6 Noteworthy Restaurants in Nashville
Nashville, Tennessee is chock full of awesome restaurants. It is hard to decide which ones to try, due to the sheer number of them. Often times I venture out to the trendy new eateries, while other times I just want food from classic restaurants in Nashville.
You do not have to spend a fortune on food to have a fabulous meal. Nashville is a foodie’s city, but the restaurants on our list are sure to please every palate.
Here are 6 noteworthy restaurants in Nashville that I think you will enjoy and that deliver great food.
#1 Lana’s Copper Kettle Cafe & Catering
Lana’s Copper Kettle is a bit off of the beaten path, but certainly worth the trek. It has a bit of curb appeal, but the true treasures lie inside.
Copper Kettle’s menu is full of Southern-inspired favorites, staples, and side dishes to suit every desire. The ease of its cafeteria-style ordering allows for a quick and easy process, while the restaurant is warm and welcoming.
On my visit, I chose the Cajun Turkey Breast meal with sides of Macaroni & Cheese and Green Bean Casserole. My meal also came with a piece of homemade cornbread. Yum! The green beans were both rich and flavorful, and having turkey outside of a holiday is always a plus in my book. The food quality was top notch.
Copper Kettle’s prices depend on how many side items you choose. In my case, a meat plus 2 sides were $8.50. Pretty affordable, eh? You can mix and match the daily specials or order typical menu items.
#2 McDougal’s Chicken Fingers & Wings
#3 Merchant’s, Est. 1892
I love the convenience, impeccable service, stellar food choices, and upscale vibe at Merchants. While the prices are steep, it is worth the splurge. My new favorite dish is their Strawberry Salad: assorted greens tossed with blackened salmon, goat cheese, red onions, spiced pecans, mixed with a strawberry vinaigrette. It is mouthwatering! Warning: this will probably become one of your favorite restaurants in Nashville, too.
#4 Chago’s Cantina
This Mexican and Pan-Latin cantina is located in the Bellmont/Hillsboro Village neighborhood. It features both indoor and outdoor dining, making it a popular spot for locals. Chago’s Cantina is a beautiful restaurant, without being pretentious. The menu is interesting and features a variety of entrees and ala carte choices. I recommend Chago’s tortilla chips, Queso Dip, and salsa for starters and any of their Street Tacos with rice and black or red beans for dinner.
#5 Pancake Pantry
The iconic Pancake Pantry has been a favorite for over 50 years now. In fact, it is one of the most popular restaurants in Nashville. The sight of the line wrapped out the door and around the corner is enough to make me cringe, but it is worth the wait. Local artwork hangs on the walls and you may catch sight of a country music star.
Pancake Pantry’s mom and pop food keep people coming back time and time again. My choice for breakfast is the savory Sante Fe Cornmeal Pancakes: three stone-ground cornmeal pancakes cooked with cheddar cheese, bacon, and roasted green chilies, topped with warm maple syrup, Picante sauce, and sour cream. The flavor combination is both brilliant and unique.
Please note: Parking behind the Pancake Pantry is free, but you must obtain and place a receipt on your dashboard. Press option 1 from the pay machine for 2 hours of free parking.
#6 J. Christopher’s
2100 21st Avenue South, Nashville, TN 37212
J. Christopher’s is also a great breakfast or lunch option in the Belmont/Hillsboro area. It features huge, delicious biscuits and interesting food combinations. J. Christopher’s prides themselves on serving “familiar food with flair.” The Eggs Christopher is their take on Eggs Benedict, using roasted turkey instead of Canadian bacon, plus bacon and tomato. Their Benedicts are served with a side of roasted potatoes or grits, a Southern favorite.
Quick meals and stellar service put J. Christopher’s ahead of the competition. I love how friendly the staff is, including the owner and management, making time for friendly conversation with their guests.
Nashville, So Many Culinary Gems
I hope that you will give these six Nashville restaurants a try and let me know what you think.
What restaurant would you suggest our readers try?
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