A Foodie's Guide to Martin, TNby Regan Green - Travel Writer
The Incredible Creations
Not in the mood for a burger? Why not try the decadent Lobster Mac & Cheese? Or perhaps the Buffalo Chicken Mac, a somewhat spicy take on the pasta favorite that’s topped with hot-cheetos dust. Trust us- it’s a must try.
While these menu items may seem over-the-top to some, the real showstoppers are the milkshakes.
To quote their menu, “Everyone has had a milkshake. But not like this,” and they’re absolutely right. These shakes are a sight to behold. The S’More the Merrier features a huge marshmallow toasted right at your table, s’mores ice cream and a multitude of graham crackers. The Churo Champion is a cinnamon bun milkshake. The rim is coated with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and filled to the brim with churros, whipped cream, and caramel sauce.
Ask about their seasonal milkshakes not listed on the menu, those are always a surprise. The March milkshake features at giant “Magically Delicious” inspired creation.
The Smoky Sensations
The Local Go-to
The Coffee Cafés
For the coffee-lover in your life, Martin has excellent options to fuel up on caffeine and freshly baked goodies. Located in the heart of downtown, Martin’s Coffee and Bakery is a shop that prides itself on serving exceptional coffee that also serves the greater good- a portion of everything sold goes to funding educational products locally and globally. It’s a wonderful spot to curl up on their cozy couch next to the huge variety of beautiful plants by Fiddle & Clay. Pick up one of their unique reads & enjoy a fine dark roast and an orange blossom muffin or apple cinnamon scone.
The Health Enthusiast
Located direcly accross the Martin Courtyard, you can find the newly opened Charcuterie Queen. Thats right, I said Charcuterie…! Stop doe made to order charcuterie baords of all sizes, sandwiches, and soups. They offer lunch, to go, and a varirty of catering options. This up and coming hot spot is owned and operated by a current UT Martin student. You just can’t go wrong with these two options.
The International Eatery
The Steak & Seafood
Yamato Japanese Steakhouse is located outside of the downtown area, but offers large than life portions of sushi, habachi, and authentic japanese cuisine. The Weakley Roll and Filet Hibachi are some of the top sellers. Stop in for authentic sushi rolls, melt in your moths Udon noodles, and piled high chicken and steak. Locals love Yamato for their enomorous portions and consistantantly high quality meals.