The most interesting thing about this development, however, is the comment thread that seems to suggest that no bars on the list can be "real dive bars," by virtue of being included on the list. (How Heisenbergian!)
Although the days have long past since one might contract syphilis from the ice cubes (to borrow an image from John Kennedy Toole), perhaps some denizens of the South Main tavern can chime in, and assure CNN's viewers/readers that, for everything else it may or may not be, E&H is, without a doubt, a dive that reeks of heavenly burgers, and, though less literally, vintage copulation.
UPDATE: E&H is getting a lot of love this week. Thrillist.com just named the Soul Burger one of the nation's best. Hat tip to WPTY/WLMT's Cameron Harper (@NewsCam on your Twitter machine) for sharing.
In the 14 years I've been the Flyer editor, I've gotten lots of hate mail. It mostly used to come in envelopes filled with pages of scrawled handwriting. I read them and put them in the wastebasket, chalking it up as a natural by-product of writing for a liberal paper in the conservative South. Lately, the angry folks have switched to email, and it comes in waves ...