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I-24 Where to eat?

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We have been plying I-24 and found a couple places- a taqueria in Manchester(gone this trip) and a place in Bell Buckle, but would love to know any other places along the way. We take it all the way across Kentucky and Tennessee. We like everything from mom and Pop's, meat and threes, to more trendy types of places. Anything goes. Thanks.

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  1. at the sewanee/Monteagle exit in Tennessee you could try Ivy Wild for dinner. Dinner only and bring your own wine. Very nice and not cheap. It is across the street from Crust Pizza also quite good in a very different sort of way. About two miles off the exit toward Sewanee.

    Crust Pizza
    12569 Sollace M Freeman Hwy, Sewanee, TN 37375

    1. Don't leave Paducah, KY without dining at Doe's Eat Place. Have the tamales and fried shrimp appetizer and a big Porterhouse for 2. Whaler's Catch Restaurant and Bar is outstanding seafood and steaks for lunch or dinner. Get off I 24 at Exit 40 in Kuttawa, KY and go S just a second to the Oasis Southwest Grill for outstanding steaks, ribs and cold drinks. Come sit and enjoy a football game on the big screen TV's. Go to Broadbent Hams and pick up a nice smoked ham to take home. Get off I 24 at Exit 31 and go S on Highway 453 about 2 miles to Grand Rivers, KY and have lunch or dinner at Patti's or one of the other two restaurant owned by the family near Kentucky Lake. Get off I 24 at Exit 65 and go E to Hopkinsville, KY to Wood Shed BBQ for good KY road food.

      If you have not stopped since you went through Paducah, KY be sure to take Exit 73 off I 24 and go S on Highway 117 to Knock Em Hill BBQ for the best in KY. Try one of the big pork chops.
      Get off I 24 at Exit 4 in Clarksville, TN and go to Whitt's BBQ for outstanding southern road food.

      Doe's Eat Place @ 136 Broadway Street, Paducah, KY 270 - 443 - 9006.
      Whaler's Catch Restaurant & Bar @ 123 North 2nd Street, Paducah, KY 270 - 444 - 7701.
      The Oasis Southwest Grill @ 42 Days Inn Drive, Kuttawa, KY 270 - 388 - 0777.
      Broadbent Hams @ 257 Mary Blue Rd., Kuttawa, KY 270 - 388 - 0609.
      Patti's 1880's Settlement Restaurant @ Main Street, Grand Rivers, KY 270 - 362 - 2264.
      Woodshed Pit BBQ @ 1821 W. 7th St., Hopkinsville, KY. 270 - 885 - 8144.
      Knock Em Hill BBQ @ 11185 Hwy. 107 S., Herndon, KY. 270 - 271 - 2957.
      Whitt's BBQ @ 2030 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., Clarksville, TN 931 - 503 - 0515.

      1. I highly, highly recommend the Bell Buckle Cafe. Great Meat n 3.

        Just off 24 outside Chattanooga is South Pittsburg Tn. It's the home of Lodge Cast Iron which has an outlet store. Some good deals. Try to stop in at the visitors centre on 24. You'd have to double back but they have coupons for $5 frying pans and free handle mitts.
        While you're there, the Dixie Freeze is a great M&3 and Drive In all rolled into one.


        Dixie Freeze
        200 Elm Ave, South Pittsburg, TN 37380

        1. I love all these great suggestions. The Bell Buckle Cafe was the place we ate in Bell Buckle and it was great. Thank you so much!

          1. At Exit 24 off I 24 in Pleasant View, TN Cafe Ameno serves outstanding breakfast, lunch and dinner in a casual atmosphere. Get off I 24 in Nashville, TN at Exit 47 and go W across the bridge to 6th Ave. Turn right and go to Monell's for outstanding all you can eat country buffet.

            City House in Nashville has outstanding pizza and pasta for dinner only. Whitt's BBQ @ Exit 57B near Antioch, TN is very good. Legend's Restaurant @ Exit 70 off I 24 in Smyrna, TN has good seafood and steaks. Jim and Nick's BBQ @ Exit 78B in Murphreesboro, TN has outstanding southern BBQ. Five Sense's Restaurant and Bar in Murphreesboro, TN serves outstanding southern country cooking in a nice atmosphere. Marina's on the Square in Murphreesboro, TN is a great local restaurant for lunch or dinner.

            Cafe Ameno @ 254 Village Square, Pleasant View, TN 615 - 746 - 6702.
            Monell's Dining @ 1235 6th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 248 - 4747.
            City House @ 1222 4th Ave. North, Nashville, TN 615 - 736 - 5838.
            Whit's BBQ @ 1800 Antioch Pike, Antioch, TN 615 - 331 - 4604.
            Legend's Restaurant @ 1918 Almaville Road, Smyrna, TN 615 - 220 - 2115.
            Jim and Nick's BBQ @ 436 North Thompson Lane, Murfreesboro, TN 615 - 893 - 1001.
            Five Senses Restaurant and Bar @ 1602 West Northfield Blvd., Murfreesboro, TN 615 - 867 - 4155.
            Marina's on the Square @ 125 North Maple St., Murfreesboro, TN 615 - 849 - 8881.

            1. High Point Restaurant in Monteagle at Exit 134 is in a historic building and serves dinner only 7 days a week. Jim Oliver's Smokehouse and Lodge at Exit 134 has outstanding southern country food serving breakfast all day and dinner in the evening in a very nice atmosphere. Mountain Breeze Cafe is next to JO's Best Western Smokehouse and serves ice cream, cold drinks and sandwiches. Modern Dave's in Monteagle, TN is open for lunch and dinner serving mix of good southern food, BBQ, seafood and steaks.

              High Point Restaurant @ 224 East Main St., Monteagle, TN 931 - 924 - 4600.
              Jim Oliver's Smokehouse Hotel and Lodge @ 850 West Main St., Monteagle, TN 931 - 924 - 2268.
              Jim Oliver's Smokehouse Hotel and Lodge @ 850 West Main St., Monteagle, TN 931 - 924 - 2268.
              Mountain Breeze Cafe @ 828 West Main St., Monteagle, TN 931 - 924 - 2233.
              Modern Dave's Cafe @ 38 West Main St., Monteagle, TN 931 - 924 - 8363.

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              1. re: Littleman

                I printed these out and made a few notes. Thanks.

                  1. re: Littleman

                    I will be using these over many trips-we do this back and forth 4-5 times /year.