Diners & Dives
Experienced travelers know that the best food is often found in the most unassuming places, like roadside diners and humble dives. Sink your teeth into some everyday dishes that will make your mouth water.
Like buried treasure, it can take some time to find those hidden culinary gems. But it's an unsurpassed pleasure to find those plain little diners and hole-in-the-wall dives that offer one-of-a-kind taste treats.
These are the places with the local following, where folks gather to relax and enjoy both the food and the companyóplaces like Rotiers, Couser's or the Loveless Cafe in Nashville, Big Fatty's and Litton's in Knoxville, or the Southern Star in Chattanooga, where the blue plate specials can make you weep for joy. Or Chandler's in Knoxville, where the beans, greens and broasted chicken will put a smile on your face that lasts all day. Visit Good Dog in Chattanooga's Northshore area, or Brooks Shaw's Country Store in Jackson for some down-home cookin' to get you through the day.
This restaurant is fast becoming a Dickson institution, with rave reviews from locals. Get a scrumptious omelet any time of the day or sit at the counter for a burger or milkshake in this historic building, a former pharmacy. ...more
Alfred's on Beale
Great food & live music in the heart of famous Beale Street. Southern food with daily meat-and-three blue plate specials, a large selection of home-cooked vegetables, along with a full dinner menu of steaks, seafood, pasta, BBQ and more. ...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
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
Once a Southeast chain with more than 30 restaurants, this location (open since June 1964) is the lone survivor. Despite circle in the name, their famous burgers are square and they sell about 30,000 a month! Look for the original sign, grab a bagful, and hit the drive-in if you want to do what the locals do. ...more