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Food & Spirits in Tennessee
Make the most of your trip to Tennessee with a tour of some of the top eateries and distilleries around the area. You’ll find several landmark cafes and restaurants in Nashville, Memphis, and Chattanooga. However, you can also find some popular locally-owned destinations that serve up plenty of southern comfort food and regional cuisine. Take at our of the distillery or brewery in town to learn more about your favorite beverages and meet local business owners.
Nashville needs to be your destination of choice when you want to go on a foodie tour. Several restaurants and cafes around the city are perfect for a food adventure and can give you a taste of classic southern cuisine as well as more eclectic menus. Local agencies offer walking tours of several restaurants over the course of a few hours so you can sample several types of foods and enjoy some new flavors.
Make your way around downtown Nashville’s main entertainment and dining district to see firsthand why this is considered to be the culinary capital of the South. In Knoxville, a Chef’s table culinary experience will give you a chance to enjoy a variety of dishes and new flavors.
Our Favorite Food Experiences
Bell Buckle Café
Enjoy a meal at the Bell Buckle Cafe, a landmark restaurant that has been serving locals and visitors for several years. It’s the place to enjoy a variety of American classics, including homemade pizzas. Be sure to order the J Gregry Special, a local favorite. What’s unique about this cafe is there is a music parlor section where you can watch local songwriters, bands, and other artists perform. Head here on a Friday or Saturday night to catch a live performance by local talent.
Set on Highway 100, the Loveless Café is an iconic eatery located in southwestern Nashville. Famous for its southern cooking menu, Loveless Café attracts celebrities, the media, and food-lovers from around the world to the Nashville metro area.
Established in 1951, this award-winning restaurant is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. – and offers plenty of take-home goodies. Patrons can also check out the 4,800-square-foot Loveless Café Barn, home to the weekly, Wednesday-night Music City Roots Festival.
George Dickel Distillery
Just off of Cascade Hollow Road and Highway 269 in central Tennessee, the George Dickel Distillery is a staple of the Tennessee whiskey landscape. The distillery is a popular attraction in Normandy, just southeast of Shelbyville, and is a member of the American Whiskey Trail.
You'll find a number of distillery tours at George Dickel, where you can taste and purchase a variety of different blends. They feature the Old No. 8 Brand, the Superior No. 12 Brand, and the No. 1 Foundation Recipe – a 91 proof whiskey. The Cascade Hollow Distillery was introduced in 1877, then purchased by George Dickel in 1884.
Jack Daniel's Distillery
Located in Lynchburg, the Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey Distillery is where Mr. Jack Daniel first developed Old No. 7 Whiskey in 1866 – making it America's oldest registered distillery. Visit this National Historic Site in middle Tennessee to enjoy a free guided tour of the distillery.
After the tour, enjoy a southern-style meal at Miss Mary Bobo's, now past its 100th year of operation. Visitors enjoy this Boarding House's original charm while savoring the delicious meals prepared by Jack Daniel's great-grandniece, Lynne Tolley – also a master taster for the distillery. Nearby southern Tennessee cities include Fayetteville, Winchester, Shelbyville, and Monteagle.