Biscuits, Cornbread & Bakeries
Light, fluffy goodness to make your mouth water. Tastes that tie together the flavors of a Tennessee meal. Confections that provide the sweet finish to a perfect feast.
Tennesseans love their biscuits and cornbread. And who doesn't want to finish a fabulous meal with a fresh-baked confection? If you're on the trail of the best baked goods, start out at the northeastern corner of the state at the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City, the oldest family-owned bakery in the state, serving breakfast and lunch daily. The Tellico Grains Bakery is the area's only wood-fired brick oven bakery.
In Maryville, sit down with some Italian sweets at Dolce's, where you can pair your coffee or espresso with cannoli or Cassata cakes. While you're in Knoxville, stop in Litton's for a red velvet cupcake or some key lime pie after dinner. Voted the best for cupcakes, Magpies, in Knoxville's downtown north, says it's "all butter all the time."
For something a little different, stop at the Pepper Patch Bakery and Candy Kitchen in Lynchburg, where you'll find tipsy cakes made with Jack Daniel's famous sippin' whiskey. The Aurora Bakery in South Nashville specializes in Mexican sweet breads and other international pastries. In west Tennessee, be sure to visit the Flippen Fruit Farm in Troy, where the famous Flippen Fruit Pies are made.
If it's biscuits or cornbread you're after, stop by the famous Loveless Cafe in Nashville. In east Tennessee, have breakfast or lunch at The Lunch House in east Knoxville for some of both, including their famous fried cornbread cakes. For a taste of prize-winning cornbread from all over the country, go to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg each April, sponsored by the Lodge Cast Iron company and Martha White Corn Meal Mix.
Alpine Bagels, Maryland Farms
The Alpine bagel may very well be the best bagel on planet Earth! Chances are, if you want a particular bagel, Alpine will have it, among the basics: Plain, Onion, Blueberry, Spinach Parmesan, Poppy Seed, Sun-Dried Tomato, Onion, Jalapeno, Banana Walnut, Apple Cinnamon Raisin, Sesame, Whole Wheat with a new specialty every day. Bagels are baked fresh daily, and the wide variety of sumptuous spreads are made with delicious lowfat cream cheese. ...more
Aretha's is a fascinating place, with a fun menu, with an interesting location & history. The restaurant is in North Chattanooga, on the north shore of the Tennessee River, close to Coolidge Park and the Chattanooga Theatre Centre, with its burgeoning arts district. ...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
For more than 85 years, this bakery has been a true family tradition--from the fourth generation bakers to those who enjoy their made-from-scratch recipes. Pick up a box of cookie and hit the trail. ...more
Bell Buckle Cafe & Music Parlor
Something fresh and different is happening seven days a week at Bell Buckle Cafe on Railroad Square. We have delicious, tasty food in a world-class cafe, with live music on Thursday-Saturday. ...more
Big Fatty's Catering Kitchen
It's upscale comfort food in a neighborhood hangout. Customers love the sandwiches, from the black bean burger to the crabcake po' boy, and the entrees like the pork tenderloin with mango salsa. ...more
Boyette's Dining Room
Boyette's at Reelfoot Lake specializes in catfish, country ham and Certified Angus Beef steaks. Tradition and delicious food brings diners back again and again to this top west Tennessee dining favorite. ...more
Food, family and community are the key ingredients to Brother Juniper's award-winning, nationally acclaimed restaurant. When walking through the doors of the humble house at 3519 Walker Avenue, it is soon apparent that Brother Juniper's is not just an ordinary breakfast restaurant. ...more
Considered by many to be the best down-home breakfast spot in town, Bryant's serves tasty lunches too. It's where hoards of hungry breakfast aficionados gather, often lined up around the restaurant waiting for their chance to partake in the world class, award-winning fare the Bryants have cooked up. ...more