12 Great Nashville Restaurants That You’ve Never Tried!
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Whether a budding chef, a fine-cuisine connoisseur or simply a food fanatic, Nashville has dining options galore. No matter what your taste, you can find nearly all types of dining options in Music City, to accommodate any budget and any desired atmosphere.
A quick visit to UrbanSpoon.com reveals 100 Nashville restaurants with no shortage of delicious dishes.
No. 1 on the list is Garth Brooks-favorite The Pancake Pantry, located in the Hillsboro/West End area. With a sign proclaiming it as “A Nashville Tradition,” it’s not uncommon to see lines wrapped around the corner brick building for a taste of the flavorful flapjacks, served up with southern hospitality. Specialty pancake varieties include Sweet Potato, Village Smithy Santa Fe Cornmeal, Apricot-Lemon Delight, Caribbean, Smoky Mountain Buckwheat, Chocolate Sin and 14 more. More than their namesake, The Pancake Pantry also offers a variety of lunch items including “Created By You” sandwiches, assorted homemade soups and more.
Historic Germantown in East Nashville is home to a couple fine dining options in UrbanSpoon’s top 10, including Germantown Café (No. 10) and Monell’s (No. 5), which boasts two additional area locations. Characterized by southern American cuisine and a communal dining style, Monell’s features new menu items daily with new meat, side dish and salad options. Germantown Café offers delectable menus for brunch, lunch and dinner, plus a full bar. For brunch, try the Crab Cakes Benedict or Shrimp & Grits. Popular lunch items include the Asian Chicken Salad and Coconut Curry Salmon. The Fried Green Tomatoes make a good dinner starter before enjoying the Pan Seared Trout or Braised Lamb Shank.
Hot dog lovers have awesome options, including No. 12-ranked Cori’s DogHouse in Mount Juliet east of town, plus The Dog of Nashville (No. 76) in the Vanderbilt area. Cori’s, named for the proprietor’s daughter, has more than 20 hot dog varieties, each tied to a specific U.S. geography. For instance the Baltimore Dog is layered with bacon and cole slaw, while the Washington D.C.’s got banana peppers, onions, diced red peppers, pickles and mayo. Midwesterners will enjoy the Cincinnati with chili, cheese, onion and mustard, or the Kansas City with sauerkraut and Swiss cheese. Options abound at The Dog of Nashville, too. Choose your dog type (100% Angus beef, turkey, veggie, Polish sausage or beer brat), your bun type (sausage roll, poppyseed roll, wheat roll or French bread) and any topping you can fathom. Dogs come steamed, but can be grilled or fried at no charge.
Like your corned beef piled high? Then transport your taste buds to the heart of Manhattan at Noshville (No. 31), where the New York-style deli meets Nashville appetites. Four area locations include midtown, Cool Springs, Green Hills and Nashville International Airport. Take in a fresh-baked bagel, the Matzah Ball Soup with Noodles, the Pastrami on Rye, the Reuben or the Veggie Hoagie before indulging in New York Cheesecake. A full catering menu is offered, as well.
The Factory at Franklin is home to Saffire, which comes in at No. 55, according to UrbanSpoon. Saffire’s exposed kitchen puts the chefs on display as they prepare amazing dishes like Thai Spice Braised Beef Short Ribs, Kiss Yo’ Mama Catfish, Paella Saffire, Creole Shrimp & Pork, and more. Appetizer selections include Annette’s Fried Avocado, Lobster Empanadas and Char Su Chicken Lettuce Cups.
Relaxed, informal ambience greets patrons at five area Couva Calypso Café locations. With walls brightly painted to evoke island informality, guests sit in patio chairs while sipping the house fruit tea. Slow-cooked rotisserie chicken comes with your choice Caribbean barbecue, Jamaican Curry or Jerk sauces. Get to lunch early if you want the Island Burger, a frequent sell-out! Other menu favorites include the Lite Tropical Chicken Salad, with pineapple, curried mayo and raisins, and the Black Bean Salad. Calypso Café is ranked No. 79.
When folks think “Nashville,” they often think barbecue. And rightfully so! Four world-class BBQ joints make UrbanSpoon’s ranking, led by No. 13 Jack’s Bar-B-Que. In the heart of downtown Nashville’s honkytonk district, Jack’s is a popular tourist hotspot. Choose your barbecue Tennessee pork shoulder, Texas beef brisket, smoked turkey breast and more in either sandwich or plate form. Take Jack’s home with you with a selection of bottled sauces and meat rubs. Other barbecue eateries making the list include Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint in Nolensville (No. 37), and the multi-state chains Famous Dave’s (No. 57) and Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q (No. 62).
These are just a very few dining options available in our fine metropolis. We’ll be bringing you more highlights along the way. In the meantime, grab your knife and fork, ‘cause whatever you’re craving tonight, Nashville has something to satisfy your appetite. And there’s always room at the table.