Nashville December 06, 2017
by Meghan Kraft 11 Ways Nashville Has Quietly Become One Of The Best Dining Destinations In America
In the last two years, Nashville has opened over 100 new restaurants across the city, increasing Friday night date and celebratory dining options exponentially. From the healthfully diverse menu at Avo to the deliciously indulgent Pastaria, Music City has broadened its range of eateries from one extreme to the next – and everyone is happy about it. Check out just how this pretty southern city has turned its culinary go-to’s from simple biscuits and gravy to the iconic 100-layer donut and exclusive Bacon Old Fashioned at Patterson House.
11. Nashville has managed to change with the times.
Although deeply tied to southern history, Nashville has managed to maintain one foot in the past and another in the future with its mishmash of traditional southern and fusion restaurants like Husk and The Standard.
10. There's plenty of options for those with allergies and dietary needs!
It will be hard to come by a restaurant in Nashville that doesn't cater to your personal and healthful needs. We'd recommend you head on over to Avo or The Wild Cow if you're looking for vegan and raw, though.
9. Music City ain't scared to get fishy.
Henrietta Red is a gorgeous seafood restaurant located in historic Germantown, and Fin & Pearl is sitting pretty and successful in the Gulch - both of which pivot on a seafood-centric menu. Nice seafood restaurants are few and far between in the Volunteer State, due to its landlocked location of course - but each new space boasts an expansive, delicious menu.
8. Old spaces have been made new, time and time again.
From Fort Louise in East Nashville to the beautifully renovated restaurant, The Standard downtown, Nashville is turning towards its beautiful core to create new eating experiences.
7. Inventive cocktails and bars are the new norm.
Old Glory opened in Edgehill Village last year to great fanfare, followed quickly by Hemingway's Hideaway and the gorgeous Attaboy - a name synonymous with the New York City location that operates without a menu.
6. Tapas are having a comeback.
Butcher & Bee has East Nashville covered, that hipster haven is set to go, but head over to Barcelona for an upscale menu offset perfectly by a gorgeous interior design.
5. Nashville welcomes newcomers.
Milk & Honey recently opened in The Gulch, and the open space and coffee bar that serves up Stumptown has seen a more than ravenous crush of crowds since its opening. It's a good problem to have, and we're so glad Chattanooga shared ol' M & H with the starved businessfolk of the Gulch.
4. And that includes folks from neighboring states, as well.
St. Louis-based Pastaria and Sump Coffee recently opened in West Nashville, and both have been lauded by locals for their fine attention to detail, from atmosphere and aesthetic to their spectacular eats.
3. Instagram has nothing on Nashville.
It's been proven that restaurants that provide more of a shareable social media experience as opposed to simply an inventive menu will see the greatest uptick in visitors.
2. This is a city that takes pride in local sourcing.
A majority of local restaurants seek to source straight from the area, from the longstanding Husk to the fairly new Bells Bend restaurant, The Old School.
1. Here, the customer is everything.
Call it southern hospitality if you will, but the truth of the matter is that Tennessee truly cares about how you feel, that you could kick up your feet in comfort and ease. That mindset reflects across our restaurant scene as well - here? You matter. Every time. And who doesn't want to visit when THAT'S the heart of everything?
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