Clarksville, Tennessee, boasts a variety of tasty eateries, offering everything from classic Southern dishes to delectable brunch options, flavorful burgers, and irresistible appetizers. Let me suggest some top dining spots and must-try dishes. Rest assured, you can’t make a wrong choice with any of these establishments.
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Casa Blanca Mexican Restaurant
Casa Blanca Authentic Mexican Cuisine, on Riverside Drive and Wilma Rudolph Blvd, is my top pick among the many Mexican restaurants in Clarksville. Casa Blanca is a true gem, offering authentic Mexican cuisine at reasonable prices and delivering friendly service.
Start with the excellent queso and bean dip, or indulge in the mouthwatering steak or chicken fajita nachos. Elevate your dining experience with a refreshing horchata. Another must-try dish is the enchiladas suizas, consisting of three chicken enchiladas smothered in green sauce, sour cream, and cheese, served with lettuce, tomatoes, and beans.
Kudos to Casa Blanca for their fabulous website, featuring enticing menu descriptions and captivating pictures.
Dock 17 is a newer Clarksville restaurant conveniently located next to the City Forum complex. This spacious establishment features an open concept with a lovely bar area, intimate seating groups, and traditional booths and tables. With a stage for live music and an array of entertainment options like TVs, darts, and shuffleboard, there’s never a dull moment at Dock 17.
For Saturday and Sunday brunch, reservations are strongly suggested from 9 AM to 3 PM as they tend to fill up quickly. The friendly and enthusiastic waitstaff will ensure a delightful dining experience from start to finish. The brunch menu features the delectable Biscuit Pallet, a lovely assortment of four biscuits served with three jams or butter spreads.
Another brunch highlight is the DK Omelet, a flavorful combination of spinach, portobello mushrooms, and goat cheese. If you’re looking for a classic Southern dish, the Southern-Fried Chicken and Waffles served with maple syrup is a must-try.
Dock 17 operates from Wednesday to Sunday, with dinner service starting at 3 PM. Come Wednesday and Thursday nights for live music from 7 to 9 PM.
Harbor Cafe, a well-established dining destination in Clarksville, offers a diverse menu showcasing seafood, steaks, and Chinese favorites. Conveniently located amidst numerous retail shops near a bustling highway exchange, my family and I thoroughly enjoyed our first dining experience at Harbor Cafe.
We started with a sampler of two or three appetizers, opting for fried mozzarella, battered mushrooms, and crab Rangoons, all of which surpassed our expectations. I loved the array of dipping sauces included.
For my main course, I savored the hearty Texas Chicken Pasta featuring penne tossed in a flavorful Cajun Alfredo sauce, enhanced by a subtle touch of crushed red pepper. Keep in mind that this dish is generously portioned for sharing. Additionally, Harbor Cafe impresses with its delectable Asian specialties, such as the highly recommended Kung Pao Chicken, which my husband hailed with enthusiasm.
Legends Smokehouse and Grill
Indulge in a variety of mouthwatering sandwiches and BBQ options at Legends Smokehouse and Grill in Clarksville. The tasty meats are smoked daily, from smoked bologna and pulled pork to brisket and rib tips. Other food options include gourmet BBQ burgers, a delightful treat.
For a truly unique dining experience, try the Trinity – a delectable combination of fries, tots, nachos, chicken, brisket, pork, cheese, and BBQ sauce. Tasty side items for sandwiches and smoked meats include potato salad, green beans, Mac & cheese, and cinnamon apples. And, of course, the southern banana pudding is not to be missed.
Visit either of the two locations to savor these mouthwatering creations.
Liberty Park Grill
Liberty Park Grill in Clarksville is a delightful restaurant suitable for both casual meals and special occasions. With a diverse menu to satisfy all palates, the dining experience is enhanced by the restaurant’s elegant ambiance. I opted for the Jumbo Fried Gulf Shrimp with seasonal vegetables and Mac & cheese. The shrimp, complemented by cocktail sauce and remoulade, was exceptional.
Dining on the covered patio overlooking the Clarksville Marina added to the overall appeal of Liberty Park Grill.
Miss Lucille’s Cafe and Marketplace is in the former Acme Boot Warehouse, now transformed into a charming restaurant and shopping marketplace. The menu features a variety of enticing options, including bowls, sandwiches, desserts, and salads. Daily specials add even more temptation, making it necessary to return multiple times to sample all the delicious offerings.
We enjoyed a gourmet grilled cheese with chips and a Born on the Bayou bowl on our visit. The bowl was generously topped with red peppers, andouille sausage, onions, scallions, red rice, a fried egg, and a drizzle of cajun remoulade. Complementing the meal, Miss Lucille’s offers craft beer, wine, and specialty drinks.
Opening hours are Monday to Saturday, from 9 AM to 6 PM, and Sundays from 11 AM to 5 PM.
Silke’s Olde World Breads Bakery
Silke’s Old World Breads Bakery offers a delightful menu of handmade pizzas, signature sandwiches, burgers, German specialties, and brats. Start your day with a delicious breakfast, and complement your meal with a tasty latte. Closed on Sundays, this warm and welcoming family-owned German cafe and deli, known for its hand-shaped breads and pastries, has earned numerous accolades, including the best bakery in Clarksville.
Silke’s takes pride in using only fresh ingredients and never resorting to frozen dough, preservatives, or additives. Among their specialties are Vegan Coffee Cakes, including the Vegan Chocolate Streusel Cake, which incorporates mouthwatering cherries or pears.
Smokin’ Chicken’ is a type of counter-serve restaurant I needed to familiarize myself with. Pick the gourmet-level rotisserie meat (pulled chicken, 1/2, 1/4, white, dark, etc.) and the desired sauce. The sauces range from mild (Caribbean BBQ, mild, Peruvian La Brasa) to medium (Chimichurri, Jamaican Jerk, Spicy BBQ) to hot (peri peri, original buffalo, tandoori). Meals also come with your choice of side dishes like broccoli, tabouli salad, fries, street corn salad, and coleslaw.
I had the pulled chicken with Jamaican jerk sauce, haricot vert (French-style green beans), and island fried rice. They also have paninis, salads, and pitas. Hummus and pita bread were also on the menu. I found macaroni and cheese, plain or topped with BBQ or buffalo chicken, a more desirable side dish.
Strawberry Alley Ale Works
Strawberry Alley Ale Works, in downtown Clarksville, is a must-visit spot. Indulge in their mouthwatering Fried Green Tomatoes topped with pimento cheese, tomato jelly, and microgreens. Trust me, they’re the best I’ve ever had, and I’ve tried plenty being a Southerner.
The Southwest Egg Rolls, served with roasted jalapeño ranch, will make your taste buds dance. Choose between a satisfying Burger or the flavorful blackened fish tacos with cotija cheese and jalapeño remoulade for your main course. Both options are filling and delicious.
The irresistible Bourbon Burger loaded with gruyere, smoked gouda, dijonnaise, and a bourbon mushroom sauce is perfect if you are stuck trying to decide which burger to order.
Upstairs at Strawberry Alley is the go-to spot for locals, with 5,000 square feet of open, airy space and a panoramic view of historic downtown Clarksville. Enjoy live music on weekends, and say hello to Logan Moore if he is playing. Please note that after 9 PM, Upstairs is exclusively for guests aged 21 and up.
Yada on Franklin
Yada on Franklin is a versatile downtown restaurant that excels in multiple areas. It serves as a delightful coffee bar, offering homemade pastries and breakfast options. Additionally, it stands out as a popular wine bar with an extensive menu of satisfying wines. Specializing in Cicchetti, the Venetian concept of small plates, Yada on Franklin provides a range of delectable options akin to Spanish tapas.
On my visit, I relished the succulent meatballs, which were light yet bathed in a rich, decadent red sauce—a perfect accompaniment to the sliced sourdough bread. A friend opted for the chicken salad sandwich and a side of the signature fruit dish—a refreshing and flavorful fruit salad with tapioca that left us wanting more.
And let’s not forget the Cuban sandwich, which even impressed this South Florida resident. For dessert, indulge in the scrumptious butter cake, generously garnished with Greek cherries.
More Delicious Clarksville Restaurants to Consider
Unfortunately, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery was still closed (due to an accidental fire) on my visit. I had been before, and it was wonderful! My time in Clarksville was limited; surprisingly, I could only hold so much food. Hence, the Gingham Cafe (my family loves this one!), Catfish House, and Johnny’s are on my list for next time.
If you want the reliability of a chain restaurant, there are many good ones to choose from. Cracker Barrel, Cheddar’s Scratch Kitchen, and Rafferty’s are a few of them.
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