Where to Eat in the Volunteer State
A Culinary Preview to the Most Important State in the SEC Primary
Where to Eat in Nashville
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Don’t settle for KFC version. Popular spot for the Nashville staple.
112 19th Street South, Nashville
Mary’s Old Fashioned Pit Barbecue
Their rib sandwich is a full rack of ribs on a piece of white bread. Glorious.
1108 Jefferson Street, Nashville
Best steak in town, great place to go when you aren’t paying.
1103 McGavock Street, Nashville
122 4th Avenue North, Nashville
403 Main Street, Franklin
Burgers, brats, and beer in hip east Nashville.
731 McFerrin Avenue, Nashville
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Original Nashville meat and three
605 8th Avenue South, Nashville
Where to Eat in Knoxville
Favorite stop for north Knoxville politicos, stay for the burger.
2803 Essary Drive, Knoxville
Good luck getting a table, but if you can get in, best pizza in town with a solid wine list.
12 Market Square, Knoxville
Lunch or dinner on the end of the Cumberland Strip with solid beer list.
2200 Cumberland Avenue, Knoxville
Best breakfast spot in town. A favorite campaign stop for Governor Haslam.
540 Union Avenue, Knoxville
Best meat and three in Knoxville. Another favorite campaign stop for Gov. Haslam. Ask Mr. Wright to see his campaign photos from over the years.
5403 North Middlebrook, Knoxville
Where to Eat in the Tri-Cities
2531 North Roan Street, Johnson City
Mulitple Locations Across the Tri-Cities
Tinsley Bible Drug Store
Home of the Bible Burger.
1224 Gay Street, Dandridge
Multiple locations across Memphis
Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous
52 South Second Street, Memphis
3519 Walker Avenue, Memphis
1110 Market Street, Chattanooga
The Blue Plate
Great views of the river and walkable to Aquarium and downtown.
191 Chestnut Street, Chattanooga
Urban Stack Burger Lounge
12 West 13th Street, Chattanooga
Maple Street Biscuit House
Take a box of biscuits with you to go.
407 Broad Street, Chattanooga
I-24 Between Nashville and Chattanooga
Google description: “ Historic circa-1929 mansion with Al Capone history is a quaint setting for gourmet American plates.” Try the Grasshopper before you leave.
224 East Main Street, Monteagle
15925 Sollace M. Freeman Highway, Sewanee
The Slick Pig
1920 East Main Street, Murfreesboro
The Oak Restaurant
947 Interstate Drive, Manchester
I-40 Between Nashville and Knoxville
Fantastic Italian dishes and good wine.
232 North Peachtree Street, Cookeville
They claim best smoked brisket in the South. Dare you to tell them otherwise.
470 Gordonsville Highway, Gordonsville
I-40 Between Nashville and Memphis
One of the best pulled pork sandwiches in Tennessee.
1016 North Washington Avenue, Brownsville
Flat Iron Grille
1600 Vann Drive, Jackson
Off the Beaten Bath
112 North Main Street, Dyersburg
Square Forty in Lawrenceburg
40 Public Square, Lawrenceburg
Meat and three in Senator Thompson’s home town, best “‘nanner pudding” in the state.
Special thanks to Adam Nickas, Matt Coker, Jeremy Harrell, Chris Walker and those current and former Tennessee political operatives who wished to remain anonymous for helping me put this list together.