Tennessee March 22, 2019
6 Cheese Wonderlands In Tennessee That Are Worthy Of A Pilgrimage
In our humble opinion, cheese should be considered a food group of its own. No, not lumped in with the yogurts and sour creams of the dairy family, but with its own little spot on the food pyramid. Here in Tennessee we’re cheese lovers to the core, so there are quite a few shops and markets scattered throughout the state that are sure to please the palate.
1. Simonton's Cheese & Gourmet House - Crossville
This family owned and operated gourmet cheese house is an absolute fixture in the heart of Crossville. Come to pick up cheese and crackers for your next night of board game fun and experience the sweetness of southern hospitality while you do it. (2278 Highway 127 S Ste 101)
2. The Cheese Cupboard and Hofbrauhaus Restaurant - Gatlinburg
If you're ever vacationing in Gatlinburg, this delicious cheese shop is a must-try. It also operates as an eatery, so you can indulge in everything from a sharp or smelly cheese to sandwiches and beer in this intimate space. (634 Parkway Suite 14)
3. Standing Stones Farm Cheese Store - Gallatin
Standing Stone Farms not only sells fabulous cheeses, but supplies and make-your-own cheese kits that you can take back home with you. Make sure to watch out for cheesemaking events on-site, too! This Irish-themed boutique and dairy goat farm knows how to deliver a quality product AND experience. (1154 Lakewood Drive)
4. Sweetwater Valley Farm - Philadelphia
Sweetwater is an operating dairy farm that has a farm store simply bursting with fine cheeses and free samples. Make sure to visit from January to August to take part in all the cheesy goodness at this Philadelphia, Tennessee gem. (17988 W. Lee Hwy)
5. Follow Me Cheese - Nashville
Named the "Best Cheese Shop" in the city by the highly acclaimed Nashville Scene, Follow Me Cheese is the specialty store the locals have been dreaming about. Whether you attend a private tasting event, join the cheese of the month club or simply snag a block of cheesy goodness from the storefront, this hot spot is well worth a visit. (1006 Fatherland Street, Suite 206)
6. Backermann's Country Market - Whiteville
This nostalgic general store provides all sorts of fresh and homemade product, from bulk foods to custom sandwiches. Us? Well, we're indulging in their extensive cheese options and coming back weekly! The presentation and sheer number of product is fabulous and makes this west Tennessee market a one-stop shop. (260 US-64)
This old school diner is one of the best in West Tennessee, and offers up a delicious substitute for dry breakfast toast. We promise.