Shelbyville Restaurants: Southern Cuisine

Shelbyville, Tennessee's claim to fame has always been as the host of the Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, where the World Champion is crowned each year. But this scenic town is more than the Walking Horse Capital of the World, it is also home to many Shelbyville restaurants, serving up delicious southern cuisine. Those words conjure up different images for different people, and these Shelbyville restaurants all put a unique spin on their individual interpretation of southern cuisine. BBOnline suggests you sample the offerings at these Shelbyville restaurants on your next stay at a Shelbyville Bed and Breakfast.

Bell Buckle Cafe
16 Railroad Avenue
Bell Buckle, Tennessee 37020
(931) 389-9693

Just a few minutes outside of Shelbyville lies the town of Bell Buckle, home to the Bell Buckle Cafe and Music Parlour. Located on Railroad Square, this cafe serves up classic country and bluegrass music, along with standard southern fare like pulled pork, chicken fried steak and fried clam strips. Sides include traditional foods such as red beans and rice, fried okra, macaroni salad and more. Enjoy live music with your meal every Friday and Saturday evening at no extra charge.

Courthouse Cafe
105 West Public Square
Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160
(931) 735-6390

Also offering live music on weekends, and classic car shows in the summer months, is the Courthouse Cafe. You can start your meal with an appetizer of fried dill pickles, followed by a full or half rack of baby back ribs with your choice of rub. Sandwiches, steaks and catfish round out the menu choices. Many of the dishes are named after courtroom related terms, so one can enjoy Double Jeopardy (double cheeseburger) for lunch, and a Felony (Cajun seasoned rib eye) for dinner. A variety of pies from chess, to fudge, to pecan and pineapple coconut put the finishing touch on your meal. 

Charleston on Main
764 North Main Street
Shelbyville, Tennessee 37160
(931) 680-1832

Charleston on Main prides itself on serving food that feels like a trip back to Grandma's house, but with a modern twist. Open for lunch from 11 to 2, Monday through Friday, this Shelbyville restaurant serves a lunch buffet Wednesday, Thursday and Friday in addition to the printed menu. Buffet items vary, but typical offerings might be spinach and strawberry salad, parmesan-crusted chicken, apple-marinated pork loin and a variety of soups, sides and desserts.

Cortner Mill Restaurant
1100 Cortner Road
Normandy, Tennessee 37360
(931) 857-3017
(800) 876-3017

Looking for a more elegant meal? Just minutes from your Shelbyville Inn, in Normandy, Tennessee is the "country elegance" of Cortner Mill. Located in a grist mill that dates back to 1825, this is the place to celebrate engagements, anniversaries, retirements or any occasion that deserves special recognition. Menu items include rack of lamb, baked rainbow trout and country ham steak. For the more courageous diners, frog legs are also available. The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list, and tempting desserts such as homemade ice creams, chocolate desserts prepared with Ghirardelli chocolate and bananas foster made at your table.