Nashville's Foodie Playlist
What do you do when Condé Nast Traveler says "There's enough going on food-wise to warrant a trip solely for eating" about Music City? You plan a trip to eat and drink your way through the city, of course!
Ever the helpful planner, this Music City Playlist is dedicated to all things food inspired. There’s a lot of ground to cover if you want to squeeze it all in. And speaking of squeezing, that’s probably how you’ll be getting into your clothes after your visit. But it will be worth it, trust us.
So take a look at some of the spots you may want to hit and take a listen to the playlist of artists living or playing in Nashville who will have you hungry for more amazing music when you arrive. Hey, you may even be sitting next to your favorite artist at your new favorite Nashville restaurant. It happens all the time in Music City!
In just the next few months alone there are food and drink festivals nearly every weekend. Local favorites include the Tennessee Volksfest, Southern Artisan Cheese Festival, Oktoberfest, and Taste of Nashville. And let’s not leave out our beloved libations. Sip, swig, and swirl your glasses at events like Wine on the River, Nashville Whiskey Festival, and Nashville Beer Festival.
Celebrating its third year, Music City Food + Wine Festival has become the largest food event in the city. On September 19 and 20 the country's top chefs and wine, spirit, and beer crafters join chefs from in and around Nashville for two days of panels, showcases, cooking demos, meals, and more. The event, the creation of Caleb and Nathan Followill of Kings of Leon, also pairs delicious dishes with amazing music at the festival’s final event, Harvest Night. Only in Music City folks! For more details on the Music City Food + Wine Festival and to reserve tickets head to: visitmusiccity.com/musiccityfoodwinefest.
For a full list of food events happening in Music City follow: visitmusiccity.com/foodexperiences.
Straight From The Source
We’ve all learned we should believe everything we read, right? Well, maybe not always, but in this case we can! Here’s where the foodie experts are saying to go when you arrive in Music City.
Thrillist recently named East Nashville as “One of the Best Food Neighborhoods in America.” Many locals’ favorite restaurants are found in this funky borough including Pepperfire Hot Chicken, Pharmacy Burger Parlor and Beer Garden, Marche, Mas Tacos, Silly Goose, and Two Ten Jack. Get a taste of the neighborhood’s eclectic offerings on the Walk Eat Nashville food tour which offers tastings from six local restaurants as well as a history walking tour of the area. They also recently added a Midtown tour as well.
And while you are in the exploring mood make sure to check out Local Tastes of Nashville walking tour. They invite everyone to enjoy a variety of of food in Nashville's Germantown neighborhood. The tour includes five different restaurants and four unique sights including the new baseball stadium. Also, they just recently added a new walking tour of The Gulch.
Barista Parlor has gotten its fair share of ink. Named one of the “Essential Coffee Shops Across America” by Eater and named one the the “11 Best Coffee Shops in the US” by Men’s Journal, Barista is a coffee purist’s dream.
A beloved local favorite, Biscuit Love, is now the proud title holder of the “Best Sandwich” by Bon Appetit. The honor was bestowed upon the East Nasty, a biscuit, fried chicken thigh, aged cheddar, and sausage and gravy. Um yes...that does sound like the Best. Sandwich. Ever.
Nashville’s food scene is growing at a rapid pace, it’s almost impossible to keep up with...but we’re always up for a challenge! If you like to be among the first to give your review on a new place then here are some spots to check out. Little Octopus, located in East Nashville, celebrates “wholesome, clean and fresh food that people can feel good about eating every day.” 5th and Taylor, residing in a beautiful old warehouse in the historic Germantown neighborhood, was opened by James Beard nominee Daniel Lindley and has an extensive dinner and wine list. Fifty First Kitchen and Bar, located in The Nations neighborhood, features seasonal plates inspired by rustic Italian cuisine which is complemented by a small wine program and classic cocktail menu. Amari, a cozy cocktail bar opened in Hillsboro Village above Savarino’s Cucina. The menu offers a lengthy list of classic drinks and has the largest selection of amari and absinthe in town.
Don’t Forget the Classics
If you ask five Nashvillians their list of must-eat places you’ll get five different answers. But chances are you’ll hear a few names on most everyone’s list. So here are a few of our not-to-be-missed spots on your Nashville feeding frenzy.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen definitely tops many people’s list. When you see Nashville’s top chefs eating there for lunch you know it’s something special. This meat-and-three diner, pick a meat and three veggies, offers country staples as good (err...better) than momma made them.
Hattie B’s Hot Chicken has become a popular spot for both visitors and locals. And hot chicken is a bit of a Nashville delicacy. It was created here, we have a festival honoring it, and we have droves of people that line up for it. You don't, and we mean don't, leave Nashville without a bite of hot chicken.
City House, located in Germantown, has received nothing but rave reviews since it opened in 2007 by chef Tandy Wilson. The menu changes often based on what’s in season but the house-cured meats and pizza are always crowd pleasers.
Martin’s Barbecue is a must for all barbecue lovers. Pit master Pat Martin’s smoked meats can be eaten on their own or in his unique redneck tacos and brisket burgers.
Considered a classic after only being open two years is not an easy feat, but Rolf & Daughters has certainly earned the spot. Beard Award nominee Philip Krajeck serves up Mediterranean-influenced, self-described "modern peasant food." It’s quite a popular spot so make a reservation early.
Loveless Cafe is an essential stop on your Nashville tour for anyone wanting to experience good country cooking. Even though their legendary biscuits tend to be the main focus, don't miss out on other items such as the fried chicken and homemade desserts.
As shocking as this may sound, we’ve only skimmed the surface. For more restaurant ideas, food events, breweries and wineries, and more go to visitmusiccity.com/food.