Experienced travelers know that the best food is often found in the most unassuming places, like roadside diners and humble dives. Tennessee’s diners and neighborhood dives offer up the best in comfort food, home-cooked vegetables, soul food and memorable meat & three choices. Local favorites are the places to find those elusive dishes you can’t find anywhere else.
These are the places with the local following, where folks gather to relax and enjoy both the food and the company, places like Rotier’s in Nashville, Litton’s in Knoxville, or the Southern Star in Chattanooga, where the blue plate specials can make you weep for joy. Try Chandler’s in Knoxville, where the beans, greens and broasted chicken will put a smile on your face that lasts all day. GQ magazine has called Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken in Collierville one of the top five restaurants in the U.S. For the adventurous, try something new and delicious at one of our unique local dive restaurants. Remember that sage advice for travelers: Eat where the cars in the parking lot have local tags.
Those peddlers of the blue plate special are back and better than ever! From the down-home diner to local dives, these are the spots with food to keep calling you back.