Why? Because they all offer something different, something eclectic or beautiful or strange that will keep you dreaming long beyond their wonderful cheeseburgers. We turned to the voice of Tennessee – yep, that’s you guys – and found a list of places that many of you couldn’t dream about leaving this earth without trying at least once. Care to join us?
Beauty Shop - Memphis
Their slogan states, 'Look good, eat good,' and we couldn't agree more. The fun restaurant located in Memphis takes its cues from 1950s beauty shop culture and offers a solid brunch, lunch, and dinner - plus cocktails, of course.
Hog & Hominy - Memphis
Memphis gives everyone a run for their money with the culinary twisting and turning that is Hog & Hominy - the rustic restaurant focuses on Italian homecooked meals and gives them a quirky southern twist. Sounds like a plan to us.
Public House - Chattanooga
The exposed brick at Public House is nothing short of gorgeous, while the fine dining options and up to date southern comfort food will have you wining and dining all the way through the night.
St. Johns Restaurant - Chattanooga
Hey there, big spender. If you're a foodie with a taste for foie gras, then you can't leave Chattanooga without a try. They have a more casual front, Meeting Place, but St. Johns has given Chattanooga a high minded restaurant to call their own.
Stock & Barrel - Knoxville
Known for the one of the best burgers in the state of Tennessee, S&B is a favorite amongst all ages in the Knoxville area. The neat lighting and wooden floors set the stage, while the burgers finish us out.
Husk - Nashville
This farm-to-table gem has a garden on the property and sits high atop downtown Nashville, offering pretty views from your old school oasis. Southern comfort food with a twist is the name of the game, and they nail it head on every time.
The Tomato Head - Knoxville
The neat thing about The Tomato Head? You AND your vegetarian friends can come. Their menu has a large range, spanning salads and burritos to their finger lickin' pizza.
Aretha Frankenstein's - Chattanooga
This quirky spot has all day breakfast AND serves beer and espresso. Open seven am to midnight every day, you can order a plate of shrimp and grits or try the The Waffle of Insane Greatness. It's a strange spot, but you'll remember it forever.
Marche - Nashville
Listed as the best brunch in Nashville during the year 2015, we now TOTALLY get why a line snakes around the building before the hot spot even opens. Offering sweet French dining and a light, airy atmosphere, this is a date spot that will give your love extra points.
The Barn - Walland
Exquisite offerings and farm to table menu items will leave you unable to move after a visit to The Barn. Crazy delicious? Yes. Worth the amount of your mortgage? Debatable. But c'mon now - you just can't beat that ambience.
Butchertown Hall - Nashville
This cool, streamlined eatery melds cool hipster Nashville vibes with a hefty meat based menu and an interior design that will leave your jaw on the floor. Be prepared for a wait - this place is hoppin' - but the brunch options are fantastic, as is the chorizo macaroni and cheese. YUM.
Do you have a favorite? Leave some love for your favorite Tennessee restaurant below!