5 Truly Good Eats in Nashville, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee is a significant player in the foodie world. Its culinary scene appears in magazines, TV shows, and everywhere in between.
Southern food trends (like Nashville hot chicken) are contagious and you will see them on menus across the country. Of course, it is also some of the best-darned food you will ever eat.
Check out these five truly good eats in Nashville that I think you are going to like.
#1 bartaco, 2526 12th Avenue South
Since opening in 2015, the 12 South neighborhood’s bartaco restaurant is one of Nashville’s favorites. Buzzfeed claims they have one of the best tacos in America. Bartaco’s upscale street food menu and coastal vibe add to the ambiance of this hot spot. The salsa is incredibly flavorful and the chunky guacamole is lip-smacking good. Both of these come served with bartaco’s tortilla chips; big, fat, freshly fried ones that do not crumble when dipped into the guacamole.
Bartaco’s Tuna Tatako (served on a lettuce leaf, no taco shells), Cauliflower Tacos, and Chicken Quesadilla are all excellent choices. Pair any of these with a side order of tasty plantains or grilled corn on the cob with lime, cayenne, and cojita cheese. Your server may even offer to remove the corn from the cob for you! It is all so tasty. Margaritas at bartaco are pricey, but their cheaper food prices make up for it. Who knows? You may even see country music royalty here.
#2 Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, 111 10th Avenue South
Connected to the stately Union Station Hotel is the Flying Saucer Draught Emporium. This “chain taproom” features hundreds of collector saucers (plates) and outer space decorations.
Have the Saucer Dipster sandwich: shaved roast beef on a tasty roll with melted Swiss cheese. The stout au jus (dipping juice) is rich and perfect to dip the billowy bread in. You must order the Loaded Rocket Tots: golden brown jalapeño bites dotted with goat cheese, crispy bacon, green onions, and topped with a fried egg. They are amazing! The Flying Saucer also serves German-inspired dishes. Check out the large selection of craft beers.
#3 The Pharmacy Burger Parlor & Beer Garden, 731 McFerrin Avenue
This hipster burger and soda joint is a popular eatery with friendly bartenders and cool burger creations. You will love Pharmacy Burger’s pure cane sugar soda choices, like the Creamsicle soda (orange soda, cream, and vanilla syrup). I applaud Pharmacy Burger for using quality ingredients.
Foodies will go gaga over the Stroganoff Burger with mushroom, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, and creamy béchamel sauce. It is amazing! Another good choice is the Chili Burger; rich and flavorful. Sandwich side dishes include tater tots, black bean & corn salad, hand-cut fries, or sweet potatoes.
#4 Josephine on 12th, 2316 12th Avenue South
Located in the trendy 12 South area, Josephine on 12th is an eatery that serves American farmhouse cuisine. Valet parking is available for a fee (a blessing in an area with limited parking). While the atmosphere is relaxed, the stylish decor is one to be admired.
Start your meal with Peach Tartine. Creamy goat cheese, arugula, pecans, grilled peaches, and radish slices, drizzled with a thick balsamic, sit atop the toothsome bread. The multiple levels of married flavors in each bite made this dish sublime! Kudos to Chef Andrew Little for creating this divine dish. Entree selections like the Chicken and Biscuit (two pieces of fried chicken, biscuit, and fries) and Quiche are winning choices. The Quiche has creamy goat cheese, thyme, and comes with fries and a side salad. The prices are steep, but the food is worth it.
#5 Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub, 2400 12th Avenue South
Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub is a superb choice for Northern Italian food and pizza. This tastefully decorated and cozy restaurant offers scrumptious housemade pasta meals at affordable prices. The restaurant is highly romantic in an exposed brick setting, but not overly done so that families will still feel right at home here. Mafiaoza’s bread is dense and chewy, paired with a side of tangy marinara sauce for dipping.
The Cugine, a chicken parmigiana meal, is fantastically drenched in creamy alfredo instead of the traditional red sauce. How about with Ol’ Blue Eyes, a portion of classic spaghetti and meatballs option? My pick is Piccoli Fantasmi with sacchettini “little purses” pasta stuffed with ricotta cheese and fresh basil. If those options don’t grab you, pizza is always an alternative offering. The menu at Mafiaoza’s Pizzeria & Neighborhood Pub’s menu uses mobster-inspired names for their pizza and pasta dishes. Patio seating is available, too.
Nashville Restaurants Aim To Please
These five good eats in Nashville will surely delight visitors or locals, no matter what their foodie style is. With so many restaurants to choose from in Nashville, we hope this will narrow it down for you.
What restaurant would you recommend in Music City? Have you tried any of these?
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