nashville foodie beyond words

When you think of the food scene in Nashville, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? If you said either buttermilk fried chicken, biscuits or barbeque, we’re not surprised. But long gone are the days of Music City being an exclusively Southern-cuisine scene. With a list of international hot spots added to the mix, ranging from Thai to Kurdish delights, it’s easy to see why Nashville is staking its claim as a culinary destination location. Here are the memorable Music City eats you’ll want to make on your next trip to Nashville!

 

Henrietta Red

Located in charming Germantown, Henrietta Red is as visually appealing as it is appetizing. Bursting with natural light and contemporary décor mixed with a bit of rustic flair, this is probably the most beautiful restaurant on our list. The menu designed by executive chef Julia Sullivan and GM/sommelier Allie Poindexter offers seasonal contemporary cooking and a raw oyster bar. The simple, fresh ingredients, stunning space, and shareable plates makes this spot an instant hit.

 

Biscuit Love

First coming onto the Nashville foodie scene as a loveable little Airstream food truck, Biscuit Love quickly gained a following as the fun spot to have a Southern brunch. The owners, husband-and-wife duo Karl and Sarah Worley, set this establishment apart by serving up breakfast and lunch items made from scratch (with a heaping side of love). To boot, their ingredients are consciously and locally sourced. Fan of a good photo op? Enjoy a giant, neon “NASHVILLE” or “MUSIC CITY” sign in the background of you getting down on some buttermilk biscuits on your next #NashvilleEats post here.

 

Arnold’s Country Kitchen

 

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One word to describe Arnold’s Country Kitchen? Legendary. Owners Jack and Rose Arnold have been cranking out southern favorites for over three decades. From country music stars to ordinary working folk, everyone has a seat at the table at Arnold’s. Don’t skip out on the fried green tomatoes or heavenly banana pudding here; it’s a rite of passage, so leave your diet at the door! This classic spot is the epitome of the infamous “meat ‘n’ three” plate. Just a word to the wise though: choose your sides carefully or you’ll come running back for more.

 

Thai Esane

 

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Owner Nina Sayasack has been serving Nashvillians with easily some of the tastiest traditional Thai cuisine in town over the past few years. You’re sure to find your favorite Thai dish done right here – think Tom Kha, Drunken Noodles, and a handful of mouth-watering curries, as well as some down-home family recipes. Don’t expect to find any glitz or glamour here, but expect that your taste buds will be met with full, authentic Southeast Asian flavor.

 

House Of Kabob

If you’re looking for a delicious switch-up from familiar American bites, head over to House of Kabob for traditional Kurdish cuisine. Some of the more well-known dishes include chicken kabobs, falafels, and gyros, alongside lesser known dishes like joojeh (grilled Cornish hen). Interesting fact: Music City is actually home to one of the country’s largest Kurdish populations, and you can be sure to enjoy food like a true ‘Kurd’ does here.

 

Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

No trip to Nashville would be complete without making a stop at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken, the place that’s red-handed for putting hot chicken on the map. How spicy does spicy get here? The heat levels range from “Southern” (no heat) to “Shut the Cluck Up” (burn notice). You might want to start a few heat levels down to acclimate yourself. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

 

Mas Tacos Por Favor

 

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Taco lovers, take delight in coming to a joint where you won’t at-all be judged for ordering more street-style tacos than you can eat because you can’t decide on just one! Mas Tacos Por Favor is another one of those food-truck-turned-restaurant success stories and it’s not hard to see why. There is only one requirement here: Come hungry! Taco times starts NOW.

Chauhan Ale & Masala House

 

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How does a love-child of Indian and Southern cuisine sound? It’s every. bit. of tantalizing that it sounds. Co-owner and Executive Chef Maneet Chauhan combined his Indian roots with his love for traveling and Southern cuisine to create something undeniably special at Chauhan. Where else can you try tandoori chicken poutine, a breakfast parantha taco or meatballs makhani? Regularly featured on Nashville’s “best of” lists, this revolutionary restaurant is truly a can’t-miss.

 

Martin’s Bar-B-Que

 

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Martin’s Bar-B-Que is on one simple mission: to spread the gospel of whole hog bar-b-que. Award-winning pit master Pat Martin’s original joint, nestled about 30-minutes south of Music City in Nolensville, already had a name for itself in the barbeque world. However, it wasn’t until he secured a 13,000-square-foot restaurant, bar, and backyard beer garden space in SoBro that his barbeque “got wings”. This is hands-down the spot to be to pig out on the best smoked meats in town.