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1. Sunset Grill 2001 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212

In addition to a well-curated wine list of affordable choices, the menu at this Hillsboro Village spot continues to innovate, while respecting the favorite dishes of a generation of locals. The “Classic” menu features the Voodoo Pasta and Coca-Cola ribs that fueled many misspent youths, while the rest of the menu offers an ever-evolving roster of modern American-style seafood fare, fresh salads, and main dishes prepared from locally sourced ingredients.

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2. Amerigo 1920 West End Ave, Nashville, TN 37203

The menu at this Williamson County resto is rock solid, full of classic pasta dishes and inventive meat and seafood plates, but don’t overlook the Chef’s Seasonal Menu where the kitchen sources fresh ingredients from farmers markets to inspire entrees like a decadent Noble Springs Mac & Cheese made with regionally sourced pimento goat cheese, mozzarella, crispy country ham, fresh herbs, and a panko-Parmesan crust.

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3. Patrick's Bistreaux 2821 Bransford Ave, Nashville, TN 37204

This attractive Berry Hill dining space is an excellent place to enjoy rich Creole dinner entrees (including outstaing po' boys with fried catfish, shrimp, chicken or oysters) paired with ponies of Miller High Life.

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4. Capitol Grille 231 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219

The Capitol Grille, tucked inside the Hermitage Hotel, has been featured in publications across the country for its food, its old-school Nashville charm, and for the gleaning popularity of the men’s art deco-style bathroom. Don't let its hotel locale deter you: The Capitol Grill is not just for tourists. Locals flock to the restaurant for a truly sustainable and upscale Southern meal. The Hermitage Hotel owns a 250-acre cattle farm, as well as Double H Farms, where a majority of the ingredients are grown, bred, and sourced for The Capitol Grille's own farm-straight-to-table menu. It's a great stop for breakfast, before the theater, or for a guaranteed fresh, local Nashville burger.

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5. The Farm House 210 Almond St, Nashville, TN 37201

This farm-to-table favorite in SoBro serves up a mix of contemporary Southern fare featuring many ingredients from their own local garden. There’s a giant chalkboard hanging inside of the restaurant that tells you exactly where all of the food on your plate came from. Chef Cioccia is a Nashville native and has worked at quite a few local restaurants before opening up his own. Contemporary barn decor accents the space, from grand wooden doors to skillets used as plates.

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6. VN Pho & Deli 5906 Charlotte Pike, Nashville, TN 37209

Partially hidden around the corner of a blink-and-you’ll miss it strip center and protected by a suicide left turn across traffic upon exiting, VN almost seems like it’s trying to keep diners from finding it. But those who brave the journey discover a world of spicy wok-fried dishes and luscious bowls of pho at this Sylvan Park Viet-haven.

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7. Helen's Hot Chicken 1222 Rosa L Parks Blvd, Nashville, TN 37208

Overshadowed by Prince’s to the North, and stripped down to the barest of amenities, Helen’s “Hella Hot” chicken is nevertheless delicious, and truly, scorchingly hot. Set up in an old construction trailer parked on the side of Rosa Parks Blvd North of the Nashville Farmers’ Market, the menu isn’t fancy, with the standard offering of breast or leg quarters, wings and chicken tenders along with fries, pickles, and rolls as sides.

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8. Papa Turney's BBQ 5851 Old Hickory Blvd, Hermitage, TN 37076

Papa T’s is frequently -- and a little unfairly -- left out in the cold when it comes to the area's best bbq, but you really can’t miss it however, if you’re out in Hermitage, thanks to the huge smoker in the parking lot pumping out their first-rate pork ribs, shoulders, chicken, turkey legs, brisket, and even the occasional special of a ridiculous smoked ribeye steak.