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The Best of Tennessee 2018

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The Tennessee Magazine staff thanks everyone who submitted entries to the 2018 Best of Tennessee Readers’ Choice Awards. We received hundreds of online and mail-in ballots nominating the best food, attractions and accommodations our state has to offer. Here we proudly present each “Best of.” Thanks again to all our readers for helping us recognize these deserving winners.

  • Bakery

    West – Tie
    Ada’s “The Unusual” Country Store, 9653 Highway 45 N, Bethel Springs; 731-934-9310

    Shirley’s Bakery, 621-C Old Hickory Blvd., Jackson; 731-668-1495; shirleysbakery.net

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

    East
    Magpies Bakery, 846 N. Central St., Knoxville; 865-673-0471; magpiescakes.com/

    Barbecue

    West
    Central BBQ, 147 E. Butler Ave., Memphis; 901-672-7760; cbqmemphis.com

    Middle
    Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, 7238 Nolensville Road, Nolensville; 615-776-1856; martinsbbqjoint.com/nolensville

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


    DOUBLE WINNER | Middle | Best Catfish, Best Home/Country Cooking | SaM’s Diner

    Catfish

    West
    Catfish Cabin, 1290 S. Highland Ave., Jackson; 731-422-1001; catfishcabinjackson.com

    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

     


    West | Best Craft Beer | Rock’n Dough Pizza and Brew Co.

    Craft Beer

    West
    Rock’n Dough Pizza and Brew Co., 16 Jackson Walk Plaza, Jackson; 731-300-0404; rockndoughpizza.com

    Middle
    Yazoo Brewery, 910 Division St., Nashville; 615-891-4649; yazoobrew.com

    East
    Smoky Mountain Brewery, 2530 Parkway, Pigeon Forge; 865-868-1400; smoky-mtn-brewery.com


    DOUBLE WINNER | West | Best Milkshake and Best Hamburger | Bell’s Drive-In

    Hamburger

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

    Middle
    Jiffy Burger, 1001 Hillsboro Blvd., Manchester; 931-728-4452

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

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

    Milkshake

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

    Middle
    Reeves-Sain Drug Store, 1801 Memorial Blvd., Murfreesboro; 615-896-5731; reevessain.com

    East
    Cardin’s Drive-in, 8529 Asheville Highway, Knoxville; 865-933-3251

    Middle | Best Place for Dessert | Reeves-Sain Drug Store

    Place for Dessert

    West
    Dumplin’s, 31C Wiley Parker Road, Jackson; 731-664-4959; hrhdumplins.com

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

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


    West | Best Winery | White Squirrel Winery

    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; arrinetonvineyards.com

    East
    The Winery at Seven Springs Farm, 1474 Highway 61 East, Maynardville; 865-745-2902; winerysevenspringsfarm.com


  • Middle | Best Agritourism/Pick-Your-Own FarmBatey Farms

    Agritourism/Pick-Your-Own Farm

    West
    Falcon Ridge Farm, 22630 TN-18 North, Toone; 731-658-5200; farmatfalconridge.com

    Middle
    Batey Farms, 5331 Baker Road, Murfreesboro; 615-848-4178; bateyfarms.com

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


    TRIPLE WINNER | East | Best Camping, Best Historic Site, Best Scenic Drive | Cades Cove

    Camping

    West
    Chickasaw State Park, 20 Cabin Lane, Henderson; 731-989-5141; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/chickasaw

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

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

    DOUBLE WINNER | West | Best Fishing Spot, Best Scenic Drive | Reelfoot Lake State Park

    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
    Cherokee Lake, 9617 Highway 11 West, Mooresburg; 423-272-333; cherokeelakeinfo.com


    West | Best Golf CourseChickasaw Golf Course

    Golf Course

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

    Middle – Tie
    Willowbrook Golf Course, 6751 McMinnville Highway, Manchester; 931-728-8989; golfwillowbrook.net

    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; 423-626-6010; 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

    Sporting Event

    West
    Jackson Generals baseball, The Ballpark at Jackson, 4 Fun Place, Jackson; 731-968-5299; milb.com/jackson

    Middle
    Nashville Predators hockey, 501 Broadway, Nashville; 615-770-2355; nhl.com/predators

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


    DOUBLE WINNER | Middle | Best Camping, Best State Park | Fall Creek Falls

    State Park

    West
    Chickasaw State Park, 20 Cabin Lane, Henderson; 731-989-5141; tnstateparks.com/parks/about/chickasaw

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

    East
    Panther Creek State Park, 2010 Panther Creek Park Road, Morristown; 423-587-7046; tnstateparks.com/parks/contact/panther-creek


  • East | Best Museum | Museum of Appalachia

    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
    Pink Palace Museum, 3050 Central Ave., Memphis; 901-636-2362; memphismuseums.org

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

    East
    Museum of Appalachia, 2819 Andersonville Highway, Clinton; 865-494-7680; museumofappalachia.org 


    West | Best Performing Arts | Orpheum Theater

    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


  • East | Best Place to Take the Kids | Dollywood

    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

    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


    Middle | Best Weekend Getaway | Nashville

    Weekend Getaway

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

    Middle
    Nashville, Nashville Conven tion & Visitors Bureau, 150 Fourth Ave. N., Suite G-250, Nashville; 615-259-4730;  visitmusiccity.com

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

  • Antiques Store

    West – Tie
    Yarbro’s Antique Mall, 350 Carriage House Drive, Jackson; 731-664-6600; facebook.com/Yarbros-Antique-Mall

    Carriage House Antique Market and Cafe, 195 Carriage House Drive, Jackson; 731-664-6678

    Middle
    Franklin Antique Mall, 251 Second Ave., Franklin; 615-790-8593; franklinantiquemall.com

    East
    Haggle Shop Antiques, 147 Broad St., Kingsport; 423-230-1090

    Farmers Market

    West
    West Tennessee Farmers Market, 91 New Market St., Jackson; 731-425-8308; www.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; 423-357-3897; facebook.com/KingsportFarmersMarket

    Flea Market

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

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

    East
    Tri-Cities Flea Market, 4571 US-11E, Bluff City; 423-538-3532; tri-citiesfleamarket.com


  • Middle | Best County/Regional Fair | Wilson County Fair

    Arts and Crafts Show

    West
    Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival, P.O. Box 938, Union City; 731-885-7295; reelfootartsandcrafts.com

    Middle
    Webb School Craft Fair, P.O. Box 222, Bell Buckle; 931-389-9663; bellbucklechamber.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, 800 S. Highland Ave, Jackson; 731-424-0151; wtsfair.com

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

    East
    Appalachian Fair, 100 Lakeview St., Gray; 423- 477-3211; appalachianfair.com


    West | Best Festival | West Tennessee Strawberry Festival

    Festival

    West
    West Tennessee Strawberry Festival, 1200 Main St., Humboldt; 731-784-1842; humboldttnchamber.org/strawberry-festival.html

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

    East
    FunFest, 400 Clinchfield St. #100, Kingsport; 423-392-8806; funfest.net

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.

Helen Hamilton
Tennessee Valley EC

Mark Pierret
Middle Tennessee EMC

Anna Melton
Holston EC

Laura Harper, Middle Tennessee EMC, won $250 after her name was selected from online entrants.

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