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.
Christy's Cafe & Bakery
Christy's offers a full selection of home-cooked comfort food for breakfast, lunch and dinner, from biscuits and flavored coffees to muffalettas and favorite veggies. Live music and a friendly staff gives Christy's a downtown and enjoyable atmosphere. ...more
Everything here is made with the finest, freshest ingredients, from biscuits and gravy, omelets and sausages to lunchtime favorites. Whatever you order, make sure to finish it off with an unforgettable homemade dessert. ...more
Coletta's Restaurant Coletta's claims to be "Memphis' oldest restaurant," voted "Best Pizza" by Memphis news bearer, The Commercial Appeal, and serves up amazing pizza. Elvis' favorite pizza, the barbecue version, was served to The King himself at this popular hangout. ...more
Coletta's claims to be "Memphis' oldest restaurant," voted "Best Pizza" by Memphis news bearer, The Commercial Appeal, and serves up amazing pizza. Elvis' favorite pizza, the barbecue version, was served to The King himself at this popular hangout. ...more
Collierville Train Museum and Tennessean Restaurant
Take a romantic journey into the golden era of railroads aboard The Tennessean while enjoying Southern contemporary cuisine. ...more
Cookeville Boat Dock & Lighthouse Restaurant
Cookeville Boat Dock is a marina with a family atmosphere located about seventy miles east of Nashville, fifteen miles south of Cookeville. We offer yearly dockage, boat rentals, a floating restaurant, a fully stocked store and a service department. ...more
Cookie Jar Cafe/ Johnson Family Farm
This family owned restaurant is famouse for its mouth watering desserts and comforts foods. We are located in the middle of a century farm that is still in operation. ...more
Enjoy Copper Cellar's famous selection of fine steaks, seafood and an assortment of sandwiches and salads. Enjoy Sunday Brunch for a great variety of early morning or midmorning specials. ...more
Corky's Bar-B-Q The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. ...more
The original location of a now-regional chain, Corky's can ship to you if you're not near a franchise. However, when you're in Memphis, you won't mind waiting in line for the place's incredible pulled pork shoulder barbecue. ...more