It may be called Music City, but Nashville is almost as well known for its food as for its country tunes. When I visited earlier this summer on a Destination Nashville fam trip, I experienced firsthand the variety of cuisine on offer. Here are just a few of the bars and restaurants that highlight the city’s culinary scene:
Kitchen Notes, located in the Omni Nashville, serves up breakfast, lunch, and dinner, not to mention brunch. The spacious spot even has a dedicated biscuit bar, pictured above. The combinations are endless — I had a sweet, buttery biscuit that practically melted in my mouth as well as one studded with rosemary and sea salt.
The Southern, a popular brunch spot, offers both Tennessee favorites like a strip steak with eggs and biscuits and more far-flung dishes like Caribbean-spiced braised pork served over sweet potato grits. The restaurant often hosts local country music acts and private dining is available for 60 people.
City House, founded by James-Beard nominated chef Tandy Wilson, serves up Southern-influenced, casual Italian. The menu includes thin-crust pizzas with unique ingredients like belly ham and buttermilk cottage cheese and platters of Carolina catfish and trout.
Styled after a speakeasy, the Patterson House was recently named to Bon Appetit’s “Top 10 Best New Cocktail Bars” list. Libations range from classics like the Sazerac to the Romeo & Juliet, which combines Plymouth Gin with lime, mint, cucumber, and rose water. Small plates are available to share, as well as quirky sandwiches like the “Elvis panini” (peanut butter, banana, and, you guessed it, bacon).