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.
Harrow Road Cafe
Today's Harrow Road Cafe, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, is a revival of the original restaurant opened in 1882. It features British Isles specialties, such as Welsh Rarebit and shepherd's pie, as well as traditional Tennessee cooking, with meatloaf and fried catfish on the menu. ...more
Herman's Soul Food & Catering
Great southern cooking with homestyle vegetables and specialties like oven roasted chicken, million dollar meatloaf, tender pork chops and our famous chicken and dressing, plus whiting fish, catfish and tilapia. ...more
Huck Finn's Catfish
A casual, family-oriented restaurant with the best in southern cooking. All you can eat catfish and chicken dinners, with homemade slaw, white beans and our signature hushpuppies. ...more
Jim Olver's Smokehouse
The Oliver family has served travelers and locals for 28 years and more than 400,000 meals. They specialize in country ham, pit BBQ, smokes meats, homemade biscuits, and fruit cobblers. ...more
A classic meat and three restaurant with home cooking like Mom's Sunday dinner, the Kleer-Vu is a Murfreesboro institution. Sweet tea and southern fare, cafeteria-style, with value prices and first-rate service. ...more
Lookout Mountain - Cafe on the Corner
Welcome to Cafe on the Corner. What was once the town grocery in the early 1900’s has been repurposed as a place of community — a comfortable atmosphere in which to enjoy food. ...more
If it's barbecue, M&M has it--and, the deliciousness & variety are something to anticipate. Pulled pork; slabs, racks or sandwiches of ribs; beef brisket; chicken, whole or wings or legs; barbecue burgers, smoked bologna--just too tempting to resist. ...more
Memphis In May International Festival
For over 30 years, Memphis in May has meant great music, great BBQ, great fun! It kicks off with the Beale Street Music Festival featuring over 65 performers in rock & roll, blues, and soul. Every year, an international country and culture is celebrated with cuisine and wines, exhibits and commerce. ...more
A member of Nashville's comfort-food royalty, Monell's at Fitzgerald Manor occupies an 1860s home located on 2 and 1/2 acres. Featuring the best skillet-fried chicken in Nashville, Monell's offers communal, southern-style dining. ...more
Located in a beautiful Victorian 1880s home in historic Germantown, Monell's offers an all-you-can-eat spread. Long wooden tables seat up to a dozen people, making for a family-style dining experience. ...more
New Orleans on the River
Blufftop dining above the French Broad River, a la authentic South Louisiana style, creates a tranquil venue to enjoy the unique flavors. We take pride in preparing only the freshest seafood, and our steaks are hand-cut Certified Angus Beef. ...more
Paris Landing State Park
Paris Landing State Park sits on the western shore of Kentucky Lake at its widest point. With three miles of water from shore to shore, there is plenty of room for boating, skiing, swimming, fishing and soaking up the sun. ...more