Holidays are “special and festive time” in Lynchburg
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — While Lynchburg is known around the world for Jack Daniel and his famous whiskey, it’s also gathered an international following over the years for Miss Mary Bobo and her home cooking.
In 1908, Bobo opened a boarding house right off of the square in Lynchburg and welcomed anyone in need of a room and some hospitality. Along with a place to sleep, her tenants were treated to Bobo’s cooking.
Over the years, Bobo became known for her cooking. While the house, now under the ownership of the distillery, no longer offers a place to sleep, it continues to welcome visitors from across the globe to feast on the recipes that Bobo fed to her boarders for 70 years.
As it was in the beginning, the home continues to be a place for true Southern hospitality and traditional home cooking.
Lunch at Miss Mary Bobo’s includes generous helpings of two home-style meats, six vegetables and side dishes, hot cornbread, biscuits or rolls, freshly brewed iced tea, homemade dessert and a hot cup of coffee.
There is always at least one item on the menu that contains the local hometown “product” in it.
The menu varies daily, except during the month of December, when a holiday meal is served every day.
Daily menu items include meatloaf, fried chicken, casseroles of all kinds, and the restaurant’s famed fried okra.
Another unique feature of Miss Mary Bobo’s are the hostesses. Every table has a local Lynchburg lady as its hostess.
The duties of each hostess includes sharing local Lynchburg history with guests, encouraging conversation among those at the long table, making sure that dishes are always passed to the left and that no one leaves the table hungry.
According to the staff, one of the most requested items on the menu is Miss Bobo’s candied apples. The apples are served every day and contain “the local product.”
While a favorite year-round, the staff say the apples become a bit more special around the holiday season as Christmas is a favorite time of the year for the house.
“The holidays are a very special and festive time in Lynchburg, and Miss Mary Bobo’s is a big part of our visitor experience this time of year,” said Ashley Schaffner Fletcher, who works with public relations for Brown-Forman and Jack Daniel Distillery. “People from near and far come to visit the distillery, enjoy a meal at Miss Mary’s and shop the beautifully-decorated square.
“The gift shop at Miss Mary’s has a great selection of holiday gifts: home decor, Christmas ornaments, cookbooks, serve ware, ponchos and scarves, candles, jewelry, truly something for everyone. We encourage folks to make Lynchburg and Miss Mary’s part of their holiday plans this year. Just be sure to call ahead for a eservation, since it’s one of our busiest times of year.”
—KALI BRADFORD, Tullahoma News Staff Writer
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