In a world of Taco Bells and McDonalds, it’s nice to have a solid sit down at a sweet, hometown restaurant – don’t you think? We concur, and we’ve found our top ten mom & pop restaurants in Nashville for your perusal this summer. Try ’em all – if you can.
10. Varallo's Chile Parlor
The oldest restaurant in Nashville is family-owned and secret recipe guarded, keeping a lockdown on the best chile in the state.
9. Mitchell Delicatessan
The best deli sandwiches can be found in Inglewood, a hotspot for hipsters and local professionals alike. We LOVE their BLT with avocado!
8. Back Alley Diner
Located in downtown Nashville, it's here that you'll find the quintessential southern bar folk - and solid bar food.
7. Big Al's Deli
If you need catering, Big Al's your guy! Decadent southern staples round out a solidly meat heavy menu.
6. Sky Blue
This bright colored and quirky east Nashville eatery has the sunny disposition of your favorite hippie aunt, with the decadent pancakes straight from your childhood.
5. Athen's Family Restaurant
Speaking of pancakes - you probably need all of these from Athens. Open at all hours (literally), this 8th Ave location has a revolving door of hungry Nashvillians searching for a home cooked meal.
4. Arnold's Country Kitchen
Meat and three, anyone? Arnold's has the answer, written right and cooked to perfection. Grab your favorite side and a solid slice of pie and you're crushin' it.
3. Brown's Diner
Old and classic, Brown's diner gives you the southern hometown feel you're looking for. Whether you're a local or not, get ready to become best friends with your waitress - that's just how they do. And they do it well.
2. Rotier's Restaurant
The famous hamburger on a french roll keeps Rotier's on the radar for many a tourist, but Nashvillians love the spot, too. One part old school, the other classically deliicious - you'll be a convert.
1. Elliston Place Soda Shop
Milkshakes from heaven? Flaky pie crusts, carb heavy brunch food and pancakes with scads of butter...? Elliston Place Soda Shop is the perfect spot for a bit of nostalgia and a stunning bite of the past.
Have you visited any of these Nashville hometown hot spots..? Let us know YOUR favorites below!