The Dragon Pub preps the edibles found in traditional English drinking and eating establishments, plus its own house specialties and health- and animal-friendly options. Thirsty diners munch on bangers and mash—thick sausages steamed in Guinness beer served with hearty mashed potatoes submerged in red-onion gravy ($7.95)—which couples well with a pint of Guinness ($4) or Woodchuck draft cider ($3.50). Fiery Dragon's Breath wings heat up taste buds in broods of six ($4.50) or 12 ($7.50), with buffalo, bourbon barbecue, and Cajun-style options. Herbivorous beasts may mash molars against the portobello and organic baby-spinach quesadilla ($7.95) or the portobello burger topped with baby spinach, tomato, provolone cheese, and pesto mayonnaise ($7.95). A variety of bottled domestic, craft, and import beers and local hard liquors usher solids down gullets.
When it comes to tasting the flavors of the South, there isn’t a more appropriate spot than one that features the welcoming, easy slope of a barn's roof. In addition to authentic digs, Tony's Barn offers slow-smoked barbecue and refreshing sweet tea, all enjoyed at casual wooden tables. Dig into smoked St. Louis style ribs or breaded and fried catfish before sampling barn brownies or sawdust pies—an amalgam of chocolate chips, coconut, walnut, and sliced bananas.
Frozone Yogurt serves up frozen yogurt made to contain five active culture strains and three probiotics. Although its frosty treats have a health-conscious side, Frozone Yogurt also delivers a variety of decadent flavors. The candy-bar smash flavor packs peanut butter, toffee, chocolate, and caramel into one flavorful swirl, whereas the blue-daiquiri ice sorbet offers a nonfat, nondairy serving of tangy citrus. Guests can load each serving with a medley of toppings, such as fresh-cut fruit, candy pieces, nuts, sprinkles, and brownie crumbles.
Originally a 19th-century preparatory school for girls, Science Hill Inn now schools patrons on fine southern cooking served inside a warm-hued dining room laden with chandeliers and white-linen-draped tables. Inside the bustling kitchen, chef Ellen McCarty—who once showcased her skills by cooking for Julia Child—pushes the culinary envelope, stamps it, and mails it to Tastytown with dishes such as grilled salmon topped with a cucumber-dill sauce, marinated chicken breast splashed with a pineapple salsa, and Carolina shrimp and grits. Desserts, such as brown-sugar pie and biscuit pudding slathered in bourbon sauce, can be enjoyed with glasses of wine to cap off meals.
Mentioned in the Wall Street Journal, Through the Looking Glass caters to sippers with a blend of whole-leaf teas, tea accessories, and gifts. Combat lip freeze without kissing an incubator by slurping green teas, black teas, oolong teas, white teas, tea blends, and herbal tisane. Or complement drinks with bites from the menu such as the croissant with brie or dark chocolate ($4), the Oxford salad ($5), and the Gyre and Gimbal sandwich ($7).
When a bell tolls across Shelbyville, stomachs rumble. Hungry diners who follow the chime find themselves at Bell House Restaurant, a stately, recently renovated pink house where the centuries-old bell—originally part of the city's firehouse—faithfully heralds lunch and dinner each day. Once guests are inside, owner Sue Andriot or one of her experienced hosts cheerfully leads them to seats in one of the cavernous manor's four dining rooms. Sue and her husband, Bob, designed the restaurant's interior themselves, drawing from years of decorating experience to transform the rooms into rustic, Tuscan-style dining halls, where vibrant paintings speckle the walls and vases of fresh flowers sit on every table.
Once seated, dinner guests nibble freshly baked bread and sip glasses of fine wine while the aromas of rosemary, lemon, and garlic waft around them. In the kitchen, Executive Chef Tracy Gibson folds fresh ingredients into savory pasta and fine French- and Italian-inspired specialties. She extends her culinary expertise to American favorites such as the juicy bourbon-barbecue burger and Cajun blackened chicken. Seasonal flavors characterize the dessert menu, with warm apple cake making an appearance in the fall and cheesecake making an appearance when the moon explodes each summer.