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Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen: Hurricane Mills, Tennessee

You’re Looking at Country

I’m about as old fashioned as I can be
And I hope you’re lik’in what you see
‘Cause if you’re lookin’ at me
You’re lookin’ at country

You don’t see no city when you look at me
‘Cause a country is all I am
I love runnin’ bare-footed
Through the old corn fields
And I love that country ham

Full lyrics at sing365.com

Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen and Gift Shop

Just like I’m a sucker for concession stand food, I love roadside cafes and truck stops. That’s why I had to stop when I saw the sign at the side of the road. If you’re driving between Memphis and Nashville, take a break at Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen and Gift Shop on Highway 13. You can try out her famous fried chicken, look at the memorabilia on the walls, and shop in the gift shop. I bought myself this fan because we were driving through in the Summer without any air conditioning…

Next time I go I will try the $10 buffet (all sorts of Southern dishes, like fried chicken, catfish, biscuits…). You can also make Loretta Lynn’s famous chicken yourself, her recipe is available online at cdkitchen.com.

Nearby

Loretta Lynn’s Ranch

You can visit Loretta Lynn’s ranch as well: there is a museum, her house, a gift shop, and concerts (visit lorettalynn.com for more information). There is also a recreation of her childhood Kentucky home and a coal mine.

Waverly, Tennessee

Nearby Waverly is a good place to get some local flavor and history: it was a stagecoach stop in the early 1800′s and occupied by Union troops in the Civil War. It’s current population is just over 4,000. (Facts and photo from Wikipedia.)

Except where otherwise credited, all other photos copyright 2010 T.Bennett.

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8 Responses to “Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen: Hurricane Mills, Tennessee”

  1. david saldivar says:

    in 1992 took a vacation trip with the wife and 3 kids from brownsville,teaxs(by the rio grande by the gulf of mexico )all the way to canada on the way we stop by L,L, in kentucky.
    the time we stop by was about noon (dinner time in west texas ,lunch time everywhere else) and i was starved .
    now i am a 6’5″ 300 lbs plus ” mexicano americano” and am not afraid of any dinner table or dinner plate so when i saw the sign L.L. rest. i let out a Texas yell that could have been heard all the way back to 1836 i yell eeehaaa WWWWHITE FOOOOD!!!
    (cauasian food for you p.c. yoyos)
    the service was excellent, waitress made me and mine feel at home and kept bringin
    me new plates and i kept fillin them up . and the pies and cakes “no hombre, forget about it”.
    when we left there and i tell you that was not easy for me, my wife and the kids had to drag me out of there. my stomach was full and my heart was content .
    two years later we took a vacation to the our nations capital ,and made sure that L.L.rest. in hurricane mills was part of the trip.

    my son and his wife plan a road trip to nashville this summer and i know one of his stops will be L.L. rest. in hurricane mills.
    GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS
    and thank you for the wonderful service and great food and the beautiful memories that my family will anyways cherish of your place.

    your faithful customer
    DAVID L. SALDIVAR
    BROWNSVILLE,TEXAS

  2. Tanya says:

    David, thank you for sharing your story about the Loretta Lynn’s Kitchens. I didn’t even know there was one in Kentucky, too! Are there any diners, local festivals, or roadside attractions in Texas you can recommend? If so, please let us know and maybe Dining and Driving will feature it – we’re always looking for the unique, wacky, fun, and delicious!

  3. mary iliff says:

    we visited loretta’s kitchen and also her ranch and we loved it ! we were there just a few days ago .it is just beautiful there ! we were there july 2010.we also visited graceland and it does not compare to Loretta’s ranch

  4. Tanya says:

    I didn’t visit her ranch when I was there, but I will definitely do it next time! I went to Graceland as well and was surprised by how small it was (I was expecting a huge mansion!). I sure had a lot of fun at the gift shop, though :)

  5. CANDACE CAPPS says:

    I AM A PROUD EMPLOYEE OF THIS ESTABLISHMENT AND URGE EVERYONE TO GIVE US A TRY. WE KNOW THE MEANING OF SOUTHERN HOSPITALITY AND HOW TO GET YOUR BELLY FULL. COME TRY OUR FAMOUS GREENS AND WHITE BEANS WITH CORNBREAD. I LOVE WORKING THERE AND SEEING ALL THE NEW FACES SO COME ON IN AND GET A TRUE TASTE OF THE COUNTRY….

  6. Leslie Massey says:

    On the way back to Mississippi from Kentucky, my family and I stopped at Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen in Hurricane Mills, TN and it was the BEST we had eaten the whole trip! We all got the buffet and the chicken, roast, potatoes, corn, etc. ALL was SOOO good! Can’t get any better than that country cookin’!

  7. Iva says:

    We were in the gift shop and I bought three (state) Magnets. I already had one of them.
    I want to know if I could exchange it for another (state) magnet? I will mail it to you.
    I bought (South Carolina) magnet, I want to exchange it for (Florida) magnet.
    I didn’t get a receipt.
    Thank you for your attention.

    Iva L. Poe

  8. Tanya says:

    Hi Iva, you left a comment here at drivinganddining.com and we’re not affiliated with Loretta Lynn’s Kitchen in anyway (we just wrote about it). You might want to call them at (931) 296-1122 to find out about their exchange policy.

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