1. Rae's Gourmet Sandwich Shoppe501 Union St, Nashville
2. AMOT Eatery1100 Fatherland St, Nashville
3. The Silly Goose1888 Eastland Ave, Nashville
4. Etch303 Demonbreun St, Nashville
5. InterAsian Market & Deli2160 Nolensville Pike, Nashville
6. Back to Cuba Café4683 Trousdale Dr, Nashville
7. Sub Stop1701 Broadway, Nashville
8. Capitol Grille231 6th Ave N, Nashville
9. Savarino's Cucina2121 Belcourt Ave, Nashville
10. Porter Road Butcher4816 Charlotte Pike, Nashville
You can rarely go to Rae’s at lunchtime without seeing a line practically out the door. This is partially due to the friendly staff, but largely in part to its amazing sandwiches and soups. Every single day of the work week features a Daily Special sandwich and soup and these are typically their most popular, but you can never go wrong with the Reuben.
This East Nashville restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner inspired, of course, by Southern cuisine. Although the South has never been good at embracing the gluten-free lifestyle, AMOT Eatery made it happen with an entire menu full of fare like chicken and waffles, shrimp and grits and (yes, really) red velvet crepes that you can chow down on without sweating over the calorie count — all artfully presented in modern, rustic environment.
This cozy East Nashville nook is filled with reclaimed furniture, mason jars for drinking, bandanas for napkins, and an adorable hipster staff, but the food is the obvious draw. Expect terrific sammies, tasty couscous dishes, and a homemade lemonade that you can't beat.
Etch is the go-to destination to kick off or cap off an evening of Downtown fun for those looking for a fine-dining experience near the various sporting and entertainment venues in the surrounding neighborhood. Chef Deb Paquette loves to have fun with her food and shares the joy by using bold spices and dramatic flavors to create exquisitely plated meals. If you're not in the mood for a full meal, their happy hour menu is worth checking out, complete with some small plates, draft beers, and featured wines.
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.
In an unassuming storefront just south of the city, Back to Cuba Café is serving up some of Nashville’s most authentic Cuban cuisine, with the eponymous sandwich at the forefront. The menu is an homage to the owner’s Cuban roots, with traditional dishes like ropa vieja, arepas, and empanadas to accompany the sandwich. The platters are served with beans, rice, and fried plantains (both sweet and savory), as you would expect, and the sandwich itself is classically constructed with ham, pork, cheese, pickles, and mustard stacked on buttered bread and pressed until the cheese reaches the optimal-melt.
Known for its bright pink building on Broadway that you simply can’t miss, the Sub Stop is a classic Nashville sandwich shop. The staff is friendly, the environment is relaxed, and you are sure to be pleased with its sandwiches, especially one of its best-sellers, the ever-popular Italian sub.
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.
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.
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.