I love anything vintage or retro. And, my dream “eat anything you want” is still a cheeseburger and soft serve ice cream. I know that sounds a bit hard to believe but I still think the cheeseburger is one of man’s most creative culinary discoveries, as long as it’s juicy and the meat is good.
As a food blogger, I can eat anything I desire if I want to cook it. But, for me, birthdays are about memories and fun and being a kid again. This means cheeseburgers, chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream. I can eat the fancy food any night of the week, but I prefer to put on a party hat, and pretend I’m eight years old.
Bobbie’s Dairy Dip is a Nashville Icon on Charlotte Pike for over 60 years and an old “hang” of mine when I first moved here.
We lived right around the corner in Sylvan Park, and would frequent Bobbie’s with our little chihuahua, Girly Girl, feeding her an ice cream cone, as she sat on the picnic table, and we watched all the interesting characters pull up. Charlotte Pike is a dicey part of town, and this guarantees an interesting crowd of customers, and all the more reason why I like it. And, people were probably watching us too. I’m sure they whispered, “there is that couple that thinks that dog is their baby.” That was us.
After several years, the good news is that nothing has changed. The angus burgers are still juicy, and are particularly good if you stuff your burger with the beer battered onion rings. (I eat what I want on my birthday). The menu for ice cream, sundaes and milkshakes is extensive, and could take a kid’s breath away, but if you’re a purist like me, a vanilla cone is still heaven. If you feel a bit devilish, get it dipped in chocolate.
Open from day after Easter to day before Thanksgiving, on Charlotte Pike.
For Downtown Tourists: There is a Bobbie’s Dairy Dip in the Arcade, downtown.
By the way, if you are in the neighborhood of Charlotte Pike, there are thrift stores, a giant Goodwill.