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

Kayne Prime
Best steak in town, great place to go when you aren’t paying.
1103 McGavock Street, Nashville

City House
122 4th Avenue North, Nashville

55 South
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

Tomato Head
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

Pete’s Diner
Best breakfast spot in town. A favorite campaign stop for Governor Haslam.
540 Union Avenue, Knoxville

Wright’s Cafeteria
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

Central BBQ
Multiple locations across Memphis

Charles Vergos’ Rendezvous
52 South Second Street, Memphis

Brother Junipers
3519 Walker Avenue, Memphis

Payne’s BBQ (@jmartNYT suggestion)
1762 Lamar Avenue, Memphis

Public House
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
High Point
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 City Cafe
Home of the City Cafe Straw Poll
113 East Main Street, Murfreesboro

The Slick Pig
1920 East Main Street, Murfreesboro

The Oak Restaurant 
947 Interstate Drive, Manchester

I-40 Between Nashville and Knoxville
Mauricio’s Italian
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
Helen’s BBQ
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
Alvino’s Pizza
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.

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