Hungry for something different? Your next great meal is in Nashville, Tennessee. The city has been quietly climbing its way up the international foodie ladder, and now it’s on par with some of the biggest names out there. It’s not all about the grill, either; thanks to these eclectic, expert eateries, getting your fill of something a little different has never been easier.
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Starting off your evening with a light little cocktail will seriously help to get those juices flowing, so don’t hesitate to stop for a quick glass (or three!) before your meal. If you’re on the hunt for a classic kind of place, make a beeline for The Oak Bar at the Hermitage Hotel. Comfortable and chilled out, the place is situated in an early 20th century building and is booming with local history. Always opt for a bourbon and enjoy the crowd.
Queues are part and parcel of modern day eating, and while they might be a pain to endure, they’re almost always worth it in the end. Take Bolton’s Spicy Chicken and Fish. While the name might not be anything to go by, the constant queue is completely telling of the culinary magic waiting for you inside. Serving up simple, tasty food, the joint specializes in hot chicken, straight from the oven. It might not be fine dining, but it sure is going to stick around in your memory for a long time.
On the other side of the Southern food coin, Biscuit Love is serving up some of the finest biscuits for miles around. Having started as a food truck, the café soon spread its wings and opened up its very first permanent location in The Gulch. Biscuit Love covers all courses, starting things off with the likes of a fried chicken, cheese, and sausage biscuit, and guests can then polish off the meal with biscuit dough doughnuts. The food is good, filling, and simple; what more could you ask for?
In Nashville, the owners are often as colorful as the menu, so it pays to get to know who’s serving your food. Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint is run by Pat Martin, who keeps the clientele coming back for more. Serving up cuts of smoked meat, Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint specialises in all things pork, chicken, turkey, and sausage. Head downstairs to the underground bar to whet your appetite with the smells of cooking and make a dash for a table upstairs when you simply can’t hold off any more. The open air beer garden tops things off, turning this into an ultimate summer spot.
Proving that locally cooked food is often the best kind of food, Arnold’s Country Kitchen is home to some of the best Southern food around. While its “Meat & 3” dish (serving up, logically, one kind of meat with three sides) is locally famous, the dessert list is hard to beat. Fill up on sides as diverse as mac and cheese, fried apple, and turnip greens, and top it all off with a slice of lemon pie. You’ll be fit to bursting, but it will be worth it.