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10 Restaurants That Make Nashville Dining Great
In a city known for excellent hot chicken and Southern meat-and-three joints, some might assume that Music City offers a strictly one-note culinary experience—but they would be wrong. Although Nashville has a deep and well-versed cultural connection with Southern food, the recent influx of new restaurants has stretched the minds and palates of the city. There are the old timers, like Bolton’s Spicy Fish and Chicken and Loveless Cafe that have braved recessions and a pandemic and helped build Nashville’s place in the food world. But there are also newcomers bringing fresh ideas to the table, such as Anzie Blue’s mission to introduce high-quality CBD along with your cup of coffee, or chef Maneet Chauhan’s fusion of Indian and soul food in the heart of the Gulch. Together, these ten restaurants make up The Greats: a list of restaurants, old and new, that offer a snapshot of the best of Nashville dining right now. Whether you’re a native Nashvillian, a transplant, or a tourist, make sure to visit the places that help make Nashville great.
The Best Places to Grab a Drink in Nashville
When scorching temperatures become a reality, Nashvillians seek out the most refreshing libations. For some, that means finding an air-conditioned oasis with icy craft cocktails. For others, the key to summertime salvation comes in the form of a shady patio with a margarita on the rocks. Nashville’s bar scene has you covered, whether you’re after a frozen cocktail or an ice-cold brewski. Grab a pal or—five—and head to one of these excellent establishments to beat the heat.
9 Can’t-Miss Spots for Outdoor Dining in Nashville
Cold weather is now a distant memory in the South and outdoor dining season is in full swing. Music City loves a good patio almost as much as live music, and the options—like the burgeoning restaurant scene itself—have blossomed. Whether you’re looking for a lively downtown rooftop, a people-watching patio, or a riverfront oasis, these are the spots for the best outdoor dining in Nashville.
Nashville’s 5 Best New Restaurants to Try
Nashville’s sensational food scene now stretches far beyond local specialties such as hot chicken and barbecue. These days, Music City’s restaurants are defined by innovative, one-of-a-kind experiences—frunch, anyone?—and open kitchens galore. Sample decadent Neapolitan fare in Chestnut Hill and Barcelona-style tapas downtown, then cap your night out at a modern-day supper club and entertainment mash-up in The Gulch. These are the five Nashville restaurants to book right now.
11 top date night restaurants in Nashville
As the home of country music, Nashville is the place to plan a pitch-perfect date. Whether you’ve been married for a decade or just swiped right, there’s a romantic restaurant for you. Take a sushi rolling class together at a pan Asian place in the Gulch. For a more glamorous evening, opt for dinner at a seasonal American spot in a historic Melrose movie theater. No matter where you land, these spots will make date night sing. Read on for a guide to Music City’s 11 most romantic restaurants to book right now.
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Hendersonville Diners' Choice Winners
Home of the music legend Johnny Cash, Hendersonville has a wealth of traditional Southern fare just waiting to be sampled. For an authentic taste of the area, slow-smoked ribs are a must. You can choose whether you want them sweet, spicy, or somewhere in between, and you can be sure they will be falling off the bone. Fried chicken and catfish are other area favorites and should be paired with the proper Southern fixings like coleslaw, collard greens, corn bread, and okra. For dessert, try a slice of fruit or pecan pie and wash it all down with some sweet tea. If you like something a little stronger than tea, the many fine local beers or whiskey will do nicely.
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