Diners & Dives
Experienced travelers know that the best food is often found in the most unassuming places, like roadside diners and humble dives. Sink your teeth into some everyday dishes that will make your mouth water.
Like buried treasure, it can take some time to find those hidden culinary gems. But it's an unsurpassed pleasure to find those plain little diners and hole-in-the-wall dives that offer one-of-a-kind taste treats.
These are the places with the local following, where folks gather to relax and enjoy both the food and the companyóplaces like Rotiers, Couser's or the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Big Fatty's and Litton's in Knoxville, or the Southern Star in Chattanooga, where the blue plate specials can make you weep for joy. Or Chandler's in Knoxville, where the beans, greens and broasted chicken will put a smile on your face that lasts all day. Visit Good Dog in Chattanooga's Northshore area, or Brooks Shaw's Country Store in Jackson for some down-home cookin' to get you through the day.
Considered by many to be the best down-home breakfast spot in town, Bryant's serves tasty lunches too. It's where hoards of hungry breakfast aficionados gather, often lined up around the restaurant waiting for their chance to partake in the world class, award-winning fare the Bryants have cooked up. ...more
If you just happen to be passing through East Tennessee and just happen to be on Asheville Highway, there is a restaurant that you do not want to miss. Even if it is 50 miles out of the way, you still do not want to miss it. ...more
Carl's Perfect Pig Barbeque and Grill
Thirty minutes from Nashville on Highway 70, you'll find a full parking lot at Carl's Perfect Pig. The smokehouse is on the side, but inside customers line up for open-pit pulled pork and tender ribs, country fried catfish, Southern veggies and great burgers. ...more
Carl Perkins was one of the original owners of this restaurant, and it's still locally owned after 27 years. Enjoy a bottomless basket of hushpuppies and a bowl of slaw while you wait for your main course. ...more
Everything here is made with the finest, freshest ingredients, from biscuits and gravy, omelets and sausages to lunchtime favorites. Whatever you order, make sure to finish it off with an unforgettable homemade dessert. ...more
Collierville Train Museum and Tennessean Restaurant
Take a romantic journey into the golden era of railroads aboard The Tennessean while enjoying Southern contemporary cuisine. ...more
Cookeville Boat Dock & Lighthouse Restaurant
Cookeville Boat Dock is a marina with a family atmosphere located about seventy miles east of Nashville, fifteen miles south of Cookeville. We offer yearly dockage, boat rentals, a floating restaurant, a fully stocked store and a service department. ...more
Corky's Bar-B-Q The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. ...more
The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. ...more
Couser's Southern Restaurant
For more than 50 years, Norman Couser and family have been cookin' up homestyle meals in the Nashville area. Relax with down home folks and celebrities alike who come to enjoy the fried chicken and whipped potatoes, the meat loaf and homemade mac and cheese. ...more
Creamery Park Grille
A family-owned and operated, quaint, neighborhood parlor set in an historic building, Creamery Park Grille has taste bud appeal. The Sunday brunch features such delicacies as Crabcake Benedict, Apple-stuffed French Toast Croissant, Belgian Waffles with mini potato pancakes, cheesy grits and more on the side. ...more
Dalts Classic American Grill
Dalts has been serving up American Classic cuisine in an upscale neighborhood diner atmostphere to Nashville since 1980. A local favorite, Dalts offers fabulous appetizers, splendid salads with homemade dressings, delectable sandwiches, pastas & entrees, dreamy desserts, and an extensive drink menu. ...more