Eat Local in Dickson, TN

By Nancy Mann Jackson on June 8, 2013 at 5:00 am EST


Visitors and locals in Dickson County are never far from a good meal. The area is full of unique, independent dining spots that have earned reputations for palate-pleasing and have become local landmarks. When hunger strikes, check out one of these Dickson favorites.

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 has been named one of the best barbecue restaurants in the United States by The Wall Street Journal

Nearby in 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 a whole hog barbecue.

Landmark Restaurants

For a retro experience, visit Stuffy's Frosty Jug, a Dickson tradition that recently reopened. Along with hosting cruise-ins with classic cars, Frosty Jug is the place to go for handmade milkshakes, sundaes and smoothies, along with juicy hamburgers and French fries served hot and fresh off the grill. 

Another local favorite for burgers is Buddy's Restaurant in Dickson, where steaks and fresh vegetables are additional popular items. 

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. 

The Tri-County Farmer Restaurant, located in Vanleer, celebrates the agriculture heritage of Dickson County by serving home-cooked vegetables and meats, as well as pizzas and pastas, often with live bluegrass and country music as entertainment.

New Favorites

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

Ace Diner, another recent addition, has won loyal followers with its handmade pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads. It is open for lunch and dinner Tuesdays through Saturdays, and for brunch on Sundays. 

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