Brita Britnell/Thrillist
Little Octopus
AVO
Brita Britnell/Thrillist
Double Dogs Hillsboro Village
Fifty First Kitchen & Bar
Music City Brisket
Embers Ski Lodge
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1. Americano - Freestyle Tapas Bar 1720 West End Avenue, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203 (West End)

This spot has tapas, but don't let the idea of small plates convince you that you could leave hungry: the main plates are enough to serve a few. Be sure to stop by for one of their happy hours, where you can pair your small plate with some margaritas.

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2. Little Octopus 505 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

In addition to serving as the flexible kitchen for pop-ups by chefs visiting the Music City, Little Octopus, formerly located in East Nashville and currently residing in The Gulch, is all about the namesake cephalopod and its deep sea peers. Caribbean and Latin influences plus regional ingredients, and the resulting menu a melange of inventive dishes like a shrimp ceviche with aioli, Worcestershire, and rice crackers, octopus with fregola, smoked fingerlings, and herb salad, and the standout burger, served with griddled Manchego cheese, piquillo aioli, tomato, butter lettuce, and an egg.

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3. AVO 3 City Ave., Nashville, TN 37209 (Sylvan Park)

This restaurant in Midtown has an entirely plant-based menu with local produce, and it's all served raw (nothing is heated over 118 degrees to preserve all the enzymes, vitamins and nutrients in your food). Enjoy some vegetarian pad thai, lasagna or tabbouleh salad in a modern, rustic setting with bare concrete floors and wood paneling. Better yet, pair it with an avocado margarita or any one of AVO's amazing beer or wine options.

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4. 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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5. Double Dogs 1807 21st Ave S, Nashville (& other locations), TN 37212 (Music Row)

This place takes hot dogs, burgers, & wings, and builds an entire menu around them. The casual spot is probably not diet friendly, but when you're ordering buffalo chicken mac n' cheese we promise you won't mind.

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6. Fifty First Kitchen & Bar 5104 Illinois Ave, Nashville, TN 37209 (West End)

The Italian-based menu at 51st is seasonally driven and accompanied by a well-rounded wine list and various house cocktails.

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7. Music City Brisket , Nashville, TN

This food truck is entirely dedicated to killer meats and sandwiches. We're talking brisket, baby back ribs, fried shrimp tacos, and a reuben sandwich. Sides include fries, avocado fries, and a summer salad. They even have a menu "For our four legged friends," which offers brisket biscuits that are veterinary approved.

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8. Embers Ski Lodge 2410 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 (12south)

Aspen meets Nashville at Embers Ski Lodge, where gastropub fare and cocktails reign supreme. Guests can dine in cabin-like environs against a backdrop of Mt. Everest, snacking on everything from burgers, salads, and seafood entrées. The beer and wine offerings are solid, but the massive whiskey list is the true highlight here -- and besides, what better way to start Sunday brunch than with two ounces of rare rye by way of an actual shot-ski?

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