Crawdaddy’s West Side Grill
A West Side favorite, Crawdaddy’s serves up some of the best Cajun food anywhere outside New Orleans. In a hundred-year-old building on West Broad Street in downtown Cookeville, Crawdaddy’s has a big patio and courtyard that make it the perfect spot for evening dining in the summertime. Featured in Tennessee Home and Farm Magazine, Crawdaddy’s has a menu packed with Cajun dishes like oysters, crab cakes, catfish, shrimp bisque, crawfish étouffée, jambalaya, and desserts of Mississippi mud pie, pecan cobbler, or crème brûlée.
Father Tom’s Pub
On North Cedar Avenue on the West Side of downtown Cookeville, Father Tom’s Pub serves up high-quality pub food, craft beers, and some of the very best Scotch whiskies you will ever sample. The Pub also runs regular tasting nights to promote small-scale breweries and has been the site of new beer launches, it’s worth checking what’s coming up. The food menu is a cut above traditional pub grub, with dishes like petit filet marinated in red wine served with lemon grilled asparagus and butternut squash grits, or a deconstructed shepherd’s pie with toasted brioche, beef tenderloin, mashed potato, and jus.
Father Tom’s Pub, 32 N. Cedar Avenue, Cookeville, TN, USA +1 931 854 9484
Seven Senses Food and Cheer
Seven Senses Food and Cheer is one of the up-and-coming food spots in Cookeville. The restaurant has earned excellent reviews and built a strong following in the town. The food on offer at Seven Senses is classic Southern-style, so you can look forward to plate of sliders, fish tacos, club sandwiches, smoked mustard pork chops, fried catfish and giant steaks. All are served up with sides of fries, fried okra, or mashed potatoes.
The Cooke House
The Cooke House has gained a reputation as the place to go for innovative, creative food. It’s the ideal spot for something a little different and serves up a contemporary take on Southern cooking using the freshest ingredients. Some reviews even say it’s the very best restaurant in Cookeville. There are brunch, lunch, and dinner sittings, and on the menu you’ll find dishes including a mixture of mussels, shrimp, and scallops served in a white wine saffron broth, chicken breast with mash, green beans, and a Dijon cream sauce, or grilled tenderloin of pork with apple compote and skillet potatoes.
The Cooke House, 319 E. Spring Street, Cookeville, TN, USA +1 931 854 9550
World Foods International Grocery and Delicatessen
World Foods ranks highly as a place to grab a bite in Cookeville, which isn’t bad for the small delicatessen and grocery store. Run by a Greek family, World Foods draws visitors from across the state of Tennessee, so plan well ahead, and get your order in early if you can, since it can get very busy. They serve up food that is primarily Mediterranean in style, Italian, Greek, and Middle Eastern with the grocery section offering all sorts of traditional American bites. So expect lots of pizza, Greek salad, and chicken parmigiana.
Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant
Mauricio’s Italian Restaurant oozes style and sophistication. The restaurant can get quite busy, so if you’re hoping for a table it might be wise to book well in advance. Mauricio’s has been featured on the TV show Tennessee Crossroads in a feature you can check out here. On the dinner menu are entrees that include lobster ravioli, veal marsala or piccata, filet mignon, pappardelle with scallops, and chicken Milanese. The customer reviews and feedback are excellent.
Ralph’s Donut Shop
Ralph’s Donut Shop is a local institution. They’ve been making donuts here on South Cedar Avenue since 1962, and if it’s your first time in the Donut Shop, you can get a free sample before buying in bulk. The donuts are famous: recently voted best in Middle Tennessee, one of the top 25 donut makers in all America according to The Daily Meal, and number one donut bakery in the state according to the Tennessee Donut Brawl. That’s a pretty good track record. Their donuts come with various flavors and toppings for you to choose from, orange cream, pumpkin, cinnamon roll, to key lime pie.
Ralph’s Donut Shop, South Cedar Avenue, Cookeville, TN, USA +1 931 526 4321
Fiesta Cancun Grill
The Fiesta Cancun Grill is just off Interstate 40 on the eastbound route out of Cookeville. With a superb view out towards the mountains, the Cancun Grill has earned a reputation as the best Mexican restaurant in the area. The menu features Mexican classics like tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas or combination plates made up of a bit of everything. Or how about pork carnitas, Mexican shrimp, and signature specials including chimichanga, carne asada, and chile Colorado.
Fiesta Colorado Grill, 2019 E Spring Street, Cookeville, TN, USA +1 931 372 1444
Cream City Ice Cream and Coffee House
This place is a Cookeville landmark, just across from the Depot Museum in the historic West Side. The retro neon sign for Cream City Ice Cream and Coffee House stands out above downtown Cookeville at night. And the ice cream is said to be the best for miles around. They might focus exclusively on good coffee and desserts, but at Cream City they do them brilliantly. The Herald-Citizen, Cookeville’s local paper, gave Cream City their best of the best in the desserts category for 2014. You can choose from all sorts of ice cream flavors, chocolate fudge, caramel truffle, praline and cream, stellar coffee, blueberry and cream, amongst many others.
Grandma’s Pancake House
On South Willow Avenue in south central Cookeville, Grandma’s Pancake House is perfect if you’re looking for somewhere for breakfast. Small, independent, and famous for their oversized portions, Grandma’s Pancake House is a cut above your typical chain diner or coffee shop when it comes to the quality of the food. The omelettes, in particular, are renowned for being huge and the ideal protein boost at the start of the working day. You can get freshly squeezed orange juice, bacon and eggs, the famous omelettes filled with ham and cheese, strawberry crepes, muffins with sausages, buckwheat pancakes, blueberry pancakes and so on, to suit your tastes.
Grandma’s Pancake House, 405 S Willow Avenue, Cookeville, TN +1 931 525 3515