Top 5 Nashville Restaurants
While Nashville has long been known for its expansive music scene, the talent and creativity of its culinary scene has recently put Nashville on the food map.
Food & Wine highlighted the “booming Music City food scene,” Food Arts Magazine noted the “emerging culinary scene putting Nashville on the gastronomic radar” and The Daily Meal named Nashville one of 2014’s “Top Ten Hottest Travel Destinations for Food.”
Nashville’s creative spirit has certainly infiltrated into its kitchens, turning them into a chef’s studio. From southern fare, to haute cuisine, to quite literally everything in between, Nashville’s palate offers it all.
New to the Nashville scene is Pinewood Social, a creative social gathering space developed by brothers Benjamin and Max Goldberg. Pinewood Social at Rolling Mill Hill brings casual dining and socializing to an old trolley barn that offers a sweeping view of the Cumberland River and downtown Nashville. Named one of “The South’s Best New Bars in 2014” by Southern Living, grab drinks and enjoy dinner while finishing the night singing in a private karaoke room, or with a bowling match in one of the six wood bowling lanes that are reclaimed from an old bowling alley in Indiana.
Located at the base of the 29-story Pinnacle tower at Symphony Place downtown, The Southern offers breakfast, lunch and dinner daily plus a bustling bar. Dubbed one of the “Best New Restaurants in the Country” by Esquire Magazine, The Southern’s menus feature a combination of indigenous flavors and exotic ingredients served in an inviting home-like atmosphere, taking guests on a culinary adventure with a Southern twist. Guests may want to try the Royal Red Risotto or Fish N’ Grits. Energetic and always bustling, The Southern is a perfect start to the night.
From the award-winning Husk Restaurant in Charleston comes Husk Nashville. Chef Sean Brock, a James Beard Award winner and respected hero of farm-to-table and southern cuisine, leads the culinary team. The restaurant is housed in a building that dates back to 1895, is on the National Registry of Historic Homes and overlooks downtown.
The philosophy at Husk Nashville celebrates southern cuisine, heirloom produce and regional specialties. The menu incorporates wood-fired and outdoor cooking as well as vegetables raised in gardens at the restaurant and gathered from local farmers. Be sure to check out the menu online, as it is updated twice daily.
The historic Hermitage Hotel’s Capitol Grille goes beyond sourcing local food by actually growing its own ingredients at the Farm at Glen Leven, just five miles from the restaurant. Executive chef Tyler Brown creates a menu that shifts with the seasons, is based on what is the freshest and best available and pays homage to historic Southern cuisine.
M Street Entertainment, which runs some of the hottest restaurants in town including Kayne Prime, Virago, Whiskey Kitchen and Tavern, takes an artful approach to their menus. Recognized as a “Top 10 Steakhouse in the U.S.” by Gayot, Kayne Prime is Nashville's independent "boutique steakhouse" gem and M Street's crown jewel that features views of the historic train yards, Union Station and the downtown skyline. Although deeply rooted in the style of the great American steakhouse, Kayne Prime is a celebration of the now, featuring modern interpretations of the classics, as well as market-driven fresh, farm-to-table creations. Kayne Prime's focus on exceptional service guides you and guest(s) through all special dining occasions.
While Nashville will always be Music City, it’s clear that the creative energy and talent in the city extends far beyond music and into a burgeoning culinary scene that is worth a visit all on its own.
This article was contributed by Katherine Roberts, Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, Public Relations Manager