Nashville’s food scene is hot, and it’s not just because of our hot chicken (although it is delicious). The city is filled with fantastic, diverse restaurants, but there are five neighborhoods you should consider living in if you’re a true foodie. These areas of town give residents easy access to top-notch eateries and some of Music City’s best-known chefs – what more could a food lover ask for?
1. East Nashville
Known for its charming, historic homes and hip vibe, East Nashville is one of the city’s best foodie neighborhoods. When it comes to fine dining, Lockeland Table and Holland House Bar & Refuge are two local favorites, while Mas Tacos Por Favor offers a more casual experience (and some of the best tacos you’ll ever taste). For vegetarians and vegans looking to grab a bite, there’s no better place than The Wild Cow. Craving something heartier? Try Butcher & Bee, where you can enjoy fresh, sustainably raised meats. Nashville brunch-goers love Marche Artisan Foods, a European-style café serving up omelettes, crepes and homemade granola.
Many people associate downtown Nashville with bars and honkytonks, but this neighborhood also has its share of can’t-miss restaurants. For example, downtown lays claim to both Etch and Husk, two fine dining spots that draw date-night crowds with their flavorful dishes and creative cocktails. Popular meat-and-three eatery Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a must for anyone who craves a home-cooked meal, and Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant is known for its classic southern fare like fried okra and apple cobbler. The Stillery’s menu comprises what is best described as “a chef’s comfort food,” while The Farm House is a farm-to-table spot with an ever-changing menu and high-quality bourbons, house-flavored moonshine, local microbrews and more.
Located just west of East Nashville, Germantown is home to some of the city’s most popular restaurants. City House is a favorite place for Sunday supper, serving a variety of gourmet pizzas, small plates and entrees, plus unique cocktails and an expansive wine menu. Rolf and Daughters was named the No. 3 best restaurant in the United States by Bon Appétit magazine in 2013, while both the Mad Platter and Germantown Café have been thriving as Nashville staples for several years. Nearby, Butchertown Hall is Germantown’s first beer hall since 1909, and 5th & Taylor – located in a historic warehouse – has “one of the most dramatic environments in town,” according to Thrillist Nashville.
4. 12 South
Nashville’s 12 South neighborhood has an array of excellent eateries all within easy walking distance. Edley’s Bar-B-Que has a casual vibe, and it was voted as the city’s best in ‘cue in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 Nashville Scene Reader’s Poll. Grab a slice of pizza at Mafiaoza’s, and for Mexican food, check out Bar Taco and Taqueria Del Sol. Both Urban Grub and Josephine offer a more upscale dining experience, while spots like Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams and Sprinkles Cupcakes serve sweet treats.
5. Sylvan Park
On Nashville’s west side, Sylvan Park is home to Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, a restaurant The Huffington Post calls “legendary.” Hattie B’s chicken is made-to-order, with five different spiciness levels available: Southern (no heat), mild or medium, hot, damn hot and Shut the Cluck Up (hottest). Caffe Nonna serves from-scratch Italian cuisine, while Local Taco has a variety of Tex-Mex dishes. In addition, Miel Restaurant offers locally sourced, organic produce and meats, and FLIP Burger Boutique gives patrons a modern burger joint experience, taking the “American classic and flip[ping] it on its head to deliver a unique culinary experience on a bun.”
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