As of late, I have had horrid fits of insomnia. However, my absurd schedule has enabled me to watch a lot of late night Food Network. One of the shows that commonly airs late night is Diners, Drive-ins and Dives, hosted by a Next Food Network Star winner Guy Fieri. If you aren't familiar with this show, he travels around the country and visits restaurants to sample favorite items on the menu. He interviews the chef or owner as well as guests in the dinning room--who commonly say they tell anyone who visits ___(insert city name here)___ absolutely must eat here during their stay.
So what does my post have to do with Diners, Drive-ins and Dives? Well, Alcoa, Tenn. has a restaurant I think should be featured on Fieri's show. The Hot Rod Diner is the most authentic 50s diner I have ever seen--from the hearty burgers, shakes and even ribbon fries. While the menu doesn't reflect items most would call "health foods," Hot Rod Diner is not your typical greasy spoon diner either.
As soon as you walk in, you notice the fun atmosphere, complete with the perfect 50s nostalgia decor--from humorous tin signs on the wall to a pimped out arcade area. I was impressed that lil Alcoa, Tenn. has a place as neat as this--with good food.