When you are away from home for a longer period of time, what do you crave most? If your answer is food from back home, then you are not alone. Only in Your State recently presented a list of foods Tennesseans miss most when they leave their home state. If you’re staying at beautiful White Oak Lodge and Resort, why not try these local specialties yourself?
To point you in the right direction, we are sharing some of our top picks among Tennessee’s favorite dishes.
Crockett’s Breakfast Camp in Gatlinburg serves some mean biscuits. Named after American hero David “Crockett” Maples Sr., the restaurant will guide you to the most important meal of the day. Enjoy your Cathead Biscuit Stacker!
You may not have seen this one coming, but Ole Smoky Tennessee Distillery happens to be an excellent venue to try the area’s beloved pickles. Sure, the spirits rule here, but you can’t skip the pickles according to the many reviews. For a real sweet and sour kick, see if they can serve you some koolickles: pickles that have been submerged in Kool-Aid.
Even though Memphis seems to be Tennessee’s barbecue capital, the rest of the state knows how to smoke meat as well. Bennett’s Pit BBQ in Gatlinburg uses hickory wood to smoke their basted pork, chicken and beef for up to 14 hours. If you wish to venture off the beaten barbecue path, deep-fried deviled eggs may just be the right starter for you.
The Island in neighboring Pigeon Forge is all about entertainment. You’ll find shops, games, restaurants and live music. But what you’re really here for is the fried chicken. Paula Deen’s Family Kitchen offers diners a family-style experience. Pick several dishes for the table and start sharing.
If pie is high on your indulgence list, then make the drive to Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop in Knoxville. The absolute favorite at this bakery is the I-40 pie, and for good reason. You can’t go wrong with pecans, chocolate chips, toasted coconut, smooth pecan pie filling and a sweet shortbread crust. Seasonal classics include caramel and spiced pumpkin pie.
Goo Goo Cluster
This Tennessee creation plays an important part in candy history, as it was the first combination candy to be mass produced. You can order the fusion between caramel, nougat, peanuts and milk chocolate online to prepare your palate. To keep it local, visit the Food City in Gatlinburg to pick up some clusters.
That good old southern comfort food may make you loosen your belt, but it’s worth it!
Which Tennessee treat makes your mouth water? Share this or your other food tips in the comments below.
Main image courtesy of Buttermilk Sky Pie Shop.