You know those favorite restaurants of yours, the ones that no one knows about but oh-my-heavens you swear by? Yeah, we know them too. We found a few restaurants and bars across the state that are consistently forgotten, but have won our pea pickin’ hearts years ago. See if your favorite made the list!
7. The Blue Monkey - Memphis
Though not the most popular bar in Memphis, it's the one that has the most local flair and fun character. They'll know your name and you can swig a cold one while people watching.
6. Mountain Lodge Restaurant - Gatlinburg
A varied menu and a whole lotta small town character follows the Mountain Lodge Restaurant around real solid. It's highly regarded by the locals, which is always a plus.
5. Bunganut Pig Restaurant - Franklin
With both Franklin and Murfreesboro locations, the Bunganut Pig is a delicious jaunt into heavenly food-land, laden with calories and an experience you can't miss.
4. Lamar's - Chattanooga
A Chattanooga secret staple, the highly regarded venue and fried food slinger is open late into the night, perfect for you midnight eaters.
3. McCloud Mountain Restaurant & Lodge - La Follette
This gorgeous restaurant boasts some of the prettiest eating views in the state.
2. Yassin's Falafel House - Knoxville
For a place that sells out of falafel on the daily because they're JUST THAT GOOD, we can't believe it's as unknown as it is. Unless y'all are just trying to keep a secret from us...?
1. The Smiling Elephant - Nashville
This quirky Thai eatery has a cult following that's just dying to let you into its ranks - for real, though. It's an experience!