Nashville is a fabulous city for foodies, a southern town that has come to encompass a whole streak of ethnic eats and delicious, newfangled trends. Whether you’re looking to indulge in a plate of pasta or perhaps nosh on a platter of tacos, these ten under-the-radar restaurants in Nashville are bound to whet your whistle. Try them out, fall in love, and leave a comment below. We want to hear all about your experience!
1. Pastaria Nashville
Pastaria opened a few years ago, but the St. Louis-based Italian eatery remains one of the most underrated eateries in the city. The warm atmosphere and comfort food - their cacio e pepe comes highly recommended! - is great for a quick date night or family evening out. Make sure to bring an empty stomach, and grab a glass of wine if you find yourself waiting. Their bar is wonderfully stocked and great for a quick chat while you wait for your table. Address: 8 City Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209
2. Athens Family Restaurant
Athens Family Restaurant remains one of the most consistently praised diners in Nashville, serving up everything from authentic Greek food to hefty southern platters. The breakfast options on the menu are plentiful and are bound to keep you nice and fully sated, at least 'til lunchtime. The sampler platter comes highly recommended, loaded with mounds of homemade hummus. Address: 2526 Franklin Pike, Berry Hill, TN 37204
3. Nicky's Coal Fired
This West Nashville eatery has been a true treat for the oft-forgotten western side of the city. Lively, sleek and modern, this fun pizza joint serves up everything from freshly baked pizza pies to decadent plates of pasta. The drink menu is wonderful as well, matching the contemporary Italian eatery with aplomb.
Address: 5026 Centennial Boulevard, Nashville, TN 37209
4. Mockingbird Nashville
Mockingbird puts a fun spin on the classic American "diner" food by adding a global twist to what could be considered average fare. Share a plate of chicken pot pie or maybe grilled cheese make with whipped brie, chimichurri, and jalapeno jam. It's all elevated here, folks. Address: 121 12th Avenue N, Nashville, TN 37203
5. Five Points Pizza
Ah, Five Points. One of the highlights of East Nashville's neon-sated culinary scene, this small pizza spot is a favorite for locals. It boasts a takeaway window as well as indoor seating, so you can choose whether or not you'd rather indulge on your own or in the company of others. No judgment, folks.
Address: 1012 Woodland Street, Nashville, TN 37206
6. Mile End Delicatessen
Mile End Deli can be found in The Fairlane Hotel, a boutique hotel found in downtown Nashville on Union Street. Boasting a full bar and wine list, this breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch eatery boasts everything from your favorite bagels to homemade smoked meats on a classic deli sandwich. From pierogies to tuna and avocado salad, Mile End has something for every palate. Address: 401 Union Street, Nashville, TN 37219.
7. Samurai Sushi
Located on Elliston lace, this cozy Japanese gem plays host to many a local during the week. Their great selection of Asian beers, as well as quirky, well-priced sushi platters (sushi with strawberries?! It exists!), have made this locally owned space a favorite to many. Address: 2209 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203.
8. Emmy Squared
Emmy Squared is based out of New York City and has managed to bring their Detroit-style pizza straight to Music City. Whether you're in the mood for a burger, sandwich or a carb-heavy delivery to your home, Emmy Squared is the place to go. Especially before all the tourists find out! Address: 404 12th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203.
9. Rotier's Restaurant
Rotier's is known for their french bread-based burgers and we have to say: they're a must-try. Even Charlie Daniels calls this spot one of the best in the whole city, which means the low-key and locally owned hidden gem should make it on a bucket list or two. Address: 2413 Elliston Place, Nashville, TN 37203.
10. Michaelangelo's Pizza
This low-key pizza joint may not look like much, but it's a great spot for folks looking to indulge in an affordable pizza that will make the whole family happy. Some folks call it their favorite in the city, and we can't blame them. It's a true Nashville treat! Address: 205 22nd Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203.