Eat Local in Dickson, TN

Iconic local restaurants serve up Dickson, TN's signature dining style.

By Phil Newman on November 8, 2014 at 5:00 am EST
Catfish Kitchen near Dickson, TN

PHOTO CREDIT: Wendy Jo O'Barr

Dickson County has its share of country cooking, but the area also boasts diverse culinary choices ranging from Italian fare and steaks to barbecue and soda-shop favorites. Residents are happy to welcome visitors to the region's abundant locally owned and operated restaurants, many of which have become local landmarks for their palate-pleasing specialties.

Barbecue Joints

For more than 25 years, Carl's Perfect Pig has carried on the tradition of old-fashioned pit barbecue. Located in White Bluff and known for its mouth-watering barbecue ribs, pulled pork and country vegetables, Carl's Perfect Pig was named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the United States by The Wall Street Journal

In downtown Dickson, Ronnie's Q is also known for tasty, wood-fired pork barbecue and ribs, served with homemade baked beans, coleslaw and potato salad. Ronnie's Q also offers delivery and catering, including whole-hog barbecue.

Landmark Restaurants

For a retro experience, visit Stuffy's Frosty Jug, a recently reopened Dickson tradition. Along with classic car cruise-ins, Frosty Jug is the place to go for handmade milkshakes, sundaes, smoothies, burgers, fries and an array of comfort-food staples, from pork chops to chicken pot pie.

Another local favorite for burgers is Buddy's Restaurant in Dickson, where steaks and fresh vegetables also draw raves from regulars. 

Southerners love fried catfish, and people in Dickson County get their fix at Catfish Kitchen in Burns. Not only is the establishment loved for its piping hot catfish, but also for the traditional trimmings, including hush puppies, white beans, French fries and tasty vinegar coleslaw. 

Jonah’s Pizza, on Highway 48 in Charlotte, is known not only for its homemade-sauce pizzas stuffed with ingredients, but also for its sub sandwiches, salads and chicken wings.

Newer Favorites

Opened in 2009, Lugo's in downtown Dickson hasn't been around as long as some of the county's other landmark restaurants, but it has quickly become a favorite. The restaurant serves traditional American cuisine with Caribbean influences, cooked in an open kitchen so guests can watch the chefs at work.

Michelle's became Dickson's only Italian restaurant when it opened at 104 N. Main St. in 2014, taking over the space formerly occupied by Ace Diner. Opened by Chicago transplants Carmen and Michelle Leodo — she's the namesake and chef — Michelle's features made-from-scratch entrees including pasta Alfredo and arrabiata, chicken or eggplant Parmesan, spaghetti and ravioli.

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Other Local Favorites

DICKSON:
AKOYA: (615) 375-8389
CINDY’S CAFÉ: (615) 446-8660
COOKER: (615) 740-6870 [This one wasn't mentioned to keep or remove.]
DALE’S STEAKHOUSE: (615) 740-2001
FARMERS FAMILY RESTAURANT: (615) 446-7775
FRONT PORCH ON CENTER AVE: (615) 441-0006
LAS FAJITAS: (615) 446-0252
NORI SUSHI AND JAPANESE GRILL: (615) 446-3233
SISTERS: (615) 441-4737
WHITT’S BARBECUE: (615) 446-7304

CHARLOTTE:
COUNTRY VIEW MARKET: (615) 789-5000

BURNS:
DONNA’S PLACE (615) 446-8080

WHITE BLUFF:
EL MONTE MEXICAN RESTAURANT: (615) 797-5464
PAUL’S PIZZA: (615) 797-4040

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