Willie Mae: Gin Gin’s - Cute, Cozy And Comfy

Sunday, November 04, 2012 - by Willie Mae
Gin Gin's is on Signal Mountain
Gin Gin's is on Signal Mountain

 My friend Myrna had told me about a little place called Gin Gin’s up on Signal Mountain as we had planned to have lunch together last week. She said it looked like a house and was easy to find.

When it came time to meet her I thought I had prepared well by printing off directions from the Internet. I had been up on Signal Mountain before, but it was when my Joe was still alive and he used to do all the driving.

Trying to read and drive is not something an older person should attempt. I know that I am not up to par with the latest gadgets they have now and maybe I should learn to use one of those navigation devices you put in your car but I thought I had done pretty good by finding it on the computer without asking Myrna for directions. It never dawned on me how I would read and drive!

Going up that W Road was not my idea of fun! Those curves are so tightly wound I am surprised the mountain hadn’t already sprung itself! I just knew that the right bumper would hit into the rock of the mountain, but I finally made it up.

When I got to the darling place (after having to call Myrna for help in how to find it) she told me I did not have to take the W Road! She said I could have just taken Taft Highway. At least I knew I didn’t have to go back down the way I came up!

Gin Gin’s was so sweet and nice. It had a nice ramp-like porch and when you entered there was a television fireplace. It looked like a flat screen hanging on the wall and the “screen” had a fake fire going as heat came out of the bottom of it. I wished I could have changed the channels and made it a roaring fire, but the owner said she turned it down because it got pretty warm in there.

We sat in a corner in the back and looked at our menus. Myrna knew what she wanted already; she was getting the Reuben sandwich and chips for $7.99. I saw a prime rib sandwich for $9.95 that looked pretty good and I wanted French fries.

When our meals arrived, I first looked at Myrna’s sandwich with the marble-rye bread that looked delicious! Then I saw mine and I knew I should go ahead and ask for a box. My sandwich of sautéed onions, roasted peppers and prime rib roast was a monster sandwich (which was appropriate around Halloween time) but it looked as though it had lost some of its innards!

I took my fork and began eating the overloaded meat before attempting to pick up the sandwich. It was so wonderful! I loved the flavor of those sweet red peppers. Then I tried the fries and I was glad I ordered them. I am quite picky about fries being either too greasy or too potato-y but these were perfect! I would even re-heat them - and I don’t re-heat fries. But they were that tasty! Even the pickle on the side was not flimsy and was a good pickle.

With the cute and cozy place and the scrumptious meal, Willie Mae says Gin Gin’s is a “win win”!

Overloaded prime rib sandwich and fries
Overloaded prime rib sandwich and fries

Puckett's Restaurant To Open By The Aquarium At TGIF Friday's Site

Middle Tennessee’s popular Puckett’s Restaurant is putting down roots in Chattanooga’s Riverfront District, establishing a regional presence while sticking to its focus on downtown locations that highlight Southern food and hospitality.   It will open near the Aquarium where TGIF Friday's was long located. The Puckett’s brand extends back to the 1950s, and a little ... (click for more)

Grow Your Business Training Offered To Help Farmers Make Direct Sales To Restaurants

Crabtree Farms, in partnership with the University of Tennessee’s Center for Profitable Agriculture (CPA) will host a day-long intensive training for farmers titled “Grow Your Business: Seeds For Successful Direct Marketing Of Fruits And Vegetables” on  Dec. 12, in Chattanooga. Grow Your Business is targeted at small and medium-scale producers of fruit, vegetable, ... (click for more)

Additions And Improvements At Camp Jordan Arena Coming Soon

Additions and improvements are coming to Camp Jordan Arena in the near future. At the Thursday night meeting of the East Ridge city council, approval was given for buying new playground equipment. It will come from Gametime, a locally-based company. The VP of Marketing lives in East Ridge and made a proposal to set up the playground at Camp Jordan so his company could use it for ... (click for more)

Teenager Killed In ATV Accident Thursday Night

Damon Lee Jones, 15, was killed Thursday night in an ATV accident in Walker County. It was reported he was riding with a 17-year old, when they tried to enter a church parking lot, but ran into a cable barrier. The accident happened on Dunwoody Road in LaFayette. The other rider, identified as Timothy J. Wallin, was not injured.   (click for more)

Tom Dugan Was A Good Man

Tom was my boss for most of my 36 years at Carta.  At the ceremony where I was awarded my 30-year service award, Tom said, "Don disagrees with 85% of my decisions, but I wish I had 80 more employees just like him." This kind of indicates our relationship. When I asked him to help with my plans for a reunion for the group of Veterans that I served with in Vietnam, he quickly ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: A Veterinarian’s Horse Sense

I suspect you’ve heard by now that a doctor in New York City, who volunteers with “Doctors Without Borders,” just got back from the African nation of Guinea on October 17 – last Friday – and on Thursday tested positive for the deadly Ebola virus. Luckily, he came in actual contact with only a few people but he reportedly rode a subway, took a taxi, went on a three-mile run and ... (click for more)