Cookeville Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Cookeville

April 14, 2018 Tambra Mccollister

Cookeville is a city in Putnam County, Tennessee, United States. Its population at the 2010 census was 30,435. It is the county seat and largest city of Putnam County and home to Tennessee Technological University. It is recognized as one of the country's micropolitan areas, smaller cities which nevertheless function as significant economic hubs. Of the twenty micropolitan areas in Tennessee, Cookeville is the largest; the Cookeville micropolitan area's 2010 Census population was 106,042.
Things to do in Cookeville

1. World Foods International Grocery and Delicatessen

22 N Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-2415 (Formerly world foods international grocery and delicatessen) Takeout, Seating, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 931-528-5090
Excellent
82%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 176 reviews

World Foods International Grocery and Delicatessen

Reviewed By Toochilled - Nashville, Tennessee

I have to travel to Cookeville for work and I always like to try local places wherever I go. I checked TA and this place was #2 and for good reason....it's awesome! The sandwiches are very good as is their pizza. The guys working there are super nice and make you feel at home. I enjoyed it so much I brought the family as we were driving through Cookeville en route to our fall break destination. The family gave it 2 thumbs up as well. If you're ever in or passing through Cookeville, you gotta hit this spot, you won't be disappointed!

2. Father Tom's Pub

32 N Cedar Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-2415 Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards American, Bar, Pub, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night SGD 7 - SGD 16 +1 931-854-9484
Excellent
59%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 191 reviews

Father Tom's Pub

Reviewed By Chicago2772

The food is great, we had the burgers and pretzel appetizer, the service was excellent and the look and feel of the restaurant is so nice, what a gem this place has become.

3. Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

1375 Interstate Dr, Cookeville, TN 38501-4130 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 931-526-7715
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 275 reviews

Cheddar's Scratch Kitchen

Reviewed By Herve_8 - durham, nc

It is decently prized and the staff is polite. The frozen shrimp were good tasting and meaty, the French fries were a disaster, I think fried mash potatoes would have tasted better, coleslaw out of a can.... wine was closer to vinegar.... I wouldn’t be so harsh if their name was not so misleading....

4. Crawdaddy's West Side Grill

53 W Broad St, Cookeville, TN 38501-2573 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi American, Bar, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 931-526-4660
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 567 reviews

Crawdaddy's West Side Grill

Reviewed By enoughstuff22 - Nashville, Tennessee

Crawdaddy’s is the best restaurant with a fun atmosphere in Cookeville. There is always great food & amazing drinks. The bar is our favorite place to be on a Friday or Saturday night!

5. Mauricio's Italian Restaurant

232 N Peachtree Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-2549 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 39 +1 931-528-2456
Excellent
72%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 188 reviews

Mauricio's Italian Restaurant

The restaurant, formerly a residence, was built in 1910. It features hardwood floors, 12' ft ceilings, and 5 fine dining rooms, three with fireplaces. We have a full selection of spirits and over 20 selections of wine. We also have a patio that seats 25 guests. We host weddings, rehearsal dinners, showers and parties. When you dine with us, we want you to have a dining experience rather than the typical restaurant that tries to turn tables as quickly as possible. We serve each course separately allowing you to relax, take in the ambiance, enjoy a glass of wine and savor every bite of Italian cuisine. When you leave our restaurant, we want you to remember what it's like to slow down, enjoy one another's company and realize how nice and relaxing dining can be. If you have other plans after dining with us, inform your server upon arrival and we can speed up your service. Dress is casual and reservations are recommended during the week and especially on the weekends.

Reviewed By magic_carpets - Crossville, Tennessee

Mauricio's website says they are only open Thursday & Friday for lunch. They are actually open for lunch Monday thru Friday. Which was perfect for us, as we were in Cookeville on a Monday!

We arrived shortly after 11 AM and were immediately seated in one of the 5 small intimate dining rooms. It had a fireplace, but it was not glowing, even though it was cold outside.

Our waitress Sami brought our Goodwood draft beer, as we looked at the menu. We both got a cup of Lobster Bisque ($5.00) each. Very thick & creamy, but wished the lobster meat had been larger chunks. We split a Calamari appetizer ($9.00) and an Italian Sausage & Pepper Sandwich ($8.00) Both were excellent!

We had the room to ourselves until the very end, so a very enjoyable meal!

6. El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

900 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-0953 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 931-372-0246
Excellent
52%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 245 reviews

El Tapatio Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By littlerOse0906 - Miami, Florida

Over the years while attending a weeklong conference I always made at least one trip to this restaurant. In the last 30days I visited Cookeville twice ordered the same menu item and the food actually got worse. The staff are polite and courteous, but the food has deteriorated to a place I just don’t want to visit anymore. I asked the manager if the place had changed management or chef and the manager said nothing had changed. I think Taco Bell might be a better choice. The manager did not charge me for the menu item, but I would not return despite his good faith gesture.

7. LongHorn Steakhouse

1000 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-4020 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 931-520-8620
Excellent
50%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 146 reviews

LongHorn Steakhouse

Reviewed By Janie C - Sparta,TN

Steak night with our family. The appetizers came out very quickly and were very good. Our main course came out in a timely manner. We had issues with two of our entrees. The issues were handled in a timely and professional manner.

8. Blue Coast Burrito

1010 S Jefferson Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-4493 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi Mexican, Southwestern, Fast Food, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 931-525-2583
Excellent
65%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 163 reviews

Blue Coast Burrito

We serve Baja-California, deliciously fresh, food. We have healthy options. You get to choose what you want exactly the way you want it. ALL of our food is MSG FREE. We offer great GLUTEN-FREE options. In fact, everything (excluding our flour-based tortillas) is gluten free (corn tortillas and corn chips are made in same facility as flour-based tortillas so possibility of cross-contamination). We also cater, so please contact our catering manager for more information.

Reviewed By Steve D - Cookeville

Awesome food! I got the burrito, and it was fantastic. The staff is very good and the line moves fast. Overall, it's a great atmosphere and I will return in the very near future.Thank you for sharing your experience and we look forward to seeing you again soon!

9. Grandmas Pancake House

405 S Willow Ave, Ste A, Cookeville, TN 38501-4204 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 931-520-8354
Excellent
63%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Grandmas Pancake House

Reviewed By pasquo2017 - Bellevue, Tennessee

First time eating here and was shocked at the size of the omelet! Needless to say asked for a take home box. Had the vegetarian omelet and it was chucked full of well prepared veggies. This will definitely be a place to revisit whenever I am in Cookeville.

10. CHAR Steakhouse

14 S Washington Ave, Cookeville, TN 38501-3315 Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards American, Steakhouse, Bar Dinner, Lunch, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 24 +1 931-520-2427
Excellent
48%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 172 reviews

CHAR Steakhouse

CH Steak Lounge is a newly rebranded, locally owned and operated Steakhouse on the square in downtown Cookeville, TN. Boasting the best steaks in the region as well as the best all around dining experience in town, CHAR has quickly become THE local hot spot for great food, cold drinks, and the best live music in town.

Reviewed By XploitLife - Cookeville, Tennessee

We were there for an open mic night and the collection of local artists was amazing and most of all a very relaxed environment. They have a lot to choose from in the way of food and beverages, with local brewery on tap. Was an overall great experience.

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