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What to Eat in Nashville

Only a few years ago, Nashville's dining scene was dominated by deep-fried, saucy entrees that were enough to make even the healthiest heart palpitate. Diners flocked to this southern city for chicken-fried steaks or juicy barbecue pork with hearty portions of macaroni and cheese and spicy baked beans. However, over the past decade or so, Nashville has welcomed less cholesterol and more international cuisine to its dining scene; you can now find restaurants serving Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Italian and Cajun favorites scattered throughout Nashville. Food tours are a great way to get a better understanding of Nashville's mesh of the traditional and modern.


For a casual dining experience, head over to the West End for its ribs and barbecued pork; and you can't miss sampling the famous Nashville hot chicken at Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, Bolton's Spicy Chicken & Fish or Hattie B's. If you're on the go, grab a bite at Coneheads, which serves up tasty chicken in waffle cones for a trendy take on the classic dish. Check out The District for more upscale dining establishments; you can eat at the tapas-focused Black Rabbit or enjoy Cajun flavors with a side of live music at the Bourbon Street Blues and Boogie Bar. Don't forget to swing by East Nashville to dine at Butcher & Bee or make your way to North Gulch to sample vegan comfort food at Vege-licious. And, when your sweet tooth strikes, indulge in a treat from The Peach Cobbler Factory or Morning Glory Donuts


You can't forget about the city's bar scene either. Locals say 3 Crow Bar and Mickey's Tavern are some of the top spots to grab a drink in town. If you're interested in Nashville's brewery and distillery scene, check out these top-notch establishments. Or, if you're just looking to kick back and relax with a drink and enjoy some live music, bar hop along Broadway


Lesser known but no less fun, the bars away from the Music Row area are brimming with live performers as well. You'll find more musical variety than the country-centric Broadway, including jazz performers at Rudy's Jazz Room and indie musicians at The Basement. Be sure to visit the Bluebird Cafe for R&B, hip-hop and jazz performances; located in the Green Hills area, this spot is always popular, and you can expect lines out the door.
 

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  • #1
    The Cupcake Collection
    #1 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 316 reviewsTripadvisor (316)
    $ | American
    1213 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208-2601
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  • #2
    Bourbon Steak by Michael Mina, a Nashville Steakhouse
    #2 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 250 reviewsTripadvisor (250)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse
    201 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
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  • #3
    The Chef and I on Ninth
    #3 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 283 reviewsTripadvisor (283)
    $$ | American
    611 9th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
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  • #4
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #4 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 726 reviewsTripadvisor (726)
    $ - $$ | American
    1892 Eastland Ave, Nashville, TN 37206-2542
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  • #5
    Slim & Husky's Pizza Beeria
    #5 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 191 reviewsTripadvisor (191)
    $ - $$ | American, Pizza
    911 Buchanan St, Nashville, TN 37208
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  • #6
    Monell's Dining & Catering
    #6 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2574 reviewsTripadvisor (2574)
    $ - $$ | American
    1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208-2601
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  • #7
    Joey's House of Pizza
    #7 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 712 reviewsTripadvisor (712)
    $ | Italian, Pizza
    897 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37210-2852
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  • #8
    Skull's Rainbow Room
    #8 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1030 reviewsTripadvisor (1030)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar
    222 Printers Aly, Nashville, TN 37201-1403
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  • #9
    Etch Restaurant
    #9 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2154 reviewsTripadvisor (2154)
    $$ | American, International, Contemporary
    303 Demonbreun St, Nashville, TN 37201-2215
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  • #10
    Robert's Western World
    #10 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1068 reviewsTripadvisor (1068)
    $ | American, Bar, Pub
    416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203-3931
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  • #11
    Las Paletas Gourmet Popsicles
    #11 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 313 reviewsTripadvisor (313)
    $ |
    2911 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2544
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  • #12
    Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams
    #12 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 295 reviewsTripadvisor (295)
    $ - $$ | American
    2312 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2429
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  • #13
    Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse, Nashville
    #13 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 502 reviewsTripadvisor (502)
    $$ | American, Steakhouse, Seafood
    300 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37219-1611
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  • #14
    Five Points Pizza
    #14 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1006 reviewsTripadvisor (1006)
    $ - $$ | Italian, Pizza
    1012 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206-2815
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  • #15
    Darfons Restaurant & Lounge
    #15 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1360 reviewsTripadvisor (1360)
    $ - $$ | American, Bar, Contemporary
    2810 Elm Hill Pike, Nashville, TN 37214-3718
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  • #16
    Rodizio Grill - Nashville
    #16 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 1271 reviewsTripadvisor (1271)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse, Brazilian
    166 2nd Ave N Suite C, Nashville, TN 37201-1929
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  • #17
    Lockeland Table
    #17 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 364 reviewsTripadvisor (364)
    $ - $$ | American
    1520 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206-2854
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  • #18
    bartaco
    #18 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 600 reviewsTripadvisor (600)
    $ - $$ | Mexican, Southwestern, Bar
    2526 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37204-2543
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  • #19
    Mission BBQ
    #19 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 783 reviewsTripadvisor (783)
    $ - $$ | American, Barbecue
    161 Opry Mills Dr, Nashville, TN 37214-2433
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  • #20
    I Dream of Weenie
    #20 of 2,304 Places to Eat in Nashville
    Tripadvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 166 reviewsTripadvisor (166)
    $ | American, Fast Food, Street Food
    113 S 11th St, Nashville, TN 37206-2961
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