The Catbird Seat
The Catbird Seat is Nashville’s most sought after reservation. It is often described as an “experience”. The restaurant has only 22 seats, surrounding a “U” shaped kitchen. The Chef prepares 12-14 mini courses right in front of you. You become part of the experience. Reservations can be made online, but availability may be 1-2 months out. You can book 1-4 in your party, and its currently $115 per person. However, it’s been said, “It’s worth the wait and every single penny!” Or as one Trip Advisor poster says, “OMG, get a reservation and GO!”
Princes Hot Chicken Shack
Established over 70 years ago, and awarded the 2013 James Beard Foundations “Americas Classic”, Princes Hot Chicken Shack is truly a Nashville classic. Check out some of Americas best hot chicken, with a great backstory of a lover’s scorn.
The Treehouse Restaurant
Winner of the Eater Awards “2016 Chef of the Year”, this unique restaurant does not lack for awards. From “Hottest Restaurant in Nashville” to “Best Appetizers” and “Bloody Mary”, this is an award-winning juggernaut.
A Germantown hotspot. Award winning chef and owner Tandy Wilson is renowned for his Southern rendition of Italian fare.
Rolf & Daughters
Occupying the former boiling house at Werthan Factory, Rolf & Daughters offers an award nominated Mediterranean influenced menu.
Two Ten Jack
In East Nashville, you will find Japanese inspired pub, Two Ten Jack, one of Nashville’s best Izakaya / Ramen house. More than just bowls of delicious noodles, Two Ten Jack also serves all manner of chicken, chicken wings and yakitori.
Although originally located in Nolensville, Martin’s now has a location in Nashville. The Belmont Boulevard location is in a 13,000-square foot restaurant, that includes a bar and backyard beer garden. Martin’s has been showcased on the Cooking Channel, Food Network, Travel Channel, and The Today Show. As well, Martin’s has been published in Bon Appetit, Conde Nast Traveler, Men’s Journal and Esquire. Famous Bar-B-Que Pit Master Pat says they don’t own a freezer or a microwave…everything is cooked fresh daily.
The 404 Kitchen
Located in the Gulch, and housed in a redesigned storage container, this unique restaurant offers a 45-seat restaurant, serving a delicious menu, fantastic cocktails and the largest whiskey collection in Nashville.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken
Hattie B’s is another famous hot chicken, hotspot in Nashville. Hattie B’s has locations in Midtown and Sylvan Park, and one opening soon in the Melrose community. The chicken is serve in a range of clever temperatures from ‘Southern’ (no heat) to ‘shut the cluck up!!!’ (burn notice).
Traditional Thai food runs in the family at Thai Esane! Nina Sayasack puts together a menu full of hot and delicious cuisine. A place you will not want to miss, Thai Esane is located on trendy 12th Avenue South near the Gulch.
Located in the Wedgewood-Houston area, Claire Meneely operates a bakery and café that offers daily fresh baked breads and pastries. No bun puns intended, but the proverbial ‘line out the door’ weekenders show you that ‘the proof is in the bread pudding’
The Grilled Cheeserie Melt Shop
One of Nashville’s most popular food trucks, The Grilled Cheeserie, is now a restaurant in Hillsboro Village. Currently, they are dishing up their legendary grilled cheese sandwiches with delicious soups and sides. And, as if this place couldn’t get any better, they have added a milkshake bar!
Holler & Dash
Created by parent company Cracker Barrel, Holler & Dash is a ‘fine-casual’ biscuit restaurant. Located in Hill Center in Brentwood, Holler & Dash offers a menu of delectable biscuits. You will also find favorite salads, beignets, breakfast bowls, parfaits, sides and drinks on their menu. Catering and online orders are available.
One of the most popular places to eat on Lower Broadway, the founder of this restaurant is an icon in the art of bar-b-que. He made his own signature style of bar-b-que by combining Texas style with the Tennessee style. Jack Cawthon was even featured on the television show Jeopardy in 2011, as the answer to the question, “The Bar-B-Que King, whose restaurant overlooks the Ryman”. Today there are 3 locations; Broadway, Trinity Lane and Charlotte Avenue.
Southern comfort food at its finest. From the first bite, you’ll know why Loveless Café makes every “to do while in Nashville list”. The Café opened in the 1950’s, and has since become a Nashville institution. The biscuits are divine, but the menu goes on to offer delicious southern style chicken, fish and beef. With options like watermelon ribs and shrimp and grits, you must be careful to make room for the fresh made sweet jams and pies. Loveless Café also offers lunch and dinner.
Beginning as a grocer, gas station and restaurant in the 1950’s, Puckett’s has grown into a local favorite, with 5 locations. Puckett’s serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, and has a local music artist or band that plays every night. For breakfast, try Bubba’s Eggs Benedict, and for lunch or dinner try a Strawberry Fields Salad or Peach Glazed Pork Chops. Yum!
A Music City favorite, Arnold’s “Meat & 3” is an experience you cannot miss! You pick a meat and then choose 3 sides from their menu. Arnold’s possibly has the best soul food around. With over 30 years in business, they must be doing something right! Some of the offerings from the menu include roast beef, chicken and dumplings, mac and cheese, and homemade banana pudding. Arnolds also offers sandwiches, salads, drinks and desserts.