The blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Bell Buckle is just 22 miles from my home and a place I found myself not once, but twice last week alone. And yes, there are reasons to go to Bell Buckle beyond Moon Pies and RC Cola—though the annual festival in June is definitely a great excuse to go.
Where to Eat in Bell Buckle
If you’ve been to Bell Buckle before it was likely to visit the famed cafe. It’s one of three places I like to take out-of-towners to eat for a true taste of Tennessee when they visit (the others being Miss Mary Bobo’s in Lynchburg and Loveless Cafe in Nashville). And if you haven’t been, well, let’s meet up next time you’re passing through! Aside from having an amazing array of down-home Southern dishes, it also bears the distinction of hosting a live music broadcast and having had huge names from Alan Jackson to Wynonna Judd as guests over the years.
Every trip to Bell Buckle should include a trip to the eponymous cafe, where I always get the pork sandwich, carrot souffle and the Moon Pie sundae. Healthy? Naw. Life-changing? Definitely.
For being a town of only 500 residents, Bell Buckle has some fantastic antiques shops, so clear off your credit card and plan on doing some spending.
We’re very close to being new homeowners, so did some preliminary furniture shopping. Antique pie safes, farm tables and tabletop decor, oh my! Bell Buckle is my kind of town.
And as long as you promise not to swoop in and steal all the lovely things I have my eye on, I’ll tell you my favorite two stores: Hilltop Antiques and Bluebird Antiques. As an added bonus, Bluebird even has an old-fashioned soda fountain and plenty of delicious homemade ice cream and fudge! You know, to help you fuel up while you shop tirelessly.
Ella pup is also a fan of the town. She loves anywhere that she can prance around at leisure and where everyone will stop and greet her and tell her she’s cute. Narcissist.
About RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival
Each summer, Bell Buckle multiplies 40 times in size when more than 20,000 people home in on the town for the annual RC Cola & Moon Pie Festival. Oh yes, that is very much “a thing,” and a popular one in these parts at that!
As you probably gathered, both nostalgic treats hail from Bell Buckle; as such, you’ll see RC Cola and Moon Pie paraphernalia for sale in every store.
Have you ever visited Bell Buckle? Is a MoonPie enough to entice you to this darling Tennessee town?