The Mad Herbalist in Clarksville TN
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Cozy Places To Eat in Tennessee

Grab a warm drink and soak in the comforting atmosphere of these restaurants, wineries and more.

There are special places that exude a warm atmosphere. In Tennessee, you can find a variety of restaurants, wineries, breweries and more that make you feel at home. Here are just a few cozy places to visit.

East Tennessee

Look out Winery – Guild

Pair wood-fired pizza with your wine at Lookout Winery in Guild, about 17 minutes from downtown Chattanooga, where you can take in the views of three states from their heated balcony. Order a flight of wines like the Michele Moscato or Pinto Grigio which pairs with the vegetarian pizza topped with green peppers, mushrooms and black olives. The Roma with its toppings of fire roasted red peppers, sausage and fresh mushrooms pairs with the Antonio Riesling, Peitro Pinot Noir and the Gaetano Gewurtztraminer. Whichever wines you choose, you can be sure your pizza will be a great compliment. 

Seasons of Ober Gatlinburg – Gatlinburg 

With views of Gatlinburg below, dine at Seasons of Ober Restaurant located in Ober Gatlinburg. Hand cut steaks, chicken and pork entrees, salads and burgers are featured on the seasonally-inspired menu. The chalet-inspired décor includes dark wood accents and giant windows showcasing the Great Smoky Mountains. Warm up with fried green tomatoes as an appetizer, the Tennessee chili, fried southern catfish, country fried chicken and more.

Middle Tennessee

Trattoria Il Mulino – Nashville 

Italian fine dining in the heart of Nashville with an exposition kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven can be found at Trattoria Il Mulino. Rich leather booths and intimate tables invite you to enjoy locally sourced food made from scratch, including mozzarella cheese, handcrafted cocktails and an extensive wine and local craft beer list. Reserve a table to enjoy ricotta meatballs, gnocchi, filet mignon, grilled asparagus and roasted fingerling potatoes.

The Mad Herbalist – Clarksville 

Venture to The Mad Herbalist, a shop with a log cabin feel with its hard wood floors and woodstove fireplace. Upstairs, you’ll find plush pillows and window seating, a perfect spot to curl up with an array of teas to sample. House tea brews include the Frosted Flora with its rosemary, lemon rind, peppermint, chamomile and lemongrass notes; lavender mocha featuring black tea, lavender flowers, orange peels, blue cornflowers, vanilla and cracked coffee with cacao nibs; and Sweet Cinders – smoked lapsang tea with cedar, balsam, fir and vanilla notes. 

West Tennessee

Gray Canary – Memphis

Savor Southern foods in a modern, cozy atmosphere.
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Exposed brick, comfortable teal booths and warm lighting make the Gray Canary a cozy space to enjoy oysters, country ham, ribeye steak, swordfish and golden tilefish. Cocktails like the fun Boogie On, Man – overproof rum, Amaro Montenegro, Punt e Mes and banana – and Apple-A-Day featuring Laird’s applejack, roasted apples, honey and cava compliment the upscale Southern dishes. 

White Squirrel Winery – Kenton 

Upon entering White Squirrel Winery, you’re surrounded by rich wood details, a stunning chandelier and wine varieties like muscadine, Moscato, chardonnay and cabernet sauvignon. Take a seat in front of the fireplace with a full wine tasting and cheese plate to enjoy the vineyard scenery. 

Charles Vergos' Rendezvous - Memphis

Famous Charles Vergos' Rendezvous is a barbecue must-visit when in Memphis. Order up a full slab of charbroiled pork ribs and sides like potato salad, baked beans or mustard vinegar-based slaw to warm up from your outdoor adventures. Other barbecue favorites like beef brisket, pulled chicken, pork shoulder sandwiches and lamb riblets are also on the menu. 

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