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.
Time Warp Tea Room
Amidst the melange of motorcycle memorabilia and an antiques decor, Time Warp Tea Room offers a wide selection of gourmet coffee beverages, tea, chai, hot chocolate and smoothies. Enjoy a bagel or pastry; homemade cookies, tea cakes, and brownies are also scrumptious. ...more
Tootsie's Orchid Lounge
World-famous Tootsie's Orchid Lounge was named after Tootsie Bess, a singer/comedienne, who purchased it in 1960. A hangout for Nashville's country music crowd, famous early customers were Kris Kristofferson, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, Tom T. ...more
White Lightning Trail
The White Lightning Trail is waiting for you: a picturesque drive through the fertile valleys and rustic charm of the Tennessee hills. After leaving the city limits, you’ll pass through the Great Smoky Mountains into historic country music — Maynardville — home to country music greats like Chet Atkins and Roy Acuff. ...more
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Wiles-Smith Drug Store, an original pharmacy soda fountain, keeps this tradition alive and is the only remaining one in Memphis. Today, it still operates as an independent drug store and soda fountain. ...more