Nashville

Restaurants in Nashville

There are two ways of approaching Nashville’s food scene. Some visitors may want to focus on trying dishes unique to the area like hot chicken and Tennessee barbecue while others will want to check out Nashville’s best eateries. The good news is everyone can do a little bit of both. For a Nashville restaurant with great hot chicken--fried chicken covered in cayenne pepper and served with white bread--head to the famed Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. Meanwhile, those looking for great barbecue will want to drive just outside town to pick up grub at Corky’s Ribs & BBQ. As for great Nashville restaurants, no visit would be complete without a trip to East Nashville, which is home to wonderful lineup of farm-to-table eateries like Margot Cafe & Bar and POP Nashville. In the heart of it all, the downtown area has a host of great restaurants in Nashville like Etch, an eclectic restaurant with an open kitchen, and Husk, a restaurant founded by James Beard Award winner and legendary Southern chef Sean Brock. And, of course, don’t forget to end your meal with a scoop from Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, the best cold treat shop in town.

Located in the thick of honky-tonk bars on Music City’s tourist strip, Jack’s Bar-B-Que nevertheless draws local rockabilly kids and alt- country scenesters for remarkable beef brisket, pork ribs, and smoked chicken.

Locals line up for a superb rendition of chopped pork on a bun, as well as excellent grilled short ribs.

Southern bistro and bar

In the cutting-edge Five Points neighborhood, chef Margot McCormack prepares Mediterranean-inspired dishes with a Tennessee flair, including clams, snapper, and cobia in a tomato-and-fennel broth.

Romantic mazelike café

Start off the day with an omelette sepcial like the organic corn and tomato with fresh mozzarella at this French bistro and gourmet market in hip East Nashville.

Funky supper club and live music venue

House-made soups and salads that use vegetables from the garden out front.

Tree-shaded restaurant

Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is a nothing-special storefront in a lackluster section of Music City, but the nuclear-red chicken breast is the stuff daredevil legends are made of. Hot is the biggest understatement in the 615 area code.

Asian-inspired restaurant and sushi bar

Come in for eccentrically flavored Mexican popsicles like tamarind, rose petal, or raspberry-lime.

Elegant space with skyline views