Tennessee August 11, 2018
If You Haven’t Eaten These 10 Foods, You Haven’t Lived In Tennessee Long Enough
Every state has their own array of decadent eateries and favorite treats. Whether you’re enjoying fresh oranges in Florida, peaches in Georgia or Buffalo chicken in New York, there’s nothing like a hometown food hero in your midst. Here in Tennessee, we tend to stick to the fried side of things – and we’ve never looked back. We don’t need fruit to keep you interested in The Volunteer state, because we have ALL sorts of delicious snacks and meals that tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt that you’re in Tennessee.
10. Fried Pickles
There's nothing more decadent than a fried pickle paired with a cold beer, and here in the South we call that just another Saturday night. Cheers!
9. Skillet Cornbread
Cornbread is so well celebrated in Tennessee, that you can visit the National Cornbread Festival in South Pittsburg every year. Home of the Lodge Cast Iron Skillet, there's no better place to experience the slightly salty, slightly sweet crunch of skillet cornbread.
8. Fried Chicken
Do we even need to explain this one...? The southern classic is perfect for a Tennessee lunch or dinner, served up freshly fried or even cold. We're not picky with our poultry, as long as it's fried!
7. Biscuits + Gravy
Just like mama made 'em! Biscuits and gravy keep you sated and full, a carby, decadent breakfast that we'd be willing to eat for breakfast, lunch OR dinner - as long as we get a fluffy Tennessee biscuit alongside.
6. Nashville Hot Chicken
This new Nashville legend has taken the world by storm, whether you're staking out local eateries or perhaps snagging a flaming bite somewhere out of state. No matter where your tongue burns, Nashville isn't far away.
5. Krystal Burger
Krystal Burger may make their headquarters home in Atlanta nowadays, but it is actually a Tennessee native. If you indulge in a Krystal burger (or two...) you'll be enjoying a tiny taste of Tennessee.
4. Banana Pudding
...just like Grandma made it. This creamy-dreamy treat is one of the best desserts in the state, a long-time tradition carried on by folks from the Volunteer State. You'll find it on all sorts of menus in eateries across the state, and definitely at most bbq spots.
3. Fried Catfish
Catfish is a bottom feeder fish that, once dredged out of a pond or a lake, is a decadent treat here in our landlocked state. We'd recommend you marinate that fleshy fish in buttermilk and fry it up, because there's no better way to enjoy it. Don't forget the lemon on the side!
2. Tennessee BBQ
Ah, yes - barbecue. Multiple states are the US tend to claim their victory as the "best", but here in Tennessee we keep quiet and enjoy the most delicious bbq from the comfort of our humble, beautiful home.
1. GooGoo Clusters
A true American candy, the GooGoo Cluster was born in Tennessee and paved the way as the first combination candy bar of its kind. If you love Reeses and Milky Way, you can thank the GooGoo.
Make sure you continue to explore our great state with
a visit to this amazing river – it’s truly, wonderfully incredible.