On the day after the fourth Dad took me and J. to a relatively new restaurant in the greater Sewanee area: Dave's Modern Tavern. The choice to include 'modern' in the restaurant title is certainly and interesting choice, but I can't say there was anything particularly 'au courant' going on in the restaurant's decor or menu. That said, the menu did offer a few things that you'd be hard pressed to find in the other country establishments in a 20 mile radius of Sewanee. For example, the fried artichoke hearts with a spicy aioli dipping sauce. Now this wouldn't be revolutionary really, but the fry job had a light touch and a more interesting seasoned batter than many.
Khyber Pass bbq.I should note that they have a pretty decent selection of bottled beers. I again enjoyed a Sweetwater 420. My overall thoughts on the place are generally positive. They're not trying to be too terribly different, but that's a wise choice in this area...if you're too weird or wacky all you're guaranteed is a very short-run as a restauranteur. But they did seem to be trying to inject a little creativity into a lot of the standard fare they were serving up. Service itself was ok. At first it was better, but as the place filled up our waitress became less and less attentive. The impending storm I discuss below certainly also played a role...but when you wait a good 10 minutes for a slice of pre-made cheesecake, well, that makes me itch with frustration.