From Jimi Hendrix to Roy Acuff, Clarksville, TN has a rich music history. Also known for its farming and military roots, Clarksville is now emerging as a culinary haven. This northern Middle Tennessee town’s foodie scene has become as diverse as its residents. Clarksville restaurant selections range from the classic Southern favorites, to trendsetting dishes, tastemakers are moving here from all over, just to experience the flavors of the “Gateway to the New South”.
Beachaven Vineyards and Winery
Tennessee vineyards were sourced for “sacramental and medicinal” purposes during the days of Prohibition. During the late 1970s new legislation was passed that forever changed the course for local vintners. Championed by Judge William O Beach, the new law paved the way for William’s son in law, Edward Cooke to plant a large commercial vineyard. Today in partnership with his wife Louisa, Edward produces an array of wines that are made with fruit grown in Tennessee. Three of their varietals – (Seyval Blanc, Senbelt and Catawba) are grown on site. Their wines have been critically acclaimed for variety consistency and quality. Considered some of the best wines in the world, Beachhaven varietals are made with premium quality grapes and modern winemaking technology.
Grapes aren’t the only thing that has grown at Beachaven. Introduced in 1987, Jazz on the Lawn is now an annual tradition in Clarksville. Initially attracting a few hundred attendees, Jazz on the Lawn now hosts thousands of guests who come together to listen to music, relax and sip wine in this unique, outdoor setting.
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery
1100 Dunlop Lane
Clarksville TN 37040
Looking Glass Restaurant and Bakery
First opened in 1998, this European-style eatery has grown from a coffee house to a Clarksville restaurant serving breakfast lunch and dinner. This veteran family -owned establishment also includes an event space and a top-notch bakery. Proprietors Mick and Linda Eddington have created a space brimming with artwork and serving up some of the best casual food around. This is a hidden gem in Clarksville known for the eclectic décor, outdoor patio that resembles a secret garden and the unique menu. Featuring wraps, sandwiches, salads and entrees, the menu represents a variety of different cultures spanning Latin to Polynesian to standard American fare.
329 Warfield Blvd H
Clarksville, TN 37043
Owners Roger Kahn and Mohsum Ghias traveled the globe with their wives and brought those flavors home to Clarksville. Opened in in 2014, Snokin Chickin celebrates a fusion of flavors with their marinated rotisserie chicken and special blends of herbs and spices. While the flavors at Smokin Chikin will transport you to exotic locations in you mind, this Clarksville restaurant is locally supplied, right down to their locally raised chicken. This is a fast, casual restaurant enveloped in the aromas of fresh herbs, tamarind and curry. Flavor choices range from La Brasa (Latin), Tandoori (Indian), Peri (African), Caribbean BBQ, Chimichurri (Argentina) and Jamaica Jerk. Sides include Island fried rice, french green beans, hummus broccoli, potato salad and fries. The chicken is marinated for 24 hours resulting in a tender and flavorful treat. While the atmosphere is casual and the service fast, this is not “fast food”. Quite the contrary, you’ll want to take your time and savor the flavors at Smokin Chikin.
1820 Tiny Town Rd Suite A
Clarksville, TN 37042
Silke’s Old World Breads
If the smell of fresh baked bread soothes your soul then the Clarksville restaurant, Silke’s Old World Breads, should be your go-to place. German natives Silke Taylor and her husband Tim opened the doors to this vintage bakery in 2000 which pays homage to the time-honored traditions of made from scratch and hand shaped recipes. There’s a deli and a cafe, where you can immerse yourself into the smell, taste and feel of old Europe. In addition, Silke’s offers both carry out and wholesale delivery. This vegan friendly establishment boasts fresh-baked breads, pizza, deli food, soup, pastries, cookies, and more. There are even gluten free options. If you’re looking for a great cup of coffee, you’ll find organic, fair trade coffee from Bongo Java and Kickin’ Coffee.
1214 A College Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
Blackhorse Pub and Brewery
Owned by former 101 Airborne helicopter pilot Jeff Robinson, Blackhorse Pub and Brewery was opened to honor the spirit and energy of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. Their flagship brew is Barnstormer Red Ale, one of the earliest craft breweries in the Southeast. They also have a new barrel aging program that boasts ciders, stouts, sours and saisons. The menu boasts better than expected pub fare ranging from pizza to flatbreads to soft pretzels with beer cheese. A mainstay in Clarksville, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery is a gathering place for family and friends, known for the comfortable atmosphere and commitment to the community
132 Franklin Street
Clarksville, TN 37040
New Korea Restaurant
Considered the best Korean barbecue stateside by many, ‘New Korea Restaurant’ is also one of the best examples of international fare to be found on Fort Campbell Boulevard. While you don’t necessarily go here for the ambiance, once you settle into a hibachi table and order the dinner for two, you’ll forget you are even in Clarksville. Dinner for two starts with your personal pit master preparing a selection of house kimchi and rice and continues through a feast of marinated meats, and vegetables which are grilled over hot coals. For those who find ordering off the menu a bit intimidating, there is a buffet full of Korean specialties to choose from in this Clarksville restaurant.
2030 Fort Campbell Boulevard
Clarksville, TN 37042