A Tennessee favorite catch of the day is flake-tender catfish of the best quality. Fried catfish is considered a quintessential southern dish, along with sweet tea, fried chicken, sweet potato pie and hush puppies.
Southern restaurants and rural fish lovers dote on its sweet flavor. Catfish is often fried with a little cornmeal, salt and oil, served up crispy, golden and delicious, attested by diners at Nashville's famous Arnold's Country Kitchen. Experience an outstanding catfish dinner on the water: cruise or drive to Lighthouse Restaurant at Cookeville Boat Dock. Across the street from Reelfoot State Park Visitor's Center, Boyette's Dining Room draws diners from a four-state area for its legendary catfish dinners. Blue Bank Fish House & Grill, also in the Tiptonville area, brings out heaping helpings of grilled catfish, white beans, salad with Blue Bank Bleu Cheese, baked apples and homemade rolls with strawberry butter.
Chefs around the country are now emulating Tennessee kitchens and eateries by crafting new ways to cook and eat what was once considered a very lowly fish. Blackened catfish is a variation on the traditional southern preparation, paying homage to the cherished Caribbean way with spices. Popular recipes for catfish include serving it broiled, grilled, sauteed, poached, smoked, pan seared and in a stew or soups. Food textures and flavors serving as complements for catfish are coleslaw, onions rings, the must-have hush puppies, fried green tomatoes and browned potatoes. Accompanying sauces that pair well with catfish are piquant cocktail, horseradish--with a kick, tartar or catsup.
Carl's Perfect Pig Barbeque and Grill
Thirty minutes from Nashville on Highway 70, you'll find a full parking lot at Carl's Perfect Pig. The smokehouse is on the side, but inside customers line up for open-pit pulled pork and tender ribs, country fried catfish, Southern veggies and great burgers. ...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
Carl Perkins was one of the original owners of this restaurant, and it's still locally owned after 27 years. Enjoy a bottomless basket of hushpuppies and a bowl of slaw while you wait for your main course. ...more
There's always something FUN happening at the Commodore! From weekly live music, art classes, couples retreats & church group tours to Elvis Nights, Dinner Theater, and New Year's Eve parties - the Commodore is the place to be for relaxed fun, great food, and friendly hosts. A favorite spot to relax, re-connect, and rejuvenate. ...more
Cookie Jar Cafe/ Johnson Family Farm
This family owned restaurant is famouse for its mouth watering desserts and comforts foods. We are located in the middle of a century farm that is still in operation. ...more
Corky's Bar-B-Q The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. ...more
The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. ...more
Couser's Southern Restaurant
For more than 50 years, Norman Couser and family have been cookin' up homestyle meals in the Nashville area. Relax with down home folks and celebrities alike who come to enjoy the fried chicken and whipped potatoes, the meat loaf and homemade mac and cheese. ...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
Fall Creek Falls State Park Inn & Conf. Center
Travelers from across the country come to Fall Creek Falls each year to experience the highest waterfalls in the eastern United States. This paradise of more than 20,000 acres on the Cumberland Plateau is one of the most scenic, spectacular outdoor recreation resort areas in America. ...more
Ghost River Brewing
In 1885, Memphis first tapped the now famous Memphis Sands Aquifer. Recharged by the Ghost River's fragile wetlands, the aquifer has supplied Memphis with a steady and consistent supply of excellent drinking water ever since. ...more
Hagy's Catfish Hotel
This restaurant, on the banks of the beautiful Tennessee River, has been run by generations of the Hagy family and is one of the oldest family- owned restaurants in the country. Step inside to learn more about Mr. ...more