Nashville's Food Scene - In the News
Nashville's food scene is getting rave reviews all over the world. New articles and rankings come out all the time highlighting the culinary attraction of Music City. Take a look at some favorite article quotes and rankings.
"There is an amazing energy to the city right now, and that's really apparent in the food scene."
- Ben Goldberg, of Strategic Hospitality (Patterson House, The Catbird Seat, Pinewood Social, and more), to USA Today
"No other Southern city of my acquaintance claims quite the heady mix of artists, designers and fashion-forward restaurants as the home of the Grand Ole Opry."
- The Washington Post
Barista Parlor was named one of The 38 Essential Coffee Shops Across America by Eater.
Barista Parlor was named one of The 11 Best Coffee Shops in the U.S. by Men's Journal.
"All boomtowns have deep appetites, but Nashville has something that even great cities have trouble cultivating: an idiosyncratic gastronomic culture that knows how to be comforting, creative and curious, regional yet cosmopolitan."
Fox's Donut Den was named one of The 21 Best Donut Shops in America by Thrillist.
"I found plenty of reasons to pack your best pair of eating pants and head southeast to Nashville."
~ St. Louis Post-Dispatch
OpenTable diners named Virago as one of the Top 100 2014 Hot Spot Restaurants in America.
"The Nashville recipe is quite close to perfect: one part good people, one part great food, finished with a dash of honky-tonk for that added burst of flavor."
~ The Local Palate
Philip Krajeck, Chef/Owner of Rolf & Daughters, was named among Zagat's list of 10 Southern Chefs to Watch.
"There's enough going on food-wise to warrant a trip solely for eating"
~ Condé Nast Traveler
Barista Parlor was named one of America's Best Coffee Shops by Epicurious.
"...you’ve arrived at the country’s newest culinary mecca."
~ Food Republic
Husk Nashville is #6 in GQ's Best New Restaurants in America.
"Enterprising chefs are the new country-music stars, bringing refined yet unfussy restaurants to emerging neighborhoods."
~ Travel + Leisure
Nashville is listed in Food Republic's 24 Places to Visit for Fantasy Food Travel.
"as an established “foodie” city, Nashville has many palate-pleasing options to appease even the pickiest of cuisine connoisseurs."
~ Travel Thru History
Rolf & Daughters was named one of The 33 Best New Restaurants in America by Thrillist.
"Nashvillians love to eat. And I love that about Nashville. It's not only the Music City, it's also the Food City."
~ Zac Brown Band Chef Rusty Hamlin in an AP article on ABCNews.com
Etch was named the best restaurant in Nashville in Zagat's 2014 America's Top Restaurants Survey.
"Sure Nashville has earned its rep as Music City…but there's another kind of jammin' goin on in the country music capital. Imaginative chefs are transforming the food scene – check out the James Beard nominations and placements on top American restaurant lists. From upscale eateries to buzzy food trucks on the streets of hip nabes like East Nashville and The Gulch, here's what's cookin' in Nashville."
~ Budget Travel
Nashville was named one of the Ten Best Cities for BBQ in the United States by Hopper.
"I felt like there was some really good cooking going on, and I have to say I had a lot more fun eating in Nashville than I do in Atlanta. Nashville is truly trying to be its own thing which I appreciated."
~ New York Times
Nashville restaurant Rolf & Daughters was named #3 Best New Restaurant in America 2013 by Bon Appetit.
“With a strong Southern food identity and a bevy of nearby farms, all Nashville needed to become a red-hot culinary destination was a dose of innovation – and it has arrived.”
~ Travel + Leisure
Music City Eats: Nashville Food, wine, & spirits festival voted in the Top 15 Best Food Festivals in North America by Fodor's.
"Music City hums with star chefs and fantastic food.”
~ New York Post
Four Nashville bars, Holland House Bar and Refuge, Whiskey Kitchen, The Patterson House, and Capitol Grille, were named among America's 55 Best Bourbon Bars by The Bourbon Review.
"'In the 15 years I've been gone, Nashville has transformed into an amazing new food city with new young chefs and some old friends coming up with a whole new cuisine of Nashville. Throw in the eighth largest convention center in the States opening next year, and just you watch how the city grows. I'm proud to help build the culinary scene here as well.'"
~ Chef Bob Waggoner in Food Arts
8 Nashville restaurants - The Catbird Seat, City House, Husk, Lockeland Table, Mas Tacos Por Favor, The Pharmacy Burger Parlor, Prince's Hot Chicken Shack, and Rolf and Daughters - made Southern Living's list of 100 Places to Eat Now.
"I sense that the center of gravity is shifting, and I predict that 2013 will witness the rise of Nashville, Tenn., as the South's premier culinary city…Nashville has a lot working in its favor. Like Charleston, it has a unique character and civic identity, anchored by its history as the home of country music. It has rich local food traditions to draw on…Nashville has something else going for it that Charleston can’t touch: celebrity power."
~ Charleston City Paper
Nashville was ranked #3 in Travel + Leisure's list of America's Best Cities for Ice Cream.
"There’s still bacon, Bourbon, and barbecue aplenty, but an emerging culinary scene is putting Nashville on the gastronomic radar.”
~ Food Arts
Barista Parlor was named among 50 Extraordinary Coffee Shops Around America by Grub Street.
"Nashville's Broadway Avenue has stepped up its game. Cheap beer, sawdust floors, and greasy burgers have some new neighbors. The iconic Broadway has much to offer by way of old and new, and taking a right or left turn will yield some culinary surprises – proving that Nashville is a great place not only for music, but also for food."
~ US Airways
Zagat named Nashville as one of 7 Up-and-Coming Food Cities Around the U.S.
"Nashville may be best known as 'Music City', but its food and drink scene is starting to have just as much soul and rock’n’roll swagger."
~ The Guardian
Local restaurant The Catbird Seat was named among 10 Best New Restaurants in America by GQ Magazine in their 2012 esteemed list.
“Nashville identifies itself first and foremost as a music town. It’s an eating, drinking, hard-partying arts town too.”
~ New York Magazine
Food & Wine named Erik Anderson and Josh Habiger of The Catbird Seat Best New Chefs 2012.
Describing East Nashville's scene:
"Where the ethos of community, culinary adventure and tattooed kitchen culture are coming together to define a new kind of Southern cooking that doesn't forgo its roots, but allows chefs to transcend them," ~ The New York Times
Kayne Prime is one of Gayot's 2013 Top 10 Steakhouses in the U.S.
"Nashville is America's country music capital, but its food scene is now making a noise too."
~ The Guardian
Bon Appetit Magazine called Nashville the “Coolest, Tastiest City in the South” stating that Nashville is a place that “embodies New South cool, mixing country and city, high and low” in February 2012.
"But it's not just food (and drink!) that's making Nashville the South's City of the Moment. In my week on the ground, I felt the energy of a city in motion. I saw it in the faces of the staff at Imogene + Willie, a shop selling handmade clothes in a former gas station; smelled it in the smoked cacao-nib brittle made by Oliver & Sinclair Chocolate Co.; heard it at Auerbach's recording studio. And yes, I tasted it, in everything from Arnold's Country Kitchen fried chicken livers and collard greens (made with wasabi, by the way) to drinks poured with locally made Corsair Artisan spirits to that tortilla soup."
~ Bon Appetit
U.S. News Travel ranked Nashville #6 for America’s Best BBQ Cities in 2012.
"Nashville is a different kind of place, It's not what you might expect. One of the main differences is that people here want you to succeed, no matter what kind of food you are doing."
~ The New York Times, Interview with owners of The Catbird Seat
Sweet 16th Bakery named in Food and Wine’s Best Breakfast Sandwiches in the U.S. in 2012.
“Cowboys and honky tonks have long defined the Tennessee capital, but Music City is in the throes of a hipster revival that now sees its art, food and drink scene get equal billing.” ~ Australian Gourmet Traveller