Like you needed any other reason to visit bucolic Lynchburg besides to tour its world-renowned Jack Daniel's distillery, the century-old Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House offers a suitably fine family style - meaning plate-passing - midday meal. Expect fried chicken, roast beef or pork, and Southern sides such as butter beans, fried okra and mac and cheese, cornbread, and grandmother-worthy desserts such as blackberry cobbler. The experience won't make you forget some of Nashville's finer home-style havens, but it's a pleasant way to accompany a most enjoyable and educational - albeit spiritless, since it's a dry county - distillery tour.
From the restaurant's website:
"For great food with a side of history, visit Miss Mary Bobo's Boarding House Restaurant, now in its hundredth year of operation. You'll enjoy the down-home cooking just like Mr. Jack [Daniel] did a century ago. The Boarding House itself is something to behold. After going through extensive renovations in 2006, it has been updated to provide more conveniences and to offer more room for seating. But Miss Mary's maintains its original charm, and visitors can enjoy the Southern-style meals that have been made famous here ...Today the proprietress at Miss Mary's is Jack Daniel's great-grandniece, Lynne Tolley. And not only is she the proprietress of the Boarding House, she's also an official taster at her Uncle Jack's distillery."
"You'll feel as if you should be wearing a hoop skirt or top hat when you see this grand white mansion, with its columns, long front porch, and balcony over the front door (but casual, contemporary clothes are just fine)."