Tennessee Traveler: Hot Rods Restaurant


MARYVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT )-- You didn't necessarily have to grow up in the 50's and 60's to enjoy the era of poodle skirts and pompadours. Throw in some pinball - and you've just described dinner at Hot Rod's in Maryville.

"I just love everything in the 50's," says owner Rod Schwartz. "I'm a big car guy, so I wanted something to do, I come to work with a smile on my face."

Inside the restaurant, you'll find a haven for nostalgia and food that takes you back to a wonderful time. But you'd better show up hungry - the portions are huge, and so is the menu, which includes over 70 different kinds of hamburgers.

Yep, you read that right: 70 different kinds of hamburgers.

"As the years go on, I keep adding things and have a hard time taking things off," Schwartz says.

The standouts? Well, there's the triple X burger- and yeah, it's got some steam, as well as an Elvis burger complete with peanut butter and bananas on it.

But the big talker is the donut burger.

"It's donuts instead of the bun," says Schwartz, adding that once one comes out of the kitchen, it certainly catches on. "It only takes one and then you're selling three or four."

But it's not all burgers and buns ... the pot roast is a show-stealer, too.

"We sear the meat, it's been cooking with the vegetables, it's been cooking for six hours now," says Schwartz.

So if you've got a big appetite and an eye out for fun, pop the clutch and head to Hot Rods.

Driving in your neighborhood, I'm the Tennessee Traveler.


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