Rickey, Tanner and I hit the road last weekend to visit Cherokee Hills Ranch in Paris Landing, Tenn. Owners Carlton and Nancy Laxton have been in the cattle business for almost fifteen years and are well known for their top-quality Beefmaster cattle. In recent years they have also been breeding Romagnola cattle and have put together an impressive herd. Their most recent business venture is the Cherokee Hills Steakhouse, located on the ranch.
During our visit, we had the pleasure of eating some excellent meals at the Steakhouse. We had the opportunity to try several items on the menu, and I can honestly say we didn't find anything that wasn't great. According to Nancy, most everything on the menu is Carlton's secret recipe including the marinade for the delicious steaks. Rickey and I agreed, we have never eaten a steak quite as tasty. One of the secrets, according to Carlton, is the amount of time they let their cuts of meat age. I can also highly recommend the hamburgers, which come from Romagnola cross beef raised right there at Cherokee Hills.
Another impressive thing about the Steakhouse is the atmosphere. Carlton and Nancy have gone to great extremes to make their customer's dining experience enjoyable. They have incorporated Carlton's Cherokee heritage into the decor, with beautiful paintings and Indian and Western art, as well many trophys, banners and pictures of their prize winning cattle. Tanner's favorite room was the Bear's Den, where a huge stuffed Grizzly bear greets visitors. Tanner thought it was pretty neat to “eat with the bears.”
I could go on and on about the food and the atmosphere, but let me just say, if you are ever in the area, stop by and try it for yourself. It is definitely worth the trip! And thanks again to Carlton and Nancy for their hospitality.
Cherokee Hills Steakhouse is loacated in Paris Landing, Tenn. It is open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 4 p.m - 10 p.m.
For more details on Cherokee Hills Ranch, their cattle and the Steakhouse, watch for our special Romagnola feature, October 2nd.