Norman Couser's Country Cooking

Norman Couser's Country Cooking

(615) 781-8270

3754 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN



Norman Couser's, True Country Cooking

A local meat-and-three dating back to 1948, serving delicious fried chicken, roast beef and baked ham. A warm, "we're all family here" environment. Catering and take-out available.


Norman Couser's Country Cooking


3754 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN






A local meat-and-three dating back to 1948, serving delicious fried chicken, roast beef and baked ham. A warm,

A local meat-and-three dating back to 1948, serving delicious fried chicken, roast beef and baked ham. A warm,


5 Daytime Family Activities in Nashville

Music City Provides Your Family with a Safe and Fun Time

Here in Nashville, there are a plethora of activities for you and your family to enjoy. To help you out, we have come up with some of our top picks for family adventures around town.

Adventure Science Center:

At this popular science center, the entire crew can enjoy exploring the planets and the human body with their outstanding interactive exhibits, or climb to the top of the tower and witness one of the best views in Nashville. But don’t leave before reclining back and experiencing one of their planetarium shows! Go to their website and research what temporary exhibit they have at the time of your trip. They also host special events from time to time, so look out for those.

Nashville Zoo:

Everyone enjoys a trip to the zoo! An endless variety of animals can be spotted, plus there is a special playground section in which the entire family can participate on. Too hot and humid out? You can even escape the outdoor elements and visit the indoor exhibit area, which displays all of the creepy crawlers. Get your season pass now!

Centennial Park / Parthenon:

Pack your car with all the park essentials and head to Centennial Park for a day full of fun! Have a picnic, walk your family dog, play Frisbee, feed the ducks, or just enjoy the peaceful surroundings. Tours of the magnificent Parthenon are also available. You will have plenty to do on this family excursion!


This fantastic art museum offers various exhibits throughout the year, so make sure and check before you plan your trip to see what they are currently displaying. Children can even enjoy the more mature art, depending on the subject matter. Due to the different exhibit areas appealing to different interests, all ages can leave fulfilled. There is also a wonderful children's section offering hands-on experiences that are fun for everyone!


Enjoy the landscape and beautiful art at Cheekwood as you walk through their gorgeous gardens on a relaxing trail or visit the indoor art collections. Special events are being hosted here throughout the year, so check their online calendar to see what is currently going on.

Norman Couser's Country Cooking wants you and your family to enjoy each other's company and grow together over the years. Family is important here, and we want to see yours enjoying one of our home cooked meals. We are conveniently located at 3754 Nolensville Pike in front of the Nashville Zoo, so be sure to stop by for a visit the next time you go to the zoo!

Give us a call at (615) 781-8270 for to-go orders or questions about the menu. And do not forget to like us on Facebook !

Fourth of July Celebrations and Summer Picnics in Nashville

Norman Couser's Country Cooking Provides Home Cooked Food for the Festivities

This is the time of year to enjoy our close friends and family through social gatherings on those major holidays. Coming up we have one of the biggest celebrations of the year--the 4th of July. Stock up on your fireworks (if legal in your county) at your local supplier, and get ready to set off some sparks.

Do not forget to place your food order at Couser's for your family’s 4th of July gathering. Whether you are celebrating in your backyard or at a park, get your Southern meal from the one and only Norman Couser's Country Cooking. Your friends and family will thank you for providing the best Southern food in Nashville.

Family sides to go options:

Order 1/2 gallon sides that will feed 15 - 18 people

- Green beans

Your mother always said to eat your greens. It is all about the flavor and how you prepare them.

- Homemade mashed potatoes

Whether with gravy or without, this southern staple will satisfy all. Potatoes will stick to your ribs as you go back for seconds.

- Coleslaw

The summertime is the best to enjoy this side. Cool and refreshing, it pairs well with most anything.

Call 615-781-8270 for more options.

Family meats to go options:

Call 615-781-8270 for a quote

- Fried chicken

- Roast beef


- Ham

- Turkey and dressing

Norman Couser's Country Cooking is a Southern cuisine favorite for many native Nashvillians and newcomers. If you want that pure down South taste, you need to come visit and try some of our favorites. Call 615-781-8270 and speak to our friendly staff for to go orders, and to find out more information about the menu. Also, visit our Facebook and like us. We are very passionate about Nashville and local businesses. Sustain your local community and give Nashville the support it deserves.

4th of July Celebrations

Celebrate the fourth of July with a boom, at one of our many fireworks shows in Nashville and the surrounding area. This year downtown Nashville will provide one of the nation's most spectacular shows ever! Plan ahead of time where you are going to watch it! There are several spots around town that have a great place to park and view. Make sure that the roads will be open and that you get there early.

Let the celebrations begin!

Good Southern Sides That Pair Well With Grilling Out

Norman Couser’s Country Cooking Provides You With Country Home Cooked Sides

There's nothing like sitting back on Summer night enjoying the wonderful aroma of grilling out steaks, burgers, or chicken. My mouth is already watering imagining it, and I can almost taste the refreshing iced sweet tea. Why not break open the grill to enjoy good food and good times?

At Norman Couser’s Country Cooking you have an endless choice of sides to pair with your grilled meats. If you are planning to grill out for your family, let us help you by providing the most delicious tasty Southern sides you could ask for. Call in a To Go Order, and we will do the rest. All you have to do is come by our friendly restaurant and grab your food.

Here are some great options to go with your grill out:

- Coleslaw

- Baked Beans

- Potato Salad

- Fresh Fruit

- Chips and French Onion Dip

- Grilled Corn

Tips For Grilling Out:

John from Norman Couser’s Country Cooking shares some great tips when grilling out. Before you even place your food on the grill, make sure the temperature is at least 140 degrees. You want to make sure it is really hot and prepped. Once it gets hot, you can scrape any debris off the grill to clean it before the food goes on there. Make sure your meat is marinated or ready to go beforehand. Provide yourself with the necessary tools and clean plates for when your food is done. When you think your meat is ready, check the temperature before getting it off the grill. They make some incredible meat thermometers these days, but a simple one will suffice. The important thing is to make sure the center of the meat is at the appropriate cooked temperature. Make sure and look that up and be aware of that temperature, so that you will have any food borne illnesses. Grilling out is a great way to cook your meat, and it is a wonderful family activity. Norman Couser’s Country Cooking is all about friends, family, and good eating.

We want to see you soon enjoying some of our BBQ grilled chicken. Come on by and meet our friendly staff and enjoy our family atmosphere. We are located right across the street from the Nashville Zoo, so it would make a perfect lunch before or after your visit. For your To Go Order needs, call us at 615-781-8270.

Where Can You Buy Local Produce In Nashville?

Norman Couser’s Country Cooking Is Here To Serve You The Freshest Vegetables

Do not look too far when buying fresh produce. Local farms here in Nashville and the surrounding area provide us with the freshest vegetables you could ask for. Support your local community and buy local. Here in the South most of us look forward to sinking our teeth into a fresh tomato. This is the time of the year to get excited about what your local farmer has to offer.

LocationsOf Farmer's Markets Already Opened Or Soon To Be Opened:

Nashville Farmer's Market - Located at 900 Rosa L. Parks Blvd. Nashville, TN 37208

East NashvilleFarmer's Market - Located in Shelby Park by the playground - 1500 Davidson St., Nashville, TN 37206

West Nashville Farmer's Market - Located at 385 46th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209

12th South Farmer's Market - Located in Sevier Park, 3000 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

Get connected with your neighborhood and see what your area has to offer. You might be surprised. Local Farmer's Markets are popping up everywhere this time of the year.

If you have the passion, why not grow your own vegetable garden in your own yard? You can use pots or planters. But maybe building an area designated just for your little garden might be the best idea. A box filled with soil will do the trick.

Some Ideas Of Vegetables To Plant:

- Squash

- Beans

- Peas

- Eggplant

- Cucumbers

- Tomatoes

- Carrots

Here at Norman Couser's Country Cooking we make it a priority to provide you with the freshest ingredients. Plus, we deem it very important to purchase locally. We have great relationships with the local farms we support. The farms we purchase from are located in Nolensville and the Triune area. We buy fresh and freeze the extras just so you can enjoy that local product all year long. One of our specials is fresh mashed turnips. Turnips are planted in the summer and picked in the fall. You name it, and we have it. Fresh vegetables just come with the package here. Come by and enjoy a veggie plate. Call us at 615-781-8270 for a to go order. We are located right in front of the Nashville Zoo at 3754 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN.

What is the Difference Between Dressing and Stuffing?

There’s an age-old debate about the difference between “dressing” and “stuffing”—that delicious, savory, breaded dish found on most tables at Thanksgiving. Some folks swear they’re the same thing, while others bet their life on the fact there is a very strong distinction between the two. Well, we’re here to settle the score once and for all.

The answer is: it depends.

In some regions of the country, “dressing” and “stuffing” can be used interchangeably, sort of how people use “soda,” “coke,” and “pop” to all refer to the same thing. But, that doesn’t make it correct; technically speaking, “stuffing” is what you get if you prepare the ingredients and bake them inside of a turkey, and “dressing” is what you get if you bake them in a pan or a dish. Usually the recipes are almost identical, so it’s really more a difference of method than content. However, there’s also some cultural issues at play: some speculate that historically, more of the southern states called it “dressing” because “stuffing” sounded too provincial.

The important thing is that whatever terminology you use, it’s downright delicious. And at Couser’s Country Cooking, our top selling dish is a delicious turkey and—you guessed it—dressing.

We use fresh, whole turkey that we season and boil, then pull the meat off the bones and combine it with fresh, delectable spices. The dressing is made from corn bread muffins, veggies, salt, pepper, sage, and the stock from the fresh turkey we boiled earlier. The meat is served on a bed of the dressing with a side of delicious cranberry sauce for a flavor combination that will take you back to Thanksgiving dinner year-round. So regardless of what you want to call it, stop in for a plate of our mouthwatering turkey and dressing today!

Food Profile: Chicken-Fried Steak



Appearing in country cookbooks dating back to the 1800's, the Chicken Fried Steak, often called Country Fried Steak, has been around for a long time. With food preservation being tricky "back in the day," there was a search for methods to tenderize the meat while retaining flavor and texture. Fortunately, the breaded and fried method tended to offer that tender and flavorful meat without food preservation's harsh effects overtaking the deliciousness that meat offers when fresh!

Despite the multiple preparation methods that are used around the country, the chicken fried steak brings together families and friends around a table over a culturally rooted food!

Two Different Preparations of Chicken Fried Steak:

Each preparation starts with a beef steak or minute steak. The steak is dipped into a seasoned flour.

Oven Baked:

Once placed in the flour, the steak is placed on a oiled baking sheet and placed in the oven. Once cooked, the drippings are used to make a gravy, and the gravy, with the steak on top, is placed back in the oven to absorb the flavor. This Oven Baked preparation is served with Mashed Potatoes and the brown gravy over top all on the plate. It offers a more flavorful and tender chicken fried steak.

Deep Fried:

Once placed in the flour, the steak is deep fried leaving a crispy outside texture. This preparation is best served with a homemade white gravy or on a sandwich with a side of fries.

Chicken Fried Steak is one of the most popular dishes at Norman Couser's Country Cooking! Come in today and give this historical dish a try!

Now offering a $5.99 Lunch special available Mon thru Friday until 3 pm! Choice of the following meats and two vegetables - Turkey, Fried Chicken (dark), Sugar cured Ham. We have over a dozen vegetables to choose from.

Introducing a new sugar free dessert - Chocolate Creme Pie!

About Us

Marvin "Frog" Couser began the Log Cabin Restaurant in Tullahoma, TN in 1948. Not long afterwards his brothers, Norman and Tom, joined him to round out the team. The Log Cabin became a fun place for spirits, sandwiches and dancing. Many a "highbrow" enjoyed the comfortable and lively atmosphere.

In 1955, "bug-eyed" Lawson the town bootlegger convinced Frog to get involved in the local sheriff's race. After betting on the wrong candidate in that race, the brothers decided with the help of the new sheriff, to leave town for the bright lights of Nashville; They soon settled at a spot on 12th Avenue and began serving meats and vegetables to their many loyal patrons. By the mid 60's they had relocated to Thompson Lane. In August 1987, Norman and his wife Viola moved the new location on Nolensville Road where they've been serving up good home style cooking ever since.

We thank you for your business and hope you enjoy your meal!

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