Nashville First, the bad news: we are all eventually going to head up to the big brunch in the sky. But the good news is that before that happens, we get to head to the big brunch, breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time down here. And in Nashville, that’s a particularly delicious prospect -- so here are the 50 foods you need to eat before you leave town/this mortal coil...
1. The Hoss burger
Hoss’ Loaded Burger (address and info)
Arguably one of the BEST damn burgers in all of Nashville, The Hoss is a cheddar cheese-stuffed beef patty that’s topped with crispy pieces of Benton’s bacon and onion crispers. This burger can be made even more mouth-watering with the addition of a fried egg on top and extra cheese (highly recommended!). Locate this food truck and order this burger ASAP (or at least before you die).
2. Fish & chips
Fleet Street (address and info)
If you weren’t specifically looking for it, you would probably pass right by Fleet Street without even knowing that it’s there. This British-inspired pub in Printer’s Alley serves traditional English food and drinks including a very delicious plate of fish and chips. If you happen to be a soccer fan, Fleet Street is also a great spot to grab a beer (with your fish and chips, of course) and watch the game. More Stuff You Will Like
Biscuit Love Brunch (address and info)
What started out as a modest food truck has now become one of Nashville’s favorite biscuit joints. But, in case you didn’t know, Biscuit Love serves more than just biscuits. Well, technically the Bonuts are part biscuit and part donut but they’re completely delicious. These are often ordered to share with the table but we recommend that you just go ahead and order some all for yourself.
4. Duck-fat tater totsMerchants (address and info) Downtown This delicious app is precisely what it sounds like: crispy tater tots cooked in delicious duck fat. These tater tots could easily be enjoyed as they are but just to sweeten the deal, you're given three different dipping sauces to enjoy with your tots: ketchup (duh), chipotle mayo, and a really yummy bearnaise. Continue Reading
5. Pork broth ramen
Two Ten Jack (address and info) East Nashville The ramen scene in Nashville isn’t very large but it sure is tasty. Our favorite: Two Ten Jack’s pork broth ramen (on the menu as tonkotsu). Seriously, SO GOOD. And if pork isn’t your thing, there's also a great veggie option.
6. Hot chickenPepperfire (address and info) East Nashville This one is a big no-brainer, right? If you haven’t already tried Nashville’s famous hot chicken then we suspect it’s because you’re scared of the heat. But, you really haven’t lived until you’ve burned your mouth off a little by some of this delicious fried chicken. Our all-time favorite hot chicken joint: Pepperfire.
7. Hot chicken AGAIN (because it’s Nashville)Prince’s Hot Chicken (address and info) East Nashville So here’s the deal: hot chicken is so important to Nashville that you really need to try out several different places before you die. It’s absolutely necessary actually. And since Prince’s Hot Chicken is the original hot chicken joint, we think it should also be on your list.
8. BLT bagelBagel Face Bakery (address and info) East Nashville Bagel Face’s BLT bagel is no ordinary bagel. It’s smothered with one of the house-made schmears of your choice (we recommend the veggie) and topped with lettuce, tomato, and crispy bacon that’s fresh from the butcher right down the road.
The Red Bicycle (address and info) Germantown & Woodbine Crepes aren’t just for dessert. The Red Bicycle serves crepes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and all times in between. While we love a good crepe filled with Nutella and fruit, we’re also big fans of savory crepes for breakfast. The menu has lots of great crepe dishes to choose from but if you don’t see exactly what you want, you can also just design your own crepe and add in whatever pleases you.
10. TacosMas Tacos Por Favor (address and info) East Nashville There really are a lot of great taco joints in Nashville but Mas Tacos wins our hearts (and our stomachs) every time. The building is small and the parking practically non-existent, but the tacos really are just so, so good. While all of the taco options are great, we’re partial to the tilapia tacos.
11. Chicken & waffles
The Southern Steak & Oyster (address and info) Downtown Who doesn’t love a classic dish of chicken and waffles? The Southern’s chicken and waffles (on the menu as “The Highway”) is simple but delicious and definitely something that should be on your bucket list. The chicken is fried up to perfection and paired with some of the fluffiest waffles you’ll ever taste. And, of course, it’s all covered in a generous dose of maple syrup.
12. Garlic knots
Five Points Pizza (address and info) East Nashville Five Points Pizza’s garlic knots are what foodie dreams are made of. They’re so soft, so cheesy, and just so damn delicious. This is another dish that’s good to share but even better all to yourself.
Savarino’s Cucina (address and info) Hillsboro Village There’s just something so very satisfying about a freshly filled cannoli from your local Italian eatery. Savarino’s cannolis are some of the best in town and they’re served up fresh by the family that runs the restaurant. These cannolis are on the smaller side, though, so go ahead and order yourself a few.
14. WeenieI Dream of Weenie (address and info) East Nashville Who knew that there were SO many delicious ways to eat a hot dog? I Dream of Weenie has a rather extensive menu that includes brunch, constantly rotating daily specials, and a secret menu that’s only available to those who know to ask. You can order a normal weenie, a healthier turkey weenie option, or even a tofu weenie -- all for no extra charge. A must-try weenie for your bucket list: the chili-cheese weenie.
15. Grilled cheese
Grilled Cheeserie (address and info)
More than just melted cheese on toasted bread (although that sounds great too), the Grilled Cheeserie makes some gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches that will leave your taste buds in awe. It’s true, you might have to stand in line for a short time to get one of these delicious creations, but trust us when we say that it’s so worth the wait.
16. Lobster Brie mac and cheeseMidtown Cafe (address and info) Midtown This is not the mac n’ cheese from a box that you lived off of in college. Oh no. This mac and cheese is so creamy and so flavorful that you'll never be able to look at other mac n cheeses the same way again. Midtown Cafe’s lobster Brie mac and cheese is one of the best dishes in town and definitely something that every self-respecting foodie should have on their bucket list.
17. Stuffed French toast pancakesSky Blue Cafe (address and info) East Nashville These stuffed French toast pancakes (upgraded with Nutella and banana) are heavenly. They’re also hard to even imagine until the large plate is placed in front of you and you have a sudden urge to stuff it in your face all at once. It’s basically exactly what it sounds like: Nutella and banana stuffed inside of French toast that’s then sandwiched between two fluffy pancakes and topped with a bit more Nutella and banana. Yeah, it’s basically the best thing ever.
18. Red curry
Deg Thai (address and info)
Deg Thai is a bright-green and yellow food truck that serves some of the best Thai-fusion food in the city. For those that can handle a little heat, the red curry is definitely the way to go!
19. Buttery biscuits
Loveless Cafe (address and info) West Nashville Those biscuits! Loveless Cafe is another obvious choice to complete a well-rounded food bucket list. Tourists come from far away just to have a bite of these buttery and delicious biscuits. Despite the fact that Loveless Cafe has seen several owners since it first opened, the kitchen is still baking with the same top-secret biscuit recipe that has made it so famous.
20. Turkey leg
Renaissance Festival (address and info)
Okay, so this is a little unconventional but we thought it was definitely worth adding to the list. The Tennessee Renaissance Festival happens annually around Memorial Day and is a popular yearly event for many Nashvillians. While there, it’s absolutely necessary to order a turkey leg that’s as big as your face and attempt to eat the entire thing all by yourself.
21. Artisan chocolate
Chocolate F/X (address and info)
This new-ish shop prides itself in making delicious chocolate “with a fun rock and roll attitude.” And what’s even better than mouthwatering chocolate? Mouthwatering chocolate that’s covered in skulls or shaped liked mini robots.
22. Belly ham pizzaCity House (address and info) Germantown While only a small part of the entire menu, City House’s pizza is raved about throughout Nashville. And while all of the pizza options are good, we’re especially partial to the belly ham pizza. But, please, don’t take our word for it.
23. Mexican street cornAcme Feed & Seed (address and info) Downtown There are truly a lot of great reasons to head on over to Acme Feed & Seed ASAP. Like its great rooftop that overlooks the river and much of Downtown. But one of the best reasons of all is to cross its Mexican street corn off your food bucket list. We don’t typically get this excited over an ear of corn but when it’s covered in cotija cheese, lime aioli, and chili, we start to drool a little.
24. BBQ nachos
Edley’s Bar-B-Que (address and info) East Nashville We would be appalled to hear that you’ve never had Edley’s BBQ nachos before but if that is the case, GO NOW. Seriously, these nachos are one of our all-time favorite dishes in Nashville. Edley’s nachos start out with house-made crispy potato chips and are topped with SO much goodness including its famous BBQ and a really delicious cheese sauce. This is the kind of dish where you think you’ll only eat half of it but next thing you know, you’re practically licking the plate clean and wishing for more.
25. SushiIchiban (address and info) Downtown Sushi is just something that should be on your weekly bucket list, but in case it’s not, at least we’ve added it to this one for you. And if you’re going to have sushi, it needs to be good. For that, we recommend Ichiban which is easily home to some of the best sushi in Nashville.
26. OystersHusk (address and info) SoBro Husk has become the wonder child of the foodie scene in Nashville recently and it’s for no reason other than the fact that the food (and the cocktails) are ridiculously amazing! We could have easily made this entire bucket list the Husk menu but, for now, its oysters will have to do. They’re simple and classic and oh so tasty.
27. Fish sandwich
Steadfast Coffee (address and info) Germantown In case you thought that Steadfast couldn’t possibly get any better than its coffee soda (which is to die for, by the way), its fish sandwich is here to prove you wrong. This perfectly cooked fish filet is topped with pickled onions, pea shoots, and avocado tartar sauce.
28. Buffalo cauliflower
Tavern (address and info)
When cauliflower meets the deep fryer and a bit of spice, things get extremely tasty. The Tavern’s Buffalo cauliflower is covered in a cornmeal crust, dipped in loads of Buffalo sauce, and served with a warm blue cheese fondue.
29. Redneck taco
Martin’s BBQ Joint (address and info)
We do live in Tennessee so why not partake in a little Redneck activity every once in awhile. Especially when said activity is a cornbread hoe-cake covered with BBQ, creamy sauce, and slaw.
30. Roast pork bánh mì
InterAsian Market & Deli (address and info) Nolensville Pike The InterAsian Market & Deli might be easily overlooked, due to its slightly scruffy exterior, but that would be such a sad mistake. Not only is the market itself great, but the deli serves deliciously crafted sandwiches that also happen to be super cheap. You can get a roast pork bánh mì with double meat for less than $5. This sandwich is a wonderful combination of salty-and-sweet roast pork and homemade pate with pickled carrots and papaya on freshly toasted French bread.
31. Egg in a jarPinewood Social (address and info) SoBro Something about putting food in a delicately prepared jar makes it all the more tasty. And this is the case with Pinewood Social’s egg in a jar breakfast dish. A poached egg, country ham, asparagus, brioche, and truffle hollandaise sauce (!!) are nestled together in a cute little jar with a lot flavor.
32. Fried chickenArnold’s Country Kitchen (address and info) The Gulch Arnold’s Country Kitchen, one of our favorite meat and threes in Nashville, has been open for over 30 years now and very little has changed since it first opened its doors. People come from all over to try the drool-worthy fried chicken and we highly recommend that you do the same. But read the menu carefully before going. While roast beef is served on a daily basis, the famous fried chicken is actually only served on Mondays.
33. House-made bacon
Kayne Prime (address and info) The Gulch We might have mentioned Kayne Prime’s house-made bacon a time or two because it’s seriously THAT good. This starter dish is made up of several very thick, and rather greasy pieces of bacon that're covered in peppercorns and topped with a very unique (and very, very tasty) piece of maple cotton candy.
34. Feta cheese friesTwo Bits (address and info) Demonbreun Hill Nicely made fries are enough to keep us happy... but when they’re stacked high with feta cheese, roasted poblano, and scallions, then we’re extremely happy. Two Bits has some of the best potato sticks in town, and a burger worth pairing them with too.
Las Paletas (address and info)
An entire restaurant dedicated solely to popsicles? Yes please! Las Paletas has several different categories on its menu including cream popsicles (such as Mexican caramel, hot chocolate, and coffee), fruit popsicles, and other unique flavor combinations created on a daily basis. One of the most popular paletas is the chocolate-dipped avocado.
36. Farm burger
The Pharmacy (address and info) East Nashville A lot of good burger joints have opened in Nashville over the past few years and we’re still pretty partial to the Pharmacy. The farm burger is what burger dreams are made of: a big beef patty on fresh bread, topped with bacon and a fried egg. It’s basically heaven.
37. Ice cream coneBobbie’s Dairy Dip (address and info) Downtown, Sylvan Park Bobbie’s Dairy Dip is a Nashville favorite of old and has been serving its juicy burgers and creamy dipped ice cream for well over 60 years now. There are several different dipping options and we suggest that you try out one of each.
Mitchell Deli (address and info) East Nashville We’re not really sure what kind of magic Mitchell Deli puts in its sandwiches to make them so damn delicious, we just hope it keeps doing it. Especially when it comes to the turkey, bacon, and avocado sandwich. This could probably be consumed on a daily basis and you’d never get sick of it.
39. PancakesPfunky Griddle (address and info) Berry Hill The Pfunky Griddle is the spot for not only great pancakes but also a super-fun breakfast experience. Each table is equipped with a griddle in the middle where you can watch your food cooking and flip your own pancakes. For just $5.99, you can eat ALL of the fresh pancakes you want. And we highly encourage you to go a little crazy with the pancake toppings seeing as there are over 25 to choose from.
Cupcake Collection (address and info)
It takes just the right balance to get the perfect cupcake. The cake needs to be fluffy and moist and the frosting needs to be stacked high, but not so high that you’ll need an insulin shot just to eat the cupcake. Luckily for Nashville, the Cupcake Collection has found perfect harmony on its cupcakes. There aretons of great flavors to choose from including campfire s’mores, peanut butter mousse, and cafe mocha.
41. Chicken fingers
McDougal’s (address and info)
Never underestimate a good basket of chicken fingers, especially when those chicken fingers are fresh from McDougal’s. While there are lots of different options, we recommend getting your chicken fingers tossed in one of the many sauces (the Tearjerker sauce perhaps) and served with a big basket of fries. Sometimes it’s all about the simple pleasures.
The Bang Candy Company (address and info)
It’s likely that you’ve seen the Bang Candy Company’s marshmallows for sale around town, but did you know that it also has a cafe where you can get a great cup of coffee AND freshly made marshmallows? The marshmallows are SO good and come in all kinds of great flavors such as chocolate chili, lemon lavender blueberry, and speciality flavors that are rotated out weekly. It is possible to go in and buy just one marshmallow, but why would you do that when you can go home with a whole box?
43. Chicken liver pâtéLockeland Table (address and info) East Nashville After you hit up the burgers, pizza, and BBQ dishes on this list, you can settle down to something a little more sophisticated such as Lockeland Table’s chicken liver pâté. This pâté is cooked in Benton’s bacon fat and served in a jar with grilled Tuscan bread and delicious smoked peach preserves.
44. Premium Goo Goo Cluster
Goo Goo Shop (address and info) Downtown It’s true you can get one of Goo Goo’s original Nashville candies at just about any store you walk into these days (because yes, they’re that good). However, what you can’t get just anywhere is one of the Premium Goo Goo Clusters that are specially created and sold in the Downtown Nashville Goo Goo Shop. We suggest you make your way down there and try whichever delectable Premium Goo Goo Cluster the shop happens to be making fresh that day.
45. Dim sumLucky Bamboo China Bistro (address and info) Sylvan Park Sometimes there’s just nothing that satisfies a craving quite like the taste of Lucky Bamboo’s steamy and savory dim sum. Add to your bucket list: "enjoy dim sum with a large group of friends." Something about dim sum is just better with a nice big group and this also results in a larger variety of dumplings, buns, and all the good stuff to go around.
46. Beer can chicken
5th & Taylor (address and info)
You haven’t really lived until you’ve had 5th & Taylor’s beer can chicken. It’s quite simply what it sounds like, but even better than you can imagine. This dish comes with chicken that’s been roasted and soaked in one of the most delicious gravies you’ll ever eat in your life. When it’s brought to the table, it’s accompanied with a can of PBR which holds the beer gravy that you can drown your chicken in before practically inhaling the entire dish.
47. Big Easy fritesGermantown Cafe (address and info) Germantown This cafe is one of the true staples of the ever-growing Nashville foodie scene. Not only does it have a fun and relaxing environment and terrific food, but it also has a killer view of the Nashville skyline. While literally everything on the menu is great, we especially love the Big Easy frites which are house-made French fries drizzled in crawfish étouffée & créme fraiche. Even better than freshly made fries covered in sauce: the Big Easy frites are only $5 at happy hour.
48. Fried ravioli
Coco's Italian Market (address and info) Sylvan Park Some people go to Coco’s solely for the fried cheese ravioli. Realistically, any dish that has the words “fried” AND “cheese” in it is pretty much a no-brainer, right? We sure as heck think so. And Coco’s fried ravioli is even better than the rest. All of the ingredients are either locally sourced, house-made, or imported directly from Italy which results in some of the best Italian dishes in the city.
49. The 96 burgerBurger Republic (address and info) The Gulch What can we say? There are just a lot of really great burgers in Nashville and we wouldn’t want you to die without trying all of the best ones. The 96 burger from Burger Republic was the highest-scoring burger (with a score of 96) in the 2014 World Food Championship. So yeah, you really need to try this burger. The beef is blended with blue cheese and then topped with honey balsamic-glazed mushrooms, onion, and (of course) a good bit of bacon.
50. Banana puddingHattie B's Hot Chicken (address and info) Midtown Surely you must have known that we’d manage to sneak at least one more hot chicken joint onto the list. Hattie B’s banana pudding is a local favorite and we happen to love it as well. And while you’re there, you might as well start the meal with some hot chicken before getting to your dessert. Sign up here for our daily Nashville email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun the Music City has to offer. Brita Britnell is a Nashville writer & photographer who is ready for round two of everything on this list. Follow her adventures on Twitter.
1. Merchants Restaurant401 Broadway, Nashville
2. Two Ten Jack1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville
3. Pepperfire2821 Gallatin Pike, Nashville
4. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack123 Ewing Dr, #3, Nashville
5. Bagel Face Bakery700 Main St, Nashville
6. The Red Bicycle1200 5th Ave N, Nashville
7. Mas Tacos Por Favor732 McFerrin Ave, Nashville
8. The Southern Steak & Oyster150 3rd Ave S, Nashville
9. Five Points Pizza1012 Woodland St, Nashville
10. Savarino's Cucina2121 Belcourt Ave, Nashville
11. I Dream of Weenie113 S 11th St, Nashville
12. Midtown Cafe102 19th Ave S, Nashville
13. Sky Blue Cafe700 Fatherland St, Nashville
14. Loveless Cafe8400 Highway 100, Nashville
15. City House1222 4th Ave N, Nashville
16. Edley's Bar-B-Que2706 12th Ave S, Nashville
17. Ichiban109 2nd Ave N, Nashville
18. Husk37 Rutledge St, Nashville
19. Steadfast Coffee603 Taylor St, Nashville
20. InterAsian Market & Deli2160 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
21. Pinewood Social33 Peabody St, Nashville
22. Arnold's Country Kitchen605 8th Ave S, Nashville
23. Kayne Prime1103 McGavock St, Nashville
24. Two Bits1520 Demonbreun St, Nashville
25. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville
26. Bobbie's Dairy Dip5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville
27. Mitchell Delicatessen1306 Mcgavock Pike, Nashville
28. The Pfunky Griddle2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville
29. Lockeland Table1520 Woodland St, Nashville
30. Goo Goo Shop116 3rd Ave S, Nashville
31. Lucky Bamboo China Bistro5855B Charlotte Pike, Nashville
32. Germantown Cafe1200 Fifth Ave N, Nashville
33. Coco's Italian Market411 51st Ave N, Nashville
34. Burger Republic420 11th Ave S, Nashville
35. Hattie B's Hot Chicken112 19th Ave S, Nashville
This Downtown eatery opened in 1988 in the old Merchants Hotel, where legends like Hank Williams and Pasty Cline would stay while passing through. The menu is sectioned into parts, with more burgers and sandwiches downstairs and larger items like prime beef culotte and carnaroli risotto upstairs. And a great craft cocktail menu is offered on both levels.
This East Nashville Japanese-inspired pub offers skewers, sushi, and kodawari ramen, and you can wash it all down with a craft beer, glass of wine, cocktail, or a few shots of sweet sake.
Offering a great mix of flavors, like pepper and cumin, and a respectable level of heat, this East Nashville resto is beloved by locals, but it's not as known among the tourists coming to town in hopes of a hot chicken fix.
Although you might have to wait awhile to get into this Dickerson Pike spot, it's totally worth it to try their succulent cooked-to-order chicken that comes in varying degrees of hotness, from "hot" to "medium" to "extra hot", the last of which will probably leave you crying. It's known as the first hot chicken spot in the city, around since the 1930s and remaining mostly unchanged in the time since. Be prepared for a wait that could last hours, and don't be caught at the register without cash. All things considered, a visit to Prince's is a process for a reason...a very delicious reason.
Sometimes all you need in the morning is a fresh, warm bagel sandwich (and a good cup of coffee, of course!) handed to you by the friendliest bagel staff you ever did meet. Bagel Face in East Nashville has a great selection of bagels and schmears to satisfy pretty much any morning craving. If you're looking for something more hearty, try an egg and cheese bagel for a perfect start to your morning. Grab a coffee, a newspaper and enjoy your breakfast in their welcoming dining area, complete with a whimsical mural of the logo on the wall.
This Germantown cafe doubles as a full service crepe shop, serving options ranging from breakfast varieties with egg combos, to sweet and savory versions. While the space is long and spacious and outlined with sit-down boots, a casual cafe atmosphere permeates throughout, and you'll see as many diners catching up over a meal as students catching up on work.
This East Nashville Mexican spot is a solid bet for all sorts of South-of-the-border goodness, from a wide selection of tacos to a variety of tasty soups and more.
The Southern Steak & Oyster is a downtown favorite, with a menu that offers a combination of down-home dishes like the Saffire Steak Biscuits and seafood delights like fried oysters, which are shucked in-house and served atop a mash of veggies, in a rustic-chic setting. And don't forget about their sweet shot-and-beer specials.
Five Points Pizza is the closest thing you can get to New York-style pizza in the Nashville area. The crust is thin, flaky, and topped with thick house-made tomato sauce. True to NY style, there are NO SUBSTITUTIONS allowed on those slices. The walk-up window at Five Points Pizza is perfect when you need some extra fuel to continue your crawl from bar to bar in East Nashville. But the unsung heroes are the garlic knots: soft, cheesy, and so damn good you’d be forgiven for making the trip just for them.
Savarino’s has always been a local favorite, but after being featured on the Food Network, its food has been in extra high demand. This authentic Italian joint makes its bread fresh and while you might have to wait a bit for your food to come out, you won’t regret it. While you’re there, be sure to pick up one of its homemade cannolis for dessert.
I Dream of Weenie in East Nashville is a food truck that's partly made out of Volkswagen van, so naturally, they don't take themselves too seriously, which is makes the hot dog eatery so fun. This "full service weenery" has an extensive menu of delicious dogs including a seasonal menu that changes daily and the Sunday brunch menu with an Eggs Benedict Weenie.
Located in Midtown (obviously), this New American eatery and cafe features a slew of tasty dishes for lunch and dinner, as well as a solid list of desserts (the homemade bread pudding is a must), not to mention a wine list that runs three pages deep.
This East Nashville eatery is a solid bet for a quality breakfast, with a myriad of options from the average bacon and eggs to more creative dishes like Stuffed French Toast Pancakes, not to mention a variety of coffees and more.
This legendary Highway 100 diner sets the standard for Southern homestyle fare, with loads of tantalizing standards like country ham, chicken biscuits, catfish, and pork chops. The restaurant has seen several different owners since it first opened in the 1950s, however, the top-secret biscuit recipe has stayed the same. Breakfast is the meal Loveless is most known for, but if you go for lunch or dinner, you can justify a pie tasting as the final course (we won't judge, though, should you order pie before noon). Visiting on a Saturday or Sunday? Prepare for a long wait; the best time to go is late morning during the week to avoid the weekend warriors, though you can always kill time in the general store.
The James Beard-nominated City House has become a Nashville staple for its creative spin on Italian dishes. The weekly Sunday Supper with its ever-changing lineup is always a hot event, but be sure to make reservations in advance. This Germantown spot is also a great place for wine lovers. Its small, secluded bar is a great place to meet with friends for a quick glass after work, and even solo diners can have a great experience sitting at the pizza bar with a glass of Sangiovese and watching the talented kitchen work the wood-fired oven.
Edley’s is the perfect combination of BBQ and the Southern tradition of meat and three. This spot makes just enough meat for the day and the brisket is first to go, thanks to their best-selling brisket sandwich with spicy pimento cheese, over-easy egg, and is drizzled in red and white sauce. Sides are also made daily, ranging from eight to 10 choices of secret, family recipes.
A traditional Japanese spot, Ichiban, located Downtown, serves up some of the best ramen in the city - and of course, some fantastic sushi. The shrimp tempura and chicken teriyaki are also solid, and there's a great selection of sake. Most of the rolls are very inexpensive, but that doesn't mean the sushi chefs skimp on taste. The affordable crunchy shrimp roll, for example, is a perfect sushi experience that won't break the bank.
This SoBro spot focuses on dishes from the dirt, changing its menu twice a day according to what produce and protein goods are freshest that day. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” most of the courses here use local ingredients (including herbs for a backyard garden), and diners are encouraged to pair courses like shrimp and grits and hot fish sandwich with a pick from the lauded drink menu of over 60 bourbons. And while the dress code is casual, the meals are all served in a historic mansion setting, turning your comfort food into regal fare.
Steadfast is a coffee shop striving for the highest quality coffee drinks-- but they also serve lunch & dinner from 11:30 until close. The menu ranges from a granola bowl to falafel.
This Nolensville Pike market and sandwich shop has people raving about many of its eats, but especially the pork banh mi. This sandwich is a wonderful combination of salty and sweet roast pork and pâté (homemade of course!) with pickled carrots and papaya on freshly toasted French bread. One of the most popular aspects of this sandwich is its low price tag at less than $4. Can’t beat that.
This waterfront spot in Rolling Mill Hill has the layout of an MTV Cribs home -- just look at its six vintage bowling lanes, dining room, lounge and outdoor courtyard. While the food is indeed tasty (after all, Catbird Seat veteran Josh Habiger helms the kitchen), people seem to gravitate to Pinewood for the social scene: it's a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which goes hand-in-hand with the pool, bocce ball field, and the strong cocktails.
This classic meat-and-three has been keeping the masses fed for more than three decades, with cafeteria-style meals like catfish, chicken, dumplings, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, etc., which will only run you about eight bucks a meal. While the line can get long and sometimes even stretch out the door, it moves quickly and is absolutely worth the wait. Don't miss the banana pudding, though the scratch-made chess or chocolate pies aren't shabby, either. Important note: the small, red restaurant is only open for lunch on weekdays so plan accordingly.
Kayne Prime is a boutique-chic farm-to-table American steakhouse located in The Gulch. The interior is colored with dark wood and leather furnishings, creating a romantic and sexy ambiance. While it's mostly known for having amazing wagyu beef, be sure to try some of the other meaty items on the menu, like the house-made bacon. Instead of thin strips, the bacon looks more like a mini steak by itself, with a maple cotton candy topping.
Two Bits is part bar, part restaurant, and part arcade. And Not only is it stocked with classic arcade games like Pac-Man, Galaga, and Space Invaders, but they also have board games and even Playstation 4 and Xbox One consoles.
This beer garden also boasts an old-school soda fountain, allowing you to hop between pilsner and egg creams all night long.
Bobbie's is one of those places you HAVE to visit if you live in Nashville. Actually, you should probably go even if you're just visiting Nashville. Their classic burgers and ice cream shakes as some of the best in town, bring back fans time and again. The joint has been around for quite some time, and although it's expanded its menu and seating availability over the years, it's still serving the same burgers as when it started out, counter-service style. If it's warm, grab one of the outdoor seats and watch the crowds come and go.
Sandwiches reign at this local deli, which aims to foster community interests as much as it satisfies your appetite. The neighborhood market-driven menu offers favorites like braised turkey brie with jalapeño-cranberry relish, apples, and mustard on hoagie; it also boasts formidable vegetarian options, ranging from classic Caprese’s and barbecue Asian tofu with avocado, sprouts, pickled cucumber, and house-made sesame ginger dressing.
Wanna see your breakfast cooked right in front of you? The Pfunky Griddle is the spot. Each table is equipped with a griddle in the middle where you can watch your food cooking. For less than $10, you can eat ALL of the fresh pancakes you want. And we highly encourage you to go a little crazy with the pancake toppings, seeing as there are over 25 to choose from.
A true community restaurant and bar, Lockeland Table is essentially the neighborhood clubhouse for East Nashville residents seeking a convivial atmosphere and soulful food. The menu at Lockeland is highlighted by Italian and American dishes, all with a Southern twist and an eye toward seasonal, sustainable, and local ingredients whenever possible. The reconstructed exterior is a homage to the original 1930s H.G Hills dry goods store.
This Downtown candy store features a Nashville icon: Goo Goo Clusters, which combine caramel, marshmallow nougat, peanuts, and milk chocolate for out-of-this-world goodness that is so much better than the sum of its parts.
Unless you plan on eating the entire four-person hot pot on your own, you should bring some friends with you to Lucky Bamboo. It's also got some killer dim sum on the weekends.
Germantown Cafe is a local favorite that has helped make Nashville the culinary destination that it is. Located close to Downtown, it’s the perfect spot for dinner before any event in the area as well as a nice spot if you don’t want to actually fight the traffic Downtown. We’re especially fond of Germantown Cafe’s city-renowned happy hour menu which includes $5 drinks and appetizers. A spectacular view of the city skyline certainly doesn't hurt.
Coco's Italian Market is family run and has insanely good fried ravioli. Plus, there's a full market where you can get authentic Italian products, produce, and homemade pastas.
This Downtown spot (or its Lennox Village counterpart) is the perfect place to gobble a beef puck, with a number of options to choose from and sides/apps like nachos, tots, and crab dip, the only thing that could make this place better is a boozy milkshake. Which it HAS.
Hattie B's happens to do Nashville's signature dish, a blazin' hot, Diablo-red take on fried chicken, better than most anyone in the city. Get it paired up with another Southern mainstay, pimento mac & cheese, and don't skimp on ordering a $5 gallon of sweet tea.