I’m thinking about Red as I wheel my old Econoline van into the parking lot of Snack Shack near downtown Mt Vernon. I’ve got a cassette deck and a tape of Foley that I’d bought at Sammy’s flea market between Corbin and Gray not even an hour south of here.Red’s in fine form and I hate to shut him off but I’m in need of a chili bun and I know Snack Shack’s fit to bring me one to table.
Glenda McFerron Smith is a pistol. She’s the owner of the restaurant and is excited to show a stranger around her tiny, immaculate kitchen.A humble little housewife-style cook stove sits off in one corner. Lord only knows how many gallons of chili have been scooped out of old pots on this thing over the years.
And that chili. As Jed Clampett would say “whooo doggie.” The wet, slightly sweet meat is folded into a fresh, white flour bun then garnished with yellow mustard and chopped white onion. The feast is under $2.
It’s a good, standard version of the form.A steady stream of customers file in and out of the Snack Shack during my visit nearly every one of them leaving with some frozen ice cream concoction. The grill lady also stays busy hustling out hamburgers and french fries.
I ask a fellow diner what he thinks about Red Foley. He allows that he’s not sure he knows who he is but he must be famous; there’s a Red Foley Road on the other side of the highway.
I pull out of the parking lot and point east to see if I can find the road that leads to Red.
405 Richmond St
Mt Vernon, Kentucky
Telephone (606) 256-2212
Hours of operation
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