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.
Dyer's Burgers began in 1912, with the late Elmer "Doc" Dyer's secret cooking process--the legacy of which continues to this day. The burgers--single, double or triple--are legendary. ...more
Dyer'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
Forbus General Store
Built in 1892 and nestled in a charming corner of Hwy 127, this is a great spot to taste some decadent, chewy homemade fudge. The store is known for the “Pig” in the back--it’s the name of a card game played daily by locals. ...more
Frank Allen’s Market
Housed in a gas station on the side of the road, Frank Allen’s Market serves up great food fresh from the griddle for breakfast and lunch. Specialties include slaw dogs (a favorite of hometown girl Dolly Parton – she even talked about it in a recent Southern Living) and hamburgers (in fact, they’ve been voted best in town 8 years in a row). ...more
Hard Rock Cafe Memphis
Located on historic Beale Street in the heart of the downtown entertainment district in Memphis, home of the blues and the birthplace of rock 'n roll. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-10 pm; Friday-Saturday 11 am-1 am. ...more