Since its first restaurant—literally a small, converted shack—opened in 1980, Uncle Bud's has filled its menu of Southern-style eats with golden-brown morsels of fried catfish, chicken, and shrimp. Succulent strips of chicken are breaded by hand before plunging into the deep fryer, and everything from catfish fillets and frog legs to wild-gator tails pile onto dishes such as the Bayou platter. The scent of fried po’ boys fills the dining area, which is decorated with license plates and vintage camping supplies, where patrons can happily slake their hunger or pack up carryout containers with family-size helpings large enough to feed an entire terracotta army.
The Cookie Store helps its customers to satisfy their sweet teeth with an extensive assortment of fresh-baked cookies and seven types of smoothies. From classics such as chocolate chip to more inventive flavors including snickerdoodle, honey oatmeal raisin walnut, and heath-bar toffee, The Cookie Store’s bakers concoct a spread of delicious bite-size treats daily. In addition to cookie trays and tins, bakers create custom cookie cakes in a variety of different shapes, including hearts and circles that can be decorated with birthday messages, cartoon characters, or interpretations of Jackson Pollock masterworks.
At Angelo's Picnic Pizza, brothers Nick and Joe LaMattina carry on the generations-old family tradition of hand crafting pizzas using secret recipes passed down from their late father, Angelo. Nick and Joe see that their comfortable, no-frills pizzeria is filled with the aroma of thick-crust square hand-tossed pies and hand-tossed discs capped with tasty meats, cheese, and veggies. In addition to pies, Angelo's whips up beef-laden lasagna, eggplant parmesan, and Philly-steak subs that make for hearty meals, whether enjoyed in-house or via catering.
A big pink pig hovers above Fat Boys Bar-B-Q, intent on its job of catching the eyes of all who drive by on Murfreesboro. Beneath his porcine gaze, cooks brush racks of ribs with zesty sauce, pull pork and chicken for sandwiches and platters, and slow smoke beef brisket. Sides of house-made potato salad, corn bread, and fried okra accompany plates of catfish, sauce-covered rib tips, and brisket quesadillas. To ensure that no freezer ever goes hungry, Fat Boys Bar-B-Q makes its meats available by the pound.
Country Star Cupcake Experience sets sweet teeth smiling by fulfilling orders for fresh-baked, beautifully decorated cupcakes and delivering them straight to their customers’ doors. Every morning, confectionery experts mix, blend, bake, and frost 25 flavors inspired by country-music stars with ingredients gathered from local farms and dairies. Banana and Nutella strike up an unlikely friendship with bacon in the Midnight Elvis cupcake, a combination that has inspired its fair share of gaudy Vegas imitators. Flavors of strawberry and rhubarb lend the Pink Cadillac cupcake its namesake hue, and The Gambler cupcake’s marshmallows and graham-cracker topping invoke cozy evenings spent beside a roaring cake oven.