Food & Drink

The 8 Best Bacon Dishes in Nashville

Published On 06/16/2015 Published On 06/16/2015
Bacon Nation
Porter Road Butcher
M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers
Silo
Loveless Cafe
KRISTIN LUNA/Thrillist
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1. 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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2. Porter Road Butcher 4816 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209 (West End)

This local butcher and market is a solid bet for some of the best cuts of meat around, and be sure to snag one of its sammies, which are available in a number of different ways, but all are delicious. Can't decide? Go with the French dip.

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3. M.L. Rose Craft Beer & Burgers 4408 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209

Between M.L. Rose's 34-tap craft beer program, eight of which rotate through local, seasonal, and small batch brews, and the simple, greasy American pub fare, the relaxed and decidedly cool atmosphere will make you want to hang around and have a few (especially when the fire pits get going on the patio). If you have any trouble picking what you want from the short menu, it's because you can't choose between loaded waffle fries and a fat, craft burger like the signature Nash Vegas stacked with a thick beef patty, savory pimento cheese, crispy tabasco onions, and tangy barbecue on a fluffy potato bun. The best part is that the full menu is served nightly until 1am.

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4. Silo 1121 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

This trendy eatery is a Germantown destination, beloved by locals for its chef-driven menu of Southern comfort food. Robust entrées like the seared pork chop are only more delectable when topped with blueberry, charred apples, and a beet-potato salad, and small plates like the three-way deviled eggs continue to be a fan favorite. Silo also boasts one of the most extensive whiskey lists in the city, particularly with respect to bourbon -- devout enthusiasts will swoon over the Buffalo Trace Experimental Series and imported selections like the Balvenie Sherry Cask 15 year, amongst others.

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5. 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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6. The Patterson House 1711 Division St, Nashville, TN 37203

Thanks to its sophisticated decor (cozy, 30-seat bar, vintage chandeliers), and even more sophisticated drinks (get the hickory-smoked cola and whiskey Jennings first and then move on), The Patterson House remains one of the leaders in a town where new, interesting things seem to be happening every minute.

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7. Virago 1126 McGavock St, Nashville, TN 37203

Virago is Asian fusion at its best (yes, they have sushi too). It may be a little on the chic side, but the food here is certainly worth the fuss. For something different (and Asian-fusion-y) try the Ninja Bacon: crispy pork belly, red curry, and coconut.

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