Pat McGill and I agreed to meet for lunch at Bread of Heaven in Alcoa for our assignment. Though both Pat and I have lived in the area for years, neither of us had the privilege of experiencing this locally owned restaurant. Bread of Heaven has been opened almost eight years and serves a lunch buffet Monday through Friday. In addition, Thursday nights they serve all you can eat ribs with all of the usual side dishes.
The restaurant is owned by Michael Colquitt, an Alcoa native. He cooks and serves all the Southern favorites along with smoked and barbequed meat. The vegetables on the buffet included green beans, corn, and greens. Cole slaw and macaroni and cheese are also favorites. Michael’s godmother serves as the cashier and related there is a large regular lunch crowd from the area businesses.
Bread of Heaven is a great locally owned restaurant serving down home, Southern comfort food.
We found out Gracie’s had been open for eight years, and I know why service was excellent, food was very good, and the price point was certainly agreeable. The host said there most popular dish was the white beans and ham. He also informed us that the secret to their success is the “home town feel, and great country cooking”. I certainly agree with his assessment.
Scott and I went to eat at T.C. Grill on Friday July 27. After several failed attempts to get together we finally had a great Lunch. Seemed like everyone in the Restaurant, knew Scott or myself, really making us fell at home.
We where able to set down with Tom Clark (T.C. Restaurant) and he was able to give us a little Background. Tom, opened the first T.C. Grill in August of 2008, the restaurant was located at 732 Calderwood Hwy. As time went by, the business grew and space and location was becoming a big issue. So on June 20, 2012, the New T.C. Grill opened up at there new location on Old Niles Ferry Road (formally known as the Pride of the Southland Market). Since their opening, business has been great.
Here are a few facts about the Restaurant/Dive
Owners: Tom Clark and His Wife (Sorry, I did not catch her name)
Jeff Hodges and His Wife (Sorry, Once again, I did not catch her name)
Most Popular Meals: Of Course a Cheese Burger with Onion Rings
Hamburger Steak w/Grilled Onions or Mushrooms and Gravy
Or my favorite, Plain with Ketchup
Reason for Success: Quality of Food
Great Customers that let everyone know how good the Restaurant is.
Our Personal Waitress was DeeDee Mallernee, she told us that she loved working there; everyone was just a big family and loved to help each other.
Scott and I both agree this is a Great Place to go and anytime someone would like to take both of us back, we are ready, and we will at least pick up the tip!!!
Summer Webb and I made the journey to Friendsville to eat with Jacque at his Whistle Stop Café. Jacque’s has been in business since the 80’s and used to own an antique business in Maryville with a little bit of BBQ on the side. Everyone loved the BBQ so much that when he moved his business to Friendsville, he made the BBQ his primary concern. However, one look around and you become overwhelmed at all the antiques that cover every inch of space. Everything is for sale, so help yourself.
His most popular dish is his ½ chicken. He has created his own spice mixtures and sauces that give the chicken a special BBQ kick. He says he hires people who are not afraid to season food. He especially doesn’t hire teenagers to cook.
His business is successful because of the quality of food he provides. Advertising comes from word of mouth. He says that he does not do any big advertising and works very hard to stay away from Maryville.
The picture above is of me and George. Jacque did not want his picture taken!
TCs Grill on Old Niles Ferry Rd. was jam packed for a random Tuesday night in July, but that’s pretty much normal! It’s a good thing they moved to a new location that’s larger because the lines used to be even longer at the past location on Hwy. 129. People don’t mind the wait for their famous cheeseburger- that is HUGE, juicy, and delicious! TC’s has been open since 2008 but the owner, Tom Clark (along with co owners Tom and Nick hodge) has been in the restaurant business in Blount county for decades. People love coming to TC’s for the good food, the great atmosphere, and especially the nostalgia of the diner’s food, including homemade milkshakes and desserts. Don’t be surprised if the parking lot is full of Antique cars and Hot Rods- that’s normal, too!
Here’s our picture with hostesses Macy and Kaylee and head cook Garrett!