Crossville sits at the center of Cumberland County on the Cumberland Plateau in Tennessee. The city developed at the intersection of two old droving and stagecoach routes that are now Routes 70 and 127 running north-south and east-west through Tennessee. Crossville has a multitude of restaurants with options to suit every taste, from classic Tennessee barbecue joints, to Mexican style food spots and fine dining establishments. Here are 10 of the best.
To the south of Crossville lies the picturesque Cumberland Mountain State Park, and overlooking Byrd Lake in the Park is the Homestead Harvest Restaurant. The buffet menu shifts from day to day, chicken and rice and beef steak fritters on a Tuesday, catfish, smoked pulled pork, and roast beef and gravy on a Friday. And on the à la carte menu are quarter-pounder bolognas served on Texas toast with mayo, mustard and onions and cheese, and the Millhouse Sandwich made with roast beef, gravy and mashed potatoes.
You might not guess it from the name, but the Stagecoach Place Café is actually an Italian known locally for their delicious cuisine. Some say the food is the best anywhere to be found in Crossville. Established in 2009, the Stagecoach Place Café sits on Route 127 south of Crossville close to Cumberland Mountain State Park. Among the most popular of the dishes on offer at the Café are spaghetti with pesto and zucchini, Bolognese grinders, lamb racks, and pizzas.
Dynasty Asian Cafe, Crossville | Courtesy of Big Boy's BBQ
Dynasty Asian Café
Dynasty Asian Café is based in north Crossville on Interstate Drive and is ranked by many as the best place for Asian cuisine in the area. The food on offer includes Japanese, Chinese and Thai style dishes. There’s chow mein and chop suey, pad thai, or Malaysian style curries, scallops and shrimp in Szechuan sauce, beef with green peppers and a black bean sauce, kung pao beef, special rolls or something from the Hibachi grill.
Tennessee is famous for the quality of the barbecue joints and Big Boy’s BBQ is the best in Crossville, serving up pulled pork and ribs prepped and smoked fresh every day for maximum flavor. Opened in 2000 in a convenience store, the BBQ had to move to the current location to accommodate the demand from customers. The stuffed baked potato is especially famous locally, it’s packed with pulled pork or chicken, butter, cheese, chives and sour cream with a dollop of BBQ sauce on the side for dipping. Or you can grab pulled pork or chicken sandwiches or racks of ribs made using the Big Boy’s special blend of spices each day with beans and slaw on the side.
Express Lunch doesn’t look anything too flashy from the outside, and there is no website, Facebook page or Twitter stream keeping customers updated on new dishes being dreamt up by the kitchen team. But the small lunch stop on South Main Street in the center of Crossville has built a reputation as one of the hottest places for food in the city. The menu is based on soups, salads and sandwiches with options like grilled chicken salad with lettuce, tomatoes, cheese and shredded carrots, and the Philly sandwich of beef, Swiss cheese, mushrooms and onions.
La Costa is inside the Fairfield Glade mall and is known as the best place in Crossville to sample some Mexican cuisine. The reviews for the food and drink are excellent, and you can try out Mexican classics as well as imported drinks for the full à la Mexicana experience. Try out a margarita, a traditional horchata, a Mexican root beer, or an imported beer like Modelo, Tecate, Pacifico or a Nehra Modelo. On the food menu you’ll find familiar favorites like nachos, quesadillas, fajitas and burritos along with more interesting dishes like chorizo con huevos, sopitos, picadillo, machaca or taquitos rancheros.
The Butcher's Block At Stonehaus, Crossville | Courtesy of The Butcher's Block
The Butcher’s Block
This one is fairly new to the Crossville scene but is already garnering superb reviews and feedback. The Butcher’s Block opened up in February 2015 close to the Stonehaus Winery on the road heading northwards out of Crossville. The reviews so far are universally positive, many of them wowed by the quality of the food on offer at The Butcher’s Block, the modern style of the décor and the quality of the service. On the menu are things like chicken linguine, salmon, prime rib of beef, Caesar salad, and lobster tails.
Forte’s on the Square is the go-to place in Crossville if you’re looking for somewhere for a special occasion or are interested in a spot of fine dining. Situated in downtown Crossville in a historic building that dates back to the early years of the 20th century, Forte’s has a menu that features tempting dishes including signatures like grilled ribeye with cheese sauce, onions and mushrooms, and chicken breast with sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts and asiago cheese sauce.
The Pour House Bistro and Winebar is fast developing a reputation as one of the most innovative food spots in Crossville. Local produce, creative recipes, craft beers and excellent wines all come together at There are sushi nights at the Pour House Thursdays through to Saturday when you can sample creations made with yellowtail, tempura shrimp, crab and tuna. Or go for something from the main menu like the Korean BBQ sandwich of pulled pork with Korean sauce and Asian slaw, the Pour House take on the classic shrimp and grits, or shrimp po boy sandwiches.
The Beer and Barrel Restaurant and Lounge opened up in Crossville in 2006 as a place for casual dining in an unpretentious, unstuffy atmosphere. Recently remodeled inside, the Beer and Barrel has a menu that’s strongly suited to carnivores, you can choose from meaty options like prime rib of beef, New York strip steaks, pork chops, rack of lamb chops, filet mignon, Philly cheesesteak and the famous Beer and Barrel BBQ baby rib rack made with trademark marinade and cooked on the open hearth.