The interstate system was young, in the late 1960s, when Dan Evins cogitated on how to keep the real flavor of America available to folks on the road. To Evins, mealtime was that connection between the comfort of made-from-scratch food and time to enjoy catching up with family, with friends or just with your own thoughts. That first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened in 1969 on the outskirts of Lebanon.
Local favorites keep people coming back. Ruby Tuesday was founded on the campus of the University of Tennessee by Sandy Beall, who had a vision of food and drinks that were handcrafted, made fresh with quality ingredients and full of flavor, served by friendly people.
Capture vintage classic at Memphis’ Arcade Restaurant, located in the middle of the historic district. North Knoxville’s charming Fountain City watches Litton’s Market, Restaurant & Bakery spin platters of mouthwatering burgers, chili dogs, key lime pie, red velvet cake and more, while locals gather in a back room to discuss “the truth according to Litton’s.” An institution in Nashville, Monell’s family-style hospitality serves up the finest fried chicken, cornbread, green beans, sweet tea, catfish—and the desserts are something else.