A Guide to the Restaurants in Carthage, TN

Carthage, a town in Smith County, Tennessee, is known for being the hometown of former Vice President Al Gore. Historically, Carthage gained prominence when it was part of the route during the Confederate Heartland Offensive going to Kentucky. Trying out different cuisines and specialties in the place is an adventure in itself already. So when you visit the town, get a sampling of the different dining places recommended by BBOnline.

Mountain Side Restaurant
268 Defeated Creek Highway 85
Carthage, Tennessee 37303
(615) 774-3715

Mountain Side Restaurant, a few minutes away from your Carthage Inn, is located near the Defeated Creek campground and marina entrance. Savor the home cooked meals from the mountain man's recipes like smoked pork, beef ribs, turkey, spiral cut honey smoked ham, chicken and more. If you want great food with a laid back atmosphere in the green fields and mountains, Mountain Side Restaurant is the place you should go.

Brenda's Restaurant
29 Dixon Springs Highway
Carthage, Tennessee 37030
(615) 735-9475

Brenda's Restaurant is a small and cozy place, but it's one of the local favorites. The owner Brenda and her daughter do most of the cooking. The place serves mini burgers and fries, homemade chili and beef stew, salads and ice cream. It's a great place to have a full meal or sit back and relax with a cup of coffee. Both the food and service have been highly praised.

El Rey
60 Dixon Springs Highway
Carthage, Tennessee 37030
(615) 735-1336

El Rey is a hometown favorite serving Mexican cuisine. A few minutes away from your Carthage Bed and Breakfast, this is a place worth going for the chicken chimichangas, Mexican rice and refried beans, and guacamole dip. Although the interiors may seem a little dated, the restaurant serves good food at reasonable prices.

470 Gordonsville Highway
Gordonsville, Tennessee 38563
(615) 683-5070

Just five miles away from Carthage is Timberloft, located in Gordonsville. This restaurant serves great barbecue with slow smoked ribs, beef brisket, pork and steaks with some smoked as long as 16 hours to get that savory taste. Homemade side dishes that go with these include barbecue beans, corn biscuits, potato salad, and the popular coleslaw and pasta salads. Bread is milled and freshly baked every day with no preservatives, and goes well with any food. It's a great place to relax and unwind with good food, good drinks and excellent service.

Cornerstone Cafe
4 Main Street East
Gordonsville, Tennessee
(615) 683-8211

Cornerstone Cafe in Gordonsville is a short drive of five miles from Carthage. House specialties include the New Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich. The restaurant also serves sandwiches and wraps, pasta, grilled specialties, seafood and there is a full salad bar as well. Cornerstone is popular for Roy Carver's famous pizza with a choice of different toppings. It also makes cakes for birthdays, weddings and other special occasions. Friday night buffets are extra special with steak, shrimp, grilled chicken, a salad bar and other specialties.