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Nashville’s always been known for its country music, but lately, the food is giving the music a run for its money. It’s no longer all about Music Row or the Honky Tonk Highway, but instead, about hot chicken, wings, Banh Mi, and more. Of course, the best recommendations come from locals, so read on to find out their 10 favorite restaurants in Nashville and what exactly they like to order.
Before you pack your bags for Nashville and begin your foodie adventure, think about getting settled in. Eating through Nashville can keep you quite busy. Whether it’s three days or seven, get comfortable at one of these great hotels in Nashville so you can eat, fall into a food coma, and repeat all day long.
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
If you only have time to try one food in Nashville, it should be hot chicken. This breaded and fried chicken heavily coated in spices like cayenne pepper is a staple of the Nashville food scene. To feel the true heat of hot chicken, check out Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. According to locals, it’s not only the originator of this style chicken, but also one of the best in town.
123 Ewing Dr
Nashville, TN 37207
Phone: +1 615-226-9442
Coco’s Italian Market
Coco’s Italian Market is all about bringing a bit of Italy home to those missing the tastes and smells of their childhood back in New York and Italy. With authentic food and a Tuscan ambiance, this is the place to go for Italian food like a Caprese Panini, which a local says is “to die for.”
411 51st Ave N
Nashville, TN 37209
Phone: +1 615-783-0114
Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint
Of course, a trip to Nashville wouldn’t be complete without a taste of barbecue. Head to Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, one of the most notable barbecue places in town, for their dry rub wings with Alabama white sauce. Any of the food made from their daily roasted hog is a good choice too.
410 4th Avenue South
Nashville, TN 37201
Phone: +1 615-288-0880
For four other locations, click here.
Are you the type of person who loves unassuming but delicious places? Then the Interasian Market is for you, which is known for its Bahn Mi sandwich. Get the roast pork Bahn Mi, which is only available on the weekends.
2160 Nolensville Pike
Nashville, TN 37211, United States
Phone: +1 615-742-3268
Arnold’s Country Kitchen
Arnold’s Country Kitchen is the place to go for Southern and soul food classics. You’ll be dining in a cafeteria-style setting, so you can focus purely on your home cooked meal, which includes items like roast beef, green beans, mashed potatoes, and hoecake.
Note: This place is only open for lunch Monday through Friday.
605 8th Ave S
Nashville, TN 37203
There’s only so much a person can actually eat during one trip, but if you still have room for more, try out these foods that locals enjoy:
- Brisket sandwich at Jack’s Barbecue
- Grilled cheeseburger at Rotier’s Restaurant
- Duck fat paté at Lockeland Table
- Joey Dee milkshake from Bobbie’s Dairy Dip
- Meatball small plate at Rolf & Daughter’s
With so many great places to eat, can you see why Jimmy Kimmel went to Nashville just for a meal? Time to join him and go on a foodie trip to Nashville!
Thanks for stopping by! xo.
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