Downtown Fayetteville with Lincoln Theater in the distance
Photo Credit: Greta Hollar

Slawburgers, Whiskey and a Good Time in Fayetteville, Tennessee

Try a slawburger, have a meal in a converted jail, learn the town’s history & taste crafted moonshine.

Fayetteville, Tennessee - about 82 miles south via I-65 from Nashville - is a small town with iconic and tasty culinary experiences. Shop the cute boutiques, spending time at the park and taking in the history, sink your teeth into a slawburger or two and taste the spirits crafted among the rolling hills. Take a day enjoying and exploring Fayetteville.

Stone Bridge Park

Spend some quiet moments at Stone Bridge Park
Photo Credit: Greta Hollar

The first thing you’ll want to do when you arrive in Fayetteville is to stretch your legs by walking around Stone Bridge Park. Located next to Elk River, the park has historical structures, a live music stage and beautiful picturesque places to take a moment to enjoy nature. Other parks you can explore include Kid’s Park with a large playground; S.J. King Park that has wide open spaces and a ball field; Kiwanis Park that includes paved walking trails; and a dog park.

The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum

The Fayetteville-Lincoln County Museum houses local artifacts, stories, photos and more of the people who have lived in the county and Fayetteville over the years. The museum is housed in the Borden Milk Plant that was built in 1927. The plant employed 75 local people and purchased milk from over 1,200 farmers in Lincoln and surrounding counties to make butter, powdered milk and eventually cottage cheese. Established by a parent company in Ohio, it was one of the first major industries to go to the South during the Reconstruction Era. Step inside this piece of history to learn more about the plant and the people of Lincoln County.

Honey’s Restaurant

Sidle up to the bar or booth at the iconic Honey’s Restaurant to try their famous slawburger - a thin burger patty with a generous heap of tangy sweet Cole slaw on a toasted bun. After one bite, you’ll want seconds and even thirds. Pair with the perfectly seasoned fries for a full meal. Honey’s has been around since 1923, started by Weston James Stubblefield as a Pool Hall with a small menu. During World War II military personnel frequented the restaurant for the slawburgers and a game of pool. Fayetteville has an entire festival dedicated to the burger – the Slawburger Festival that happens the third weekend of April. It's an authentic small town experience complete with music, local vendors, a slawburger eating contest and slawburgers for sale.

Southern Pride Distillery

Now it’s time to get a different taste of Fayetteville by visiting Southern Pride Distillery. Southern Pride Distillery makes their mark with their flavored moonshines like peach, apple, blackberry and green apple. Be sure to try the double barrel charred cinnamon shine as well. Tours and tastings are $5 per person 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays to Saturdays.

*Please taste responsibly and have a designated driver with you.

Prichard’s Distillery

Journey along the Tennessee Whiskey Trail with a 20-minute drive south of Fayetteville to Prichard’s Distillery in Kelso, part of the statewide trail that takes you to distilleries across the state. Here, you can taste the rum, whiskey and liqueur Prichard’s crafts. Be sure to try the award-winning Double Barreled Bourbon as well. Take a tour to learn more about their process. Tours and tastings are free and available 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Mondays to Saturdays. 

*Please taste responsibly and have a designated driver with you.

Cahoots Restaurant

Dine in a jailhouse.
Photo Credit: Greta Hollar

End the day with a fun meal at Cahoots Restaurant, a former jail and firehouse from the 1860s to 1970. The history is well preserved and tables are tucked away in the old jail cell. You can find a variety of dishes ranging from wraps to steaks, burgers and fried pickles. The restaurant is open 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

If you’re traveling through Middle Tennessee, spend a day in Fayetteville. The ample amount of things to do like distillery tours and whiskey tastings and the many places to eat, especially sampling a slawburger, will help create memories for a lifetime.

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