Every community has a local favorite: a one-of-a-kind place where locals gather for a special dish, a certain atmosphere, or a chance to catch up with friends and neighbors over good food.
Like the folks on that television classic "Cheers," we all like to stop at a place "where everybody knows your name." Those local favorites have become more than restaurants. They are extensions of home, where someone is always glad you stopped by. That's just how Tennessee's own Cracker Barrel got started.
The interstate system was young, in the late 1960s, when Dan Evins cogitated on how to keep the real flavor of America available to folks on the road. To Evins, mealtime was that connection between the comfort of made-from-scratch food and time to enjoy catching up--with family, with friends or just with your own thoughts. That first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store opened in 1969 on the outskirts of Lebanon. Standards were firm: cornbread came from cornmeal, not a mix; prices could not "break" people; and, fortunately, the people who worked there made sure a trip to Cracker Barrel was like a friendly visit to a neighbor's home. Soon, people were lined up for turnip greens, biscuits and gravy and the good things served at Cracker Barrel.
Local favorites keep people coming back. Ruby Tuesday was founded on the campus of the University of Tennessee by Sandy Beall, who had a vision of food and drinks handcrafted, made fresh with quality ingredients and full of flavor, served by friendly people.
Not all local favorites have grown to cover the state. Many remain what they have always been: a neighborhood eatery with a reputation for good food and friendly service.
Capture vintage classic at Memphis' Arcade Restaurant, located in the middle of the historic district. Charming Fountain City, in North Knoxville, sees Litton's Market, Restaurant & Bakery spin platters of mouth-watering burgers, chili dogs, key lime pie, red velvet cake and more, while locals gather in a back room to discuss "the truth according to Litton's." An institution in Nashville, Monell's family-style hospitality serves up the finest fried chicken, cornbread, green beans, sweet tea, catfish--and the desserts are something else.
Blue Orchid Bistro
Family owned and operated just across from point 114, this local restaurant occupies a century-old historic building that was once the site of the town pharmacy. Enjoy an extensive and creative selection of fresh soups, salads and sandwiches, as well as hot-off-the-grill favorites. ...more
Blues City Cafe & Band Box
Enjoy the best meal on Beale at the Blues City Cafe in beautiful Memphis, Tennessee. The Blues City menu includes such favorites as our famous BBQ ribs, Southern fried catfish, steaks, and the world's best homemade tamales. ...more
Boscos Cool Springs
Boscos Cool Springs, the restaurant for beer lovers, is located in historic Franklin. Choose from our contemporary cuisine menu of chef's daily specials for lunch or dinner, with handcrafted, award-winning beers like the Famous Flaming Stone and Boscos Brown Ale, as well as seasonal beers. ...more
Boscos Squared Memphis
Visit Bosos Squared in midtown Memphis, where you can choose the chef's daily specials, salads, entrees and brick-oven pizzas. Boscos offers a variety of award-winning, handcrafted beers, including seasonal beers, Midtown Brown and the Famous Flaming Stone. ...more
Boyette's Dining Room
Boyette's at Reelfoot Lake specializes in catfish, country ham and Certified Angus Beef steaks. Tradition and delicious food brings diners back again and again to this top west Tennessee dining favorite. ...more
City: Knoxville, TN
Fun and friendly Brixx is a neighborhood restaurant serving the best wood-fired, brick-oven pizzas. Also offering something for everyone, Brixx has a fine selection of signature sandwiches, pastas, salads and desserts. ...more