Your Guide to Authentic Regional Eats
The Junction is an upstate South Carolina crossroads cafe renowned for its country-style buffet, which always features sublime, gnarled-crust fried chicken.
An American eatery with great Tex-Mex food and a diner personality, Joann’s is recommended for green chile enchiladas, biscuits, and squash-and-corn salad.
The Cherry Hut is a Michigan restaurant serving some of the best cherry pie anywhere– sweet and a little tart, with flaky crust that adds a savory note.
Wedding cakes are the specialty, but for us travelers, Magpies’ cupcakes, cookies, and cheesecake slices are sweet-tooth Nirvana in Knoxville.
At Josephine House, details of food and decor all are impeccable. Highlight dishes include a Nutella morning bun and lemon ricotta pancakes.
Peter Luger is an ancient (since 1887) neighborhood Brooklyn steak house that serves stupendous porterhouse. Is this America’s best steak? (Cash only)
Supple spaghetti noodles topped with thick, salty red sauce headline at Louis Original, Knoxville’s old-school Italian-American restaurant favorite.
Sawyer’s Farmhouse Breakfast is a reliable, full-menu breakfast spot on Pigeon Forge’s bustling Parkway. Pancakes are a specialty.
A big country restaurant with small town charm and a broad menu to make everyone happy, Elvira’s is a getaway in the beautiful rolling hills of East Tennessee.