My husband and I decided to take a drive over to Dandridge, TN while we were visiting the Smokies over the July 4th holiday. We wanted to check out Tinsley-Bible Drug since we had heard that they had great burgers & shakes.
Once in Dandridge, we found a parking spot on the street a few store fronts down from Tinsley-Bible Drug. We then walked up to the old building and made our way inside. Inside it is basically a VERY small drug store with an old fashioned soda counter. Here there are a few seats at the counter & even a few small booths (maybe 7 booths total--with some of them being 2 seaters). There is an aisle of greeting cards and a few aisles of medication/vitamins/etc. There is a VERY tiny pharmacy area in the back. When we got there we discovered that they were celebrating there 100th year this year (1911-2011). So that was interesting.
We made our way over to the soda fountain counter & placed our order with the counter clerk. We ordered a regular cheeseburger and a chocolate shake. Then we took a seat at one of the small booths. We waited maybe 5 minutes for our burger, but our shake was delayed, so our "waitress' gave us a cup of ice water. Our burger ($2.99+$0.25 for cheese) was pretty good. It was cooked perfectly. It was juicy and tender. It is probably one of the best homestyle burgers we have ever had. It was not a huge burger, but the perfect portion for one person. IF you want a bigger burger, opt for the Bible burger (named after the store). We were done with our burger by the time our shake finally arrived at the table. We were not sure what the hold-up was since there was only one or two other customers there at the time. However, we did hear the counter clerk ask about our shake several times. Within maybe another 10 minutes our shake was out to us. AND this shake was HUGE for the price ($3.29). We ended up with probably a 24oz shake. It was super creamy and super chocolatey. We really enjoyed it. It was worth the wait!
Once we were done dining, we paid at the counter & dropped a tip in there combined tip jar on the counter. We did stroll around the small shop after dining. There is a neat glass case in the back that has old pharmacy bottles in it. That is really neat to look at IF you are into history, antiques or work in the medical field. Once, we were done, we visited the SMALL restroom facility and made our way back out onto the street to stroll downtown historic Dandridge.
Overall, we had a good dining experience at Tinsely-Bible Drug. The burger was GREAT and the shake was AMAZING! Our counter lady was really nice, but the soda jerk was really slow to make our shake. The place is nothing fancy...just an old building that houses this small pharmacy & old fashioned soda counter. The wooden booths & soda counter were kind of neat though, I must admit. And I did enjoy looking at the old pharmacy bottles in the glass case. The prices were not bad for the quality & the quantity of the food (HUGE shake). We paid around $7.15 for our burger & shake. We felt this was a fair price. We were glad we had stopped & would visit here again IF in town. I'm not sure I would make a special drive to dine here, but IF you are within a 1/2 drive...it is worth a peek. It is not too far from Forbidden Caverns, Douglas Lake or the Bush Bean Visitor Center. Also not too far of a drive from I-40.
Note: Grill service 7am-2pm with breakfast served until 10:30am. Soda Fountain & Ice Cream available until 6pm. Grill & Fountain closed on the weekends.
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