Summer means enjoying your meals outside. Head to these patios to enjoy beautiful views and refreshing, cool breezes in Tennessee. Add these restaurants to your next trip itinerary:
While you’re visiting Rock City Gardens, grab a bite at Café 7. Dishes burst with flavors and are as delicious as the views. You can see seven states while noshing on Southern cuisine. Share a plate of deviled eggs and Southern spring rolls. Savor the brisket salad, shrimp & grits, catfish, pulled pork barbecue, burgers, po’boys, and mouthwatering sides like sweet potato fries, potato salad, coleslaw and house-made chips. Café 7 has seasonal hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Saturday April to Memorial Day; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursdays-Mondays with extended hours to 7 p.m. that includes bar service and a limited menu Fridays and Saturdays Memorial Day-Labor Day; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday-Sunday Labor Day-October.
You don't have to book a trip to Italy to see spectacular views while lounging on a patio, devouring a pizza and wine. Just go to Lookout Winery. This Italy-inspired winery provides wood-fired pizza made with flour imported all the way from Tuscany. Sip on white, red or blend wines while taking in the Tennessee River and mountains stretching out before you.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in this restaurant where the daily special is always the gorgeous view of the Cumberland Mountains. Guests get a panoramic view where you can see as far as the Smoky Mountains. The menu consists of a variety of dishes from steaks to burgers, brisket tacos, fried green tomatoes and grilled chicken salad. Have your meal on the expansive patio as you take in this gorgeous East Tennessee area. Reservations are required.
Take a chondola up to Anakeesta for a meal with a beautiful view of the Great Smoky Mountains. You’ll want to start with the Bavarian pretzels or the ultimate nachos; then, order the brisket mac & cheese, the Smokehouse Stacker – half-pound angus beef with pulled pork, bacon, cheddar and barbecue sauce, the grilled chicken Caesar wrap, or the Greenbrier chicken salad – greens tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes, cheddar cheese and grilled or fried chicken. Enjoy the sunshine and a meal among the clouds.
Balter Beerworks makes everything from scratch, including their brews. After exploring the trails in and around Knoxville, end your day with a cold beer and seasonal plates. Dig in to potato chip nachos, blackened fish tacos, fish & chips, a quinoa veggie burger or a refreshing Mediterranean salad. Pair your meal with a variety of beers ranging from IPAs to pale ales, porters and more. Wine and cocktails are also available.
The Blacksmith – Jackson
Dine on the patio of this historic restaurant that was first a livery and blacksmith shop in 1840. Since then, it’s been a fish market and other businesses, but now The Blacksmith has brought new life to the building. High-quality ingredients make up the dishes at The Blacksmith. Start with the meat and cheese board – salami, prosciutto, brie, gouda, Wisconsin muenster, Kalamata olives and baguette slices. Dine on a fresh salad, juicy burger or steak, grilled salmon or pork ribeye. Finish off your meal with a thick slice of cheesecake or chocolate cake.
Go to this former silent picture house, originally constructed in 1913, where you can dine on crafted dishes for brunch, lunch or dinner and sip cocktails while silent movies and classic movies brings to life the cinematic glory of the silver screen. For a breath of fresh air, dine outdoors on the beautiful patio. If coming for an afternoon lunch, enjoy the spinach and artichoke dip and then enjoy the seared tuna or chophouse salads, roasted chicken flatbread, turkey wrap, veggie burger or even cheese ravioli and barbecue ribs (you are in Memphis, after all).
The Mockingbird – Nashville
This modern diner, driven by the culinary expertise of Food Network’s Maneet Chauhan, serves up a bit of everything as it blends upscale dishes with a relaxed atmosphere. Start your meal with the Tatchos – tater tots topped with lamb chili, beer cheddar, scallions and crema or the grilled cheese with whipped brie, chimichurri and jalapeno jam. Dig into the chicken fried chicken thighs, the double cheeseburger, the ricotta gnocchi and more. Save room for dessert as The Mockingbird’s milkshakes are what will make your summer unforgettable.
Take a tour of Short Mountain Distillery, located on 300 acres of a working farm in Cannon County. Then, head on over to Stillhouse Restaurant for southern comfort food, moonshine cocktails and sweeping views of the Tennessee farm. It's a quiet, romantic atmosphere that's perfect for a weekend jaunt.