Monday, November 11

Best of Tennessee 2019

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Once again this year, The Tennessee Magazine asked readers to identify their favorites across the state — everything from milkshakes to scenic drives to flea markets — and the answers came pouring in. Without further ado, we present the winners of the 2019 Best of Tennessee Readers’ Choice Awards.

Congratulations to our grand-prize winners

Each winner, drawn from all qualifying entries, will receive certificates from Tennessee State Parks for up to a four-night stay at any state resort park inn, $250 to spend while enjoying his or her visit and a basket of farm-direct, locally made artisan foods from Pick Tennessee Products.

Jean Smith, Southwest Tennessee EMC
Brenda Barnes, Middle Tennessee EMC
Dalton Seratt, Sequachee Valley EC
Jackson Lowery, Middle Tennessee EMC, won $250 after her name was selected from online entrants.


  • Bakery

    West – Tie
    Muddy’s Bake Shop, 5101 Sanderlin Ave., #114, Memphis; 901-683-8844; muddysbakeshop.com
    Shirley’s Bakery, 621-C Old Hickory Blvd., Jackson; 731-668-1495

    Middle
    Julia’s Homestyle Bakery, 1911 Medical Center Parkway, Murfreesboro; 615-890-2253; borobakery.com

    East
    Blackbird Bakery, 56 Piedmont Ave., Bristol, Virginia; 276-645-5754; blackbirdbakerybristol.com

    Barbecue

    West
    Central BBQ, 6201 Poplar Ave., Memphis; 901-417-7962; cbqmemphis.com

    Middle
    Slick Pig, 1920 E. Main St., Murfreesboro; 615-890-3583; slickpigbbq.com


    Middle | Best CatfishSaM’s Diner


    West | Best BarbecueCentral BBQ

    East
    Ridgewood Barbecue, 900 Elizabethton Highway, Bluff City: 423-538-7543; ridgewoodbbq.com

    Catfish

    West
    Boyette’s Dining Room, Highway 21, Tiptonville; 731-253-7307; reelfoot.com/boyettes

    Middle
    SaM’s Diner, 456 W. Main St., Waverly; 931-296-1118

    East
    Huck Finn’s Catfish, 3330 Parkway, Pigeon Forge; 865-429-3353; huckfinnsrestaurant.com

    Craft Beer

    West
    Wiseacre Brewing Company, 2783 Broad Ave., Memphis; 901-888-7000; wiseacrebrew.com

    Middle
    Yazoo Brewing Company, 900 River Bluff Drive, Madison; 615-891-4649; yazoobrew.com


    West | Best BakeryShirley’s Bakery

    East
    Yee-Haw Brewing Company, 131 The Island Drive, Pigeon Forge; 865-366-3032 126 Buffalo St., Johnson City; 423-328-9192; yeehawbrewing.com

    Hamburger

    West
    Bell’s Drive-In, 204 S. Church Ave., Henderson; 731-989-2816

    Middle
    SaM’s Diner, 456 W. Main St., Waverly; 931-296-1118

    East
    Litton’s Market, Restaurant and Bakery, 2803 Essary Road, Knoxville; 865-688-0429; littonsdirecttoyou.com

    Home/Country Cooking

    West
    Brooks Shaw’s Old Country Store, 56 Casey Jones Lane, Jackson; 731-668-1223; caseyjones.com

    Middle
    Monell’s, 1235 Sixth Ave. North, Nashville; 615-248-4747; monellstn.com/nashville

    East
    Shirley’s Home Cooking, 3266 Highway 321, Hampton; 423-768-2092; shirleyshomecooking.com

    Milkshake

    West
    Bell’s Drive-In, 204 S. Church Ave., Henderson; 731-989-2816

    Middle
    Elliston Place Soda Shop, 2111 Elliston Place, Nashville; 615-327-1090; ellistonplacesodashop.com

    East
    Pal’s Sudden Service, 327 Revere St., Kingsport; 423-246-9761; palsweb.com

    Place for Dessert

    West
    Dumplin’s Bistro & Bakery, 31C Wiley Parker Road, Jackson; 731-664-4959; dumplinsofjackson.com

    Middle
    Miller’s Grocery, 7011 Main St., Christiana; 615-893-1878; millersgrocery.com

    East
    Suba’s Restaurant, 2736 S. Shady St., Mountain City; 423-727-5657; subasrestaurant.com

    Winery

    West
    White Squirrel Winery, 4385 Highway 45 W., Kenton; 731-796-1713; whitesquirrelwinery.com

    Middle
    Arrington Vineyards, 6211 Patton Road, Arrington; 615-395-0102; arringtonvineyards.com

    East
    Stonehaus Winery, 2444 Genesis Road, No. 103, Crossville; 931-484-9463; stonehauswinery.com


    West | Best Winery White Squirrel Winery

     

  • Agritourism/Pick-Your-Own Farm

    West
    Jones Orchard, 7170 U.S. Highway 51 North, Millington; 901-873-3150; jonesorchard.com

    Middle
    Batey Farms, 5331 Baker Road, Murfreesboro; 615-848-4116; bateyfarms.com

    East
    Scott’s Strawberry and Tomato Farms, 650 Scott Road, Unicoi; 423-743-7511; scottfarmstn.com


    West | Best Fishing SpotReelfoot Lake

    Camping

    West
    Pickwick Landing State Park, 116 State Park Lane, Counce; 731-689-3129; tnstateparks.com/parks/pickwick-landing


    Middle | Best CampingFall Creek Falls

    Middle
    Fall Creek Falls State Park, 2009 Village Camp Road, Spencer; 423-881-5298; tnstateparks.com/parks/fall-creek-falls

    East
    Cades Cove, 10035 Campground Drive, Townsend; 877-444-6777; nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/frontcountry-camping.htm

    Fishing Spot

    West
    Reelfoot Lake State Park, 2595 Highway 21 E, Tiptonville; 731-253-9652; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/reelfoot-lake

    Middle
    Percy Priest Lake, Nashville; 615-883-2351; percypriestlake.org/percy-priest-lake

    East
    Norris Lake, Anderson, Campbell, Claiborne, Grainger and Union counties; 865-457-4542; tnvacation.com/local/norris-norris-lake

    Golf Course

    West
    Chickasaw Golf Course, 9555 State Route 100, Henderson; 731-989-3111; golfatchickasaw.com

    Middle
    Henry Horton State Park, 4358 Nashville Highway, Chapel Hill; 931-364-2319; tnstateparks.com/golf/course/henry-horton

    East
    Woodlake Lodge, Golf and Country Club, 330 Woodlake Blvd., Tazewell; 877-423-4653; woodlakegolf.com

    Historic Site

    West
    Shiloh National Military Park, 1055 Pittsburg Landing Road, Shiloh; 731-689-5696; nps.gov/shil/index.htm

    Middle
    Andrew Jackson’s Hermitage, 4580 Rachel’s Lane, Nashville; 615-889-2941; thehermitage.com

    East
    Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg; 865-436-1200;  nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cadescove.htm


    East | Best Historic SiteCade’s Cove


    West | Best Art GalleryMemphis Brooks Museum of Art

    Sporting Event

    West
    Jackson Generals baseball, The Ballpark at Jackson, 4 Fun Place, Jackson; 731-988-5299; milb.com/jackson

    Middle
    Nashville Predators hockey, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 615-770-2000; nhl.com/predators

    East
    University of Tennessee Volunteers football, 1600 Phillip Fulmer Way, Suite 201, Knoxville; 800-332-VOLS; utsports.com

    State Park

    West
    Reelfoot Lake State Park, 2595 Highway 21 East, Tiptonville; 731-253-9652; tnstateparks.com/parks/reelfoot-lake

    Middle
    Fall Creek Falls State Park, 10821 Park Road, Spencer; 423-881-5298; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/fall-creek-falls

    East
    Roan Mountain State Park, 1015 Highway 143, Roan Mountain; 423-547-3900; tnstateparks.com/parks/info/roan-mountain

  • Art Gallery

    West
    Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, 1934 Poplar Ave., Memphis; 901-544-6200; brooksmuseum.org

    Middle
    Frist Center for the Visual Arts, 919 Broadway, Nashville; 615-244-3340; fristcenter.org

    East
    Hunter Museum of American Art, 10 Bluff View, Chattanooga; 423-267-0968; huntermuseum.org

    Museum

    West
    Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., Union City; 731-885-5455; discoveryparkofamerica.com

    Middle
    Tennessee State Museum, 1000 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; 615-741-2692; tnmuseum.org

    East
    Hands On! Discovery Center, 1212 Suncrest Drive, Gray; 423-434-4263; visithandson.org

    Performing Arts

    West
    Orpheum Theater, 203 S. Main St., Memphis; 901-525-3000; orpheum-memphis.com

    Middle
    Tennessee Performing Arts Center, 505 Deaderick St., Nashville; 615-782-4040; tpac.org

    East
    Tennessee Theatre, 604 S. Gay St., Knoxville; 865-684-1200; tennesseetheatre.com

  • Place to Take the Kids

    West
    Discovery Park of America, 830 Everett Blvd., Union City; 731-885-5455; discoveryparkofamerica.com

    Middle
    Nashville Zoo, 3777 Nolensville Pike, Nashville; 615-833-1534; nashvillezoo.org

    East
    Dollywood, 2700 Dollywood Parks Blvd., Pigeon Forge; 800-365-5996; dollywood.com


    East | Best MuseumHands On! Discovery Center


    Middle | Best Scenic DriveNatchez Trace Parkway

    Scenic Drive

    West
    Reelfoot Lake State Park, 2595 Highway 21 E, Tiptonville; 731-253-9652; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/reelfoot-lake/

    Middle
    Natchez Trace Parkway, 2680 Natchez Trace Parkway, Tupelo, Mississippi; 800-305-7417;
    nps.gov/natr/index.htm

    East
    Cades Cove, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, 107 Park Headquarters Road, Gatlinburg; 865-436-1200; nps.gov/grsm/planyourvisit/cadescove.htm

    Weekend Getaway

    West
    Memphis, Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau, 47 Union Ave., Memphis; 901-543-5300; memphistravel.com

    Middle
    Nashville, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, 150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite G-250, Nashville; 800-657-6910; visitmusiccity.com

    East
    Gatlinburg, Gatlinburg Convention and Visitors Bureau, 811 E. Parkway, Gatlinburg; 800-588-1817; gatlinburg.com

  • Antiques Store

    West
    Sheffield Antiques Mall, 684 W. Poplar Ave., Collierville; 901-853-7822; sheffield-antiques.com

    Middle
    Franklin Antique Mall, 251 Second Ave., Franklin; 615-790-8593; Collierville; 901-853-7822; sheffield-antiques.com/facebook.com/FranklinAntiqueMall/

    East
    The Homestead Shoppe, 401 Richmond St., Church Hill; 423-357-5400

    Farmers Market

    West
    West Tennessee Farmers Market, 91 New Market St., Jackson; 731-425-8308; cityofjackson.net/farmers-market

    Middle
    Nashville Farmers’ Market, 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd., Nashville; 615-880-2001; nashvillefarmersmarket.org

    East
    Kingsport Farmer’s Market, 308 Clinchfield St., Kingsport; 423-224-2821; kingsportfarmersmarket.org

    Flea Market

    West
    Friendly Frank’s Flea Market, 800 S. Highland Ave., Jackson; 901-755-6561;  friendlyfranks.com

    Middle
    Nashville Fairgrounds Flea Market, 625 Smith Ave., Nashville; 615-862-5016; thefairgrounds.com/fleamarket

    East
    Great Smokies Flea Market, 220 W. Dumplin Valley Road, Kodak; 865-932-3532; greatsmokiesfleamarket.com


    East | Best Weekend GetawayGatlinburg

  • Arts and Crafts Show

    West
    Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival, 2595 Highway 21 East, Tiptonville; 731-885-7295; reelfootartsandcrafts.com

    Middle
    Webb School Art and Craft Show, 4 Railroad Square, Bell Buckle;
    bellbuck-lechamber.com/webb-school-art-craft-show-general-info

    East
    Gatlinburg Craftsmen’s Fair, P.O. Box 70, Gatlinburg; 865-436-7479; craftsmenfair.com

    County/Regional Fair

    West
    West Tennessee State Fair, 118 N. Church St., Jackson (office), fair held at 800 S. Highland Ave.; 731-424-0151; wtsfair.com

    Middle
    Wilson County Fair, 945 E. Baddour Parkway, Lebanon; 615-443-2626; wilsoncountyfair.net


    West | Best FestivalWest Tennessee Strawberry Festival

    East
    Appalachian Fair, P.O. Box 8218, Gray; fair held at 100 Lakeview St., Johnson City; 423-477-3211 appalachianfair.com

    Festival

    West
    West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, 1200 Main St., Humboldt; 731-784-1842; strawberryfestivaltn.com

    Middle
    Tennessee Renaissance Festival, 2124 Newcastle Road, Arrington; 615-395-9950; tnrenfest.com

    East
    Kingsport FunFest, 400 Clinchfield St., No. 100, Kingsport; 423-392-8800; funfest.net


    Middle | Best FestivalTennessee Renaissance Festival

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