Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Outskirts of Jackson - McKenzie's


Earlier today I tried McKenzie's on Highway 70 outside Jackson, TN. It's an old-school restaurant/grocery that has wood tables for eating food from its kitchen but also sells local, homegrown produce by the basket, homemade canned goods, and Amish products among the standard convenience store fare. The barbecue was good and the sauce had a nice spicy kick to it.

They have pictures on the walls dating back to at least the 1930s judging by the cars in them. There is also seating outside the store, because you don’t have a real country store without somewhere in front for old men to sit and bitch to each other about how the whole world is going to hell. Old men have been discussing the world’s seemingly ongoing descent into hell for thousands of years now, steadily ignoring any and all evidence of progress to the contrary.

But the only old man I saw wasn’t bitching. He was smiling and coming from the kitchen where they had provided him with a box of bones from barbecued shoulders that had already had their meat pulled to give to his dogs as a treat. Before I left I bought a quart mason jar of bread and butter pickles. "Eating local" isn't a trendy new thing at McKenzie’s, it's just how they've always done things.

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