When you think of Nashville, chances are good you immediately imagine country music, the Johnny Cash Museum, the Grand Ole Opry, or maybe Vanderbilt University. That’s natural, but the city is also a prime destination for foodies.

    From iconic dishes like Nashville hot chicken to global favourites like ramen, pizza, and Southern barbeque, you’ll find a wide world of culinarily delights to explore here. In this guide, we’ll take you beyond time-honoured traditions of Southern cooking and help you find the best places locals love to eat in Nashville.

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    Butcher & Bee

    Flavourful dishes built from locally sourced ingredients

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    Butcher & Bee began as a sandwich restaurant, but quickly expanded to offer a wide range of dishes. All ingredients are sourced from local farms and growers in order to deliver the utmost flavour, but also to support the local economy.

    Choose from a number of different plates and combination options here. The Picnic For Two includes a full meal for 2 diners, while the house-made pickle plate features pickled vegetables that change seasonally. Tagliatelle pasta, shrimp and grits, and Israeli-spiced ribs are among the favourites here, but you can also find familiar dishes like fried chicken sandwich and pulled pork sandwich.

    Location: 902 Main St, Nashville, TN 37206, USA

    Open: Monday and Thursday from 4 pm to 8 pm, Friday–Saturday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 2 pm and 4 pm to 8 pm (closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 615-226-3322

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    Mitchell Delicatessen

    Nashville’s best sandwiches, thoughtfully crafted from quality ingredients

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    Founded in 2008, Mitchell’s Deli crafts East Nashville’s best sandwiches from high-quality, delicious ingredients. With a focus on natural, locally sourced foods, this deli offers a little something for everyone. The hot breakfast bar and soup du jour are popular with locals.

    Beyond the long list of delectable traditional sandwiches, which notably includes one of the best-rated banh mi options around, you’ll also find breakfast (including lox), a large salad bar, and vegan options, like the seitan supreme sub. There’s a kids’ menu featuring mainstays like PB&J, grilled cheese, and ham and cheese.

    Location: 1306 McGavock Pk, Nashville, TN, 37216, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 8 pm

    Phone: +1 615-262-9862

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    Husk Restaurant

    Redefining what it means to cook and eat in the South

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    Husk Restaurant sits in the middle of Rutledge Hill, one of Nashville’s historic neighbourhoods. Located just minutes from Historic Broadway, the restaurant is established by Chef Katie Coss, who has made it her mission to reinvent and reinterpret classic Southern fare, fuelled by heirloom products and locally sourced ingredients.

    Husk’s menu changes frequently and is seasonally based. Some of the menu items featured in the past include shrimp and grits, chicken with spinach and mushrooms, beef with green peppercorns, and pork chops with sweet potatoes and arugula. Other options have included catfish with shrimp head gravy and Carolina-grown rice.

    Location: 37 Rutledge St, Nashville, TN 37210, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Friday from 5 pm to 10 pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 615-256-6565

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    The Grilled Cheeserie

    An area favorite food truck turned brick-and-mortar restaurant

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    Who doesn’t love gooey, glorious cheese? That’s exactly what you’ll find at The Grilled Cheeserie, which started out as a food truck and evolved into a permanent restaurant. It’s even been featured on Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, as well as Eat St. on The Cooking Channel.

    The menu here is gloriously cheesy, from speciality melts like the pimento mac & cheese sandwich to the Buffalo South, and the B&B of Tennessee. However, you can also make your own melt beginning with 4 different cheese options, and then progressing to proteins, extras, and 4 types of bread. You’ll also find plenty of soups and sides to expand your meal.

    Location: 2003 Belcourt Ave, Nashville, TN 37212, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 615-203-0351

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    Nicky’s Coal Fired

    Tennessee’s first coal-fired pizza oven

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    Nicky’s Coal Fired offers authentic Italian food and features the first coal-fired pizza oven in Tennessee. Dubbed “Enrico”, it is used to cook pizzas, but also meat, seafood, and veggies. You’ll find all of those and so much more on the menu here, too.

    Pizza is the main draw at Nicky’s, and you’ll find everything from a daily pie to a classic Margherita, Nicky’s supreme, and the St. Pasquale, which comes topped with pepperoni, pecorino, garlic, and chilli flakes. You can also indulge in pasta dishes, salads, or satisfy a sweet tooth with a gelato or sorbet.

    Location: 5026 Centennial Blvd, Nashville, TN 37209, USA

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from 3 pm to 8 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +1 615-678-4289

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    Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

    The original location for Hattie B’s Nashville Hot Fried Chicken

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    Nashville hot fried chicken lives up to its name, and Hattie B’s is one of the original 2 restaurants to offer it. While the restaurant has expanded to multiple locations in the city, the Charlotte Avenue outlet is the place it all started.

    You can choose to eat your chicken almost any way you want. Opt for a hot chicken sandwich or go big with any of 8 different plate choices, including one that comes with a full half-chicken. The tenders plate is also a great choice. Slake your thirst with some of Hattie B’s homemade sweet tea, and finish with peach cobbler or banana pudding.

    Location: 5209 Charlotte Ave, Nashville, TN 37209, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm, Sunday from 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +1 615-712-7137

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    Two Ten Jack

    Izakaya-inspired food located in the heart of Nashville

    Two Ten Jack is an authentic izakaya experience in the heart of the South. However, there’s more here than just amazing ramen. You’ll also find a range of cocktails, draft and bottled beer, sake, shochu, and more.

    For your dining pleasure, start with a small plate, like the edamame or tsukemono. Or go with the 2-10-salad, or the sunomono (cucumber salad). Two Ten Jack also offers several speciality sashimi plates, a range of yakitori options, and, yes, ramen. The tonkatsu is particularly good, but you may also enjoy the tori paitan shoyu (chicken-based ramen), yasai shoyu (vegetable ramen), or the abura soba. Finish the night off with mochi, miso fudge pie, or ginger peach crumble.

    Location: 1900 Eastland Ave #105, Nashville, TN 37206, USA

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 615-454-2731

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    Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint

    Whole-hog smoked BBQ the whole family will love

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    Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is located not far from Hillsboro Village and Belmont University, providing easy access to some of the most delicious barbeque in Nashville. It all begins with a whole hog, roasted over coal and hickory chips for 20 hours. However, there’s more to love here than just pork.

    For BBQ lovers, you’ll find a range of sandwiches, including beef brisket, turkey, and even fried chicken. If you’ve got a bigger appetite, go for one of the trays like the spareribs or baby back ribs. Combo platters, smoked wings, and Southern-style sides are also available. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint also offers family suppers that will feed the whole crowd.

    Location: 3108 Belmont Blvd, Nashville, TN 37212, USA

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 615-200-1181

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    Biscuit Love

    True Southern biscuits and more, served with love

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    Biscuit Love, located in Gulch, offers access to one of the most delicious Southern icons imaginable – the buttermilk biscuit. This breakfast-themed eatery delivers huge portions of delicious food but gives options for those who might prefer a meal that's not on a biscuit.

    If you’re a confirmed biscuit lover, you’ll find lots to love here, like the East Nasty, topped with a boneless fried chicken thigh, or the Princess with hot chicken. The Southern Benny and S.E.C are also fan favourites. Not into biscuits? Go for the bananas foster oatmeal, the Lindstrom with Brussels sprouts, or get your jam on with some whipped yoghurt.

    Location: 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +1 615-490-9584

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    The 404 Kitchen

    A modern take on European classics in the heart of the South

    The 404 Kitchen offers a modern take on delicious European dishes, complete with Southern flare. You’ll find a broad range of meal options to satisfy almost any craving here, from beef and duck to pasta and salad. This is also where you’ll find the 404 Whiskey Club, where you can sample an impressive collection of options.

    If you’re just feeling a little peckish, start with a small plate such as avocado toast or meatballs. For hungrier diners, consider the cavatelli served over broccoli with preserved lemons or the green cabbage salad. Local favourites include the smoked pork shoulder, kung pao chicken, and the 404 Burger.

    Location: 507 12th Ave S Fl 2, Nashville, TN 37203, USA

    Open: Tuesday–Thursday from 5 pm to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Mondays and Fridays)

    Phone: +1 615-251-1404

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    Valerie Mellema | Contributing Writer

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