Nashville is known as the Country Music Capital of the World, but there’s more to it than guitars + yee-haws. They also have a diverse and delicious food scene!
Check out our recommendations below for the ultimate guide to “Nosh-ville!”
Written by Emily Fitzgerald
BREAKFAST + BRUNCH
Biscuit Love ($)
Nothing says “Southern Breakfast” like a biscuit + no one makes biscuits like Biscuit Love! They serve classics like biscuits + gravy along with more creative variations like bonuts (biscuit dough that’s been fried and topped with lemon mascarpone). Not into biscuits? They also have dough-less options like cheesy grits covered in mushrooms, crispy bacon and shrimp!
Address: 316 11th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37203
Open Daily: 7AM-3PM
Though their breakfast menu is served all day, you’ll want to get there early to avoid a line at Fido! Entrees lean more toward breakfast meets tex-mex (think scrambled eggs with tomatilla sauce + chorizo), but if you want something more simple, they have a range of bagels + pancakes as well.
Address: 1812 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212
Open Daily: 7AM-11PM
COFFEE + TEA
For a caffeine break after breakfast, check out ZolliKoffee for a warm (or cold, if that’s your thing) brew! They really step up the coffee game with different non-dairy creamer options like almond milk, as well as house made syrups with flavors that include Karamel or Cardamon.
Address: 701 8th Ave S, Nashville, TN. 37203
Open Daily: 7AM-6PM
High Garden ($$)
If coffee isn’t your thing, maybe you’d rather have an herbal wake up! We recommend heading to High Garden for loose-leaf tea blends + so much more! They call themselves a “tea house and sipping apothecary” which means everything is organic, hand-blended + delicious! You can also buy either their tea blends to take with you or some of their locally sourced dried herbs to inspire your own creations at home.
Address: 935 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Closed Sunday, Mon-Sat: 11AM-7PM
When in Nashville, a southern comfort food meal is a must and Monell’s will certainly not disappoint! At Monell’s, your meal is brought out in large serving dishes to encourage family-style eating + fried chicken is served with every dish, no matter what you order! Though we recommend them for lunch, a local secret is their Midnight Breakfast every Saturday from 12 AM - 3AM (and yes, you’ll still get fried chicken).
Address: 1235 6th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Hours: Monday: 8AM-3PM; Tues-Sat: 8AM-3PM + 5-8:30PM; Sunday: 8AM-4PM
Mas Tacos Por Favor ($)
What began as a moving taco dispensary in 1974, became one of the most loved taco eateries in East Nashville! At Mas Tacos Por Favor you get exactly what you want: good tacos with no frills in colorful, cantina digs. Warm up with elote (Mexican street corn) or chicken tortilla soup before you get to the main attraction: fresh tacos + nachos with traditional options like carnitas or chicken. Not a meat eater? Try it with avocado!
Address: 732 McFerrin Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Closed Sunday; Mon-Sat: 11AM-9PM
Henrietta Red ($$$)
Henrietta Red is the go-to choice for upscale seafood in Nashville! They focus on contemporary American food + feature a full raw bar selection as well as a variety of sharable plates. If you want upscale but without the “scale,” Henrietta Red has a number of fish-less options as well as some pasta dishes that skip meat altogether! Try the Cucumber Toast with peaches + habanero hot sauce to start your meal off with a bang.
Address: 1200 4th Ave N, Nashville, TN 37208
Hours: Closed Monday; Tues-Thurs: 5-11PM; Fri: 5PM-12AM; Sat: 10AM-2PM, 5PM-12AM; Sun: 10AM-2PM, 5-10PM
Lockeland Table ($$$)
Lockeland Table takes classic dishes that you know + love and kicks them up a notch! Though the price tag is a bit higher, the unique flavors make sure you get your money’s worth. Their Thai curry mussels are sure to impress and pair well with a pork chop or wood-fired pizza. Reservations are recommended so you don’t have to wait in order to enjoy this local favorite!
Address: 1520 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Closed Sunday; Mon-Sat: 4-10PM
Olive + Sinclair Chocolate Co. ($)
Olive + Sinclair Chocolate Co. is the first and only bean-to-bar chocolate shop in Tennessee! Though they specialize in small-batch chocolate bars, they also offer treats that are a bit more unusual like Sea Salt + Vinegar Caramel or Bourbon Nib Brittle to satisfy your sweet tooth. For an extra $5, you can book a tour of their factory and see the origin and creation of the treats you take home!
Address: 1628 Fatherland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Closed Sunday + Monday; Tues-Sat: 10AM-5PM
The Soda parlor ($$)
At The Soda Parlor, there are so many options you may want to stop here before dinner! Whether you want a traditional milkshake or float or a more unusual waffle sundae (with different waffle flavors), The Soda Parlor is sure to fill you up. If you’re a fan of peanut butter, we recommend their Nutter Butter shake or the PB + Space Jam waffle sundae.
Address: 966 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-9PM; Fri/Sat: 12-10PM; Sun: 12-8PM
honeytree meadery ($$)
A bit unconventional, but delicious all the same is Honeytree Meadery! Their mead, which is alcohol made from honey, ranges in flavor from light + sweet to spicy or tangy. The honey for the mead actually comes from the apiary on-site to ensure that you are getting the best quality product possible. Stop in for a glass to enjoy on their beautiful outdoor patio space.
Address: 918 Woodland St, Nashville, TN 37206
Hours: Closed Mon-Wed; Thurs-Sun: 5-11PM
Bearded Iris brewing ($)
The taproom at Bearded Iris Brewing is old-school and cozy, but the beers are modern + adventurous! This brewery has everything from Imperial IPAs to Sours with Dragonfruit and if you’re having trouble deciding, feel free to grab a flight to sample more than one. Fall in love with a brew? Take it home with you with cans-to-go!
Address: 101 Van Buren St, Nashville, TN 37208
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 12-10PM; Fri+Sat: 12-11PM; Sun: 12-8PM