Hopefully you will all find this useful.
An important thing to keep in mind about Murfreesboro is many roads have multiple names. Just to run off a few of the big ones. Old Fort Parkway and Memorial Boulevard are the same road. Also Northfield and Rutherford are the same road, which can cause confusion for visitors.
This thread will focus exclusively on dining. There will be subsequent responses (posted by myself or others) that focus on hotels, things to do, places to see, tailgating, and anything else we feel may be beneficial to you as a visiting fan.
As of October 1st, 2007 all Murfreesboro restaurants are non-smoking, unless they are 21 and up at all times. As far as the restaurants go, I'll give a brief description of the restaurants that aren't major national chains, and provide a price range for restaurants that I feel need to have one.
La Siesta- One of the closest restaurants to both the Murphy Center (basketball) and Johnny "Red" Floyd Stadium (football). Pretty standard Mexican restaurant. Located just off the corner of Greenland Drive and Middle Tennessee Blvd. (615) 890-0773
The Boro- 21 and up bar and restaurant located just across Greenland Drive from the stadium. Pretty decent beer selection, pretty standard bar food, live music every night. Cash only and no tabs. (615) 895-4800
Gentleman Jim's- Typical student "dive" bar. Two locations, one on Greenland and one on Main Street. Cheap drinks and lots of students. Both have patios, which is the preferred place to sit, weather permitting. Main Street. (615) 896-9716 Greenland (615) 893-9933
Slick Pig BBQ- Located on Main St. just across from campus. A long-time supporter of MTSU. All BBQ is smoked, the pork sandwiches are good, but the wings are great. (615) 890-3583
Mellow Mushroom- Located on Rutherford Blvd. Mellow Mushroom is a fantastic Pizza Chain that if you are unfamiliar with, you need to check out. Great Pizza and sandwiches and 30 beers on tap. A little pricey for pizza, but definitely worth it. (615) 890-8898
On and around the square
The square is located approximately 1 mile from campus down East Main Street. Also connects to Broad via West Main Street.
Blue Rooster- Brand new bar, details to come.
Liquid Smoke- A cigar bar. Great selection of beer and cigars. Inside you'll find the bar and several couches as well as a dartboard. (615) 217-7822
Wall Street- Just a typical bar, live music on occasion. (615) 867-9090
Marina's On the Square- Local hole-in-the-wall Italian restaurant. Really good Italian food, fantastic lunch specials. Closed Sunday and Monday. Price range: Dinner entrees: $7-$15; lunch entrees: $6-$8. (615) 849-8881
Maple Street Grill- Fairly new restaurant. Sandwiches, soups, salads, pasta, chicken steaks and seafood. Price range entrees: $12-$22. (615) 890-0122
City Cafe- Fantastic down home country cookin'. There are two major meat & three places in town, and this is one of them. If you'd like to meet life-long Murfreesboro residents, this is the place to go. (615) 893-1303
Kleer Vu Lunchroom- This would be the other Murfreesboro meat & three. Not exactly on the square, but is less than a mile from the square on South Highland. (615) 896-0520
Demos'- A long time Murfreesboro favorite. Steak and spaghetti house. Entrees: $12-$25. (615) 895-3701 -author's note, this is not a great place, was voted most popular for like a decade, before there were many choices. It's okay, but much better out there.
Toot's- In my opinion, if you came to Murfreesboro and could only eat at one restaurant, it should be Toot's. Think of a local Hooter's, with a little bit more of a family atmosphere. Good drink specials, famous for their wings and fried pickles. Make sure you tell your server that it is your first visit and you will receive complimentary fried pickles. My favorites are the ribs and the fried catfish. (615) 898-1301
Chef Wang's- Large Chinese Buffet. Great lunch, a little pricey for dinner. (615) 217-6899
Five Senses- Located just off Broad in Georgetown Park behind the Kroger's on the corner of Broad and Northfield. This is an excellent local restaurant, some of the best dining and wine you'll find in Murfreesboro. Cozy intimate atmosphere, open kitchen and fantastic food. The menus and wine list are completely changed 4 times a year. Often highlighted by items like Pheasant and Wild Boar along with classics like Filet Mignon, Pork Tenderloin and Mahi Mahi. Entrees $14-$26 Closed on Mondays. Opens for dinner at 5:30pm Tuesday through Saturday. (615) 867-4155
Bunganut Pig- Also located in Georgetown Park just off Broad. Probably the best bar in Murfreesboro for those looking to avoid the student crowd. (615) 893-7860
Chili's- (615) 867-2855
Logan's Roadhouse- (615) 895-4419
Hooter's- (615) 898-0921
Avenue Murfreesboro/Medical Center/Thompson Lane
Longhorn Steakhouse- Located in "The Avenue" (615) 890-4187
Macaroni Grill- Located in "The Avenue" (615) 893-6670
Carraba's Italian Grill- Located at the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane. Dinner only Monday through Saturday. Lunch and dinner on Sunday. (615) 890-6693
The Chop House- Located at the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane Tennessee Steak house chain. Offers choice and prime steaks. Nice atmosphere. Possibly the best Caesar salad I've ever eaten. Open lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Entrees: $12-$35. (615) 849-9339
Bonefish Grill- Located at the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane Fantastic up and coming chain. Casual plus atmosphere. Fresh seafood flown in daily, but also features great steak, chicken and seafood dishes. Best wine list in Murfreesboro. Best Crab Cakes outside of Maryland. Dinner only 7 days a week Entrees $13-$24. (615) 217-1883
Red Robin- Located at the Corner of Medical Center Boulevard and Thompson Lane Family casual restaurant, focused primarily on burgers. (615) 867-1120
Golden Eagle Mongolian Stir Fry- Located at the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane. Great for lunch. You build your own stir-fry creation and watch it cooked in front of you. (615) 896-3336
Jim N' Nicks- Located just off the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane. Excellent full service BBQ restaurant, a little pricey but worth the money in my opinion. The cheese biscuits are awesome. (615) 893-1001
Jason's Deli- Just off the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane Great soup and sandwich place. (615) 217-3617
Moe's Southwest Grill- Just off the corner of Medical Center and Thompson Lane Counter service burrito place. (615) 904-6637
Marble Slab Creamery- Great ice cream.(615) 217-2443
Stones River Mall/Old Fort Pkwy
Old Chicago- Located in front of Target on Old Fort. Pizza/Italian with a very large beer menu. Different beer specials every night and open till 2am. 615-225-3200
Buffalo Wild Wings- Located in front of Stones River Mall. (615) 907-6004
Coconut Bay Cafe- Located across from BWW. Local casual restaurant, decent food, cheap beer. (615) 494-0504
IHOP- Located across from Stone River Mall. (615) 867-0705
Panera Bread Company- Located in front of the Old Navy shopping center on Old Fort pkwy. (615) 217-2757
Outback Steakhouse- Located next to the Wal-Mart on Old Fort Parkway. (615) 849-9200
Fanatics- Large sports bar located in the Double Tree Hotel on Old Fort Pkwy (615) 494-3995
Bar B Cutie- Located just off the intersection of Old Fort and Broad. Tennessee BBQ chain. Counter service, great BBQ, awesome green beans and macaroni & cheese. (615) 217-8883
Other Miscellaneous Restaurants Around Town
Kirkenburts Smokehouse Grill- Located on Cason Lane. BBQ and wings, very local and huge university supporter. Awesome wings. (615) 893-3663
Fuji Japanese Steakhouse and Sushi- Located on Northfield just off the intersection of Northfield and Memorial. Awesome sushi and hibachi grill. (615) 907-1868
Beer Depot- Located on Main St. just across from campus. This is not a restaurant. The Beer Depot is the best beer store in Murfreesboro as far as quality goes. You will find more imports and microbreweries at Beer Depot anywhere in Murfreesboro. It's a little more expensive than buying your beer at the grocery store, but if you are a discerning beer drinker, this is where you want to go. (615) 890-2337
Well, we hope you find this useful. Enjoy your stay in Murfreesboro!!