Mt. Juliet's restaurants and food businesses range from major chains like Cracker Barrel, which began in Wilson County, to small, local restaurants that receive national attention, such as Rice's Hams.
Rice’s Country Hams
The proprietors of Rice’s Country Hams
in Mt. Juliet pride themselves on curing a ham with “Mother Nature, Father Time and years of experience.” There’s nothing like the results. Edward Rice Sr. began curing hams decades ago in his backyard smoke house, and the same recipe has been used continuously to this day. Since Edward Rice Jr. took over from his father in 1981, the company’s hams have been a mainstay at the top spot of county and state fair contests and have also been featured on The Martha Stewart Show. Hams can be ordered from the store and shipped, along with bacon, smoked sausage, jams and jellies.
A visit to Breeden’s Orchard
proves that perhaps the only thing better than ordering produce from a supplier is picking it yourself. Customers can pick their fruit fresh off the branch before buying it, whether they choose apples in the fall or peaches in the summer. Tours of the grounds let guests see for themselves how fruit gets to their table. Altogether, a visit to Breeden's is more than just an eating experience.
Cracker Barrel Began Here
Cracker Barrel's Mt. Juliet and other Wilson County locations are among the first links in this national chain. The popular restaurant was founded in nearby Lebanon in 1969 and still is headquartered there. The company consistently has been named the top family dining chain in a survey by Restaurants & Institutions magazine. It’s easy to see why, with seasonal menu items, breakfast served any time and a host of gifts for purchase that greets guests as they enter the country store.
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Toast to Tennessee
While Mt. Juliet does not have a commercial winery of its own, its chamber of commerce is known for hosting one of the most successful wine festivals in the state each year, the Toast to Tennessee Wine Festival
. Wineries from all over the state offer some of their best vintages at this annual event, and that’s just the start. Festival-goers also enjoy gourmet food, live music, food and wine seminars, and even complimentary cruises on Percy Priest Lake. No pets are allowed.