We just finished talking about the seasons and our favorite things about them, and we hoped you enjoyed them. Now, however, we’re on to tastier conversations! We’re talking about the most interesting restaurants we’ve visited and the best food we’ve ever eaten. This week our Marketing Director, Jacob Wilder, is discussing some of the best food he’s found out and around.

What is your favorite food/dish to make/have at home and why?

I really love my grandmother’s spaghetti, she makes the best spaghetti sauce I’ve ever had. It’s thick, almost like sloppy joe filling. It’s so so good. Something else, it may be a little weird, but she also uses just the right-sized noodles. They fit well on the fork, aren’t too unwieldy, but they still carry the flavor well.


What is your favorite restaurant to visit and why?

I really enjoy checking out various independent restaurants with Shelley. Mom and Pop/independent restaurants have unique personalities and amazing food. We’ve really enjoyed Forte’s in Crossville, Rembrandt’s in Chattanooga, Best Italian on the Parkway in Gatlinburg, Crawdaddies in Cookeville, and The Boulevard in Murfreesboro. They all have a special place with us. 

I would say our favorite though might be The Boulevard. The food was incredible. They have everything from fish tacos to chicken parmesan to hamburgers. Our favorites included their fried macaroni balls, the Boulevard Burger, and the Bistro Burger. The fried macaroni balls were wads of macaroni and cheese as big as a fist covered in breadcrumbs, deep-fried, and covered in Vodka sauce. It was ooey, gooey cheesy, crunchy goodness. The Bistro Burger had pepper jack cheese, chipotle ranch, and fried onions. It was delicious. Shelley’s favorite was the Boulevard Burger. It was a burger with fries and queso dip ON THE BURGER (I do believe it comes with lettuce and onion as well). I believe Shelley liked it because, like herself, it was super cheesy. Not only was the food spectacular, but it was also a place we would go for special occasions when I was in college. When I defended my thesis and when I graduated, we stopped by The Boulevard to celebrate. I also spent several nights there watching football and splitting a BBQ pizza with my buddy, Rob.


Favorite type of food and why?

It’s a toss-up between Mexican and Chinese food. I love good Chinese food, but it’s not very abundant in my area. Probably my favorite Chinese food is double-pan fried noodles and General Tso’s chicken. What is abundant, and really good, is Mexican food. I love getting some mixed-fajita nachos with chorizo and queso or quesadilla de alambre with bacon and pineapple.


You have to stop for fast food, where are you going?

I really like Chick-Fil-A but we don’t have one locally. When I was going to MTSU, my friend taught me that mixing Chick-Fil-A sauce and Polynesian sauce creates a sauce the likes of which has never been seen. That plus a spicy chicken deluxe is the best you can do on the go.


What is the best thing you’ve ever eaten?

There are two dishes that I’ve gotten out that were truly perfect. One was an Amberjack fillet at a restaurant that has since closed down called Southern Lights on Dauphin Island, Alabama. Perfectly grilled and the combinations of rum and grilling spices gave the fish a sweet and savory flavor. The other was the Seafood Symphony from Fortes on the Square in Crossville, Tn. The shrimp and scallops were done just right, no grit, and the lobster ravioli was so sweet and butter. They’ve really nailed that dish.