Biscuits, Cornbread & Bakeries
Light, fluffy goodness to make your mouth water. Tastes that tie together the flavors of a Tennessee meal. Confections that provide the sweet finish to a perfect feast.
Tennesseans love their biscuits and cornbread. And who doesn't want to finish a fabulous meal with a fresh-baked confection? If you're on the trail of the best baked goods, start out at the northeastern corner of the state at the Dutch Maid Bakery in Tracy City, the oldest family-owned bakery in the state, serving breakfast and lunch daily. The Tellico Grains Bakery is the area's only wood-fired brick oven bakery.
In Maryville, sit down with some Italian sweets at Dolce's, where you can pair your coffee or espresso with cannoli or Cassata cakes. While you're in Knoxville, stop in Litton's for a red velvet cupcake or some key lime pie after dinner. Voted the best for cupcakes, Magpies, in Knoxville's downtown north, says it's "all butter all the time."
For something a little different, stop at the Pepper Patch Bakery and Candy Kitchen in Lynchburg, where you'll find tipsy cakes made with Jack Daniel's famous sippin' whiskey. The Aurora Bakery in South Nashville specializes in Mexican sweet breads and other international pastries. In west Tennessee, be sure to visit the Flippen Fruit Farm in Troy, where the famous Flippen Fruit Pies are made.
If it's biscuits or cornbread you're after, stop by the famous Loveless Cafe in Nashville. In east Tennessee, have breakfast or lunch at The Lunch House in east Knoxville for some of both, including their famous fried cornbread cakes. For a taste of prize-winning cornbread from all over the country, go to the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg each April, sponsored by the Lodge Cast Iron company and Martha White Corn Meal Mix.
Brooks Shaw's Old Country Restaurant
You're stepping back to the 1890s when you walk into Brooks Shaw's Old Country Store in Jackson, Tennessee. Thousands of antiques decorate the walls and hang from the ceiling--all from founder Brooks Shaw's original collection of treasures gathered from West Tennessee barns and backroad antiques shops--resulting in one of the South's largest private antique collections. ...more
The key ingredients to Brother Juniper's award-winning, nationally acclaimed restaurant are evident when you enter: food, family, fun. Walk through the doors of 3519 Walker Avenue and it's soon apparent that Brother Juniper's is not just an ordinary breakfast restaurant. ...more
Considered by many to be the best down-home breakfast spot in town, Bryant's serves tasty lunches too. It's where hoards of hungry breakfast aficionados gather, often lined up around the restaurant waiting for their chance to partake in the world class, award-winning fare the Bryants have cooked up. ...more
If you just happen to be passing through East Tennessee and just happen to be on Asheville Highway, there is a restaurant that you do not want to miss. Even if it is 50 miles out of the way, you still do not want to miss it. ...more
Carver's Applehouse Restaurant & Orchard
Overlook the Smokies and apple orchards and have a delightful meal at Carver's Applehouse! Actually a family farm orchard, the Carvers have been growing apples in the area since the 1940s. Kyle Carver started his orchard in 1942, hand grafting and planting apple trees in his cornfield. ...more
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
Cities Cupcake Boutique
Cities Cupcake Boutique is committed to baking up fabulously decorated and more importantly fabulous tasting cupcakes. Beautiful creations baked daily with the freshest local ingredients make Cities Cupcakes the best! Flavor is king at Cities, and the decisions are tantalizing! Cupcakes are named after cities, and the flavor & frosting combinations are yummy. ...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