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.”
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
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