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.
This legendary spot has been serving locally raised, whole-hog BBQ since 1960. Its most recent honor was being voted in the top 10 "Country's Best BBQ Joints" by Vanity Fair magazine. ...more
Shirley's Home Cooking is located across from Watauga Lake on Highway 321 near Butler Tennessee and is owned and operated by Grant and Shirley Sharpe. Shirley's opened in 1990 with only three tables, serving mainly local dinners. ...more
South Street Original Smokehouse, Crab Shack and Authentic Dive Bar
Southern urban cuisine, lively atmosphere with open-air dining, tree house oyster bar, Saturday and Sunday brunch, dinner and late-night menus. Seafood specialties, salads with house-made dressings, great sandwiches and old-fashioned sides. ...more