Welcome to Murfreesboro, the geographical center of the beautiful state of Tennessee. One of the main things people ask when visiting is, “where should we eat?” I love to try new restaurants, and here in Murfreesboro, there are plenty to try! I have compiled a list of my favorite places to eat, and as much as I would like to rank them for you, they’re all so different! No one is better than the other. Hop aboard and let’s begin our restaurant tour of Murfreesboro!
The first stop on our tour of is The Boulevard. What I love about this place is the variety on their menu. They have burgers, pizza, sandwiches, and almost anything else you can think of. The Boulevard also has amazing specials! One of the most popular is Monday night when more than half of their menu is half off! My favorite thing to get is the Southwest Salad; there is something about that chipotle dressing that can’t be beat. Another great thing about The Boulevard is that it is so close to campus being directly across the street from the East Main entrance, making it the perfect spot to catch all the madness of Blue Raider Athletics for those away games you aren’t able to attend.
On the adjacent corner of campus near Greek Row is El Rincón, or “The Corner.” This Mexican restaurant is relatively new, but is definitely gaining popularity! Aside from its proximity to campus, they also have great food and great deals. El Rincón most certainly has the freshest, most authentic taste in town. As a self-proclaimed “Queso Connoisseur,” I can confidently say that they have the best cheese dip! Taco Tuesday is the best time to go, with tacos being only $1. Also, you should definitely try their Horchata (and if you don’t know what it is, ask for a sample)!
While you’re traveling up and down East Main Street, make sure to make a pit stop at Jefferson’s. They have some of the best wings in town, along with many other great menu items. Wednesday at Jefferson’s is 75-cent wings—ask for them double dipped! They’re also known for their oysters. There are 6 different ways to order them, so you’ll have to make multiple trips back to try them all. My favorite thing to order at Jefferson’s is a Buffalo Chicken Wrap with mild sauce. Make sure to bring extra $1 bills with you to decorate and hang on the wall. If you want to make a bigger impact, you can use multiple bills to make a larger picture!
Right next door to Jefferson’s you’ll find Slick Pig, home of “Slick Pig Tuesdays,” when BBQ sandwiches are only $0.99! This is my favorite BBQ in town, and not only for the great taste! They have a great area up front to pick up to-go orders, and if you’re having a big event, get your catering here. Don’t forget to try the baked beans!
With two Murfreesboro locations, there’s no excuse to not stop at Toot’s. My favorite thing on their menu is the Buffalo Fingers which you’ll have to try in one of their 9 sauce flavors. You can order these as part of the Tricycle Sampler which lets you try 3 appetizers at once. If you’re not an appetizer person and just a little bit indecisive, this is plenty enough for a dinner platter too! If you’re feeling extra adventurous, make sure to order a Frog Leg Basket! Yes, that’s exactly what it sounds like!
Just a minute or so North of Toot’s on Broad street, you’ll find Demos’. This restaurant is locally owned and notorious for their pasta, salads, and especially their steaks. With ten steak options on the dinner menu, there is much more than “just” steak! If you’re looking for a lighter meal, Demos’ cheese bread and soup are the way to go!
Joining the Demos’ family not long ago, Peter D’s is an upscale, casual restaurant with a very eclectic menu featuring anything from burgers to salmon and their famous banana pudding. My go-to menu item is “The Ugly Chick” sandwich which has chicken, bacon, goat cheese, and features a house-made marmalade. One of the best side dishes is the spicy cheesy quinoa. The atmosphere in Peter D’s is hard to beat with their antiques and locally-made décor on the walls as well as the live music on Friday nights; it’s a must-stop on your restaurant tour!
Across the street from Peter D’s is the Henley Station community where The Goat is located. The Goat is truly the G.O.A.T. (greatest of all time)! Their menu is unique and diverse, with some items that have you questioning the combination until it hits your taste buds such as the bacon jam & brie burger. They offer a variety of funky pizzas (that can also be ordered as a flatbread to serve one person), and one of the most popular (my favorite too) is the Devil on Goatback…you just have to give it a try! The Goat is another place with a great atmosphere, especially in the summertime when they open the large doors that lead out to the Henley Station pool to let in the warm summer breeze.
If you like hibachi, but don’t want to pay the heavy cost to watch someone cook it in front of you, Koji Express is THE place for you! They have all of your standard hibachi offerings, but at a much lower price (and even lower than low once you use your MTSU discount). One of the most popular things about Koji is their house-made shrimp sauce which you might know as Yum Yum sauce. It’s the best you’ve ever had! A lesser known item at Koji is their steak (or ginger) sauce. It’s made to complement steak as the name suggests, but trust me, it goes great with EVERYTHING on the menu. Oh, and did I mention that your food will be ready in about 5 minutes? It’s quick-serve so don’t expect to wait long!
If you’re craving a sandwich but looking for something that’s a little more than a sandwich, you need to check out Pita Pit. Here, you can choose from a multitude of meat (or vegetarian) combinations of what goes on the grill, and then you can customize it with the vegetables, spreads, and sauces that you like. One of my favorite things to get is anything from the breakfast menu (which is served all day). Pita Pit is also open late at night, and they deliver! When you’re having a long night in the library, call them up and have the pita coming straight to you!
One of the most popular lunch spots in town (thankfully we just got a 2nd location!), and for valid reasons! They serve fresh, hand-sliced food that is good and good for you. You can taste the freshness as soon as you take the first bite. One of my favorite items on the menu is the Vegetarian Club (with a side of pasta salad), but they are very well-known for their chicken salad, pimiento cheese macaroni, and the “round table” where you can customize your meal with things like pickles, sauces, croutons, and seasonings. Don’t have time to sit down and eat? Stop by the grab-and-go area where some classics are made fresh and packaged each day for those with busier schedules. The best thing about Newk’s is the consistency they offer; no matter when you go, you know that you will get good food every time.
Bonus Places for Desserts!
The best milkshakes in town come from the Reeves-Sain Soda Shoppe! They are old-fashioned, hand-scooped ice cream in classic flavors, modern flavors, and mixed. The best part is that they have additional flavors at different times of the year, with one of the most popular being Thin Mint during Girl Scout Cookie season!
If you need something to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further than Julia’s bakery. Stop in to get the best cookies you’ve ever had, or strawberry cake with the creamiest icing! While you’re there, check out the custom cakes they make, and order one for your next special event!