A Tennessee favorite catch of the day is flake-tender catfish of the best quality. Fried catfish is considered a quintessential southern dish, along with sweet tea, fried chicken, sweet potato pie and hush puppies.
Southern restaurants and rural fish lovers dote on its sweet flavor. Catfish is often fried with a little cornmeal, salt and oil, served up crispy, golden and delicious, attested by diners at Nashville's famous Arnold's Country Kitchen. Experience an outstanding catfish dinner on the water: cruise or drive to Lighthouse Restaurant at Cookeville Boat Dock. Across the street from Reelfoot State Park Visitor's Center, Boyette's Dining Room draws diners from a four-state area for its legendary catfish dinners. Blue Bank Fish House & Grill, also in the Tiptonville area, brings out heaping helpings of grilled catfish, white beans, salad with Blue Bank Bleu Cheese, baked apples and homemade rolls with strawberry butter.
Chefs around the country are now emulating Tennessee kitchens and eateries by crafting new ways to cook and eat what was once considered a very lowly fish. Blackened catfish is a variation on the traditional southern preparation, paying homage to the cherished Caribbean way with spices. Popular recipes for catfish include serving it broiled, grilled, sauteed, poached, smoked, pan seared and in a stew or soups. Food textures and flavors serving as complements for catfish are coleslaw, onions rings, the must-have hush puppies, fried green tomatoes and browned potatoes. Accompanying sauces that pair well with catfish are piquant cocktail, horseradish--with a kick, tartar or catsup.
The Bluebird Cafe
An unassuming, 100-seat venue that became one of the premier songwriter clubs in the country, the Bluebird Cafe is a legend in the music business. Many of today's most popular songs and songwriters started here, including Garth Brooks. ...more
The Catfish Hotel
Check into The Catfish Hotel for fresh catfish cooked in a variety of preparations--from lightly breaded & fried to seasoned with lemon & cracked pepper to Cajun style. Try the baby back ribs for tenderness & flavor, or the country ham steak, served with home-style biscuits and red eye gravy. ...more
The Cranberry Thistle
Right in the heart of the Jonesborough historic district is the Cranberry Thistle, a favorite with locals and visitors alike. Enjoy southern favorites like beans and cornbread, daily specials of homemade soups and blue plate lunches, pastries, pies and cakes, coffee drinks and smoothies. ...more
The Daily Dish
Food as good as Grandma's, cooked by chef Sean Begin and served up at a reasonable price. A traditional Southern "Meat and Three" with a daily selection of home cooked vegetable dishes to compliment the pot roast, pork loin, meatloaf, coconut chicken, fried catfish and more. ...more
The Galley at Edgar Evins Marina
Nestled in a quiet cove with a rustic setting surrounded by mountainous tree covered hills, The Galley provides a unique dining experience inside our comfortable lakeside setting, or outside on our covered illuminated patio. ...more
The Historic Botel
The Historic Botel, located on the Tennessee River in Savannah, Tennessee, offers a unique lodging experience complete with country comfort and a family friendly atmosphere. Constructed from an old houseboat built on a barge, the Botel has a variety of sleeping rooms perfect for any number of guests. ...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 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
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
Created to resemble a Natchez Trace tavern from the mid-1800s, this restaurant was built out of poplar trees and materials salvaged from 19th-century structures from Memphis' Pinch District. ...more