What do Southerners love as much as their biscuits and breads? Good things to put on them! We top these light and fluffy creations with molasses, honey, chocolate gravy, fresh butter, assorted meats and cheeses, jellies, jams, and the ever wonderful preserves. Homemade preserves are quite possibly the perfect compliment to the southern biscuit.
Jones Orchard, Millington, makes scrumptious homemade apple butter and three flavors of preserves--peach, strawberry and apple--as well as many varieties of jelly. From Cracker Barrel, try chow-chow, a sweet, pickled relish traditionally made in the south that utilizes vegetables left over at the end of the summer's harvest. Need more of a kick? Brother Juniper's, Memphis, has Garlic Pepper, Louisiana Chipotle, Traditional Select and six flavors of spreadable fruit.
Visit the Bell Buckle Country Store for a large assortment of the award-winning Rose and Ivy dessert and salad toppings, wine jellies, jams and drink blends, or take home a stash of Captain Rodney's famous dessert glazes, sauces, salsas and pepper jellies. Many Tennessee wineries, distilleries and farms have their own special brands of cheese, jellies, sauces and other flourishes to make good food great.
Apple Cake Tea Room
Wonderfully quaint café located among boutique shops and the Tennessee countryside for a delicious lunch or snack. The interior beckons diners to settle in and get comfortable with a fireplace, log cabin furnishings and lace curtains. ...more
Aunt Mahalia's Candies
This gourmet shop was established in 1939 and still makes delicious candies the old-fashioned way in a glass-enclosed kitchen, using only the freshest and finest ingredients. Confections include fine chocolates, select pecans, fudge, taffy and divinity. ...more
The Aurora Bakery is located in historic South Nashville and specializes in Mexican sweet breads and other international breads and pastries, the house favorite being Aurora’s famous tres leches or “3 milks cake. ” Cafe Papillon is also on site, offering ethnic foods and sweets. ...more
Backermann's Bakery & Cheese Shoppe
It's worth the visit to this Mennonite family store just to inhale the heavenly smell of freshly baked breads and treats. Stop in for cheeses, specialty breads, jellies, ciders, soaps, tonics, cookbooks and bulk items. ...more
Bedford Cheese Store
Welcome to cheese-lovers paradise! From the wholesome goodness of traditional cheddar to the spicy kick of jalapeno pepper jack, this store has it all. Send some home the shop delivers these 100 percent all-natural golden treasures right to your door. ...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
Carver's Applehouse Restaurant & Orchard
Overlook the Smokies and apple orchards and have a delightful meal at Carver's Applehouse! Actually a family farm orchard, the Carvers have been growing apples in the area since the 1940s. Kyle Carver started his orchard in 1942, hand grafting and planting apple trees in his cornfield. ...more
Charles Vergos' Rendezvous
Charles Vergos' Rendezvous--hailed by USA Today as "what makes Memphis, Memphis," and by Southern Living as "if you only have one chance to eat barbecue, it should be at the Rendezvous"--is world famous for its ribs. Dry rubbed, then grilled over charcoal, the ribs express an intensely seasoned taste redolent of paprika, cumin, cayenne pepper and oregano. ...more
Open air market located in downtown Chattanooga in an old foundry. The market features handcrafted works by local and regional artisans, live entertainment, chef demonstrations, children's art projects, farm direct tax free products and a unique lunch. ...more