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.
Litton's Market, Restaurant & Bakery
Now run by the fourth generation of Littons, the restaurant continues to offer the best in beef, seafood, desserts, home-cooked vegetables and, of course, those famous, juicy Litton's burgers, featured in magazines and television shows for decades. Todd Blackledge of ESPN called it "The best I've ever had. ...more
Lookout Mountain - Cafe on the Corner
Welcome to Cafe on the Corner. What was once the town grocery in the early 1900’s has been repurposed as a place of community — a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy food. ...more
Loretta Lynn's Kitchen
Get your fill of Dixie delights at this all-you-can-eat buffet. Hear classic country music, see memorabilia from the 1980 film Coal Miner's Daughter, starring Sissy Spacek and Tommy Lee Jones; and pick up a souvenir or two. ...more
Locals and knowledgeable travelers fill up this east Knoxville spot for breakfast and lunch. Home cooked vegetables; blue plate specials (get there early on turkey and dressing days!); fried, thick-cut bologna sandwiches and burgers; biscuits and sausage gravy like your Mama made. ...more
Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint
From the front porch to the music, from the redneck taco to mama's coconut cake, Martin's is a real barbecue joint, serving up pulled pork, ribs and brisket that boast 22 hours of slow cooking. It's a place that barbecue purists love and place for locals to gather and catch up on the news. ...more
Numan's Cafe and Sports Bar
The largest billiard center in northeast Tennessee, Numan's covers two floors with 23 pool tables, two complete bars, a 120-seat restaurant and a 5-table fun poker room. With karaoke downstairs and a band area upstairs, fun is everywhere. ...more
Old College Inn
A Knoxville institution, OCI on the UT Strip is a place where families, students and fans have gathered for years. Try the metts and beans or the fish and chips while you watch the game or sit on the patio. ...more
Paris Landing State Park
Paris Landing State Park sits on the western shore of Kentucky Lake at its widest point. With three miles of water from shore to shore, there is plenty of room for boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and soaking up the sun. ...more
Penny Hill Shoppe
Enjoy meals and soda shop treats in an old-fashioned shop with a 1950s theme: daily blue plate specials with fresh produce, handmade pitas, wraps and subs, fresh baked goods, comfort food. We deliver, and we have food trays to feed several people. ...more