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.
Though Mexico is our neighbor, O.K. Jose's menu is extensive enough to read like a letter to a long-lost relative. In the kitchen, cooks top grilled nachos with shrimp and chorizo, stuff tortillas with spicy chicken and sauteed onions, and smother baked potatoes with cheese sauce and salsa. On karaoke nights, guests take a break from their meals to belt out tunes into a microphone topped with guacamole and sour cream.
There are hundreds of possible burgers on the menu at Burger Bar. That's not because the chefs were on a recipe-creating overdrive, but because they fully customize every burger from the bun up. They start the process by filling a brioche, wheat, potato kaiser, or pretzel bun with one of four patties made of all-natural, USDA-certified Hereford beef, chicken, turkey, or vegetarian-friendly portabella mushrooms. The six styles of cheese?including pimento?can then be paired with up to four toppings, which include diverse items such as grilled pineapple, cole slaw, fried eggs, and onion strings. The final touch is one of the seven sauces, which work to bring all the disparate flavors together like a licensed in-sandwich counselor. For those not in the mood for burgers, they also make salads and entrees, including a pene pasta and a grilled flank steak with charred pineapple pico.
Recognized by Maxim as one of the best bars in the country to watch a big game, Sam’s All American Sports Grill consistently climbs to the tops of rankings. In fact, Zagat featured the grill on its Sports Bar Food Tour, and Bleacher Report affirms that Sam’s will “certainly enhance any game-day experience.” Inside, 16 beers on tap fill glasses, while friendly staffers serve burgers and handcrafted pizzas, pirouetting between tables with the finesse of a running back on roller skates. As diners kick back beneath the glow of mounted high-definition TVs, Sam’s team of chefs work hard behind the scenes, making soups, sauces, and dressings from scratch daily.
Under the glow of golden chandeliers that hang down from wood beams overhead, a trio of performers sits on the slightly elevated stage at 3 Brothers Deli & Brewhouse, which now resides at a brand new location. On nights with live music, the eatery's interior buzzes with visitors who sip craft beers and dig into freshly constructed sandwiches or burgers stacked with hand-formed patties. On Mondays and Tuesdays, visitors can stop in to test their knowledge during trivia night, showing off their ability to recall obscure historical facts such as which side won the Revolutionary War.
A secret family recipe serves as the base of Brooklyn Boys Pizza On The Go?s award-winning pizzas. Housemade dough transforms into New York?style crusts, which are topped with everything from jalape?os and buffalo chicken to sliced mushrooms and bacon. Ingredients are also stuffed inside hand-rolled calzones and strombolis. All of this can be paired with award-winning garlic rolls or chicken wings, which are served with such sauces as buffalo or barbecue.