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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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  1. 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?

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

          1. 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!

            1. 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

                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...

              2. 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