Tennessee November 01, 2016
These 8 Old Restaurants In Tennessee Have Stood The Test Of Time
These are the oldest restaurants in Tennessee, and each one has a sweet and interesting southern history. You may just find a new favorite, plucked straight from the history books. How many have you been to, and have you found a favorite?
1. Varallo's Restaurant - Nashville
As the oldest restaurant in Nashville AND Tennessee, Varallo's began serving piping hot chile bowls in 1907. It has since become a solid Music City institution, with more than a century of friendly, family bound service.
2. Leonard's Pit BBQ - Memphis
The restaurant has been open since 1922, and offers a full blown buffet as well as classic menu options.
3. The Arcade Restaurant - Memphis
Known as the oldest restaurant in Memphis, The Arcade is a blast from the past with a beginning that heralded the town with the sudden availability of shakes and burgers that whet the appetite with an infusion of calorie dense perfection.
4. Pancake Pantry - Nashville
Lines have been snaking their way around THIS institution since it opened in 1961. Both tourists and Nashvillians alike can get their fill of sweet potato pancake gems here - and after a hugely long wait, they do. They really do.
5. Elliston Place Soda Shop - Nashville
This darling spot will take you back to the fifties - although it has been serving Music City since 1939. You can indulge in a sundae, homemade milkshake, or any of their classic americana menu items! They're all pretty dang awesome.
6. The Bistro at the Bijou - Knoxville
One of the newest spots on our list, the The Bistro at the Bijou, open since 1980, still offers an impressive swing for tourists and locals alike. Dinner and the theatre? Yes, please!
7. Zarzour's Cafe - Chattanooga
Founded in 1918, the restaurant still has hordes of locals who press through the doors, Monday through Friday (they're closed on the weekends!), for cheeseburgers, strawberry cheesecake, and all types of soul food.
8. Charlie Vergos Rendezvous - Memphis
Founded in a Memphis back alley, this 1948 restaurant has the history of Tennessee down pat with its amazing ribs and historic pull.
Tell us your favorite golden oldie here in Tennessee below! We’re always excited to learn from YOU.