The Gulch

With regards to dining, while there’s room for growth, The Gulch has made a lot of progress in recent years. For now, one of the very best places to eat is Sarah Gavigan’s Bar Otaku. It’s the sister restaurant to Division Street’s Otaku Ramen, another great choice in the Gulch for Ramen, of which there are only a few.

Marsh House features a number of highlights on its menu, including squid ink garganelli and barbecue shrimp. You should also look out for its sugary options, such as Lisa Marie White’s croissants.

Emmy Square is definitely worth a visit. The Eater Restaurant Import of the Year for 2018 offers a burger and Detroit-style pizza, of which you’ll both want to try.  This place is found in almost every Nashville “best of” list. Meat lovers can feast on ribs at Peg Leg Poker or steak at either Kayne Prime or 404 Kitchen.

Sylvan Park

This strip of restaurants and bars in West Nashville has a more local feel than other, similar areas of the town. Gerald Craft, a chef from St Louis, serves up some classic dishes in Pastaria, such as pizza, pasta and gelato. The crispy risotto balls shouldn’t be ignored, either. For vegetarians and vegans, there’s Avi, which offers up a pretty amazing avocado margarita.

Of course, Nashville is known just as much for its hot chicken as it is anything else but not all restaurants are created equal when it comes to serving it. One of the best places to enjoy it is Hattie B’s.

If there’s a group of you and you want to make sure there’s something for each member of the party, M.L. Rose has an extensive beer list, and its front patio is a great place to enjoy the Tennessee summer sun. It’s also dog-friendly. Anser is the ultimate neighbourhood restaurant that you’ll wish was at the end of your street. Its setting is friendly and welcoming, and it serves up some quality food, to boot.


South of downtown is Wedgewood Houston, characterised by art galleries, warehouses, and railroad tracks. Bastion, which is part fine-dining and part bar, has some of the town’s best nachos. Make sure you secure a place at the 24-seat restaurant for a true fine-dining experience.

Gabby’s Burgers and Fries has a secret menu with some interesting options, and the diner also serves up a great burger. Dozen Bakery attracts crowds due to the freshly-baked cookies, pastries, and bread. It’s the baguettes, however, that ensure customers keep coming for more.

Clawson’s Pub and Deli is great for a weekday lunch, with over 10 various options for sandwiches, along with an extensive list of beers. Flamingo Cocktail Club offers great Tiki-style cocktails for those with more of a fruity taste. For cider fans, the Diskin Cider taproom offers a crisp cider, and for something a bit different, there’s a distillery tour at Corsair, where you can also sample their product.