Standing at Ease -- a Primer for Clarksville's Culinary Trail

Author:Melissa Corbin
Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Clarksville is steeped in agrarian and military tradition. Wilma Rudolph, Jimi Hendrix and Pat Summit are just a few iconic Clarksville connections in history. Now, the likes of LG and Hankook are calling the Queen City home, bringing their food ways along with them. It’s no wonder why this northern Middle Tennessee town’s culinary scene is just as diverse as its communities. From classic favorites to budding trendsetters, you’ll want to salute these tastemakers opening the kitchen door of the “Gateway to the New South.”

Smokin Chikin

Traveling the globe, Roger Kahn and Mohsun Ghias, along with their wives, Sarika and Oneeba, brought home the international fusion cuisine they love so much to their rotisserie off Exit 1. There’s no mistaking the aromas of curry, tamarind and fresh herbs wafting as you step up to the flame-kissed counter of their fast casual restaurant. Whether you prefer original recipe or a palate of global sauces, make sure to “let your tastebuds travel the world,” as Kahn suggests.  And, don’t forget the sides. You can thank us later.

1820 Tiny Town Rd Suite A, Clarksville, TN 37042


Roux Americajun

Hailing from New Orleans, Greg and Theresa Shea built upon the foundation of their historic downtown restaurant’s namesake. Former Marine turned chef, Greg prefers a blonde roux— authentic Cajun fare is his specialty. Yet, there are family recipes on the menu tantalizing any and all palates. Enter from the Strawberry Alley side for a true speakeasy experience complete with craft cocktails. Once downstairs, you’ll wish those walls could talk in this most historic venue. Devour dishes like Boudin Boulettes, Crawfish Étouffée or Fried Shrimp and Grits and you’ll swear you’re in the Big Easy. Lunch and dinner options are available; just don’t forget $5 “Happiest Hour” Monday-Wednesday.

125 Franklin St, Clarksville, TN 37040


Blackhorse Pub and Brewery

After Desert Storm, former 101st Airborne helicopter pilot Jeff Robinson opened his historic downtown doors with his wife Sherri, honoring the spirit and energy of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. One of the earliest Southeastern craft breweries, Barnstormer Red Ale is Blackhorse’s flagship brew along with a host of other favorites, not to mention the new barrel-aging program boasting Ciders, Saisons, Sours and Stouts. Don’t forget to soak up those suds with a delectable selection of gourmet pub fare like soft pretzels and beer cheese or pizzas and flatbreads. 

132 Franklin St, Clarksville, TN 37040


Gingham Cafe

Turn a frown upside down in this cheery cafe dawned in the brightest shades of daisy. A military wife, former CPA and now cafe owner/caterer, Neisha Wolfe believes in empowering women to become whatever they set their minds. The all-female team doesn’t miss a beat with Southern classics like pretzel salad, spaghetti bake and pimento cheese sandwiches. The GCGC (Gingham Cafe Grilled Cheese) —a grown-up grilled cheese with crispy bacon and Havarti cheese on the inside, crusted with cheddar cheese on the outside is a local favorite, as is the kale salad and homemade desserts. Dine-in, carry-out and catering options are available.

1955-C Madison St, Clarksville, TN 37043


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