Arnold's white cinder-block building is almost an eyesore from the outside, with a farm-fence painted on the walls, but the diners don't seem to mind. A substantial crowd gathers here for breakfast and lunch. You might have to wait in line awhile, but the wait is worth it. Beef or pork is standard fare, and your choice is served with fresh vegetables, hot cornbread, iced tea, and decadent cream filled pies.
Ever heard of Garth Brooks? That's right, his first performance was at the Bluebird. And it is this mystique that calls young singers and songwriters looking for their chance at stardom. Monday nights are open-mike, so take your chances with the unknown acts. This is a haven for the struggling artist and the established country star, making it a Nashville tradition for both locals and tourists.
Enjoy Southern delicacies at this nationally acclaimed venue, which has been frequented by celebrities, world travelers and local residents for nearly fifty years. Try the award-winning country ham and red-eye gravy, smoked pork chop, Southern-fried Chicken and made-from-scratch biscuits with homemade preserves cooked right in the kitchen. They hickory smoke their meats starting at 3a every morning, so you know you're getting the real, traditionally made Southern best.
If you like the blues then you have to head to this place. The B.B. King's Blues Club is one of the best places to enjoy a night of good blues with some awesome bands like The B.B. King's House Rockers, The B.B. King's Soul Brigade, Burning Las Vegas, and The Soul Searchers. Even if you are not into the blues thing but are a complete foodie, come here for a taste of Southern Cuisine. There is something for everyone with well-marbled New York strip to fried catfish. Your visit would be incomplete without trying the impressive drinks on the bar menu. The B.B. King's Blues Club can put together a customized special package for you if interested in hosting an event here.
Forget about fast food chicken sandwiches that claim to be spicy, this is the real thing. Four levels of heat are available—mild, which is frightfully spicy in its own right; medium, which will make you grimace in painful bliss; hot, which is seriously life threatening; extra hot—don't try this unless you have medical personnel nearby. Sandwiches are served with pickle spears and beans or slaw. Vending machines provide carbonated refreshment.
This quaint little eatery's charming and simplistic design will transport you to a quiet and picturesque village in Europe. Flower pots blossoming with color, a handwritten menu, and oversized sunflowers on the patio complement the simple, white tablecloths and exposed brick walls. Strong country flavors arise from piping hot dishes and there's a menu for each day and season. Try dishes like Grilled Quail with lentils and braised greens or Homemade Spaghetti with oven-dried tomatoes, olives, caper, and white anchovies. A good wine list tops off the meal.
The Standard is a hidden gem located inside the Smith House. From the moment you enter inside the restaurant you will mesmerized by its beauty; rustic exposed-brick walls, gorgeous chandeliers, swanky dining rooms and wood accented decor makes it worth a lingering walk. As eclectic is the decor to the eye their menu is equally fascinating to the palate. Start your evening with something from their creative cocktail menu and move on to sample a few appetizers. Rack of Lamb or a Steak are great as mains with sides of your choice. Call for a nice bottle of wine and enjoy an unforgettable meal. Do leave room for some cheesecake.
While Nashville may not be considered as a party capital on first glance, NashHouse Southern Spoon & Saloon will definitely prove you wrong. Serving authentic Southern cuisine and American classics with a whiskey collection that'll make you swoon, there's something for everyone at this landmark restaurant. Witness the amazing music scene every night as you munch some delicious burgers and guzzle down some beer, or cheer for your favorite team as you watch the big game on a giant screen. The ambiance is electric and boisterous, matching the soul of a pub and a restaurant. High ceilings, colorful murals on the wall and red, comfy booths will have your fancy instantly.
With a great view overlooking the city, a chic contemporary vibe, The Bridge is a classy bar and restaurant situated within the Renaissance Hotel. With a nice selection of local brews and craft cocktails, this elegant lounge bar is a good place to have a quiet drink. You can sample classics like their Rueben, Chicken sandwich as well as a nice selection of bar eats and light salads, good for a casual business lunch. The bar is also available for private parties and host live music evenings.
Unlike its Hibachi-style counterparts, Koto offers a quiet dining experience with exceptional Japanese cuisine. The tranquil aquariums and gentle Japanese music create a perfect setting to relax with friends or settle the details of a business deal. Take off your shoes, and order a plate of shrimp rolls or Alaskan smoked salmon, or keep your shoes on and step up to the sushi bar. Those who need to grab lunch to go can order a Teriyaki box lunch at an incredibly low price.
The selection of beers here is simply amazing. There are over 70 brews on tap and over 150 different bottles available. There is live music most nights of the week. Bar food favorites like burgers are also available.