Though ghosts may or may not still haunt the halls of the old Meade County Jail, the ambrosial scent of pizza certainly fills the air, drawing living visitors to the ancient hoosegow. Housed in a weathered brick early 20th-century building that once famously locked up Hank Williams Sr., Jailhouse Pizza surrounds its guests with rich history. Its rickety metal cell doors and old-school vintage advertisements mingle with the wanted posters, faded photographs, and antique appliances such as 2009 cell phones found throughout the restaurant. Toppings such as classic pepperoni, olives, or sausage dot the landscapes of pizzas, as well as inventive flourishes such as spicy buffalo sauce, baked spaghetti, or sliced fried chicken. Tangy marinara and creamy cheese meld in oven-baked calzones and Stromboli, examples of the eatery's many Italian options.
A playfully spooky atmosphere permeates space, whether there's a birthday party with a private sleepover amid the century-old jail cells or a hunt for clues of the mysterious resident ghost, Bigsby. The Prisoner's Pardon Pizza Challenge dares truly courageous visitors to participate in a 60-minute two-person race to finish a 30-inch pizza, with winners earning a free meal and their picture on the coveted Hall of Fame.
Connected by an asphalt web of highways, state roads, and thoroughfares, blocky yellow signs gleam nonstop, casting a dandelion glow from the words “Waffle House.” The booths at the eateries fill 24 hours each day with the aromas of sizzling pork chops, Jimmy Dean sausage, and endless mugs of coffee. Line cooks brown shredded potatoes on a grill as waiters shout back in a language all their own for hash browns “smothered,” “covered,” or “topped”—served with onions, cheese, or chili, respectively. Angus burgers and steak melts share space on the rippling-hot surface at all times of day, allowing tired drivers to stop for food when they are on a long journey or just listening to an 11-hour drum solo on the radio. The first Waffle House switched on its lights in 1955, and some menu items still bear the names of Waffle House staff of the past, including Bert's chili from Dallas and Alice's iced tea.
Snappy Fun Zone's arcade houses more than 70 games, including classics such as skee-ball, Pac-Man, and pinball alongside newer ones including Angry Birds. Alternatively, guests who prefer to adventure outdoors putt their way through an 18-hole miniature-golf course. Snappy Fun Zone also hosts birthday parties, which are enhanced with arcade tokens, pizza, and visits from the fun center’s mascot, Snappy the lovable tomato. In between games, patrons can reenergize at the buffet or simply remove the plug hidden at the base of their ankle to recharge at the nearest electrical outlet.
The pizza at Papa Murphy’s Take 'N' Bake Pizza is always cold. Not because it's old, but because it’s so fresh that it hasn’t been cooked yet. Assembled and customized before your eyes, the colorful, unbaked disk is then taken home and thrown into your own oven. The crust crisps to exactly your preference, whether a thin crust bubbling with chicken, bacon, and artichoke, or a Chicago–style stuffed with salami, pepperoni, sausage, and ground beef. Each pizza can also be customized from scratch, with ambitious eaters choosing from 8 meats, 4 cheeses, and 15 veggie toppings. A bevy of side plates complements any meal, with crisp salads, bake-your-own cookie dough, and dessert pizzas.
Inside Cobbler's Cafe's sky-lit dining area, you can still see some of the original bricks from when the building was constructed in 1878. Since that time, it's been a doctor's office, a jewelry store, and a shoe-repair business. From shoe cobblers to baked cobblers, owners Jayme and Kristi Burden have transformed the space into a quaint café that serves coffee, espresso drinks, and organic teas aside breakfast dishes and baked goods. Diners can sink teeth into omelets and breakfast sandwiches loaded with bacon and cheese or pick up fresh-baked muffins and scones.
Across 22,000 square feet of Blazer's Fun Zone, visitors of all ages can find something to smile about, whether it's rock climbing or playing an arcade game. The various attractions work up an appetite for snacks, which can be found at Sweet B's Frozen Yogurt onsite, or at the snack bar, where the staff slings pizzas, hot dogs, burgers, and drinks.