Anderson County, Tennessee has many restaurants worth visiting, but have you ever wondered which restaurants are favorites among the locals? Well, we have some answers for you! Check out this list of 10 locally owned restaurants you may not know about that are fantastic! This list comes from a local - Crystal Huskey (who just happens to be the new publisher of the Norris Bulletin)!
#1 VEGA Cafe & Smokehaus. This is my personal favorite restaurant. Their wings are huge and spiced to perfection, but their BBQ, meatloaf, and weekly specials are ridiculously good. Located in Norris across from the post office. And I can't even begin on their desserts or we'd be here forever. Yum.
#2. The Vols Diner in Rocky Top. If you're coming the back way from Clinton, this is on the left before you hit city hall. (Yes, this is how I do directions.) If you're craving Applebee's-like appetizers, this is it, but better. At least when it comes to the made-from-scratch potato skins, which, thanks a lot me, I'm now craving. This is home cooking, very affordable and very good. Very clean restaurant and on Thursdays they have karaoke.
]#3. Apple Blossom Café and Catering in Clinton. We all know about Apple Blossom Cafe. Sometimes I judge a restaurant by its ranch dressing, and Apple Blossom has great ranch dressing. The tuna melts, patty melts and grilled chicken salads are delicious.
#4. Cadence Craft & Trade on Market Street in Clinton has fantastic lunches! Primarily soups and sandwiches. And, their lattes are great too. Wonderful owner.
#5. Harrison's in front of Walmart. I recommend the chicken pot pie.
#6. Fuji Asian Cuisine in Clinton, near Ace Hardware. Try the teriyaki steak hibachi and yum-yum sauce. It's really really good Chinese food.
#7. The Restaurant at the Museum of Appalachia. Kristi Wells is back in the kitchen, y'all, and she's possibly one of the top three cooks in Anderson County. They're open for lunch from 11-2. Every single thing is always amazing.
#8. Hoskins, obviously.Original soda fountain at Hoskins Drug Store[/caption]
#9. Chunky Monkey (just outside of Norris) has really great cheeseburgers and fries.
#10. Trout dip at Clinch River Brewing and basically everything else.
All these kick the chain restaurants' butts.
Disclaimer: I wrote this while hungry. Also, this is purely my opinion and doesn’t include all the restaurants. The picture is of a special served once at Vega. -Crystal H