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 dishes that will make your mouth water.

Like buried treasure, it can take some time to find those hidden culinary gems. But its an unsurpassed pleasure to find those plain little diners and hole-in-the-wall dives that offer one-of-a-kind taste treats.

Some really are famous in the foodie universe. Just ask people about Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken in Collierville. Rotiers and others have a celebrity clientele because of the taste of their comfort food and the down to earth atmosphere that makes everyone feel welcome. Some are hometown favorites that have stood the test of time. Dyer’s Burgers in Memphis, the Pizza Palace in Knoxville, Hoskins Drug Store in Clinton and Hawg-N-Dawg in Erwin are a few that come to mind.  Others such as Aretha Frankensteins and Good Dog in Chattanooga are newer, hipper ventures that pay homage to the diners of days past with new twists on old favorites.

The one thing they all have in common is good food to come back for time after time.


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 or the Loveless Cafe 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. 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.

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