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Nashville | For the very first time


Nashville may have built its reputation as a music mecca, but more and more people are making the pilgrimage here to check out the food scene.

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Nashville | For the very first time


Nashville may have built its reputation as a music mecca, but more and more people are making the pilgrimage here to check out the food scene.

Nashville may have built its reputation as a music mecca, but more and more people are making the pilgrimage here to check out the food scene. High profile James Beard award-winning chefs are coming from other cities to open up restaurants; artisans are setting up shop to make craft spirits and chocolates; and Grammy award-winning musicians are investing in hipster coffee shops. But fear not, it’s not all glitz and glamour. You can still enjoy the classics like the meat n’three Southern diners, the hot chicken joints and the honky tonk bars. 

Here is a guide for the first time you visit Music City with recommendations for both quintessential Nashville places and the newer spots the pros are raving about. All recommendations come from chefs and bartenders. To get the full Nashville guide, download the free Find. Eat. Drink. iPhone app.


MORNING

Breakfast & Brunch

Photograph Courtesy of Loveless Cafe

Photograph Courtesy of Loveless Cafe

Loveless Cafe

Hot biscuits, country ham, fried chicken, pit-cooked pork barbecue and lots of other Southern greatest hits.

"This is a classic place that I recommend for either breakfast and brunch." - Chef Margot McCormack of Margot Cafe & Bar

"They have great breakfast all day and really, it's like when you come to Nashville you have to check out Loveless Café." - Chef Kevin McCauley of Hattie B's Hot Chicken

400 Highway 100, Nashville, TN 37221 | T: 615.646.9700 | www.lovelesscafe.com  

Monell's Dining

For old fashioned traditional Southern cooking served in a restored Victorian brick house from the early 1900s.

"Decidedly Southern with its big breakfast buffet. The fried chicken is ridiculously good, as is the corn pudding and all the pies." - Chef Margot McCormack of Margot Cafe & Bar

1235 6th Avenue North, Nashville, TN | T: 615.248.4747  | monellstn.com  

Husk Nashville

Charleston chef Sean Brock brings his Southern cuisine to Rutledge Hill. James Beard Award-winning Brock limits his ingredients to only products available in the South, which he meticulously sources.

"Absolutely fantastic for brunch. Sometimes you'll see that second location of restaurants seem to lack the soul of the original, but not here." - Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table, The Imperial Life

37 Rutledge Street, Nashville, TN 37210 | T: 615.256.6565 | www.husknashville.com


BAKERY

Breakfast Sandwich | Sweet 16th Bakery

Get your sugar rush from their fresh baked treats or opt for a savory breakfast quiche, sandwich or gritatta (an original creation of baked grits with aged provolone cheese and topped with an egg custard, portobello mushrooms, green onions, and sundried tomatoes).

"The best breakfast sandwich in town. It is an egg and cheddar cheese souffle served on a cheddar cheese scone." - Chef / Butcher Chris Carter of Porter Road Butcher

"We have coined this breakfast sandwich 'The Crack Sandwich' because it is so delicious you always want more." - Chef / Butcher James Peisker of Porter Road Butcher

311 North 16th Street, Nashville, TN 37206 | T: 615.226.8367 | www.sweet16th.com  


COFFEE

Photograph Courtesy of Barista Parlor

Photograph Courtesy of Barista Parlor

"It's a little geekier, like a real intense coffee geek spot." - Chef Philip Krajeck

Photograph Courtesy of Barista Parlor

Photograph Courtesy of Barista Parlor

Barista Parlor

"It's super cool, well-designed in a old transmission shop. They serve Stumptown, Intelligentsia and Sightglass and have their own unique thing going on." - Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters

"It’s a great open space and they’re sourcing amazing coffee and applying them to almost rigorous technique with the best equipment that they can put it through. They’re pulling flavors out of coffee that we didn’t know existed too long ago." - Chef Tandy Wilson of City House

519 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206 | T: 615.712.9766 | www.baristaparlor.com

Photograph Courtesy of Crema

Photograph Courtesy of Crema

Crema

"They roast their own beans. Super informative and super passionate. I like a hot black and bitter coffee like the Costa Rican one, San Lorenzo de Tarrazu. Notes of key lime, black cherry and maple." - Chef Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen

"When I saw the barista weighing coffee grounds with a gram scale and then weighing out the actual espresso shot, I was impressed. The baristas here really love their jobs and it’s just a really cool shop. They do great seasonal coffee drinks as well. They have one in the summer called the Café Tom Kau that’s a double espresso with Kaffir lime leaf syrup and coconut milk shaken like a cocktail." - Chef Josh Habiger of Pinewood Social

15 Hermitage Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204
T: 615.255.8311 | 
www.crema-coffee.com


FARMERS MARKET

Nashville Farmers Market

"It is open seven days a week, which is very rare, and is one of the best in the country. There are so many purveyors and also a beautiful nursery attached to it with lots of potted herbs and plants." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

900 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37208
T: 615.880.2001 | www.nashvillefarmersmarket.org


SHOPS

Photograph Courtesy of David Braud Photography for Olive & Sinclair

Photograph Courtesy of David Braud Photography for Olive & Sinclair

Small-Batch Artisan Chocolates | Olive and Sinclair

Artisanal bean-to-bar chocolate makers. Chef-turned-chocolate maker Scott Witherow worked at famous restaurants like the Fat Duck and Nobu in London and Alinea in Chicago. Drop by their shop located in an old grocery store built in 1900.

"What is cool is that any dish with their chocolate in it is so outrageous, because this chocolate is so incredible." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

1628 Fatherland Street, Nashville, TN 37206 | T: 615.262.3007 | www.oliveandsinclair.com   

Gourmet Foods & Cheeses | Lazzaroli Pasta Shop and Italian Market

An Italian market where you can find fresh made pasta, house-made sauces, cheese, and imported products.

"Tom Lazzaro makes lots of different fresh pastas from filled to fresh pastas to extruded noodles and imports olive oils and salumi. He makes his own ricotta cheese and every Saturday he makes fresh mozzarella that sells out that day." - Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters

"It's a great authentic salumeria type shop. I like to call Tom the ‘Pasta Nazi’ because the first time I ever bought pasta for a restaurant from him he grilled me on who was going to cook the pasta and how they were going to do it. If he came in and it was wrong, we’d never be able to buy pasta again. On Saturdays, he sells fresh mozzarella. He sells out by noon."  - Chef Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen

1314 5th Avenue North #100, Nashville, TN 37208 | T: 615.291.9922 | www.lazzaroli.com


LUNCH

Quintessential Nashville

Hattie B's | Photo Courtesy of Visit Music City

Hattie B's | Photo Courtesy of Visit Music City

Hattie B's Hot Chicken

They take hot very seriously here. They fry to order and you can choose from Mild, Medium, Hot and Damn Hot.

"A Nashville must-eat. I love their hot chicken - the consistency, the flavor, the amount of spice that they put on is all spot on. I order Southern all the way to Shut The Cluck Up, which is the hottest. I’d say I get either medium or the hot. Order a local Jackalope beer."  - Chef Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen

112 19th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.67.4794 | 
www.hattieb.com   

Arnold's Country Kitchen

One of the best known meat and three restaurants. You get one main dish and three sides.

"I always take visiting friends here. it’s a Nashville institution. You walk through a cafeteria-style line and choose three side dishes from 8-15 options and one protein from four or five options. You have to try the brisket, jalapeno cheese grits and bread pudding. There are a lot of meat and threes in Tennessee, but Arnold’s does it the best." - Chef Josh Habiger of Pinewood Social

"The green beans and the pies are incredible. The meatloaf is my absolute favorite." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

"Where else do you find a place where they still make yeast rolls? Not many. They’re making their own pie crust. Everything is seasoned to perfection. It’s ridiculous. And their skill in here, they’re working on it like the place opened last year." - Chef Tandy Wilson of City House

"It is lunch-only and just amazing Southern food, done really well. I love the tomato pie, fried livers, and the pork chop." - Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughers

605 8th Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.256.4455


AFTERNOON SWEETS

Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

Part of Jeni Britten Bauer’s ever expanding ice cream empire. Her ice cream flavors span the range from traditional to fanciful and inventive.

"Jeni’s flavors are so fun." - Ice Cream Maker Kim Malek of Salt & Straw

1892 Eastland Avenue, Nashville, TN | T: 615.262.8611
2312 12th Avenue South, Nashville, TN | T: 615.292.7794
jenis.com


BOOZE TASTING & TOURS

Corsair Artisan Spirits Distillery

They make gin, triple smoke whiskey, quinoa whiskey, and rye-mageddon as well as seasonal and more experimental creations like Old Punk and Amarillo. Plan ahead and book one of their distillery tours or just stop in to buy a bottle.

"It’s the first distillery to start distilling within the Nashville city limits since before Prohibition. They're doing a lot of experimental stuff. I really like the Triple Smoke Whiskey, Quinoa Whiskey, and their Barrel-Aged Gin." - Bartender Matt Tocco of Pinewood Social

1200 Clinton Street, #110, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.200.0320 | www.corsairartisan.com

Yazoo Brewery

Started in 2003 by founder and brewmaster Linus Hall, who started his beer brewing escapades in college in the '90s. Their tours cost $7.00, but you get a souvenir logo glass and plenty of samples of their beer.

"They’re our local beer in town and we sometimes collaborate with them." - Chef / Chocolate Maker Scott Witherow of Olive & Sinclair

910 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.891.4649 | yazoobrew.com


DINNER

Photograph Courtesy of Rolf & Daughters

Photograph Courtesy of Rolf & Daughters

New American | Rolf & Daughters

Housed in a historic 100-year-old Werthan Factory with food that is Mediterranean-influenced and made using Southern ingredients. Chef Philip Krajeck changes his menu weekly depending on seasonality.

"I love what chef Phil Krajeck does. It’s rustic peasant food with a simplicity. He makes beautiful pasta, bright flavors, and he is constantly changing the menu. The octopus bucatini is great and the squid ink cavatelli is beautiful." - Chef Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen

"The pastas are some of the best I’ve ever had anywhere, and the roast chicken too." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

"The food here is pretty epic. They do the best fresh pasta ever. Their garganelli verde pork ragout is amazing. This is one of the places where you take a bite and you just chew real slow." - Chef Kevin McCauley of Hattie B's

700 Taylor Street, Nashville, TN 37208 | 615.866.9897 | www.rolfanddaughters.com

Italian & Pizza | City House

Chef Tandy Wilson’s Germantown Italian menu includes artisan pizzas, cooked in a wood-fueled oven, house-cured salami, a few pasta selections and even a few southern favorites like catfish and trout.

"City House is our go-to. Tandy Wilson makes super thoughtful, Italian-based food, but with really strong Southern influences. They make really great pizzas, charcuterie and catfish, but with Italian-style condiments. They do Sunday suppers, which are more eccentric, playful pork-centric dishes. Like pork rinds which cheese dust or hot chicken spice." - Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters

"On Sundays, go for a headcheese burger and pork belly pizza. All pizzas come with the option of having a fried egg on top." - Chef Matt Bolus of The 404 Kitchen

"Order the pan-roasted octopus, Frico and Carolina trout." - Chef Josh Habiger of Pinewood Social

1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208 | T: 615.736.5838 | www.cityhousenashville.com    

American | 404 Kitchen

Housed in a former shipping container, chef Matt Bolus sources his ingredients from middle Tennessee. You'll see lots of varieties of vegetables like different kinds of eggplant, okra, dandelion greens and tomatoes. You'll also find Benton's 14 month aged country hams, Anson Mills skillet cornbread, and Kennedy Farms chicken liver pate. Matt loves his burrata dish, made fresh every day.

404 12th Ave South, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.251.1404 | the404nashville.com


COCKTAILS

The Patterson House | Photo Courtesy of Visit Music City

The Patterson House | Photo Courtesy of Visit Music City

The Patterson House

Music City’s speakeasy pays homage to bourbon, as well as the Tennessee governor who vetoed the return of state-wide prohibition in 1909. You may miss it the first few times you try to find it, but that's part of the game. The list features 30 original and 20 classic cocktails.

"The Patterson House makes the best drinks in town. It’s like a clandestine place, a secret thing. There is no sign out front. They have velvet curtains and a hostess seats you, there is no standing room. Because the cocktails are laborious and take time to make, they want the drinks to be really good and not to lose their quality and their craftsmanship. So they don’t open up the place for a lot of people ordering drinks." - Bartender Matt Tocco of Pinewood Social

1711 Division Street, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.636.7724 | thepattersonnashville.com   

Bar No. 308

Known for great craft cocktails minus the attitude of a speakeasy. Look for a menu with drinks that give a nod to the literary crowd, with cocktails named after famous writers like Charles Bukowski.

"Because it has a dive bar feel with creative well-made cocktails." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

"308 is more of a hangout kind of place and they make really good drinks. They’re doing a lot of unique things, like carbonating drinks and making their own syrups. It’s a place where the music is going to be really loud and you meet people and roam around the room." - Bartender Matt Tocco of Pinewood Social

407 Gallatin Avenue, Nashville, TN 37206 | T: 615.650.7344 | www.bar308.com


MUSIC BARS

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Robert's Western World

Music City’s premiere Honky Tonk club. Live hillbilly, rockabilly and traditional country music with no cover charge. On Sundays, they have a morning Gospel Fellowship.

"It is the best honky tonk in town. Get the Recession Special, which is a fried bologna sandwich, a bag of chips and a PBR for $5. Hang-out and enjoy a bit of Nashville's history." - Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters

"For the fried bologna sandwiches, cheap Busch beer in a can, and incredible honky tonk music." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

416 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203
T: 615.244.9552 | www.robertswesternworld.com

Crying Wolf

A bar, a restaurant and a music venue rolled into one nice package.

"This is part of the new wave of dive bars, tasteful, operated by young kids, a cool patio outside, the perfect place to go for a glass of whiskey with ice in it." - Chef Sean Brock of Husk Nashville, Husk Charleston, McCrady's, Minero

823 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
T: 615.953.6715 | www.thecryingwolf.com

Springwater Supper Club & Lounge

Stop in for pool, darts and bands. This is an iconic divy watering hole where the Black Keys shot their video for Little Black Submarines.

"It’s a dive bar with shows and it’s a smoky, grimy place where you shoot pool and listen to music. No liquor license, so you come here to drink beer." - Bartender Matt Tocco of Pinewood Social

115 27th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.320.0345 | www.thespringwater.com


LATE NIGHT

Pinewood Social | Photo Credit: Dave Malkoff [flickr]

Pinewood Social | Photo Credit: Dave Malkoff [flickr]

Pinewood Social

This is a catchall social lounge with coffee in the morning, brunch on weekends, cocktails at night and bowling and karaoke all day long. Eat breakfast, lunch or dinner from the menu created by chef Josh Habiger of The Catbird Seat. The drink menu was developed by Matt Tocco, formerly of Rolf and Daughters and The Patterson house.

"With its retro social club vibe, Pinewood Social reminds me of a Southern version of the ACE Hotel lobby in NYC. Throughout the day, creatives of Nashville arrive for drinking in all its forms - a coffee bar from Crema (try the coffee cocktail Easy Like Sunday Morning) and killer cocktails from the Matt Tocco. When the mood strikes, beer and bowling is in the next room." - Bartender Brooks Reitz of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co, Leon's Oyster Shop

Open until 1am
33 Peabody Street, Nashville, TN 37210 | T: 615.751.8111 | 
pinewoodsocial.com   

Paradise Park Trailer Resort

Drink $6 pitchers of beer in Downtown Nashville. They also have a full liquor bar and 24 different types of beer on tap. When you've worked up an appetite, they serve their Paradise Burger with hand-cut fries.

"Perfectly greasy and perfect in every bad and guilty way you need a cheeseburger to be. It’s a lifesaver after a long night of drinking." - Chef Josh Habiger of Pinewood Social

Open until 4am
411 Broadway, Nashville, TN 37203 | T: 615.25.1515 | www.paradiseparkonline.com   

Prince's | Photo Credit: Sean Russel [flickr]

Prince's | Photo Credit: Sean Russel [flickr]

Prince's Hot Chicken

One of the most famous hot chicken joints in the country.

"Everybody likes Prince's, it's a classic fried chicken joint. They fry the chicken in a cast iron pan on a home stove in the back and they cook it to order. It is wicked hot and it's killer, but if you eat it all the time it will take years off your life." - Chef Philip Krajeck of Rolf & Daughters

"One of America's most amazing regional dishes. The chicken can't be fancy, with ton of spices packed on, and served on a styrofoam plate or paper boat. And it has to hurt." - Jeni Britton Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams

"Hot fried chicken, not wings, and it's the color of smoked paprika. It’s a slow burn, with white bread, pickles. It's awesome." - Chef / Chocolate Maker Scott Witherow of Olive & Sinclair

Open until 4am on weekends
123 Ewing Drive, Nashville, TN 37207 | T: 615.226.9442

Souvenirs


Souvenirs


Olive & Sinclair

Locally-made artisan chocolates recommended by chef Sean Brock. Scott Witherow worked as a chef at some of the most famous restaurants in England before returning to his hometown to become a chocolate maker. 

www.oliveandsinclair.com | Where To Buy

 

Corsair Artisan Spirits

Making artisan spirits in downtown Nashville. Bartender Matt Tocco is a fan of their Triple Smoke Whiskey, Quinoa Whiskey and Barrel-aged Gin, but they have a lot of other spirits to pick from.

www.corsairdistillery.com | Where To Buy

Belle Meade Bourbon

Bartender Matt Tocco likes this locally-distilled bourbon from Nelson’s Green Brier Distillery. Their grandfather used to distill pre-Prohibition and it was one of the biggest distilleries in the area. It went out of business because of Prohibition and now they’re bringing back their grandfather’s bourbon.

www.greenbrierdistillery.com | Where To Buy

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Sean Brock

Executive chef and partner in Husk in Nashville, Husk, McCrady's, Minero in Charleston.

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tandy wilson

Chef and owner of City House in Nashville.

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Philip Krajeck

Chef and owner of Rolf & Daughters in Nashville.

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JOSH HABIGER

Chef at Pinewood Social in Nashville.


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Matt Bolus

Chef of The 404 Kitchen in Nashville.

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Margot McCormack

Chef and owner of Margot Cafe & Bar in Nashville.

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Kevin McCauley

Chef at Hattie B's Hot Chicken in Nashville.

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Scott Witherow

Chef, chocolate maker and owner of Olive & Sinclair in Nashville.


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james peisker

Chef, butcher and partner at Porter Road Butcher at Nashville.

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CHRIS CARTER

Chef, butcher and partner at Porter Road Butcher in Nashville.

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Jacob Sessoms

Executive chef and owner of Table, The Imperial Life in Asheville.

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Matt Tocco

Head Bartender at Pinewood Social in Nashville.


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Brooks Reitz

Bartender co-founder of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co, partner in Leon's Oyster Shop in Charleston.

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KIM MALEK

Ice cream maker and owner of Salt & Straw in Portland, OR & L.A.

 
 

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