Etch-upscale American with unique twists. Private rooms for groups $$$

303 Demonbreun St. (615) 522-0685

City House-​​ Simple, yet creative twists on Italian fare, pizzas. street parking  $$

​122 4th Ave. N (615) 736-5838

Puckett's Grocery- ​serves Southern favorites 3 meals/day. $

500 Church St.  (615) 770-2772

Rolf & Daughters- New American, rustic, trendy.  Most unusual offerings in Nashville $$$

​700 Taylor Street (615) 866-9897

Swingin' Doors Saloon-​ great lunch spot for burgers, barbeque, wings. Live music $ 111 4th Ave. S. (615) 522-0970

When visitors come to Nashville they mostly want local or regional foods.  For Nashville, that includes hot chicken, Southern favorites like barbeque or chicken fried steak.  Many chefs in Nashville have mastered haute Southern cuisine with such favorites as sweet potato grits or barbeque tacos.  Recommendations are categorized to sections of the city.  All have been personally visited by staff and are locally owned. For each restaurant listed, there are brief comments and a link to their menu.


Blvd.- ​Best spot for cocktails and appetizers. Try Moscow Mule Mondays. $$   2013 Belmont Blvd. (615) 385-2422

Fido- ​wholesome ingredients. Local fave for 3 meals/day. Excellent burgers and salads. $$   1812 21st Ave S.  (615) 777-3436

The Southern- ​upscale Southern cuisine-great weekend bunch $$

150 3rd Ave. S. (615) 724-1762

Pancake Pantry ​legendary Nashville breakfast spot.  Prepare to stand in line. $ 1796 21st Ave S.  (615) 383-9333

Arnold's- ​popular downtown lunch spot for down-home Southern favorites $

605 8th Ave. S.  (615) 256-4455

City Fire- ​great Brunch spot. Bottomless Mimosas. Great service and portions. $$  610 12th Ave S (615) 401-9103

Biscuit Love- ​trendy spot for breakfast and brunch. Try The Princess or bonuts $

316 11th Ave S (615) 490-9584

South Street- ​best Happy Hour: $5 entrees and $3 drinks in the treehouse bar. $$ 907 20th Ave S. (615) 320-5555

Whiskey Kitchen- ​small and festive. Try the Whiskey Yam Fries. Patio Fire Pit  $$  118 12th Ave S (615) 254-3029

The Row- elevated Southern fare. Nice patio for brunch. Bloody Mary bar $$ 110 Lyle Ave (615) 321-1224

ACME-​ great ambiance. Counter service        1st floor and sushi bar on 2nd. Rooftop bar     $$ 101 Broadway. (615) 915-0888

Urban Grub-​ Oysters, fish lamb. Creative sides. Two patio areas for nice weather. $$$ 2506 12th Ave. S.  (615) 679-9342

12th Ave

Bakersfield-​ Tex-Mex, creative twists: pork belly, short rib & portabella tacos $$

201 3rd Ave. S. (615) 522-0970

Germantown Cafe- New American, great for brunch, lunch and dinner. Menu changes  $$

​1200 5th Ave. N (615) 242-3226

East Nashville


Lockeland Table- ​local favorite for elevated American food. Great drinks, cozy atmosphere $$ ​520 Woodland St. (615) 228-4864

Pharmacy-​​ Great lunch spot.  Famous for their burgers. Beer garden for nice days. $$

​731 McFerrin Ave. (615) 712-9517


Peg Leg Porker- ​great barbeque and sides.  Local favorite. dry rub tender ribs $

903 Gleaves St. (615) 829-6023


Cabana- ​Ideal for private parties. Try the sweet potato ravioli and rolls. $$$             1810 Belcourt Ave.  (615) 577-2262

Edley's-​ Barbeque joint with awesome pork tacos and brisket. Expect to wait in line. $$  2506 12th Ave. S.  (615) 679-9342

 Sambuca- ​most popular place in Gulch. Cool vibe. Groups ask for balcony table. $$$ 601 12th Ave S (615) 248-2888

Bolton's-​Nashville's original hot chicken place. Seriously spicy. great sides $    

 2309A Franklin Pike (615) 383-1491

Graze-​​ Local vegan eatery. Dine with East Nashville eclectic crowd. $$

​1888 Eastland Ave. (615) 686-1060