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Cookeville, Tennessee

maryfran Mar 18, 2009 03:42 PM

We're heading to Tennessee in April and am looking for good places to eat that are not a chain? Any bbq places, seafood, something that Canadians from Toronto would enjoy? Bbq would be the top choice. Thanks!

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    LGD Mar 18, 2009 05:50 PM

    Your headline indicates Cookeville. There is a place called Puleo's. It has a variety -refers to itself and Southern and Italian based on the chef's heritage. Fantastic fried green tomatoes and grits. Really delicious. Will you be in any other parts of TN?

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      jiminea Mar 18, 2009 06:01 PM

      Try Bobby Q's...... they're at 1070 N. Washington in Cookeville. They specialize in BBQ and catfish. It's a favorite spot for locals. The waitresses are very friendly and helpful. We've eaten there several times- stop whenever we're on our way through. I haven't had anything but their pork bbq..... I figure if that's their name, that's what I'm having. It was very good- they have a couple of different sauces, I think one hot and one sweet. Sides are great, too.

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        maryfran Mar 18, 2009 07:09 PM

        No, we're only in Cookeville from Monday to Wednesday night, leaving on Thursday. Not much time for anything else, which is why we're looking for good places to eat.

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          nmi Mar 21, 2009 06:20 PM

          Bobby Q's is outstanding. Try the ribs, chicken, or pulled pork. They have a hot slaw called poolroom slaw that is very good (or you can get it mixed half and half with regular slaw for a cooler version). Their banana pudding has been featured in Ladies Home Journal.

          El Tapatio has fine Mexican food - there are two locations in Cookeville; one on Jefferson Avenue and one on Willow Avenue.

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            nmi Mar 21, 2009 06:24 PM

            Definitely Bobby Q's. Ribs are great but pulled pork and chicken are good too. Poolroom slaw is a hot coleslaw that is really good. The banana pudding has been featured in Ladies Home Journal. Come on down and eat some Q!

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              lango Mar 23, 2009 03:01 PM

              Bobby Q's is a good choice for BBQ. Also Moogie's which is really only a drive through place, but has pretty tasty stuff...and you could always take your food to a park or something if it's nice.

              Some other options:
              Maddux Station, bills itself as contemporary American bistro type fare. Nice casual atmosphere, good food from my experiences. They have a website madduxstation.com with a menu.

              India Palace, good for the lunch buffet and dinner as well.

              Spankie's, a cookeville institution with a pretty eclectic menu.

              Crawdaddie's also a pretty eclectic menu with a few Louisiana/Cajun inspired dishes.

              Mauricio's or Mama Rosa's for Italian.

              House of Thai, usually pretty consistent.

              Taiko (sushi)...owned by the same family as House of Thai and pretty good considering it's a landlocked state.

              Village Kitchen, 13th St. Kountry Cafe, Maddie's Place, or Cracker Barrel(chain) for typically southern food.

              Dipsy Doodle, typical American, which is a little outside of cookeville, but well worth the short drive.

              Hope this helps...I would think you can google the addresses of almost all of these.

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              1. re: lango
                meatn3 Jul 25, 2009 09:39 PM

                I forgot all about Mamma Rosa's! I used to get their eggplant con-ricotta, it was really good. I tried a couple of other items, but liked that dish best.

                Have they moved or remodeled their building? I remember it as a very plain white building...

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                BobR12345 Jan 4, 2014 05:26 AM

                Best Cookeville Restaurants are
                House of Thai
                Taiko Sushi
                World Foods Deli
                Nick's Steakhouse
                Father Tom's for a good local pub
                Bull and Thistle English Pub

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