If music makes Nashville, TN, its growing food scene completes it as a travel destination. Conde` Naste Traveler recently wrote about the Music City’s potential for a trip solely for eating. From steaks to pulled pork, hot chicken to hash browns, biscuits to beergartens, Nashville has a lot of Southern and other foods to offer its culinary visitors. Here is a look at some of the best restaurants in Nashville that could very well become your sole reasons to visit the city.
Kayne Prime: Boutique Steakhouse
Kayne Prime is a chic boutique American steakhouse with a unique, progressive food and wine menu which you can enjoy in a classy modern-rustic setting. The menu features a fusion of American and international flavors. Enjoy starters like wagyu tartare, tuna with toasted sushi rice and Japanese flavors, popcorn buttered lobsters, greens like beet pave and edamame prosecco, quality barbecue like the Wagyu Strip, Wagyu Filet mignon and signature chapeaux to go with it. Sides like shishito peppers with cipollini ginger and sesame and creamed spinach with truffle and fried eggs bring fine dining and comfort food together in a perfect blend.
The award winning interiors of the restaurant features rich leathers, sleek warm wood, and walls stylishly wrought from reclaimed railway ties. While you dine, you can enjoy views of historic Union Station and its train yards and the Nashville skyline.
The restaurant has a business casual dress code, with shorts, flip flops, hats and sleeveless shirts or jerseys not permitted for gentlemen. Walk-ins are welcome, though reservations are recommended.
Address: 1103 McGavock Street, Nashville, TN 37203
For reservations, call: 615.259.005
Biscuit Love: 100% Homemade Biscuits
Biscuit Love is a casual eatery that offers a vast selection of scrumptious, fully homemade biscuits to tease your Southern Food-loving palate. The menu is served from 7 am to 3 pm, and includes a fabulous breakfast menu, a la carte menu and John’s Ham Bar offering a sampling of regional hams served with beaten biscuits, pimineto cheese and honey. Iconic offerings of the popular restaurant include the Bonuts, which is fried biscuit dough with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote, classic breakfasts like steak and eggs or biscuit and sausage gravy, and lunch offerings like the Lindstrom, which features shaved brussel sprouts, hazelnuts, parmesan and lemon vinaigrette and is served with two poached farm eggs. Kids under 12 have their own menu.
The drinks on offer range from hot and cold teas, juices, coffees, cocktails, beer on tap and popular bottled beers like Jackalope Thunder Ann, Hi Wire Lager and Stiegl Radler. The restaurant strives to use the best local ingredients and works with local suppliers and farms.
Address: 316 11th Avenue South Nashville, TN 37203
Puckett’s Gro. & Restaurant: Comfort Food with Live Music
The country’s several Puckett’s locations are well known for their pulled pork, meatballs and other barbecue items slow-cooked on cherry wood, delicious home-cooked sides like pinto beans, cobblers, along with a smattering of upscale dishes, to be enjoyed with live music. The original Puckett’s was established in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee, and that old Southern hospitality continues to be felt at the Nashville location.
The restaurant’s breakfast platters include favorites like cornbread waffle, slow-smoked brisket hash, French toast, country ham and eggs, Gouda grits, free range omelets, burritos and more. A variety of biscuits and side orders can help you customize your meal. Lunch menus include meat and veggie chalkboard plates and classic Southern staples as sides, soups, salads like the popular Strawberry Fields salad, hot chicken sandwiches, fried catfish, and handcrafted burgers or sandwiches. The dinner menu offers hot wings, fried tomatoes, and some upscale dishes like fillet mignon along with traditional Cajun chicken and waffles and more. Homemade desserts wrap up the extensive menu. Kids can choose from their own menu too.
Address: 500 Church St Nashville, TN
For reservations, call: 615.770.2772
Adele’s by Jonathan Waxman: Seasonal Comfort Food
Adele’s, named after Jonathan Waxman’s mother, is a spacious, airy open-kitchen style restaurant that is a partnership of the 1210 McGavock Street Hospitality Partners. The restaurant features an open kitchen with a wood-burning oven and large fireplace grill that offers up authentic comfort food with seasonal ingredients sourced from local farms and suppliers.
Adele’s is open for dinner every day, lunch on Fridays and Saturdays, and offers a scrumptious Sunday brunch buffet, besides offering customized catering. The seasonal menu includes mains like risotto, redfish with mushrooms and mascarpone, gnocchi, Bavette steak with ragu and the popular JW Chicken. The Sunday Brunch menu includes buttermilk biscuits, Brooklyn bagels, and seasonal fruit salads for the health conscious, seasonal soups, whole roasts, Adele’s potato hash and a cold cuts platter, besides desserts. Note that the menu keeps changing according to season and the chef’s inspiration.
Adele’s also offers special holiday menus, a large menu of wines, draught beers, cocktails and soft drinks and whiskey. Catering for private events is also offered, with in-house seating for parties as small as ten to receptions for 300.
Address: 1210 McGavock Street, Nashville, TN 37203
For reservations, call: 615.988.9700
Hattie B’s: Iconic Nashville Hot Chicken
A look at Nashville’s food scene is incomplete without a mention of the city’s iconic hot chicken. This Nashville creation has been celebrated by celebrities like Jerry Seinfeld and indie rockers Yo La Tengo. Hattie B’s is one of the popular, newer hot chicken eateries in town, opened in August 2012 by an ex-music professional Nick Bishop Jr. Hattie B’s hot chicken is classic fried chicken for those who like it hot and spicy. The restaurant has two locations across town, in Midtown and West Nashville.
On the menu are hot chicken in every form – hot chicken sandwiches with cole slaw and Nashville comeback sauce, whole birds, wing platters, tenders and sides. You can of course enjoy Southern style fried chicken with no heat, but if you like it spicy, there are four creatively-named heat levels to choose from – mild or medium, hot!, Dam Hot and Shut the Cluck Up.
Classic sides to enjoy with your meal include pimento mac and cheese, French fries, southern greens and baked beans. No Southern meal is complete without desserts like banana pudding and seasonal cobblers, and Hattie B’s also makes sure the kids are happy with their own menu. Hattie B’s offers draught beer to go with your hot chicken. Don’t fancy a sit-down dinner? You can also place an order to go.
Address: 112 19th Ave S Nashville, TN 37203
For reservations, call:615.678.4794
The Pharmacy: Burger Parlor and Beer Garden
The Pharmacy is a tribute to Nashville’s large German immigrant population. It is the city’s original biergarten, offering beer and German sausages along with its classic soda fountain churning out ice cream sodas, milkshakes and phosphates.
The comfortable and friendly indoor and outdoor setting is ideal for a casual day or night out, and the restaurant offers a heated waiting lounge for chilly nights. The burger menu includes specialties like the classic pork Bratwurst, Bockwurst and Biergarten Platter sausages, burgers (cooked medium-well or as you like it) like the Pharmacy Burger, the unique Stroganoff burger and even Falafel Burger. If you prefer chicken and turkey, there are options available. A variety of innovative toppings like beer mustard, wasabi aioli and curry ketchup will spice up your burgers.
The Pharmacy offers a variety of German and non-German beers on tap and on ice to choose from. You can place to-go orders at the bar, if you’d like to avoid the inevitable waiting queues on fine nights.
Address: 731 Mcferrin Ave Nashville, TN 37206