise (and dismay), however, the place was dark.

We couldn’t understand how they could have gone out-of-business.  They were always a great place to go for great craft beers and good food at reasonable prices.  Luckily, they’re not gone.  According to their website, they have just moved to a new location a few miles south.

It looks like they are now more about beer than about food, but their website says they have a grub bus there every day except Mondays.  If someone has gone to the new location, how about letting us know how the place is, both for beer and for lunch or dinner.

What to get:  I always like the dark beer, so I love their St Charles Porter and their Nut Brown Ale.

Blackstone Brewing Company

2312 Clifton Ave, Nashville TN 37209

(615) 320-9002

Website:  https://blackstonebeer.com/



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Eat Unique is Starting Up Again


After a bit of a hiatus, Eat Unique is starting up again.  I’ll be posting about all of the great, unique restaurants I find as I travel around the country.  Please let me know about your favorites.  Let’s build a place where you can find out about all of the great local places to eat all across the country.


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Hagy’s Catfish Hotel – Shiloh, TN


The Place:  Catfish Hotel



Phone:  (731) 689-3327

Address:  1140 Hagy Lane, Shiloh, TN 38376


Description:  We found this place as a recommendation from the bed and breakfast we were staying in near Shiloh, TN.  They also have huge billboards around Shiloh, which is really not a town – just a gas station and a national Civil War Battlefield.  We almost didn’t go since we’d eaten fried catfish at Top of The River the night before, but everyone kept raving about the place.  It really was great – glad we went.

This is one of the oldest family restaurants in the US.  The restaurant started as a cabin in the early 1800’s that was first built to house supplies brought in on the river.  The owner started to treat guests with catfish dinners and then let them sleep over if it got too late to travel on down the river, hence the name, “Catfish Hotel.”   The building was even occupied by the North during the battle of Shiloh.  It is very remote, except for the fact that it is on the Tennessee River at a landing spot that has been used since the early 1800’s.

Probably the most amazing thing was that we got there at 5:45 and the porch was already packed with people waiting to get in.  (The nice part is you can look out over the Tennessee River while you wait.)  There was a party of 19 waiting, along with many others.  We waited about an hour and then went in (for our table of two).  Well worth the wait.

What to get:   We both had the ribs and catfish dinner.  Both items were great.   Hush puppies were also great, and we got a bucket of them, but we were only able to eat a few with all of the other food.   For dessert we split a slice of pie, which was delicious as well.

The Secrets:  Get there by about 5:00.  You can also make reservations, but maybe do so a few days ahead of time.  We tried to make reservations a couple of hours before, but there were already booked for the evening.

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Patrick’s Bistreaux – Nashville, TN


Photo from Patrick’s Website

Today’s recommendation comes from Denise. If you have a great restaurant to recommend, please leave a comment telling us what, where, what to get, and any secrets. Local places only, please!

I can highly recommend Patrick’s Bistreaux in Nashville, TN in the Berry Hill part of town. Creole/Cajun food. Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday thru Saturday. This is a new place, but very experienced chef. You can even call ahead and do take-out.

Address:  2821 Bransford Avenue, Nashville, TN

Phone:  (615) 401-9564


Tue – Thu: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Fri – Sat: 11:00 am – 3:00 pm, 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Website:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Patricks-Bistreaux/323937754356038

Food Style:  Creole/Cajun

What to Eat:  Crawfish Étouffée


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Sugars Ribs

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Sugars ribs has great, pit smoked barbecue, but it also has a great family atmosphere and a fantastic view of the city (Go to the location on the hill, not the new downtown location, for the good views).  We never miss a chance to stop in for dinner when we go to Chattanooga.  There are even goats for the kids to pet and feed left-over corn bread.

To find it, just head from downtown towards Atlanta on highway I-24.  Look for the big sign and exit off to the right as you get near the top of the hill.

What to get:  The ribs (duh).  Also, the chicken, the pulled pork, and the brisket.  Just get a little of everything and share as a group.  Unfortunately they don’t offer family meals anymore, so sharing is a little more awkward..

Phone: (423) 826-1199

Address:  2450 15th Ave, Chattanooga, TN 37404

Website:  http://www.sugarsribs.com/

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Praters Barbeque

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Prater's BBQ

Tennessee is pulled pork country and some of the best pulled pork you will find is in out in the middle of nowhere between Manchester and McMinnville, TN.  If you are in that area, you are either at the Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester or driving from Atlanta to Nashville.  Go ahead and get of I-24 at exit 111 and follow the highway to the east about 15 miles – it will be well worth the detour.  Warning – this will make it impossible to eat the soggy slop that passes for barbque in most parts of the country.

Keep your eyes open – look for the sign on the left.

Website: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Praters-BBQ/122309331143174

Address: 9576 Manchester Hwy, Morrison, TN 37357 Get directions

Phone:  (931) 635-2259

What to get:  Get the pulled pork, either a sandwich or a plate.  The sweet potato fries are also excellent.

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Jiffy Burger

This is a throwback to the past.  An old-style greasy spoon diner including curbside service.  The walls are lined with all sorts of memorabilia – it is rumored that the owner has the robot from “Lost in Space.”  Certainly not a fancy place, but they have good burgers and other items.



Info on the Bonaroo Burger:  http://aht.seriouseats.com/archives/2010/06/the-bonnaroo-burger-jiffy-burger-review-manchester-tn.html

What to Get:  Get the hamburger/cheeseburger plate or the taco salad.