Dickson, TN Area Restaurants

By Kevin Litwin on May 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm EST
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Good restaurants serve you right in Dickson and surrounding areas, with an emphasis on country comfort foods as well as some international options to keep things interesting. Here's a sampling of options for dining in Dickson County

Dining in Dickson

Ace Diner opened in 2010 on downtown Dickson's Main Street in a restored historic building. The stylish diner is open Monday-Saturday for breakfast and lunch, and the menu is classic American. All-day breakfast options includes eggs and omelets, bacon, pancakes, sausages, hash browns. Lunch options include sandwiches, soups, salads and desserts.

Lugo's, a trendy, upscale restaurant in downtown Dickson offers American cuisine with Caribbean influences for lunch and dinner. Menu items include appetizers like plantain chips, pulled pork wontons and stuffed quail, and entrees such as 12-ounce pork chops, 16-ounce rib eyes, Louisiana sausage and Carolina mountain trout.

Front Porch on Center Avenue displays local charm at its best. Located in a renovated historical home, the restaurant offers three dining rooms and fine country cooking, including soups, salads, sandwiches, hot chicken casserole and a blue plate special.

This Dickson eatery excels at Southern cuisine, Sisters' meat-and-three menu includes traditional side items such as turnip greens, macaroni and cheese, white beans and corn bread. Customers can order plates of turkey and dressing every Thursday, and catfish dinner specials on Fridays.

Farmers Family Restaurant embraces the traditions of the local farmer, serving farm-fresh vegetables at every meal. The buffet restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, with menu favorites like fried chicken, meatloaf, catfish and country fried steak.

For a quick, inexpensive meat-and-three meal that doesn't skimp on flavor, head over to Cindy's Cafe in Dickson, open for breakfast and lunch. Country cooking favorites include the chicken and dumplings and meatloaf, plus desserts like banana pudding and a variety of pies.

For finger-licking good food, try Bart's. The restaurant makes open-pit barbecue pork, beef, turkey, chicken and ribs, all cooked on-site with the freshest ingredients. Orders can be placed ahead and conveniently picked up at the drive-through window.

If you're craving an All-American meal, try Buddy's Restaurant in Dickson, which is best known for its burgers but offers other traditional menu items like steaks and salads, too.

For favorite Mexican dishes like chimichangas, burritos, tacos and taquitos, head south from Dickson on Highway 46 to Las Fajitas Mexican Restaurant. Open daily, Las Fajitas has great lunch specials from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Camino Real, also located on Highway 46, is known for great margaritas and great values for delicious Mexican food. For example, its Express Lunch offerings include one entree (taco, cheese quesadilla, tostaguac and several other choices) with rice for less than $5.

Burns Restaurants

The Catfish Kitchen on U.S. Highway 70 East in Burns has been a Dickson County tradition since the early 1970s. Just look for the giant catfish, complete with whiskers, on the sign out front. Folks drive many miles for the farm-raised, fresh catfish, but there are many other menu items, including the unexpected - like frog legs, and on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, quail.

Donna's promises "good home cooking, smiling faces and a fun atmosphere" to diners dropping by for breakfast and lunch. Donna's offers a full grill menu plus a plate lunch special every day.

Dining in Charlotte

For a deli-style meal and plenty of goodies to take home, check out Country View Market in beautiful, historic Charlotte. The market stocks bulk food items, baked goods, Amish jellies, jams and canned goods, Amish/Mennonite furniture and natural skin products, plus a variety of Made in Tennessee products like honey, sorghums, cappuccino and tea mixes.

Catering in Vanleer

Located in Vanleer, Dutch Country Kitchen satisfies comfort-food cravings with catered country classics such as fried chicken, mashed potatoes, biscuits and a variety of other delicious baked goods.

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When you have people who have a job in Nashville and want to live the country life and raise their kids in a better environment, they end up in Dickson County.

Jeff Smith, Dickson County's University of Tennessee extension agent