Gollywhoppers! Gollywhoppers!

Sunday, April 21, 2013 - by Willie Mae

I guess Golly Whoppers has been around for some time, but I have never walked in one until today. I went to the one on East Brainerd Road. When I got out of my car I thought all the humidity we’ve been having had me seeing double!

There were TWO Golly Whoppers and I was confused as to which one I should try. They both looked like sandwich shops so I didn’t understand the difference.

After playing eeny-meeny-miney-moe, I chose the one on the right. I walked up to the counter and confessed that I had never been in. There were three handsome gentlemen up front all very helpful to let me know what they offered.

I sat down at a table to view a menu before going back up with my order. They had soups of the day, salads, wraps, burgers and all kinds of sandwiches. I saw the Gollydog for $7.49 with the claim, “best dog in Chattanooga” and I was curious to see if I agreed. I was asked what I wanted on it and I chose chili, cheese and spicy mustard with slaw as my side.

Before I sat down to wait on my lunch, I asked the boy about the two Gollywhoppers. He said that the owners wanted more space but the business beside them wouldn’t sell and they built another Gollywhoppers around him. Eventually the business left and now Gollywhoppers on both sides passes through and it’s all just one big opened place (I guess they had ‘smoked them out’).

A sweet girl brought my meal and I told her I may go back up and get a dessert. I had seen a window full of bakery items that looked delicious. She encouraged that and also told me they come in square bars for $3.99 or they can quarter the bars and you can have a variety of samples in one bar or just an individual sample for $1.49.

My Gollydog looked good, it wasn’t too thick or too thin - it was just right! The chili had kidney beans – which I like, and tomatoes and ground beef. It was delicious and so was the dog. I did add a little ‘Frank’s Red Hot Sauce’ that was in a bottle, which made it perfect. My slaw was exactly the way I like too - coarsely grated with very little dressing so you can taste the food over the condiments.

I was very pleased with my lunch but I couldn’t eat all the bread. I was glad the girl had brought me a fork and knife to cut my messy chili dog with and I just left most of the bread. I wanted to save room for desert!

When I went back up to pick out the delicacies - I had planned to take home two bars to have for company the next day - I picked out eight individual samples. There was red velvet cake, a peanut caramel nougat, a chocolate and coconut concoction (I just can’t remember all the names) and a chocolate cheese cake bar. That’s just what I chose, there were more!

When the young man who was helping me arranged the eight little squares in the plastic to-go box into rows of three, there was a hole in the center. I think his OCD kicked in because he wanted to add one more to make it complete. He told me to pick another flavor and it was on the house.

What nice service, friendly people and a spacious place with delicious food. If you always wondered what Gollywhoppers was and never tried it, you simply must go (I have already helped you out on which door to use). And tell them Willie Mae sent you!


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