Every community has a local favorite: a one-of-a-kind place where locals gather for a special dish, a certain atmosphere, or a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors over good food.
Like the folks on that television classic "Cheers," we all like to stop at a place "where everybody knows your name." Those local favorites have become more than restaurants. They are extensions of home, where someone is always glad you stopped by. That's just how Tennessee's own Cracker Barrel got started.
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. Standards were firm: cornbread came from cornmeal, not a mix; prices could not "break" people; and, fortunately, the people who worked there made sure a trip to Cracker Barrel was like a friendly visit to a neighbor's home. Soon, people were lined up for turnip greens, biscuits and gravy and the good things served at Cracker Barrel.
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 handcrafted, made fresh with quality ingredients and full of flavor, served by friendly people.
Not all local favorites have grown to cover the state. Many remain what they have always been: a neighborhood eatery with a reputation for good food and friendly service.
Capture vintage classic at Memphis' Arcade Restaurant, located in the middle of the historic district. Charming Fountain City, in North Knoxville, sees Litton's Market, Restaurant & Bakery spin platters of mouth-watering 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.
Country Boy Restaurant
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Country Place Restaurant
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Couser's Southern Restaurant
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Crawdaddy's West Side Grill
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Creamery Park Grille
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Daddy Billy's Delicatessen
Guests can't get enough of the great atmosphere and good times here. Sandwiches, cold drinks, a large collection of memorabilia, live music and karaoke keep locals coming back for more. ...more
Dont miss this small-town classic, serving up cheeseburgers, onion rings, and a variety of ice cream treats for over 47 years. Treat yourself to a milkshake, banana split or a brown derby cone. ...more
Dalts Classic American Grill
Dalts has been serving up American Classic cuisine in an upscale neighborhood diner atmostphere to Nashville since 1980. A local favorite, Dalts offers fabulous appetizers, splendid salads with homemade dressings, delectable sandwiches, pastas & entrees, dreamy desserts, and an extensive drink menu. ...more