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


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, just follow the enticing aroma of barbecue to Back Alley BBQ, which serves up juicy, flavorful ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken, plus hearty down-home sides such as corn pudding, coleslaw, baked beans and potato salad. Not far from downtown, you will find another local favorite for barbecue, Ronnie's Q, known for tasty, wood-fired pork barbecue and ribs, served with a variety of homemade side dishes. 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.

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. 

Charlotte's Hometown Pharmacy, on Highway 48 in Charlotte, is a great spot for more than just getting prescriptions filled. The pharmacy also has ice cream, chakes and other soda shop favorites, plus many fun gifts.

Newer Favorites

Lugo's in downtown Dickson has quickly become a favorite since it opened in 2009 and serves American cuisine with Caribbean influences, cooked in an open kitchen.

The district has also welcomed two brand-new businesses, The Hummingbird Restaurant, which serves classic American fare, and House of Brews, which offers traditional pub food along with many craft beers on tap.

Find more dining options in Dickson, TN.

Other Local Favorites

BACK ALLEY BBQ: (615) 306-5577
DALE'S STEAKHOUSE: (615) 740-2001
DEBBIE SUE'S DINER: (615) 906-5673
HOUSE OF BREWS: (615) 375-8321
ICHIRO: (615) 326-0188
LUGO'S: (615) 441-0085
PLANTATION BUFFETS: (615) 763-2020
RONNIE'S Q: (615) 441-0012
STUFFY'S FROSTY JUG: (615) 446-0030
WHITT'S BARBECUE: (615) 446-7304

COUNTRY VIEW MARKET: (615) 789-5000
JONAH'S PIZZA: (615) 789-6222

CATFISH KITCHEN: (615) 446-4480
JEANINE'S CAFE: (615) 740-9988

CARL'S PERFECT PIG: (615) 797-4020
PAUL’S PIZZA: (615) 797-4040

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