Chef Reggi, the reigning pit master at Reggi’s BBQ & Wings, piles hickory-wood-smoked and sauce-slathered pork, chicken, and beef high on hearty dinner plates or inside hefty sandwiches. Sauce-friendly fingers can leaf through the menu before settling on the Monterey chicken sandwich, featuring a juicy poultry serenade with a sautéed-onion and bell-pepper accompaniment on a bed of jack cheese ($4.89). Regular ($5.89) or jumbo pork sandwiches ($6.89) mingle with french fries, laze alongside baked beans, or play horseshoes with onion rings, and platters of rib tips ($8.99), pulled pork ($7.89), and beef brisket ($8.99) convene with cool coleslaw, texas toast, potato salad, or french fries. Weighing in at either a half pound or a full pound, bulk packs of pork, beef, rib tips, or barbecue bologna expedite the journey from the lips to the stomach with an irresistible heft of meat and promises of a better tomorrow ($4.29–$8.59).
Inside HoneyBaked Ham, chefs uphold the same traditions that Harry J. Hoenselaar created more than 40 years ago. Back then, he chose individual hams, cured them in his secret marinade, and smoked them over hardwood chips before offsetting the earthy flavor with a crisp, sweet glaze. To this day, the staff makes the signature bone-in hams one at a time and glazes them in the shop.
To go with the meats, the kitchen whips up classic side dishes and desserts, such as the sweet-potato souffl?. For less formal feasting, party trays and packed lunch boxes fuel business meetings, backyard grad parties, and lengthy end-zone celebrations.
Hailing from humble beginnings in a renovated Mississippian gas station, McAlister's Deli has revolutionized the concept of fast food with healthy fare recognized by Parents in 2009. Premium ingredients, such as Black Angus roast beef and black forest ham, pile upon stuffed potatoes or artisan bread, sating hungers and silencing stomachs before they recite bank-account numbers. As patrons wait for servers to deliver meals, they sip signature sweet tea, swirled together onsite daily from pure cane sugar and a rainforest-certified black-tea blend as dictated by a closely guarded recipe.
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.
Back in 1965, Buzz and Helen Baudo took a stab at diversifying the restaurant scene of West Tennessee. The little pizzeria they opened was not only the Baudos' first restaurant; it was also the first place in Jackson to serve pizza and Italian food. A quick success, they relocated and expanded the menu beyond pizzas to include old-school Italian cuisine and a few American classics. Nowadays, the daily menu starts off with crisp, toasted ravioli or a half-dozen oysters served rockefeller style. Everything is made on the premises from scratch using fresh ingredients bought locally whenever possible. Petite versions of entrees like eggplant parmesan or tortellini are available during lunch and dinner, while Baudo's favorites include baked grouper stuffed with shrimp and crabmeat and blanketed in a zesty vodka sauce or veal piccata in a lemon butter and caper sauce.
Glints of sunshine and rich West Tennessee soil nurture more than Crown Winery's lush vines; solar energy powers the vintners' Tuscan-style villa and headquarters, which is built into a hillside to reap the earth's natural cooling capabilities. Principal co-owners Peter and Rita Howard—a descendant of father of meteorology Sir Luke Howard, and a member of the National Baton Twirling Association Hall of Fame, respectively—bottle a dozen wines every year. Whites, such as the citrusy cayuga, may evoke memories of summertime fruit salads and fragrant floral bouquets sprouted from Chia Pet experiments. The winery's roster of reds includes the medium-bodied chambourcin, served at room temperature to liberate its berry-laced tang, and the royal red, a savory mishmash of norton grapes and estate-grown noiret. Winery tours invite guests to gambol along the vines and learn about the winemaking process. The idyllic 50-acre setting is also a popular spot for weddings, particularly in the Queen's Pavilion, with oak beams and sweeping vineyard views, orchestrated by Crown Winery's designated wedding coordinator.