By David Snow
Whether you’re a transplanted Yankee, a Southerner through and through or just interested in the foods of those American cultures, there is a place in Clarksville where Civil War meets silverware.
North Meets South, a restaurant at 1753 Tennessee Highway 48 across from the Food Lion supermarket just north of Tennessee 149, brings a menu of Yankee pleasures and Southern comfort, serving up breakfast and lunch from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
The name of the restaurant comes from its owners, Dennis Gupton, a Clarksville area native, and Dana Granato, who came here from Eatontown, New Jersey.
Despite coming from different geographic areas, the owners complement each other in running the restaurant, with Gupton working the business side and Granato working the restaurant side.
“She brings the food knowledge and the aspect of that, and I bring the money and the inventory knowledge and the business part to it,” Gupton said. “That’s how it works.”
There is even a Mason-Dixon Line drawn around the walls of the dining area, with photos of Northern cities above the line and Southern city and country views below the line.
For those from above the line, North Meets South provides a Jersey breakfast, complete with pork roll, egg and cheese. From South of the Mason-Dixon border, there is pork brains and eggs.
The menu offers several items that would have been in opposition with each other in the mid-19th century. There is a Yankee breakfast and a Good Ol’ Boy breakfast. There is corned beef and hash, and there is country ham. There are bagels and there are grits.
For lunch, there are Reubens and Philly cheesesteaks, baked potatoes (11 inches long!) and fried chicken. Even the hot dogs get in on the North-South theme, with styles from New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Miami.
The pride of the year-old restaurant is its homemade donuts, made fresh every day at 4 a.m.
“We felt that we needed donuts on this side of the river,” Granato laughed, talking about the Cumberland River that separates most of Clarksville from the rest of Montgomery County.
“We needed something to bring people in, and the donuts bring them in the door because there’s no donut shop within 5, 6, 7 miles of here,” Gupton said.
The restaurant serves favorites for every star on the flag as well, including pancakes, hamburgers, omelets and sandwiches.
Before opening North Meets South, Gupton and Granato worked together at another eatery and decided to open their own restaurant. They took five months to renovate the interior of their building and opened in February 2015.
Patrons can eat in the dining area, get takeout or have their food delivered in a limited driving area. North Meets South also caters for business luncheons and other functions.
Several people said they stop at North Meets South because of its convenient location.
“It’s on the way to work,” said regular diner David Foster. “I’m here this morning, actually, to order donuts for my church on Sunday morning.”
“It’s convenient; I like that,” said Adrienne. “It’s on my way to work. I think it’s great. The biscuits are awesome!”
Michael Dickson said he works at Fort Campbell, but the restaurant is on the way to bring his daughters to school, so sometimes they stop for donuts and biscuits.
More information about the restaurant can be found online at NorthSouthEats.com or at its Facebook page, “North Meets South.”
Regardless of which side your family fought for in the War Between the States — or even if you are from one of those rare places not affected by it — Yankees and Confederates alike can now agree on one place to eat.