Loveless Cafe
Loveless Cafe
The Southern
Martin's BBQ
Arnold's Country Kitchen
Husk
David Bell/City House
Andrea Behrends
Patterson House
Patterson House
No. 308
Holland House Bar & Refuge
Flickr/Sean Davis
Corner Pub
12 South Taproom & Grill
Joseph Woodley
Bolton's Spicy Chicken and Fish
Pepperfire
Joseph Woodley
Flickr/Sean Russell
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1. Corner Pub 4109 Hillsboro Circle, Nashville, TN 37215 (Green Hills)

Located in Green Hills, Corner Pub is a great place to catch the game on a plethora of flat-screens and tailgate with fellow alumni, fans, and regular bar patrons. AND the BBQ pit is rolled out in front and fired up early for dinner at 5pm. Be sure to stop by one of their happy hours for some great deals on wine and beer.

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2. Holland House Bar & Refuge 935 W Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Holland House Bar & Refuge in East Nashville actually used to be a grocery store, but now, with two maple bars, more than a dozen chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceiling and a gorgeously lit back patio, you'd never think produce was sold here. Many rooms can be reserved for private parties, and the opulent decor is perfect for when you want to impress. With creative mixologists who love going off the menu for drinks, you'll never be bored at this Nashville popular spot.

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3. 12 South Taproom & Grill 2318 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204 (12south)

When the owners at 12 South Taproom couldn't find the perfect place to drink great beer with friends, they opened their unassuming craft beer and comfort food shack complete with a patio and a constant din of happy conversation. With 30 rapidly rotating craft taps and over 70 bottles, nothing gets on this menu without passing through the lips and approval of knowledgeable staff members. Pair your local and national brews with zesty, hot wings, toasty, inventive sandwiches, hefty burgers, and Southern-inspired tacos (think salmon, trout, pulled pork, and tender ribeye).

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4. Broadway Brewhouse 1900 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203

With 71 draft lines and over 75 bottles, Broadway Brewhouse's beer selection is one of the best in midtown. The menu offers filling Cajun cuisine like po-boys, spicy gumbo, crawfish, and jambalaya as well as down home American burgers loaded with grease and Texas-style red bean chili loaded with spice. Pro tip: visit during off times because the crowds of beer-thirsty patrons tend to err on the insane side.

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5. No. 308 407 Gallatin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

It may be tiny, but No. 308 packs a punch with its roster of extensive cocktails and fun, dive-like ambiance. Apart from being knowledgable, the bartenders here mix up bespoke house-made syrups infused with soda carbonation that pair seamlessly with the wide variety of whiskeys on offer.

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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. Prince's Hot Chicken Shack 123 Ewing Dr, #3, Nashville, TN 37207 (East Nashville)

Although you might have to wait awhile to get into this Dickerson Pike spot, it's totally worth it to try their succulent cooked-to-order chicken that comes in varying degrees of hotness, from "hot" to "medium" to "extra hot", the last of which will probably leave you crying. It's known as the first hot chicken spot in the city, around since the 1930s and remaining mostly unchanged in the time since. Be prepared for a wait that could last hours, and don't be caught at the register without cash. All things considered, a visit to Prince's is a process for a reason...a very delicious reason.

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8. Hattie B's Hot Chicken 112 19th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203

Hattie B’s is one of Midtown’s best for hot chicken, in sandwich form or otherwise. The Nashville-born sandwich is served with coleslaw, a kosher pickle, and your choice of side... but we highly recommend the pimento mac & cheese. Waiting in line is inevitable here, but on the bright side, the longer you wait, the more time you have to decide which heat level you can handle. Intensities range from Southern (no heat) to Shut the Cluck Up, a fiery spice combo that'll require a side of that $5 gallon of sweet tea.

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9. Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish 624 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206 (East Nashville)

Famous for their chicken-on-a-stick, this East Nashville eatery also doles out terrific seafood (done up in their spicy chicken treatment), including dishes of whiting, grouper, catfish, and tilapia. With classic southern sides like mac and cheese and collard greens, Bolton's provides a hearty meal on simple styrofoam. But beware: it has spicy in its name for a reason; even the mild flavor can pack a kick.

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10. Pepperfire 2821 Gallatin Pike, Nashville, TN 37216 (East Nashville)

Offering a great mix of flavors, like pepper and cumin, and a respectable level of heat, this East Nashville resto is beloved by locals, but it's not as known among the tourists coming to town in hopes of a hot chicken fix.

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11. City House 1222 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208 (Germantown)

The James Beard-nominated City House has become a Nashville staple for its creative spin on Italian dishes. The weekly Sunday Supper with its ever-changing lineup is always a hot event, but be sure to make reservations in advance. This Germantown spot is also a great place for wine lovers. Its small, secluded bar is a great place to meet with friends for a quick glass after work, and even solo diners can have a great experience sitting at the pizza bar with a glass of Sangiovese and watching the talented kitchen work the wood-fired oven.

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12. Martin's Bar-B-Que Joint 3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212 (Music Row)

This Belmont meatery does an array of BBQ deliciousness (brisket, turkey legs, fried bologna sandwiches, etc.), but its claim to fame is the classic pulled pork BBQ sandwich drenched in the Sweet Dixie Sauce. Martin's is definitely in the top ranks for the best BBQ in Nashville.

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13. 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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14. Husk 37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

The Nashville outpost of Chef Sean Brock's Charleston-born restaurant, Husk changes its menu twice daily depending on the freshest finds in produce and protein. Self-described as “a celebration of Southern ingredients,” local ingredients (including herbs from a backyard garden) are at the forefront, and diners are encouraged to pair modernized Southern classics like shrimp and grits or a hot fish sandwich with a cocktail from the lauded whiskey list, over 60 bourbons on offer. But one thing that doesn't change: the Husk Burger. It's (one of) Brock's culinary masterpieces: two Tennessee-raised beef patties are ground with bacon, griddled with onions are tucked onto the patty then smothered by American cheese, topped with pickles and mustard on a squishy sesame bun.

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15. Arnold's Country Kitchen 605 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203 (8th Ave)

This classic meat-and-three has been keeping the masses fed for more than three decades, with cafeteria-style meals like catfish, chicken, dumplings, fried green tomatoes, cornbread, etc., which will only run you about eight bucks a meal. While the line can get long and sometimes even stretch out the door, it moves quickly and is absolutely worth the wait. Don't miss the banana pudding, though the scratch-made chess or chocolate pies aren't shabby, either. Important note: the small, red restaurant is only open for lunch on weekdays so plan accordingly.

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16. The Southern Steak & Oyster 150 3rd Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201 (Sobro)

The Southern Steak & Oyster is a downtown favorite, with a menu that offers a combination of down-home dishes like the Saffire Steak Biscuits and seafood delights like fried oysters, which are shucked in-house and served atop a mash of veggies, in a rustic-chic setting. And don't forget about their sweet shot-and-beer specials.

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17. Pinewood Social 33 Peabody St, Nashville, TN 37210 (Sobro)

This waterfront spot in Rolling Mill Hill has the layout of an MTV Cribs home -- just look at its six vintage bowling lanes, dining room, lounge and outdoor courtyard. While the food is indeed tasty (after all, Catbird Seat veteran Josh Habiger helms the kitchen), people seem to gravitate to Pinewood for the social scene: it's a see-and-be-seen kind of place, which goes hand-in-hand with the pool, bocce ball field, and the strong cocktails.

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