Perfect 24 hours includes stop at The Sanitary

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 04:11 PM.

Unless weather was really bad, I drove Dad and Mom to and from, and that was a big deal to me. For me, driver’s education always involved hushpuppies.

I grew up but never away from this place. Married with kids, I regularly herded my little family to the restaurant. I liked the food, the surroundings, the people, and of course the view. The place has no downside in my world.

What brought on this infomercial-like column was a nostalgia attack by a book I purchased at their counter when we were leaving for the show. On Feb. 12, The Sanitary celebrated its 75th anniversary with a published compilation of its history and the folks who made that history.

Like their food, the book was delicious. When I got home I absolutely devoured it, which is appropriate given the genesis. To me, it’s a family scrapbook of history, pictures and clippings.

Naturally without any knowledge or connection to this place, most of it will fall on blind eyes but to somebody like me it was a huge treat. That whole building is packed with personal memories of a thousand dinners with family and friends, of pulling up my boat for a snack of hushpuppies and buttermilk when headed out the inlet.

The anchor to it all is John Tunnell. He’s the friendly and familiar face of the restaurant and has been greeting generations of the Gardner family for more than 60 years. He’s "family" to thousands of their loyal customers, me included.

So what might’ve been a perilous evening turned into a stellar 24 hours. We had a wonderful meal, saw old friends, bought a great book and enjoyed a rocking show.



1 2 3
Next

Reader comments posted to this article may be published in our print edition. All rights reserved. This copyrighted material may not be re-published without permission. Links are encouraged.

COMMENTS
▲ Return to Top