Mt. Juliet Offers Diverse Food Choices
A Southern style meat-and-three menu is available to customers every day who eat at Courtney's Restaurant, plus there is live music with dinner every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
“Our focus is value, including the large food portions we serve and the quality of every meal, plus our live music is free with dinner,” says Tom Courtney, owner of the Mt. Juliet restaurant with his wife, Lisa. “We have some amazing music here. Our house band is Lester Ray Sears & Tennessee Border, who are well-known on the Nashville music scene. But our food offerings are primarily what keep people coming back.”
The two-year eatery serves dishes like fried catfish, meatloaf and chicken and dressing, with side dishes such as macaroni and cheese, white beans and okra.
“We even have jambalaya and five-layer lasagna,” Courtney says. “It's a restaurant where customers come back often. We even have 450 likes on our Facebook page.”
Market, Wine and Pub
Mt. Juliet is also home to a Mt. Juliet Farmers Market, which is open three days a week in the warm-weather months. In addition, the community hosts an annual A Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival that since 2003 has brought top wineries and their products to Mt. Juliet in mid-May. About 15 wineries and 2,000 people are in attendance, with participants able to sample and purchase Tennessee-produced wines.
Meanwhile, one of the liveliest eateries in these parts is Corner Pub Between the Lakes, which offers fresh food and a cozy atmosphere. The family restaurant has a variety of meat-and-three options that include barbecue, green beans, roast beef and baked apples.
Meat and Greet
Another top stop for dining patrons is Houston's Meat and Produce, which is actually a butcher shop, a small grocery store and quaint restaurant with seating for 20.
“We've been a butcher shop for 25 years, so we offer diners the freshest meats possible in all meals,” says Chris Houston, co-owner of Houston's with his father, Jerry. “Those best meats include barbecue and smoked ribs that we prepare for take-out customers on the weekends, since the diner portion of our business is only open Monday through Friday.”
Houston says a lot of the restaurant's menu items are from recipes handed down from his grandmother and mother.
“It's good home-cooking in a relaxing lunch and dinner setting,” he says. “Come see us for meals during the week and then the best ribs you can possibly find on the weekend.”