Drive-ins & Soda Shops
America's romance with drive-in restaurants can be traced to just after the turn of the Twentieth Century, when the first documented "takeout service" took place at a drugstore in Memphis. The soda fountain was swamped with customers waiting for seats, so the owner allowed his gentlemen customers to take orders outside to their ladies waiting in carriages. Voila!
Go early to the Hoskins Drug Store in historic Clinton--the grill closes at 1:30. Order old-fashioned cheeseburgers, classic grilled cheese sandwiches, tomato soup...and milkshakes to write home about. Drive up to Nashville's Joe's Bar-B-Que & Fish and dive into smoky-sweet pulled pork sandwiched between two griddle-cooked cakes of cornbread. Or try the fish that's so flaky and light. Perfectly capture the pure joy of the perfect sundae at Wiles-Smith Drugs in Memphis. You'll feel like a kid again!
Famous for its pancakes and breakfast that is served all day, Aretha’s is a crowd-pleaser in North Chattanooga, on the north shore of the Tennessee River. The pancakes are such a hit, they now sell the mix by the box and case – either in the store or online via Frankenstein’s Mill. ...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
Word of mouth and dedicated regulars spell delicious success for this Mexican eatery. Vegetarian options are available, including veggie burritos, veggie tamales and spinach nachos. ...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
Elliston Place Soda Shop
A Nashville institution, a soda shop and meat-and-three lunchroom, Elliston Place serves a full Southern repertoire from country ham and biscuits to fried chicken and delightful lemon icebox pie. Wonderful milk shakes, malts, and sundaes. ...more
Historic Thomas Drugs
Old-fashioned 1915 drugstore with operating soda fountain offers a variety of medicinal and prescription goods, arts, crafts and gifts. Stop by the old-fashioned soda fountain and have a lunch of homemade sandwiches, salads, floats, sodas and desserts. ...more
Hoskins Drug Store
This authentic soda fountain lunch counter serves plate lunch specials (Thursday is Famous Banana Pudding Day!), full breakfast with biscuits and gravy, home cooked vegetables, and grilled sandwiches, along with fountain specialties such as milkshakes, old-fashioned malts, and banana splits. We also have a full-service pharmacy and a terrific gift shop. ...more
One of the best-kept secrets in town, this spot offers home-cooked breakfast and lunch, as well as hand-dipped milkshakes. Specialties include the famous “Y-12 Breakfast” and “Myrtle Burger. ...more