Tennessee may be landlocked right in the heart of the lovely US of A, but that doesn’t mean the whole of it doesn’t proffer some SOLID ethnic eats. Just the opposite, actually. We’ve scoured the internet for some of the most amazing places to indulge in kabobs, tikka masala and some fabulous tacos.
11) Holy Land Market - Knoxville
Specializing in Mediterranean fare, Holy Land Market is rife with made-from-scratch flavor and quirky spices. Customers leave satisfied and with a solid smile on their lips.
10) Sitar Indian Cuisine - Knoxville
Located in Knoxville, this star of an Indian restaurant combines all your favorite menu items with a love of their culture. Here, you'll indulge not only in cream based Tikka Masala but also and authentic experience.
9) The Second Line - Memphis
Cajun, anyone? It's fairly difficult to find this hot stuff north of Louisiana, but Memphis gives us a twist on the classic experience, with get 'em while they're hot po'boys and seafood dishes.
8) Las Tortugas Deli Mexicana - Germantown
Considered one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the Memphis area, Las Tortugas is always bustling like crazy at mealtimes.
7) VN Pho & Deli - Nashville
Located in a small strip mall on the bleeding edge of Nashville, you'd never guess there to be a palatable wonderland behind those glass doors. Serving authentic Vietnamese, this is a for sure stop if you're ever in Nashville.
6) Rocky's Jamaica Sunrise - Maryville
Jamaican tickle your fancy? Maryville has a fantastic join in Rocky's, where the smiles are as authentic as the food. We've found TONS of raving fans who probably would live off their jerk chicken.
5) Oriental Super Mart - Knoxville
Quirky photo for a quirky spot, anyone? The atmosphere is about as off-kilter as our photograph, but it's here that you can pick up anything you need for that crazy complicated dish your mother-in-law INSISTS you have for Thanksgiving.
4) House of Kabob - Nashville
Here? You can get any kind of meat on a skewer and call it a day. It's a simple spot with deep roots in Kurdish culture, located off of Thompson Lane.
3) Sushi Nabe - Chattanooga
This is THE place to grab sushi in Chattanooga. The fun atmosphere complements awesome and authentic sushi rolls that will keep you full the rest of the day. No skimping here!
2) The Smiling Elephant - Nashville
Popular for its proximity to Belmont University, The Smiling Elephant is usually teeming with hipsters and the odd family that wheedles their way through Nashville hot chicken joints to the most authentic Thai in the city. Will you be one of the winners that prevail?
1) House of India - Franklin
The semi-opulent atmosphere and authentic Indian food are enough to keep you coming back again and again - but the people? Make it even better. They're wildly helpful with their extensive menu and work hard to make sure you have a fantastic meal experience.