I stopped by Dairy Queen on the road for a rest and a treat. Suburbanites think of Dairy Queen as a low key, friendly place for kids and families. In small towns like Vienna, the Dairy Queen is an important gathering place. Even very small towns can support a Dairy Queen, which is less expensive than some other franchises. It becomes a regular spot and a place to see your neighbors. You can eat a complete meal there. And the ice cream is pretty good, too.
Years ago, Chicago gangsters on their way to Florida vacations stopped at Monteagle. That was before the Smokehouse's time but it is a mainstay of Monteagle hospitality. Their lunch buffet is large and tasty. I really enjoyed their pork shoulder. Their beef stew/soup is hidden in the corner but it is a must-try: filled with umami, tender, rich with root vegetable tastes. I have never had the chance to hear their evening music programs. I need to make that trip a priority. This seems to be a great place to hear top-notch country music in an intimate setting.