Nashville, Tennessee is home of country music, great barbecue, fun nightlife and the famous ‘Hot Chicken Sandwich.’ It’s also quickly becoming a foodie hot spot for those looking for amazing traditional southern cuisine. More and more culinary talent is popping up in this city, and that’s definitely a good thing. If you’re a foodie, Nashville is definitely a place you want to take a trip to. With restaurants, bars and pop ups around nearly ever corner you turn, there is no shortage of amazing food to try. That’s why we’ve compiled the top 9 places you absolutely have to try in Nashville.
1. Edley’s Bar-B-Que
908 Main Street
Of course this list starts off with some mind-blowing BBQ. Many people consider this the best BBQ spot in Nashville (obviously a highly contested claim), but one thing is for sure: you will love the meal you have here. Try the standard rack of ribs or a BBQ pulled pork sandwich.
2. Pancake Pantry
1796 21st Ave S
This is a very popular Nashville spot, and for good reason. There is almost certainly going to be a decent sized line if you choose to go here, but luckily they provide free parking for 2.5 hours for customers. This spot is even considered to be serving some of the top 10 pancakes in America!
3. Hog Heaven
115 27th Ave N
This is another traditional southern style BBQ staple that you have to try. It isn’t much from the outside – just a wooden shack, walk up counter and some benches, but the food will blow your mind. Try out the rib platter here.
4. Five Daughters Bakery
1900 Eastland Ave, Ste 101
If you need a break from the heavy BBQ, try out Five Daughters Bakery. With a rotating menu of flavors to choose from, you can really go crazy here. They serve amazingly fluffy and delicious donuts in addition to other baked treats.
5. Biscuit Love
316 11th Ave S
If you want a special type of baked good in Nashville, Biscuit Love’s bonuts are your thing. Bonuts are delicious balls of fried biscuit dough rolled in sugar on top of blueberry compote. They are served with a lemon mascarpone on top and are bound to make your mouth water even before the first bite.
6. Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream
2312 12th Ave S
With four locations throughout Nashville, Jeni’s is a local favorite. The atmosphere is fun and comfortable and the ice cream is always on point. They offer the traditional ice cream flavors as well as some that might cause you to do a double take. The Brambleberry Crisp tastes like a warm homemade cobbler while the Queen City Cayenne packs a little heat.
7. Nashville Farmer’s Market
900 Rosa Parks Blvd
If you want to eat in Nashville, and eat fresh, The Nashville Farmers’ Market is a must-see while visiting. You won’t get any more ‘fresh’ than these farm-direct products. Spend the morning tasting and talking with dairy farmers, cheese-makers, bakers and food artisans. Make sure to take some honey, jams and jellies home with you!
8. Pinewood Social
33 Peabody St
This one is a bit different. Styled like a traditional social club, the Pinewood Social comes equipped with a pool and an old-school bowling alley for it’s patrons. They also serve up some delicious food and drinks. Try out their Honey Sriracha Wings!
9. Mas Tacos
732 Mcferrin Ave
For those that are craving some south-of-the-border cuisine, look no further than Mas Tacos. This unassuming little taco joint is a favorite among locals and serves the best fish tacos, sweet plantains and tortilla soup in town. Make sure to take cash because they don’t accept cards and definitely go right before the lunch hour hits in order to beat the crowds.