It's hard to imagine a restaurant that epitomizes the great American diner better than Huddle House. Since 1964, the restaurant—which has locations scattered prominently throughout the southern states—has warmed bellies with burgers, hearty breakfasts, and heaping helpings of friendly hospitality, available 24-hours a day. Even the moniker is All-American: founder John Sparks came up with the name after a football huddle, hoping it would inspire his customers to gather round a table and swap stories over a warm meal.
Over the years, Huddle House's menu has expanded and adapted to changing tastes, but its focus has remained the same: old-fashioned, American comfort food. No matter what time it is, guests can order up biscuits smothered in gravy and cheese or dig into the shop's signature waffles, whipped up using a secret recipe and waffle irons that can't read. Afternoon eats include chopped steak burgers served with regular or sweet potato fries and sandwiches with a southern twist, like a Philly cheese steak stuffed between slices of thick-cut Texas toast.
Period inspired rooms welcome guests with warm colors rich woodwork and unique interiors. Nestled at the foothills of the Appalachian mountains the resort is in fairytale setting surrounded by stunning 19th century ruins and 160 year old gardens that beg to be explored. The resort reflects the natural design principals of Andrew Jackson downing blending nature themed gardens and historically themed architecture creating a charming and inviting Retreat. Of the 90 rooms and suites the majority feature period inspired baths with claw foot tubs wood burning fireplaces 12 foot ceilings wood floors and king size bedding each located in a uniquely designed garden setting.
Exuding a family-friendly aura, Rodney's BBQ churns out a delectable menu of southern specialties to quiet rumbling food pouches. Smother tongues with a succulent sandwich such as the barbecue beef brisket ($4.99+) or kielbasa sausage blanketed in grilled peppers and onions on a hoagie roll ($4.99+). A savory trio of barbecue sauces waits in the wings for drowning chosen meats or playing a very messy round of three-card monte, and main orders find their soul mates in side dishes like baked beans, fried okra (both $1.99), or a steaming fresh plate of fried green tomatoes ($2.99). Nab a southern feast such as the baby back rib plate, dry rubbed with Rodney's seasonings, painted with barbecue sauce, and slow smoked ($13.99+), then add a bottomless sweet tea for crisply cleansing the palate before the imminent intake of yet more barbecued meat ($1.99).