The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Bell Buckle is just 22 miles from my home and a place I found myself not once, but twice last week alone.
If you’ve been to Bell Buckle before it was likely to visit the famed cafe. It’s one of three places I like to take out-of-towners to eat for a true taste of Tennessee when they visit (the others being Miss Mary Bobo’s in Lynchburg and Loveless Cafe in Nashville). And if you haven’t been, well, let’s meet up next time you’re passing through! Aside from having an amazing array of downhome Southern dishes, it also bears the distinction of hosting a live music broadcast and having had huge names from Alan Jackson to Wynonna Judd as guests over the years.
The second encounter was to recreate my lunch with Erin, complete with the pulled pork sammy and the Moon Pie sundae (oh and with my husband in tow). What can I say: I’m a girl who knows what she likes! Only this time, I had the carrot souffle as a side, too, and let me tell you, it might very well have changed my life.
For being a town of only 500 residents, Bell Buckle has some fantastic antiques shops. And apart from Phillips General Store, one shop I would not recommend visiting—the owner is so mean! and his prices are triple what the other shops charge—they’re all pretty affordable.
Can I share something with you in confidence for a minute? SVV and I are super close to being homeowners—though don’t sound the trumpets just yet; we still have to wait for the home inspection to pass—so we were doing a bit of preliminary furniture shopping. We didn’t purchase anything, but no doubt we’ll be back when actually in possession of a set of keys!
And as long as you promise not to swoop in and steal all the lovely things I have my eye on, I’ll tell you my favorite two stores: Hilltop Antiques and Bluebird Antiques. As an added bonus, Bluebird even has an old-fashioned soda fountain and plenty of delicious homemade ice cream and fudge! You know, to help you fuel up while you shop tirelessly.
Bell Buckle will multiply 40 times in size this time tomorrow when more than 20,000 people home in on the town for the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival. (Oh yes, that is very much “a thing,” and a popular one in these parts at that!) As you probably gathered, both nostalgic treats hail from Bell Buckle; as such, you’ll see RC Cola and Moon Pie paraphernalia for sale in every store.
While I had hoped to drop in tomorrow, we’re hosting an engagement party for a friend at my house, so I fear I’ll be doing
manual labor party prep instead of feasting on sugar. Oh well, there’s always next year!