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.
One of Nashville's oldest minority-owned restaurants, Swett's is still the benchmark for homestyle comfort foods such as pork chops, slow-simmered green beans, cornbread, and macaroni and cheese. ...more
It is our goal to give every customer, whether a first-timer or a regular, the best dining experience they have ever had each time they come to Taco Mamacita. If we don’t meet this mission, let Mama know about it. ...more
The Catfish Hotel
Check into The Catfish Hotel for fresh catfish cooked in a variety of preparations--from lightly breaded & fried to seasoned with lemon & cracked pepper to Cajun style. Try the baby back ribs for tenderness & flavor, or the country ham steak, served with home-style biscuits and red eye gravy. ...more
The Daily Dish
Food as good as Grandma's, cooked by chef Sean Begin and served up at a reasonable price. A traditional Southern "Meat and Three" with a daily selection of home cooked vegetable dishes to compliment the pot roast, pork loin, meatloaf, coconut chicken, fried catfish and more. ...more
The Original Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant
Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant is located downtown on the corner of Main and Market, across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel —another great restaurant to the downtown area. Blue Orleans is available for private and corporate parties and would love to cater your next special event. ...more
The Roaming Gnome, Knoxville
The Roaming Gnome Pub & Eatery in Knoxville is in the original Ruby Tuesday building on the Cumberland "Strip" near UT. Here at the Gnome we cater to all ages: whether you're five or fifty you'll feel right at ease. ...more
The Stage on Broadway
Located in The District in downtown Nashville, The Stage on Broadway is one of many country bars on the busy street that offer similar atmosphere. However, The Stage distinguishes itself by having the largest seating capacity and the most spacious dance floor of any honky-tonk on Broadway. ...more
The Tomato Head, Maryville
The Tomato Head stands as a testament to an uncompromising commitment to great food. Backed by a talented and dedicated staff that now numbers forty, the Tomato Head continues to improve upon the original concept of a creative and innovative eatery that strives to stimulate your appetite and your mind. ...more