The Best Things to Eat and Drink in Tennessee
Tennessee is not only the epicenter for country music, but it’s home to some of the best country cooking and Southern staples in America. From Memphis to Nashville, Tennesseans and visitors alike are quick to tell you that the Volunteer State doesn’t mess around when it comes to food. You will find this Southern state’s hospitality, hot chicken, and pimento cheese beyond compare to any other when you check out our second annual guide to the best food and drink in every state.
Although Tennessee is stuffed with heavyweight Southern cuisine like Hattie B’s hot chicken and Peg Leg Porker’s ribs as well as honky-tonk bars and dives, it is also home to a new wave of inventive food trucks, an all-natural grocery with a selection that rivals Whole Foods, and great Italian-style pizza with Southern roots.
With so many delectable dishes and restaurants in this state, you may be wondering: How did The Daily Meal decide? Over the course of the past year we’ve honored everything from its best hot dogs and brunch spot to its best bar and craft beer in our comprehensive and wide-ranging lists and rankings, compiled through extensive research and with input from a wide network of site contributors, bloggers, journalists, and chefs. We’re pleased to present definitive galleries celebrating the best food and drink in every state, and you can find our Tennessee gallery here.