The '50s were a simpler time when men could be men, women could be women, and men who dressed as women could be head of the FBI. Put yourself in the shoes of an era not your own with today's Groupon: for $6, you get $13 worth of burgers and more at Hot Rods 50's Diner in Alcoa.
Among pinball machines and neon jukeboxes, Hot Rods 50's Diner reanimates the retro feel of an Eisenhower-era eating establishment with throwback diner fare. Famished nostalgo-philes can stroll past a wall of rock 'n' roll memorabilia and pop a squat in one of the Cadillac-seat diner booths or pull up a chair at a stainless-steel table on the outdoor patio before sipping 1 of more than 10 flavors of handmade shakes ($2.99). Diners can jump into the meal proper by munching on some fried pickle chips ($4.99) or digging into a stuffed-tomato salad filled with chicken, tuna, or shrimp ($7.99). Souped-up favorites, such as the three-cheese Pinwheel burger ($7.99) and the triple-decker Hot Rod club sandwich bursting with roast beef, turkey, and ham ($8.99), rev oral engines into overdrive, and a unique crew of specials, such as the frito-pie casserole baked in cheese and chili ($6.99) and eggplant-parm hoagie ($7.99), make tongues take notice. Top off the smorgasbord with one of several sundaes, from the basic hot-fudge ($2.99–$3.99) to the elaborate fried-twinkie ($3.99) to the positively baroque charbroiled ho-ho with a ding-dong reduction.
To add a competitive tinge to casual dining, take on the Chubby Challenge, which dares the brave to down a 30-ounce three-layer Chubby burger loaded with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and a pound of fries ($16.99). Any hungering Hercules who can complete the task in 30 minutes is rewarded with an "I Got a 'Chubby'" T-shirt and their battle-worn photo on the wall of fame.
Hot Rods 50’s Diner
Hot Rods 50's Diner’s checkered linoleum floors, white countertop, and automotive-themed decor transport guests back to a simpler time, when cars were red and shiny. Tunes drone from the jukebox as chefs whip up a sock-hopping menu of burgers, beer-battered onion rings, hoagies, and other midcentury classics. At the soda-fountain counter, staff members blend shakes and malts while gossiping above the bells and pained cries of pinball machines, Servers carry plates of classic American fare to the outdoor patio or formica tables surrounded by booths, all suspended in time by a collection of vintage photographs, license plates, and gas-station signs.
373 Hannum St.
Alcoa, Tennessee 37701