A wholesome bakery and restaurant in the charming town of Franklin, Merridee's is a source of fresh-baked rolls and breads. It is also a place locals crowd for lunch. Pimento cheese is an elegant mix of grated white cheddar, pimientos, relish, and Hellman's mayonnaise. For dessert: cake, pie, fudge brownies, and sugar tea cakes.
Rotier’s burgers, served on French bread, are monumental, piled between slabs of tosted French bread with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and mustard (and preferably crowned with a slab of bright orange cheese, too); but do not ignore the excellent plate lunch that draws crowds to the beloved Nashville institution.
The motto of the Beacon Light Tea Room is "A Different Kind of Restaurant." Chicken is skillet-fried and has a wickedly brittle crust. We highly recommend not only the hash brown casserole but also whole kernel corn. For the proprietors of this upright restaurant, the beacon is Jesus; and his image is everywhere.
Here is some of the nation's best fried chicken. Each piece is encased in an envelope that vigorously crunches, then offers rapturous chew, all the while radiating the ecstatic flavor combo of chicken fat and pepper.
Only open since 2012, Hattie B's has quickly gained the reputation as one of the hottest and best hot chickens in a city obsessed by the bird. You can cool the burn with a cup of banana pudding.
There are burgers galore at this friendly little eatery, where dressings range from ketchup to marinara sauce and fried eggs to peanut butter. Big, irregularly cut sweet potato fries are outstanding.
Breakfast is the house specialty. Excellent biscuits are the star of the show -- along with just about every kind of breakfast pork there is: sausage and smoked sausage, country ham and city ham, bacon, tenderloins, and thick-sliced grilled bologna.
A no-frills restaurant that draws crowds for large portions of such hearty classics as broasted chicken, country ham, and fried catfish followed by dessert that includes banana pudding and buttermilk pie.
Tom's Blue Moon BBQ is known all around the Lebanon, TN area for having the best BBQ in town. The restaurant is bright, friendly, and clean. The air has that smell of wood smoke. As you walk in the side door you are greeted right away with a big, "Howdy! Welcome to Blue Moon BBQ." Whatever meat you eat, save room for the great banana pudding.