Cowboy hats on a wall in Nashville.

Nashville – A Foodie Town Offering More Than Music

Nashville has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and it’s known for many things. However, many fail to realize that some of the top chefs from New York, Miami, and Los Angeles have moved to the city.

Areas like Broadway, Downtown and the Gulch are some of the most popular places to visit, but the suburban areas of Hillsboro Village, Green Hills and 12 South have much to offer.

Within Green Hills are several popular restaurants, such as the Greek-inspired Kalamatas; the famous diner Noshville Delicatessen, known for their homemade feel; and the super delicious and off-beat Pfunky Griddle that lets customers be the chef of their own breakfast on a hot griddle.

Hillsboro Village is famous for its Pancake Pantry, which has lines of customers out the door and around the corner on weekends if you get there after 9 a.m.

If you get an itch for sushi and Japanese food, another hidden favorite is Sushi 88 on Belcourt Avenue by the vintage cinema. They’re known for the best priced all-you-can-eat deals.

For dessert, walk on down to Hillsboro Village, and you’ll find Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams, one of the best places in town for gelato and ice cream. They serve the most unique and delicious flavors with the best waffle cones.

A shot of the city in Nashville.


One of the most tasteful areas of Nashville, 12 South, offers lots of shopping venues, incredible cuisine, and the most pet-friendly area I’ve yet to see in Nashville. You’ll find yourself wishing you had brought your dog to the patio for your cute lunch date. 

One of the hottest spots of 12 South is Bartaco, known for their amazingly tasty taco, superb margaritas and hip bar scene. Bartaco offers a unique take on the street taco. The restaurant’s most famous dish is the incredible pork belly, chicken and pineapple tacos. 

Moving on to the caffeine lovers, the Frothy Monkey is a hip little spot that serves really good coffee and the most unique drinks. They serve many hot and cold drinks and a variety of breakfast and lunch options that go with your coffee. 

On the same strip of 12 South is the famous chain restaurant Taqueria Del Sol, known for having one of the best baja fish tacos in town along with an eclectic menu serving barbecue tacos, Chinese-inspired tacos, and other Southern comfort food infused with Mexican flare. 

You can find some of the most fun and unique bars in Midtown and on the west side. If you’re looking for a bar with a speakeasy feel and a dress code, dim lights, bar tenders dressed in bow-ties and suspenders, and a fabulous menu for libations, visit The Patterson House. For all things elegant and 1920s, The Patterson House exudes exclusivity and elegance with a hint of nostalgia. Managers discourage photography in The Patterson House to maintain a speakeasy vibe, and there are rules customers must follow.  

Another hot spot for speakeasies in Midtown is the bar Old Glory, hidden within a small shopping center with a huge metal door as the entrance. When you walk in, you are immediately transported to another era. They are famous for their servers, and they offer many levels of seating. 

Tourists often come to Nashville for music and fun, but visitors should know it is quickly becoming one of the top foodie capitals in the U.S. Don’t miss these hidden gems next time you visit. 


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