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Stan's Restaurant and Country Store

1555 Bear Creek Pike (U.S. Highway 412), Columbia, TN - (931) 381-2234
69% Approval Rating (13 votes)

Scorecard

4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Country Fried Steak Dinner
Cracklin' Cornbread
Hillbilly Breakfast
Country Ham Dinner
White Beans

Highlighted Reviews

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Alan Brown
August 27, 2009
"If you're looking for real home cooking, Southern style, it doesn't get any better than this one. When you step inside Stan's, which looks like the model for Cracker Barrel, you'll immediately feel comfortable. It's totally down-home; there's none of that chain ..."   [Read More]
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Mike Stroud - Photos (4)
November 15, 2007
"Generally speaking, the interstate system has not been kind to mom-and-pop places. But just to the west of I-65 near the southern middle Tennessee town of Columbia, Stan’s has beaten the odds. In what appears to be an Old West-style storefront, Stan's not only offers ..."   [Read More]
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Noreene McMillin
April 16, 2007
"I remember stopping off at Stan's with my parents when I was growing up. Stan's would be one of the highlights of the trip from Illinois to Alabama. Mom and Dad would always get a vegetable platter with a pone of cracklin' bread and a cold glass of buttermilk while ..."   [Read More]

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Map & Web Site

1555 Bear Creek Pike (U.S. Highway 412), Columbia, TN
(931) 381-2234

Hours & Policies

Seasons:Open Year Round
Meals Served:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Operational Hours:Always Call Ahead!
Credit Cards Accepted:Yes
Alcohol Served:Yes
Outdoor Seating:No
Reservations Accepted:No
Delivery Available:No
Takeout Counters:Yes
Even though I am a ham lover, the idea of a 64-year old ham holds no appeal.  Don't worry though, the ham you eat at Stan's will undoubtedly be much newer.
"Even though I am a ham lover, the idea of a 64-year old ham holds no appeal. Don't worry though, the ham you eat at Stan's will undoubtedly be much newer."
Cliff Strutz





Stan's is probably best known for their country ham.  They serve a fine version of this classic mid-South dish.
"Stan's is probably best known for their country ham. They serve a fine version of this classic mid-South dish."
Cliff Strutz


But, seriously, the food demonstrates Stan's true colors.  Out front is a center slice of Stan's country ham, which is far less salty than most and possesses more than a hint of smoke from the curing process.  Turnip greens, fried okra, and a true Tennessee delicacy, white beans, round out the plate; folks like to chop the green onions into the beans and/or put the ketchup in the cup on them.  The other cup contains
"But, seriously, the food demonstrates Stan's true colors. Out front is a center slice of Stan's country ham, which is far less salty than most and possesses more than a hint of smoke from the curing process. Turnip greens, fried okra, and a true Tennessee delicacy, white beans, round out the plate; folks like to chop the green onions into the beans and/or put the ketchup in the cup on them. The other cup contains "red-eye" gravy, a requisite sauce for the tender ham."
Mike Stroud


Although it may call itself a country store and restaurant, Stan's has enough neon lights - and a jukebox - to make a legitimate claim to being a straight-out juke joint.  Also, unlike many meat-and-three stops, Stan's serves beer.
"Although it may call itself a country store and restaurant, Stan's has enough neon lights - and a jukebox - to make a legitimate claim to being a straight-out juke joint. Also, unlike many meat-and-three stops, Stan's serves beer."
Mike Stroud


Be forewarned: traditional knick-knacks such as mammies and Confederate flag-emblazoned items sit quite openly on the shelves at Stan's.  This is no sanitized Cracker Barrel.
"Be forewarned: traditional knick-knacks such as mammies and Confederate flag-emblazoned items sit quite openly on the shelves at Stan's. This is no sanitized Cracker Barrel."
Mike Stroud


Located just off Exit 46 on Interstate 65, some 40 miles south of Nashville, Stan's is the genuine article of a down-home eatery, gift shop, and truck stop.  Several motels are located within walking distance.
"Located just off Exit 46 on Interstate 65, some 40 miles south of Nashville, Stan's is the genuine article of a down-home eatery, gift shop, and truck stop. Several motels are located within walking distance."
Mike Stroud



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