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Restaurants in Tennessee

From barbecue to James Beard-nominated fine dining, restaurants in Tennessee fit every cuisine profile and can appease even the pickiest taste buds. These are some famous Tennessee restaurants and cuisines to try:

Tennessee barbecue is all about the pig. Throughout the state, you’ll be able to find juicy, smoky pulled pork, served on a plate or between two buns. If you head over to Memphis, you’ll also get your hands on Memphis-style ribs. These are served “wet” – basted in sauce before, during, and after the slow cooking – or “dry” – seasoned with a flavorful rub.

The state also has more than its fair share of down-home joints. This ranges from classic “meat and three” spots throughout the state that’ll ladle up famous Southern and soul specialties, like fried okra and cobblers, to simple fried chicken shacks. An amazing specialty in the state is Nashville’s hot chicken: the fried poultry here comes extra spicy and, therefore, extra delicious.

There’s also plenty of fine dining throughout the state. Memphis, Nashville, and Chattanooga all play host to James Beard-nominated chefs, creative cocktails, and playful takes on classic French, Italian, and American cuisines.

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  • A & R Bar-B-Q

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Prepare yourself for the best traditional Memphis-style ribs ever—flat-out sensational. The velvety, succulent meat at A&R simply glides away from ... More
  • Bell Buckle Café

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
  • Brushmark

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Cabana

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Southern bistro and bar More
  • Central BBQ

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Open since 2002, and full of students from nearby colleges, Central has a breezy, spring-break feel and outdoor deck seating to match. Order a pork... More
  • Chapel Bistro

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
  • Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    They’re not wet; they’re not dry. They’re “’Vous-style” ribs and they’re famous. Basted just before serving with a vinegar solution and followed by... More
  • Chez Philippe

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • Circa, Memphis

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar Dollar
  • City House

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Snack on the thin-crust pizza at this local joint located in a former artists' studio in north Nashville's up-and- coming Germantown neighborhood More
  • Cozy Corner

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    Mention to locals that you’re heading to Cozy Corner for barbecued Cornish hen—rich and moist all the way through—and you’ll get plenty of head-nod... More
  • Dyer's Burgers

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar
    The Burger: Grease is the word at Dyer’s Burger, a Memphis institution since 1912. The pounded-thin, all-beef patties at this café are dunked in a ... More
  • Encore Restaurant & Bar

  • Foothills Milling Company

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar Dollar
    Chef Bart Vaughan does comfort food with a Southern flair: hikers fill up on braised short ribs served over cheese grits. More
  • Gus's World Famous Fried Chicken

    PRICE RANGE: Dollar

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