Biscuit Love
Two Ten Jack
Brita Britnell/Thrillist
Courtesy of The Southern
Five Points Pizza
Brita Britnell/Thrillist
The Grilled Cheeserie
Loveless Cafe
Chocolate F/X
Edley's Bar-B-Que
Brita Britnell/Thrillist
Tavern Nashville
InterAsian Market & Deli
Kayne Prime
The Pharmacy
Brita Britnell/Thrillist
Cupcake Collection
The Bang Candy Company
Goo Goo Clusters
5th & Taylor
Coco's Italian Market
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1. Merchants Restaurant 401 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

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.

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2. Two Ten Jack 1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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3. Pepperfire 2821 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 (East Nashville)

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.

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4. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack 123 Ewing Dr, #3, Nashville, TN 37207 (East Nashville)

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.

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5. Bagel Face Bakery 700 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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6. The Red Bicycle 1200 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

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.

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7. Mas Tacos Por Favor 732 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Mas Tacos Por Favor is East Nashville’s snug, corner taco shop where the lines are long and the tacos are cheap. The one-time food truck draws diners from across Nashville in search of the best, most authentic meal their 10-spot can buy. The chalkboard menu features food made from scratch, like tamales, tacos (try the quinoa-sweet potato tacos, Guy Fieri said so), pozole verde, and of course, homemade horchata to round out the meal. Be prepared to wait in line, the Mas Tacos secret is out.

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8. The Southern Steak & Oyster 150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 (Sobro)

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.

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9. Five Points Pizza 1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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10. Savarino's Cucina 2121 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

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.

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11. I Dream of Weenie 113 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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12. Midtown Cafe 102 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

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13. Sky Blue Cafe 700 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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14. Loveless Cafe 8400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221

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.

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15. City House 1222 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

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.

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16. Edley's Bar-B-Que 2706 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 (12south)

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.

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17. Ichiban 109 2nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37201 (Downtown)

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.

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18. Husk 37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

The Nashville outpost of Chef Sean Brock's Charleston-born restaurant, Husk changes its menu twice daily depending on the freshest finds in produce and protein. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” local ingredients (including herbs from a backyard garden) are at the forefront, and diners are encouraged to pair modernized Southern classics like shrimp and grits or a hot fish sandwich with a cocktail from the lauded whiskey list, over 60 bourbons on offer. But one thing that doesn't change: the Husk Burger. It's (one of) Brock's culinary masterpieces: two Tennessee-raised beef patties are ground with bacon, griddled with onions are tucked onto the patty then smothered by American cheese, topped with pickles and mustard on a squishy sesame bun.

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19. Steadfast Coffee 603 Taylor St, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

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.

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20. InterAsian Market & Deli 2160 Nolensville Pike, Nashville, TN 37211

A small, family-run international market and specialty deli on Nolensville Pike, InterAsian Market and Deli brings the flavors and products of Southeast Asia to the heart of South Nashville. The market features Asian imports as well as local products, and also houses an authentic deli with house-made ingredients for their specialty sandwiches. The deli offers a smattering of banh mi, as well as spring rolls, banh cuon, and steamed buns, and all for affordable prices. The market is known for its original Banh Mi -- featuring said house-made ingredients, pâté and roast pork belly -- and at just $3.43 per sandwich, there’s really no reason not to buy the hype.

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21. Pinewood Social 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

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.

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22. Arnold's Country Kitchen 605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (8th Ave)

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.

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23. Kayne Prime 1103 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

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24. Two Bits 1520 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37203

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.

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25. The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden 731 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden dubs itself “Nashville’s Wurst-Burger Joint,” which is a cute play on words but might lead the uninitiated to believe the burger here is not, in fact, one of the best in the city. Which it is, and it also happens to have a variety of traditional wursts on offer. It’s also Nashville’s original beer garden -- with an extensive selection of German brews -- as well as an old-school soda jerk. Get some wurst, get the burger, get a pilsner, and definitely get an egg cream to wash it down.

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26. Bobbie's Dairy Dip 5301 Charlotte Avenue, Nashville, TN 37209 (Sylvan Park)

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.

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27. Mitchell Delicatessen 1306 Mcgavock Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 (East Nashville)

Sandwiches made with all-natural ingredients reign at this East Nashville deli, which sold out the first day it opened in 2008. The Asian flank steak -- a one-time special turned menu stalwart -- is a must-order stacked with giardiniera and provolone, while other favorites include a braised turkey & Brie hoagie with cranberry relish, apples, and mustard, and a smoked BBQ brisket number. Not to be forgotten about, vegetarians will find comfort in the classic Caprese or the barbecue tofu sandwich with house-made sesame ginger dressing.

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28. The Pfunky Griddle 2800 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204 (Berry Hill)

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.

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29. Lockeland Table 1520 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

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.

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30. Goo Goo Shop 116 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 (Downtown)

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.

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31. Lucky Bamboo China Bistro 5855B Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 (Sylvan Park)

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.

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32. Germantown Cafe 1200 Fifth Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

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.

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33. Coco's Italian Market 411 51st Ave N, Nashville, TN 37209 (Sylvan Park)

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.

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34. Burger Republic 420 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (Downtown)

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.

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35. Hattie B's Hot Chicken 112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Hattie B’s is one of Midtown’s best for hot chicken, in sandwich form or otherwise. The Nashville-born sandwich is served with coleslaw, a kosher pickle, and your choice of side... but we highly recommend the pimento mac & cheese. Waiting in line is inevitable here, but on the bright side, the longer you wait, the more time you have to decide which heat level you can handle. Intensities range from Southern (no heat) to Shut the Cluck Up, a fiery spice combo that'll require a side of that $5 gallon of sweet tea.

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