What to eat in Nashville?? Hmmm good question! You probably know Nashville for its rich music culture, but little did you know that Nashville also boasts great food. After we at Epicurious Passport, made Nashville our home, we have had the opportunity to discover the many culinary delights that the city has to offer. Recently Nashville is also emerging as a top tourist destination. Pretty soon you’ll find yourself eating to your heart’s content and dancing to the beat in Music City.
With Nashville becoming such a hot destination these days, it is hard to keep up with the new restaurants opening in every corner of downtown. Deciding on where to eat can be quite overwhelming. This is where we come to the rescue. While this may not be an exhaustive list of all the great eats in the city, these are a few of our favorites. We always take our out-of-town guest to these few restaurants to give them the real taste of Nashville.
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1. Nashville Hot Chicken from Hattie B’s
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When researching What to eat in Nashville, you might have come across Hot Chicken! No trip to Nashville is complete without trying its famous Hot Chicken. This Nashville specialty even has a festival celebrating it. There are many restaurants that serve their version of this dish. Marinated overnight and deep-fried to perfection and then dunked in a hot sauce or a hot rub, this is probably the best piece of chicken you’ve ever tried.
Our favorite go-to for the hot chicken is Hattie B’s. They have amazing authentic southern sides, and what’s more their banana pudding is to die for! They currently have three locations in Nashville. In our opinion the lines at the location below are not that long and offers lots of seating. Other restaurants to try are Prince’s Hot Chicken shack, Pepper Fire and Bolton’s Hot chicken and Fish.
Address : Hattie B’s, 2222 8th Ave, Nashville, TN 37204
2. Brunch at Biscuit Love
Nothing represents Southern cooking better than Biscuits, Fried Chicken and gravy. Put them all together and top it off with some cheddar cheese and what do you get? The East Nasty Sandwich from Biscuit love.
Biscuit Love started as a Food Truck and evolved as one of the best Brunch places in Nashville. It is currently whipping out some amazing sandwiches in The Gulch area of Nashville. My favorite from Biscuit Love is the Nasty Princess, which by the way is not on the Menu. But it is the combination of The East Nasty and The Princess. It is the goodness of the biscuit spiced with some Famous Nashville Hot chicken some mustard, honey and pickles. Just writing this makes my mouth water. The wait here is usually upwards of an hour during the weekends, so go in early and grab some goodness. Also try their Bonuts and Chronic bacon.
Address: Biscuit Love, 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
3. The Lamb Mint Burger from Chauhan Ale and Masala house
Celebrity chef Maneet Chauhan couldn’t have done a better job at fusing the flavors of India with that of Southern United States. I mean how could you go wrong with a Chicken Pakora Poboy or an Indian version of Meat and Three? But our favorite is the Lamb Mint Burger. This burger is juicy, spiced and cooked to perfection and what’s more, you get it with a side of Masala fries. This is our go to dish every time we go there. Make sure to try it when you go. Recently I also tried their Desi Bowls which hits the spot.Did i mention the Kheema Papdi nachos?? I can go on about the menu at Chauhan Ale and Masala House.
Address: Chauhan Ale and Masala House, 123 12th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37203
4. Redneck Taco from Martin BBQ Joint
This taco is nothing like you have had before. It is brisket or pork over a corn bread hoe-cake topped with coleslaw. We always get it with their devil sauce which is not for the light-hearted. They recently opened their downtown location, so go get some ribs y’all!
Address: Martin’s BBQ Joint, 410 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37201
5. Beer Can Chicken from 5th & Taylor
5th & Taylor is one of the most romantic restaurants in my opinion. Imagine dining in a room filled with lit candles, what can’t be romantic about that? This place is always crowded so make sure to reserve your table. When Vik and I went to 5th & Taylor with a few of our friends we got to try a few different things and they all were quite delicious. But what stood out was the Beer Can Chicken, I have never had chicken so tender and flavorful. Simple recipe but amazing taste. The other things we got were Duck’am and Leg of lamb. They did not disappoint either.
Address: 5th & Taylor, 1411 5th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
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