First stop was lunch at Dreamland Ribs in Tuscaloosa. A good rib place needs to be a rib shack and the original Dreamland location fills the bill.
The entire menu used to be ribs and white bread. The only choice was your drink and whole or half slabs. In recent years they've bowed to pressure and added slaw, beans and banana pudding to complicate the ordering a little.
We discovered Chick N Little restaurant in Abingdon VA about 2 years ago and we've eaten a few lunches there (fried chicken, plate lunches and homemade pies) but this was our first breakfast visit.
As we expected, it beats Cracker Barrel by a mile! Homemade pancakes, biscuits, country ham, gravy and regulars who help out by walking around refilling everyone's coffee if the waitress gets busy!
|Chick-N-Little Restaurant. It's the little low place; the 4 story building is the police station!|
When searching for hearty, casual local eats a helpful resource is the Roadfood website.