If a place is called “Aretha Frankenstein’s”, you have some idea as to what to expect, in terms of décor if nothing else. You also have a better-than-good guarantee that I will seek this place out, if I happen to be in the neighborhood. Last week I was traveling, and as I always do when I’m on the road, I look for all the oddball, the strange, the spooky, the kitschy, and the exotic attractions I can find. When I learned about the existence of Aretha’s Frankenstein’s, I knew I simply *had* to go there.
Aretha Frankentein’s, by the way, is a restaurant. It’s a diner and coffee shop in that it serves coffee and food, but it’s so much more than that. Granted I would have visited and patronized the establishment regardless of whether or not the food was any good, but in this case the food is excellent. Aretha Frankenstein’s specializes in breakfast fare, and I ordered one of their signature omelets stuffed with ground beef and refried beans. I also sampled some of my lovely wifey’s dinner and it too was delicious. I even bought a box of their official Aretha Frankenstein’s pancake batter. I gave the batter to a friend of mine, as he’s a much better cook than I am and he’ll make the pancakes for me. The box of batter looks terrific on the shelf with all my boxes of Funko cereal.
As for the visuals, and the vibe, try to imagine if the down-but-not-out Wolf’s Museum of Mystery or the Abita Mystery House served food. That is Aretha Frankenstein’s.
If you are ever in Chattanooga, Tennessee, make sure to seek this place out. More than just a restaurant, it is an experience. Be aware that it is housed in a residential neighborhood so parking can be tricky, and it operates out of an actual house, so seating is extremely limited. If you go later in the evening your chances of getting a table are better.