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.
Shelby Forest General Store
Stop by this charming market for fresh-made biscuits and world-famous cheeseburgers, live music on weekends and an authentic general store experience. This is the kind of place where locals gather for coffee on the front porch, and it’s also a favorite hangout of Millington’s famous son, musician/actor Justin Timberlake. ...more
Known for authentic Memphis-style ribs, wings, barbecue pork, Sticky Fingers is a popular gathering place for good times and good food. Five signature barbecue sauces entice you to try each, and you can take a jar home with you to make the great barbecue memories last longer. ...more
One of Nashville's oldest minority-owned restaurants, Swett's is still the benchmark for homestyle comfort foods such as pork chops, slow-simmered green beans, cornbread, and macaroni and cheese. ...more
The Cuckoo's Nest
The Cuckoo's Nest, located in an award-winning renovated cottage just off West Main Street, has a loyal following. Maybe it's the homemade bread served with orange honey butter or the flavorful herb wraps. ...more
The Cupcake Company
When it's time to indulge your sweet tooth, stop in for made-from-scratch baked goods of all kinds. If you're looking for something savory, grab a boxed lunch, homemade soup or gourmet coffee. ...more
The Original Blue Orleans Creole Restaurant
Blue Orleans Seafood Restaurant is located downtown on the corner of Main and Market, across the street from the Chattanooga Choo Choo Hotel —another great restaurant to the downtown area. Blue Orleans is available for private and corporate parties and would love to cater your next special event. ...more
The Puffy Muffin
No matter where you go, it will be hard for you to find a more dedicated staff than at Puffy Muffin. Each of the staff members is concerned about doing their part to ensure your dining experience is a pleasant one. ...more
The Stage on Broadway
Located in The District in downtown Nashville, The Stage on Broadway is one of many country bars on the busy street that offer similar atmosphere. However, The Stage distinguishes itself by having the largest seating capacity and the most spacious dance floor of any honky-tonk on Broadway. ...more
The Wild Muffin
The Wild Muffin provides a large and delicious variety of organic muffins. The bakers at Wild Muffin provide big, healthy muffins and gift boxes for many coffee shops and restaurants around Nashville, and can be ordered online or over the phone. ...more
Uncle Bud's Catfish
Uncle Bud's has been serving delicious catfish and fried chicken since 1980. The All-You-Can-Eat dinners are legendary, with "fixin's" of white beans, French fries, hushpuppies or biscuits, coleslaw, and more. ...more
VG's Bakery is the only 100% scratch bakery offering a full line of tasty pastries, pies, cakes, cookies & artisan breads. They sell their baked goodies at their store in Farragut & at every farmers' market in Knox County. ...more