Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN

Seafood Platter

The Seafood Platter may seem a little expensive at first but once you realize how much seafood you get and how good it is, the price is no longer an issue, Highly Recommended!
The Seafood Platter may seem a little expensive at first but once you realize how much seafood you get and how good it is, the price is no longer an issue, Highly Recommended! | Source

Uncle Js Seafood

They have other dishes just as good as the Seafood Platter, also check them out at FB.
They have other dishes just as good as the Seafood Platter, also check them out at FB. | Source

Grubalicious

Uncle Js Seafood and more provided me with the best dining experience I have had since I moved to Tennessee in 2004. The meal I ate there last Saturday night, July 18, 2015 was hands down, bar none, the best meal I've eaten since I've been in TN and that is saying something because there are some great restaurants here in Tennessee. Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN provided a casual, laid back dining experience with a menu that was nothing short of GRUBALICIOUS!

The food was FANTASTIC, INCREDIBLE and DELICIOUS, obviously it made a good impression on me and I am not easily awed by food. I cook for myself every night and have my entire life. I come from a family that would sit down at the dinner table every night but Saturday and enjoy a home cooked meal, My Mom is an excellent cook and so are my Brother and Sister.

I have eaten in the finest restaurants of London, Paris, Madrid, Berlin, Washington D.C. and the Buckhorn Exchange in Denver is one of my favorites but this meal at Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . BLEW MY SOCKS OFF, good thing I was wearing sandals at the time!

A friend of mine and I saw Uncle Js Seafood and more on the way in to dropping off a vehicle at our exit point for a kayak trip on the Elk River. Most of my readers know by now that I am a enthusiastic kayaker and have been exploring the Duck River and Elk River for the last three years. When we passed it the first time there was only one car in the parking lot and we weren't even sure if it was open.

We often explore and find local eating establishments when we finish our trips and discussed giving Uncle Js Seafood and more a try while on the Elk River, if it was open when we finished. We talked to an employee (Bob) from Kelso Canoe at the starting point and he highly recommended we give it a try. When going back to retrieve our other vehicle at the starting point of our trip we saw that there were a few more cars in the parking lot, a good sign it was open.

Uncle Js Seafood And More

The Seafood Platter will not disappoint you but make sure you are hungry, because it is a lot of seafood!
The Seafood Platter will not disappoint you but make sure you are hungry, because it is a lot of seafood! | Source

One Draw Back

Because Uncle Js Seafood is so popular and the food so good they often sell out of ALL items by the end of night. This unfortunate set of circumstances forces them to close the follow day and sometimes for many days, until they can replenish their supply.

So it's very important that you call ahead to make sure the're open as this could save you a rather lengthy trip, depending on where you call home.

2167 Winchester Hwy, Kelso, Tennessee 37348

(931) 307-5722 unclejsseafood@hotmail.com

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Located on Winchester Highway 64, across the Hwy from Kelso Canoe Rental this location offers plenty of parking in an old remodeled country store.

His-Story

Jacob the youngest, Jedediah the middle son and Shannon the oldest grew up sons of a poor pipe welder that moved his family from Louisiana to Tennessee and back again following jobs such as working on oil wells and construction, where ever his skills were needed. This life style is all the family knew and any hardships involved and the skills of adapting learned along the way may well have prepared the boys for life as adults.

Both Jed and Jacob entered the Armed Forces after High School graduation, with Jed completing three tours in Afghanistan. Jacob developed a ruptured eardrum and was honorably discharged from service in 2002, returning to Winchester, TN. Shannon stayed in Tennessee working for, what is now called AC Dakien for the last 21 years. All the boys learned the lessons of integrity and strength of character from their hardworking Father.

The boys learned to cook Cajun style food at home and from working in their Grandmother's Rida Cajun Buffet in Houma, LA, where they lived. Jacob spent many years after his time in the service painting military aircraft to support his family but never gave up on his dream to share the cajun style food he grew up eating, with the people of Tennessee. In 2007 he opened a Cajun Cafe in downtown Fayetteville while establishing a successful catering business as well.

While the Cajun Cafe was popular with the locals, it didn't last long and closed down due to financial considerations within a year. However the catering business was and still is very successful and provided the financial backbone to try the restaurant business again in a different location.

I'm very glad Jacob didn't give up on his dream because Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN allowed me to eat some authentic Cajun style food, that I consider some of the best seafood I've eaten in my life.

On The Elk River

Uncle Js (Jacob) Seafood and more plans to have an Elk River location by 2016, so that outdoor enthusiasts, fisherman and kayakers will be able to pull up to this location in their boats and enjoy some great Cajun style Southern cooking by the Lirette Brothers.

"Fresh from the water to your table."- Jacob

(931) 307-5722

Kelso Canoe

With 23 years experience and a great location right next door to one of the cleanest, free flowing rivers in the United States, Kelso Canoe Rental offers guided trips, kayak and canoe rentals, camping and transportation.
With 23 years experience and a great location right next door to one of the cleanest, free flowing rivers in the United States, Kelso Canoe Rental offers guided trips, kayak and canoe rentals, camping and transportation. | Source

Finished Seafood Platter

This is what a finished Seafood Platter looks like and let me tell you it is a lot of food so bring a big appetite.
This is what a finished Seafood Platter looks like and let me tell you it is a lot of food so bring a big appetite. | Source

Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . My Conclusions

Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN has been open now for 10 weeks and is thriving on mostly word of mouth advertising and a Facebook page. This location offers plenty of parking just off Highway 64, just outside of Fayetteville near Kelso, Tennessee. The restaurant itself is an old, general store leased to Uncle Js by Kelso Canoe and Kayak Rental, remodeled for a casual dining experience and even houses a band stand.

The atmosphere is laid back, the food is excellent and the Lirette boy's hospitality is gracious and welcoming. It is the kind of experience that makes you feel at home instantly and the great tasting seafood encourages you to come back to try more of their spicy, delicious meals. While some may find the Seafood Platter to be a little pricey at $30 dollars, I found it to be worth every penny. They offer many more options, depending on the season and a variety of Po' Boy sandwiches.

I would suggest taking advantage of the 23 years of experience Kelso Canoe and Kayak Rental has to offer, across the street for a leisurely float on the Elk River and then a great dinner at Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN to top off a great day of relaxation and fun.

I highly recommend this dining experience and am looking forward to more grubalicious seafood in the coming weeks as my kayaking will be in and around the town of Fayetteville, while I continue my exploration of the Elk River. I can't say enough about the great seafood, warm hospitality and relaxed atmosphere provided by Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN.

Closed Sold Out!

I feel it is important to remain humble while growing and learning a new business and not be afraid or unwilling to share information that may seem negative with your clients, people are very understanding when you communicate with them.
I feel it is important to remain humble while growing and learning a new business and not be afraid or unwilling to share information that may seem negative with your clients, people are very understanding when you communicate with them. | Source

Closed, Sold Out

Evidently, when writing this article I had a slight communication issue. Even though I interviewed the owner for over an hour on the phone and in person, some important information was left out of the conversation.

Apparently, Uncle Js Seafood and more . . . Best New Restaurant In Fayetteville, TN still has some logistical problems to work out, when it comes to supply and demand. While this problem can be excused for new restaurant owners still navigating the complicated problems of getting seafood "Fresh from the water to your table", not being able to communicate this problem to your patronage is a BIG PROBLEM!

Facebook can be a great media tool but if you don't use it to communicate important information and it is your only digital link because you don't have a website, then it is nothing more than a social gossip page.

I have always found that folks are very forgiving and understanding if you communicate with them up front and don't try to hide anything. As a recovered alcoholic and drug addict, I know from experience that if I'm up front with my own character defects, people will be much more willing to work with me.

So while posting to your potential clients that you are really enjoying your vacation in Disney Land you might also want to tell them YOUR RESTAURANT IS CLOSED UNTIL THURSDAY JULY 30, 2015, just a thought . . .

As a writer touting the awesome dining I experienced last Saturday night and taking the time and energy to write an article expressing how impressed I was with this new restaurant, I feel like I got thrown under the bus and after running me over backed up to make sure they ground my reputation into the dirt.

Two of my friends called me to express their 'graditude' for recommending a restaurant that is CLOSED, after driving 70 to 100 miles round trip to find this out. Needless to say they weren't happy and I can't blame them.

Since they both have fancy phones they immediately got on the internet and went to the fb page and saw that it said OPEN, while sitting in the parking lot staring at big white letters CLOSED SOLD OUT scrawled in soap on the front window.

WOW!

I talked to a local around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, after kayaking on the Elk River, after experiencing the same feeling sitting in their parking lot and evidently this isn't the first time it has happened. I feel like I could have been told in the interview process and I would have worked it into my article in a way that would have allowed my readers to recognize the problems of getting fresh seafood into Tennessee.

After sleeping on this information, I still feel betrayed and felt it was necessary to share this information with my readers. I don't know if I will be going back, yes the food is REALLY GOOD and yes I can forgive inexperience but I feel some deception here.

For all of you out there that made the drive on my recommendation only to find a CLOSED SOLD OUT sign, I apologize.

I have learned a valuable writing lesson here and perhaps it is my fault for not asking the question "Do you ever run out of fresh seafood and have to close down?" but the thought never occurred to me and I still feel like I should have been told.

I, for one, hope they work these logistical issues out and continue to share great Cajun style fresh seafood with the people of Tennessee, whether or not I am one of these people remains to be seen.

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Insane Mundane 16 months ago from Earth

Hell yeah! This is definitely better than eating random insects from a doomsday prepper's version of Thanksgiving; ha!

...The first thing I thought about was 'Cajun' and 'Louisiana' upon viewing the initial image, so it's really nice that they brought the same quality back over to the woodland state of Tennessee.


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

But be sure to call because they completely sold out Friday night and are now closed until Thursday. Even though one of the brothers claims to be an IT guru, they don't have a website, just a fb page and the store hours on fb says open . . . so they are still working out the communication kinks.

I thought that might be in your neck of the woods, I gotta say the Elk is an awesome river and in comparison the Duck Sucks!

I got my Go Pro back and am now videoing my experiences on the Elk River and will write an article soon.

Uncle Js has awesome food but a friend of mine drove out there from Wartrace, a good 100 miles round trip, last night only to find them closed and was pissed, don't think he will being going back anytime soon.

That kind of lack of communication stuff ain't cool, they need to fix that.


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Insane Mundane 16 months ago from Earth

Dang, I just checked and that particular restaurant is about 150 miles away from where I currently live. However, if I'm ever within a 50 mile radius of the place I may give it a go.

That would be cool, as I've never checked out the Elk river before. Do you plan on adding any video footage to that Hub?


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Yes, I do but I may first have to learn how to do some slicing and dicing, as I have about 40 clips but none that great by themselves .

As far as the restaurant goes, I'm kind of not feeling my enthusiasm for it anymore after going Saturday only to find it closed and having some friends experience the same thing.

I mean don't you think this is something that should've been mentioned in the interview process? Why hide it? Especially if it happens frequently, not getting good vibes . . . what do you think?


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Insane Mundane 16 months ago from Earth

If they have that much trouble with the Supply vs. Demand class in Economics 101, perhaps they need to just start being open only 2 or 3 days a week - or whichever is easier for them to gauge their seafood orders.

Yeah, they have some nifty video editing software out there somewhere, which would probably make it a lot easier. Sounds like a cool future Hub!


DJ Anderson 16 months ago

Blue, we pass by Fayetteville twice a year. But, with a dog in tow, I doubt they would let us in. You sure make it look like some great eating!

We lived in Savannah, GA. for many years. They would have their

"Low country boil" which looks like this tray of food with different seafoods and small ears of corn.

Blue, I have been following, "Who Needs Light", but I cannot recall from which hub you gave this information. It could have been from the video of "Disinformation of Biology". I'm hoping you can lead me to the hub

and maybe I can figure out where I got this. I was trying to explain to

another hubber about the e-mails, and she wanted to know where I got it.

Please lead me back to the hub which includes this reference.

You and I discussed that the women who blog are rather ditzy and are

as slow as molasses.

I must ask, Blue, are you keeping up with their e-mails and are you a believer in their message. This is a personal question, but I would appreciate your take on these insightful messages.

Many thanks, Blue.

DJ. Suppose to be a "Blue Moon" tonight. 3-31-15


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

First of all they may be able to accommodate the dog out back and the food is worth the trip to find out.

I'm sure I've posted that link on many articles, here it is again http://www.whoneedslight.org/ so I'm not sure what article you may have gotten it from, I will go back and look for the latest in a search.

Once you signup for their newsletter you get daily postings as they now offer a daily newsletter themselves. I have printed out the entire Sananda New Scriptures and put them in a notebook because regardless of the veracity of Sananda himself the New Scriptures make sense to me and is something I've known all along anyways.

The New Scriptures are well worth the read, as there are only 24 chapters and are basically just common sense. Obviously they left out many Jesus' teachings such as reincarnation and not eating meat (sacrifices) or drinking alcohol but let's get real the first Bible was written 280 years after his crucifixion and wasn't about his Gospels but unifying Rome under one religion, they could control.

I would really like to accept the information they offer however if I were the Cabal/Illuminati/Powers That Be I would have infiltrated every New Age website from the beginning of the internet so that I could control the message and dispense disinformation at will.

Wikipedia is run by our own Government and so is Google don't kid yourself, all the major players have an agenda to keep the masses ignorant, so as much as I want to accept their knowledge as the gospel (excuse the pun) I take it with a grain of salt.

But I have read and practiced just about everything on that site so I'm leaning towards accepting it, I want to but I also don't want to be deceived so I constantly check my heart and pay attention to synchronicity.


Elaine 16 months ago

We drove 80 miles to get there to be told at 6:30 all fried food was sold out. No where else to eat in the area, so we stayed and ate from the boiled menu. It was very good! Generous servings on the shrimp but one red potato? They have no cocktail sauce in the building and is the only fish place that I have ever eaten at that didn't have hushpuppies and slaw. They will be out of business before they really get started at this rate.


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Yes, the cocktail sauce issue seems odd to say the least however since I don't really like fried seafood I don't see that as such a problem, just personal taste I guess.

I'm not all that interested in corn and potatoes at a seafood restaurant but they do have some supply issues to work out, no doubt. The problem is the food is really good and the laid back atmosphere helps.

I hope they work out their issues but I have been there three times now and only eaten once, the other two times they were sold out, so this is a major problem for them and us.

I really appreciate you taking the time to comment on this article because as you can see there aren't that many and considering over 650 people have read it in less than three weeks the lack of comments seems odd to me.

I really would like to know what other people think about this place, I love the food but it being closed or sold out makes going back somewhat problematic, especially if you don't live close.


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sunflowerforests 16 months ago from The light in the forest of doubt.

Hmmm...I believe I need to try this food, even if I had to make multiple trips. I'm putting this on the bucket list. You've done a great job detailing the restaurant. I bet the owner's are very thankful for the attention. Plus, it will help them pinpoint the areas that need improvement. Too bad you can't grow seafood in freshwaters. Oh brother...shaking my head.


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

Or in your backyard garden for that matter, I would really like to be able to grow a few jumbo shrimp bushes and just go pick myself some shrimp for the barbeque.

What is unusually but nice, is that over the weekend, this article got over 1,300 page views. Someone must have put it up on their website or shared it on their FB page because it went nuts for a while.

I didn't go kayaking this weekend and was really looking forward to going back for a Seafood Platter but got two articles published and hopefully they will help folks become more awake.


Kristy 16 months ago

Ok.. so I would love to shed a little light on this subject. It is one of those situations that is hard to undestand till you have been there. First let me start by saying in no way were the brothers of Uncle J's vacationing and neglecting there restaurant duties. One of the brothers was with his family on vacation posting pics. The two remaining brothers were having one of the busiest Friday night to date for Uncle J's. The two biggest resons for the "SOLD OUT" is- 1 there is limited cooler and feeezer space and 2 No way to get seafood on a Saturday. The building is limited on space but there is no way they are going elsewhere. The atmosphere there is awesome! They are there hand breading shrimp and catfish, and if they run out mid shift it is very hard to replenish due to limited staff. The reason for no cocktail sauce is because they are cajun, as far as they are concerned cocktail sauce is for cold shrimp. Swamp sauce is what they serve if you need to dip. They are concerned about the bad publicity of the Sold Out".,but also stuck on what to do. I know neither of them would have ever guessed people would be driving more than 50 miles to come eat with them in Kelso TN. This in no way excuses the fact that they did not post closed on facebook. It was strickly an oversight. Closing on a record friday night,with a smile on his face, Jacob just forgot to post about it. Overjoyed and probably hours of cleaning away from going home it got left undone . One simple mistake can cause a big chain reaction and I hope he learned from it. Mistakes can happen, it is just important that we learn from them..right? They do have limited staff and a limited menu, but the food does not disappoint. Please dont feel deceived it is simply just a matter of "holy crap" we just sold all the food that we can properly store...what do we do now? They were just opening a small good ole taste of cajun restaraunt with no idea how fast it would take off. Tell your freinds to call and personally speak to one of the boys. Let them atleast apologize, talking to people is one of the things they do best. The buliding owner is so excited they are doing well, he is working with them trying to help out this situation. They are so happy to be living their dream and seeing it surpass what they imagined. I know they will get this worked out. Please help them hang in there. They appreciate the patronage. I have mixed feeling about putting their buisness out there,but in sight of all the "being closed issues" I feel it is a good idea. Their mother is very sick, so over the next few weeks they may again have some schedule conflicts. I will help them keep fb page updated but I would definitely check before making a long trip.


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somethgblue 16 months ago from Shelbyville, Tennessee Author

First of all, those of us that write the English language have learned to use this handy dandy little tool called a PARAGRAPH, you really should try it.

It works like this, you hit the 'enter' key once and the text moves to the next line, you can also hit the 'enter' key twice and it will actually skip a line, as I did above, it makes reading long sections of text Soooo much easier.

Second of all, I interviewed Jacob for an hour on the phone he never once mentioned selling out and having to close. I talked to the owner of the building, Cole, at Kelso Canoe Rental and he mentioned it in the first five minutes and that it had happened more than once and was an ongoing problem.

This is known as deception, that is bad publicity, good publicity is owning your problems making your paying customer aware of the problem and preventing people from making long drives to find this out . . . they have no one to blame but themselves.

When the closest big city is Nashville and it is an hour and a half drive away ONE WAY, common sense tells you to make people aware you might not be open.

Again owning the problem is making your own excuses to the public not letting some one else do it for you.

Selling out on Friday night but not posting it until Sunday afternoon is more than a 'little' oversight, to date over 1,400 people have read this article, so if you want to amend the situation come tell us yourself, don't send someone that doesn't know how to hit the enter key.

My friends won't be coming back, Uncle Js ain't the only seafood restaurant in the area.

I personally love the food, the place and people but I have an obligation to share the truth with my readers, I just wish I had been told it up front, that's all.

The Closed Sold Out part of the article stays at least until Jacob clears the air by leaving a comment on this article . . . hey any publicity is good publicity especially when its free.

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