Saturday, October 27, 2018

Errands, Day Trip, and Fish

Since we live out of town, we like to consolidate our errands and such to maximize the 20 mile drive and Thursday was such a day as Bev and I each went to the dermatologist and the hair dresser plus I went to the bank, cell phone store, and wine store then we both went to Walmart.

Friday was a similar situation but more of a day trip centered around early voting early so Pat, Cindy, Bev, and I headed out late morning with the first stop at the Amish Farmers Market in Englewood for veggies, more kraut, and baked goods – they are now only open on Fri & Sat until Nov 24 when they close for the season.They are still getting a few summer items like tomatoes, peppers, and beans but it is now more fall produce such as winter squash, pumpkins, sweet potatoes, and greens.

From there, we went to Sweetwater Valley Farm (Cindy’s first trip) to sample and buy a few of their cheeses – but they won’t be making cheese again until January.  I think we bought about 10 pounds between us.

The cheese making operation is on the other side of the wall and can be observed through the large windows.

Then it was a short drive up to the Loudon County election offices where it took us no more than 10 minutes to complete the voting process.  Now if could only tell the TV we have already voted so the mud-slinging attack ads could stop.  They seem to be everywhere and it would not shock me to find them on PBS and the Home Shopping Network J

Our next stop in Loudon was a couple of block drive to Z Fish House for lunch - 4½ stars on Trip Advisor and Yelp.  We’d been there a couple of years ago and it has gotten even better with more menu offerings and even fresh tuna.  Z’s is a small restaurant in a small, unassuming building and you must be looking or you’ll miss it.  The meals were all huge (the dishes must be about 12" across) beginning with Cindy’s catfish.

Pat and Bev each add Jumbo Fried Shrimp.

I was going to order the catfish until I spotted the Rainbow Trout which I had deep fried.  It was both sides of the fish but deboned and laid out flat - I took half the fish and the slaw home with me.

Everyone thought their meals were delicious, including the sides, and for such a great price ($11-$12).  I can easily imagine paying much more for food not nearly as good and I'm looking forward to our next visit.

From there, it was a quick stop at Food City and home after the four hour loop made for a fun day for me and my girls.

Photos can be enlarged by clicking on them and the blue words are links.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by Almost Heaven South.


10/26/18 Event Date


  1. Hi Larry, Ya'll certainly did get out and about on Friday! We went to the Englewood Market last week as well...picking up some jam, tomatoes, cinnamon bread, etc. We haven't been to Sweetwater Valley Farm in quite awhile so thanks for the reminder. Same goes for Z Fish House. We've always liked their food and prices too and your comments support the reports we've read about the restaurant getting even better! Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

  2. Thanks Larry for all the places you visited, I will be taking trips to the cheese store and the fish restaurant


  3. As much as I like fried catfish, I think I would order the trout like you did. Everything looks great.

  4. Yum - that shrimp and trout look amazing!

  5. I love stopping off at Cheese factories - we have Tillamook here and it's wonderful. The fried fish & shrimp look mighty tasty!

  6. That restaurant sounds and looks fantastic. Love all the cheese and the Amish baked goods. You had a good day for sure. The ads will stop soon, thank goodness!

  7. Sounds like a good day all the way around! All the fish looks really delicious!!! The ads here in Chicago area are unreal, and looking forward to next Tuesday, voting and then it will be over until the run for Chicago mayor the end of February, that will be something else for sure!

  8. I sure like your errand running days. I'd love to visit the Amish market and the cheese.


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