Hello readers! I suppose I should introduce myself, as this is my first article: My name is Dylan Karr. I work for Cookeville.com and its sort-of-parent company, N2 the Net, handling mostly IT stuff, but that doesn’t mean I don’t have an interest in writing, especially when it comes to a topic very near and dear to me, food. Often, I love food. Sometimes, when it’s prepared improperly, I hate food. Generally, I’m very passionate about food, and that’s why I’m going to be writing about it about once a week here on our brand new website. But enough with the introductions, on to the food…
Today, I’m going to be reviewing The Village Kitchen, and I’m very happy to be doing so, as there are few restaurants in our area so befitting of my first post as this brilliant, little country kitchen. The Village Kitchen is one of those well kept secrets of small, Tennessee towns like ours, with no website, a facebook page with less than 3 friends, and practically no marketing presence in the area, but that doesn’t hold this little eatery back. Their food is so good that they don’t even need to advertise it. In fact, I somewhat fear even writing about them, should they get overrun by the masses of customers that will inevitably crush them once the word gets out. Regardless, in my journalistic duty, I shall press on.
The Village Kitchen’s food is classic country. They have burgers, fries, catfish, mashed potatoes, green beans, and the like. One notable gem on the menu is a proper college town food challenge, The Golden Eagle. The Golden Eagle is a massive burger with a minimum of 20 toppings and 2 sides, and it’s all free, given that you can finish it. Astoundingly, some have. The Kitchen’s menu also features other such savory items as all-you-can-eat catfish, cajun chicken, salisbury steak, and homemade chili. On top of it all, beverages are free for students of TTU and a few other local schools.
In addition to the food, the atmosphere is well above average. The wait staff are friendly, but not too friendly; the store is small, but it’s massive windows open it up to the expansive 10th street view; and occasionally, the owner invites local bluegrass bands to play. On the down side, the restrooms can only be reached from the outside, which can be a bit annoying on those rainy day burger binges.
The pinnacle of this delicious diner, however, is their sweet tea. I know it sounds absurd, but, as a southerner, nothing annoys me more than supposed ‘southern’ restaurants that don’t know how to make sweet tea. The Village Kitchen absolutely knows. They don’t bring you some watery unsweet ice tea, then when you ask for something sweeter hand you packets of sugar, which, despite all your efforts to bend the laws of physics, will not dissolve in cold liquid. No, The Village Kitchen brings you real sweet tea, sweet enough to make your head hurt, and if you don’t like it, you can just cut it with the unsweet, like a true southerner is supposed to do.
Overall, I give The Village Kitchen 100 out of 10, a thousand thumbs up, and, if I had the authority, 30 Michelin Stars.