Fenwick's 300
Biscuit Love
FLIP burger boutique
Bakersfield
UP, a rooftop lounge
Lucky Belly
Goozy
Instagram/Dino's
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1. Fenwick's 300 2600 Franklin Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

This modern diner in Melrose has a full menu at all hours, and includes classics like steak and eggs, the Kevin BLT (with thick-cut bacon, mixed greens, tomato, and blue cheese aioli on toasted sour dough), and waffles, however you like them.

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2. Biscuit Love 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (The Gulch)

The offshoot of a one-time food truck, the beloved Biscuit Love is a fast-casual breakfast mecca in the Gulch. The specialty is all in the name: biscuits are at the forefront of the menu, served just out of the oven with butter and honey, with fried chicken and gravy, as buns for a burger, as “Bonuts” (fried biscuit doughnuts), and more. Enjoy your flaky, buttery biscuit any way you want it, for breakfast or lunch, every day of the week.

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3. FLIP burger boutique 4111 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

Flip Burger Boutique, the Atlanta-born, modern burger joint from acclaimed Chef Richard Blais, was one of the city’s first to hone in on boutique burgers, and it ignited a frenzy. Now with locations in Nashville and Birmingham, Flip continues to serve the Southeastern masses over a dozen innovative burgers, sides, and nitro-milkshakes. You can’t go wrong with the Classic, but the Stack is something really special (two specialty-seasoned patties, American cheese, grilled onions, tomato, shredded lettuce, pickles, flip sauce, you’re welcome). If you’re craving adventure, try the raw steak tartare burger, or go poultry with the fried chicken sandwich, or avoid meat all together with the fauxlafel. No matter what you order, it’s important to enjoy it with a side of sweet potato tots, and to wash it down with a milkshake.

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4. Bakersfield 301 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201 (Sobro)

This SoBro Mex-spot has a serious handle on South-of-the-border fare, boasting a menu loaded with favorites (the tacos are a must), as well as more than 100 different tequilas and local beers served via boot.

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5. UP, a rooftop lounge 901 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

Up has brought a unique, New York rooftop dining experience to Nashville and its classically French-trained chef offers a frequently changing menu that always brings something fresh to the experience. And on the drinks end of things, don't be surprised to find a different roster of ingredients on the cocktail menu. Think goat's milk instead of springs of thyme and root beer bitters.

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6. Lucky Belly 2119 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

This Hillsboro Village spot combines the quality burger experience with traditional Japanese cuisine, with the added bonus of spiked milkshakes, in case quality burgs and sushi weren't enough for you.

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7. Goozy dessert bar & cafe 4117 Hillsboro Pike, Nashville, TN 37215 (Green Hills)

For those who would rather start dinner with dessert and remain there (you know who you are), look no further than this Green Hills spot, which doles out all kinds of sweet treats from cake to sundaes to milkshakes. And if you'd like to add some alcohol to the mix, it features a menu of wine, craft beer, and 'tails.

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8. Dino's Bar 411 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Nashville's oldest dive bar, Dino's is an East Nashville institution. Yeah, she's had some work done, but a little facelift never hurt anybody, and you can still count on Dino's for a culinary concoction outside of typical dive bar territory, and as always, one of the city's best burgers. It feels like an old diner with the open griddle full of greasy patties, but it also feels like a dive with a beer list of primarily domestic macrobrews for under $5. The beer is ice cold and the food is fine... I know because it says so on the sign outside, and what more could you possibly want in life?