Once I got inside, I understood a bit better just why the parking lot was so full. In addition to a healthy eat in crowd, there was a non-stop stream of people coming in to pick up food to go. Salads and pie were prepackaged and waiting in a refrigerator, making it easy for someone to run in, grab and go. The menu offered soups, sandwiches, a deli case of salads (the chilled chicken tortolleni salad caught my eye), and a “Special of day” which happened to be meatloaf with true southern sides like cornbread and black eyed peas.
I nearly went with the special, but a last minute change of heart found me ordering a turkey BLT instead. And adding a slice of blueberry cream pie. Somedays I’m just crazy like that.
I placed my order and paid at the counter. Filled my cup with unsweet tea and headed out to the fenced in patio and found a table in a shady spot. I was surprised at how comfortable the patio was. A tall fence and several trees and you forget that just behind you is traffic, zipping down Whitesburg.
My food came out about 10 minutes later, announced by a server standing in the doorway to the patio announcing “TURKEY BLT?” Most of the service was along these lines, serviceable, but brusque with little patience for those who threw a cog into the well oiled machine of the lunchtime rush.
I was quite happy to see my sandwich though. The turkey was a high quality deli meat, the tomato fresh (hooray, summer is here!), and the bacon crunchy. The romaine was unremarkable and the sourdough bread was thin and crunchy from the toasting it had received. I would have written it off as an unremarkable sandwich except for the pesto. Wonderfully flavorful and clearly house-made, it added a punch and pulled all of the other flavors together. Still, the sandwich ran to the salty side, leaving an aftertaste of pure salt.
The sandwich was accompanied by a thick round of sweet pickle which was sweet and tangy, but seemed unsure whether it was a side item (too small) or garnish (too large).
Lyn’s is a nice place for a change of pace, and their cold salads certainly looked tasty, but with so many other places to try I doubt I will make it back often. Once detail that did catch my eye is that they offer “care packages”. You simply select what to send and they take care of the rest. If you have a favorite dish, treat or wine (they have a healthy wine selection), this could be a fabulous way to share some happiness.
Total for the meal: $12.32 (includes one Turkey BLT, one slice of pie, and one drink).
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