Back Yard Burgers serves up North American Black Angus burgers hash-marked to order on genuine flame-licked grills. Third-pound patties dress for dinner with lettuce, vine-ripened tomatoes, red onions, dill pickles, and a condimental trio of ketchup, mustard, and mayo ($3.59). Or gussy up for patty prom with premium add-ons such as coleslaw, chili, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, and more ($0.35–$0.60 per topping). The grill masters also flip the first white meat, prepping Hawaiian chicken sandwiches with grilled pineapple, mustard, mayo, and lettuce ($4.09). Away from the flames, feel free to enjoy a loaded baked potato ($2.79) and a wide range of pairable plates such as chili cheese fries ($2.59 for regular size), garden salads ($2.19), and sweetly baked fruit cobblers ($1.99).
Coat the stomach lining with the soup of the day ($6.50), served with freshly baked bread, and introduce the soup to a deli sandwich served on your choice of bread. Grainy greats, including wheat berry, sourdough, rye, sub roll, and croissant, serve as a meat-docking station for honey ham ($8.75), roast turkey ($9.00), or roast beef ($9.25). You can also opt for a grilled panini with your choice of pasta salad, potato salad, fresh-fruit bowl, or chips. The reuben, stacked heavy with corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut, and thousand-island dressing ($9.25) appeases meat lovers. Or think outside the breadbox with nostalgic eats that still don't beg utensil usage. Try chicken fingers ($9.75), veggie-packed quesadillas ($9.75), or a bevy of burgers, each served with fries. View the complete lineup here.
Tennessee State Park Restaurants has eight eateries under its umbrella, all of which can be found in scenic locales sprinkled across the state. Park-goers can take a load off after a long day of hiking and sightseeing to dig into different specialties. Each spot offers a unique menu?Cumberland Mountain specializes in catfish on Fridays, whereas Pickwick Landing combines Southern cuisine with views of the water.
Tracy Rice has a lot of words for her gourmet cupcakes: whimsical, elegant, rustic, high-end. She isn't wrong, but these one-of-a-kind treats fall under the umbrella of Cowgirl's most defining aspect: its creativity. It hasn't gone unnoticed, either.
Cowgirl's creations have wowed audiences of CMT and Food Network, and are regularly consumed by celebrities such as Miranda Lambert and Bret Michaels. Small batches emerge from ovens every day, with 27 unique flavors donning top hats of frosting made of rich vanilla-bean buttercream, vanilla-bourbon custard, and chocolate-espresso ganache.
Some treats crown themselves in signature garnishes, such as golden Buddhas on cupcakes, colorful flags that billow above moon pies, and cloaks of chocolate that cover Oreos. Cowgirl's confectionary artists can also create custom sugar work to celebrate occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and a baby's first thumbs-up.
Though Dublin may be an ocean away, a perfect three-pour pint of Guinness can be found right in Franklin, Tennessee. A talented bartender at McCreary's Irish Pub & Eatery will even slide you a frosty imperial pint with a Celtic symbol drawn into the foam so you can marvel at a four-leaf clover or a full Yeats verse before taking a sip. The Irish lore doesn't stop at the beer—a complete menu of shepherd's pie, corned beef and cabbage, and signature fish ‘n’ chips fits right in with the rustic decor of Irish maps and vintage posters. On weekends, live bands play bouncy Irish music as diners chat at communal tables and feast on housemade soda bread or plates of whiskey-glazed salmon. Traditional Irish breakfasts, another weekend treat, rouse sleepy stomachs with steel-cut oats kissed with brown sugar or gargantuan ulster fry plates packed with bangers, bacon, corned beef, eggs, potatoes, and black-and-tan bread.
Nearly every day for more than 25 years, the owner of That Sub Place—a locally-owned, independent business—has worked in the store, hand-selecting the meats, cheeses, and produce he gets delivered to the sandwich shop each morning. After getting pumped up for the day with a few wind sprints, staff members pile bread with 40 different customized combinations of roast beef, honey-baked ham, and avocado for their regular 6-inch portions or their stretched-out 15-inch sandwiches, which diners can order cold, oven-baked, or steamed. Baked onsite daily, eight types of fresh-baked bread bookend cuts of chopped steak, chicken, and roast beef drizzled in 1 of 15 sauces, such as horseradish and chipotle mayo. Along with these subs, cooks custom-build salads with an array of lettuces, cheeses, and veggies such as sprouts and banana peppers.