Walk Eat Nashville
Former food writer Karen-Lee Ryan is a pro at navigating Nashville's restaurant landscape; after all, for years, her job consisted of exploring the tastier side of the city and telling the stories of the people behind the food. After a brief stint in Texas, Ryan and her husband returned to Music City in 2014 and saw a need for a more in-depth look at Nashville's culinary boom, so she capitalized on her background—not to mention her knowledge and connections—and decided to start her own concept. Ryan's three-hour walks are not just delicious, they're jam-packed with history about the neighborhoods they explore and behind-the-scenes info straight from some of Nashville's most innovative chefs. Because each walk is capped at 12 participants, you'll want to make a reservation in advance—they usually sell out. Walk Eat Nashville currently offers three routes: East Nashville, Midtown, and Downtown/SoBro. The ticket ($58) includes tastings at each of the six stops—a mixture of tried-and-true classics and new-to-town spots—and one thing is certain: You won't go home hungry.