Tennessee is a food lover's fantasy. Every ingredient has a story and an edible legacy. From meat-and-three traditions to white tablecloth experiences, our stories are in the kitchen. We celebrate farmers and chefs as pipelines to our legendary foodways.

Foodie destinations in the Volunteer State vary as much in type and atmosphere as the cuisine itself. The common denominator? Fresh local ingredients. Our chefs commune with farm-to-fork passions in their own gardens, at farmers markets and pick-your-own-produce places. We're pleasing both locals and visitors with our booming food truck culture.

“There's no place like home” speaks to our comfort food from local favorites to satisfying soul food. Famous Tennessee dishes include barbecue, country ham and flaky biscuits. Go down-home with Tennessee classics such as famous Benton's Bacon and pipin' hot cornbread. Get your day going with an eye-opening breakfast. Work up an appetite for our raved-about diner food. Pair tunes with your food while relishing a relaxing casual family dinner. Our winning combinations of music and food will feed your soul.

Homegrown Goodness

Country Stores Farmers Markets Homegrown & Organic Pick Your Own Taste just-picked Tennessee products for your own good. Seize juicy and healthy by the teeth. Permeate your palate with bounty from the earth. Tennessee is ripe with locally grown fruits and vegetables ready for the picking.

You can't get food any fresher than what's right here in Tennessee. Whether you're wandering a farmers market alone or taking the whole family down to the farm to pick fresh fruits and veggies, you'll find something in Tennessee's horn of plenty. Fill your baskets full at the Chattanooga Farmers Market. Pamper yourself with plump produce from a local pick-your-own-produce spot, like The Fruit and Berry Patch.

Once you've had your fill of fruits and veggies, garnish them with gourmet sauces. Visit the Bell Buckle Country Store for a large assortment of the award-winning dessert and salad toppings, wine jellies, jams, drink blends and salsas. Drizzle honey from Seven Sisters Honey Acres over just-baked bread from Backermann's Bakery and Cheese Shoppe.

Sink your teeth into something delicious from Aunt Lizzie's Cheese Straws or The Wild Muffin. Or have a meal prepared for you at Alpine Bagel Cafe or Fall Creek Falls Restaurant for a taste of nature at its delicious best. Visit Sweetwater Valley Farm for a taste of its highly regarded cheeses and, while you're there, visit the UDDERSTORY, an educational exhibit on dairy farms.

Tennessee Specialties

Made in Tennessee

Catfish ountry

Ham Biscuits & Cornbread


Barbecue Capital

Well-loved brands like Bush Beans, Stokely brand foods, Mayfield ice cream, Pictsweet vegetables and Jimmy Dean sausage are all part of the Tennessee tradition. Our tradition also stands as the barbecue capital, ham heaven and catfish kingdom.

Cooked low and slow, the best barbecue is almost like religion. It moves people to tears, satisfies the soul and sets off a lot of argument. The only argument necessary, however, will be to declare your favorite kind of Tennessee barbecue.

Grilled or fried, blackened or battered, Tennessee's catfish have a following across the state and around the world. Across the street from Reelfoot State Park's visitor center, Boyette's Dining Roomdraws diners from a four-state area for its legendary catfish dinners.

If it's biscuits or cornbread you're after, visit Knoxville and eat at The Lunch House for some of their famous fried cornbread cakes. Make it a meal with Tennessee's country ham from Benton's Smoky Mountain Country Hams & Bacon in Madisonville, Tripp Country Hams in Brownsville and Clifty Farm in Paris.

Spirits & Brews


Microbreweries & Taprooms

Sports Bars


Most folks know that Jack Daniel (the oldest registered distillery in the United States) and George Dickel are Tennessee fellows. But it may surprise some that, in addition to distilleries, Tennessee is also home to some award-winning wineries. And we bet you didn't know we have two well-known rum distilleries as well. Take a tour of Prichard's Distillery in Kelso, and then pay a visit to Corsair Distillery in Nashville.

You might be surprised by the variety and quality of Tennessee's wines. For a sample of prize-winning Sangiovese and Cayuga wines, visit Grinder's Switch Winery in Centerville. Holly Ridge Winery in Livingston has award-winning American and French hybrid cultivars among its 30 wine choices. Take a tour of the vineyard, observe the winemaking process, and experience the range and aromas to find what suits your palate at Amber Falls Winery & Cellars. Sample the winning wines at Arrington Vineyards, south of Nashville, and stay for Music in the Vines every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Visitors can also find some pretty good beers brewed right here in Tennessee at a variety of microbreweries and brew pubs. Microbrew lovers rave about the Hellas lager brewed by Calhoun's Microbrewery in Knoxville. Another Knoxville favorite is Downtown Grill and Brewery. Yazoo Brewing Company has a staunchly loyal following. Visit the Yazoo taproom in downtown Nashville. Big River Grille & Brewery, with locations in Chattanooga and Nashville, offers award-winning lagers and ales. In Memphis, try Ghost River Brewing, a supporter of the Wolf River Conservancy.

Urban Eateries

Contemporary Cuisine

Cooking Schools

Music & Food

Upscale Eateries

Tennessee's delicious details for that optimum occasion range from traditional white tablecloths, floral flourishes and candelabras, to bold and modern statements and local neighborhood cafes with a memorable stamp of gourmet persona. Whatever the celebration entails, each place is certain to deliver a remarkable touch of regional class.

In the beautiful foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, luxurious Blackberry Farm provides an idyllic setting for incredible cutting-edge culinary musings. Atmosphere, preparation, presentation—all intermingle to create a divine dinner at St. John's in Chattanooga. Sample the rainbow trout, pecan chicken or Jack Daniel creme brulee at Gatlinburg's Park Grill.

Sweet Indulgences

Desserts & SwCoffee & Tearooms

Perfectly capture the pure joy of the perfect sundae at Wiles-Smith Drugs in Memphis. 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 cake. While you're in Knoxville, visit Magpies, voted the best cupcake place.

For something a little different, stop at the Lynchburg Cake and Candy Co., once featured on the Food Network. You'll find tipsy cakes made with Jack Daniel 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.








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