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.
"Best Of" awards cover the glass doorway that leads into Gene's Restaurant, an eatery owned by the Thomason family for more than 30 years. Step through the doorway and into the dining room, and you might catch a whiff of the home-style breakfasts, lunches, and dinners that keeps winning those awards. The restaurant is known for dishes such as fried catfish, house-made meatloaf, and pit-barbecued meats. In the summer, feast on specialties such as homegrown tomatoes stuffed with tuna salad.
Bagelrama?s famous steamed bagel sandwich is an agglomeration of soft doughy circles, warmed meat and veggies, and gooey cheese. The bagel sandwiches are stuffed with a mix of breakfast- and lunch-geared ingredient combinations, including corned beef hash, eggs, and sausage gravy; and pulled pork slathered in housemade barbecue sauce. Bagels are also sold by the dozen, and paired with such cream cheese flavors as chocolate hazelnut, pineapple, and pecan pie.
In the early '20s, tobacco processor Richard Henderson Soaper opened the six-story Soaper Hotel?a landmark in downtown Henderson known for its arched windows and circular balcony. Now the first floor hosts Delizio, an Italian-inspired eatery where patrons can devour pasta dishes, chargrilled boneless rib eyes, and deli-style sandwiches and soups surrounded by vintage architectural features.
Guests can also head to the bar area to sample 10 craft beers and martinis and listen to live music on Friday and Saturday nights. On Tuesdays, they can belt their hearts out during karaoke and participate in trivia on Wednesdays, proving to smartphones that humans can still access information in their own brains.