Restaurants in Tennessee

Between the Mountains of the east and the cotton fields of the west, in its cities and small towns, Tennessee’s incredible variety is reflected in a state menu that has something for everyone. Barbecue? Memphis just might have the nation’s finest, both wet and dry. Fried chicken? It’s glorious in Nashville, hot chicken especially. Country ham is served throughout the state, as are superb southern vegetables as part of a meat-and-three lunch in which meat is frequently abjured in favor of a fourth vegetable. The Smoky Mountains at the East are a separate world, where restaurants serve such hearty country vittles as fried apples, smoked pork chops, and, of course, barbecue. And in Knoxville, rustic mixes with cosmopolitan in bakeries, cafes, and barbecues.

Tennessee’s Most Famous Dishes

Sweet, crunchy cole slaw tops moist chopped pork in a bun

Pig Sandwich

Key lime pie: silky, sweet-tart lemon filling on a Graham cracker crust

Lemon Ice Box Pie

Discs of banana are cooked right in the griddled pancakes

Banana Pancakes

Tall, gnarled-top light gold biscuit


Great Tennessee Recipes

Millionaire Pie

Tennessee’s Best Restaurants

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