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.
Grinder's Switch Winery sits atop a 110-acre estate flourishing with vineyards that produce a variety of palate-pleasing wines. Inside a hand-built log cabin set against a backdrop of efflorescent countryside, Grinder's tasting room welcomes sophisticated sippers to sample such wizened grape juices as the 2009 Pearl—a sweet wine derived from niagara grapes ($10.93)—and the Blondy ($12.75), which boasts aromatic scents of apricot and peach. Swirling fragrances of golden apple tickle the noses of Honeysuckle Rose ($13.67) drinkers, while the lightly-oaked 2009 chardonnay ($13.67) proffers a finish as crisp as dollar bills made out of Granny Smith apples.
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).
Experience true hickory smoked barbecue at Bart's Bar B Que. With a real open-pit barbecue our pork, chicken, beef, turkey and ribs just fall off the bone and melt in your mouth. Nothing, and we mean nothing compares to our amazing barbecue. Only our seasoned real hickory can bring about the best in barbecued food.
As a child, CeCe looked forward to her family’s summertime trips to North Carolina, where she could reconnect with faraway relatives over cookouts. One of her fondest memories from this time is making homemade blackberry ice cream with her Grandma Ruby. Years later, CeCe would look back on these days with nostalgia; she dreamt of opening a business that would bring families together over a tasty summertime treat.
In 2008, her dream became a reality with the opening of Sweet CeCe’s. Like wig salesmen to the Constitutional Convention, families flocked to the self-serve frozen-yogurt shoppe, where they could create their own desserts from dozens of yogurt flavors and toppings. The small shoppe got so popular that CeCe franchised the business. Today, families in 11 states can create sweet memories within the sherbet-colored walls of a Sweet CeCe’s.
Dishing out all-you-can-eat portions, Barnhill's Country Buffet provides families with a friendly place to feast, offering a spread of comfort cuisines designed to sate appetites both big and bigger. Wander the sleek, spot-lit countertops to seek out servings of fried chicken, vegetable medleys, fresh seafood, hot bread, and homey biscuits, or skip straight to the dessert bar to make a sweet start and work backward to an entree ending. Vegetarians will find themselves in herbivore heaven at a salad bar stacked with 15 toppings, potato salad, and fresh fruit, and protein lovers can pull up a stool at the carved-meat bar to drown their sorrows in a slice of steak, a slab of ribs, or a tall glass of pot roast. With an ever-changing array of cuisines, including special themed-meal nights, Barnhill's creates an atmosphere where dining companions of many differing tastes can come together and bond over their mutual disdain for leftovers.