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.
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.
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.
This is "the" place to kick your spurs up in Music City. The dance floor is the largest in Nashville, and the music and dancing are virtually nonstop. If showing off your moves makes you hungry, the kitchen offers a full lunch and dinner menu and the bar serves up frosty mugs of your favorite imported and domestic brews. This place is perfect for a night out with friends, a birthday party or for "boot-scootin'" with your sweetheart.
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.
Having started in the food industry at an early age, Jack Cawthon found there was an absence of good barbecue in Nashville. Now known as the king of barbecue, Jack's solid foundation of slow-smoked pork shoulder, beef brisket and award winning sauces has helped build his tasty empire. The downtown location is perfectly situated in the heart of Nashville's main music attractions like the Ryman Auditorium, Tootsies, and Ernest Tubb Record Shop. Look for the three flying pigs sign and get ready to dig into some of the best barbecue Nashville has to offer.
Capitol Grille is one of the area's finest dining establishments. Special touches include fine linens, candles, crystal and fine china. The quality of food and the exceptional service puts this restaurant in a class of its own. The extensive menu is classic American with a bit of Asian and Cajun influence. Unusual side dishes, such as eggplant fries, and cheese grits add pizzazz to the entrees. True adventure seekers should try the "Dinner on the Edge" menu, offering unique dishes at each course, paired with an accompanying wine.
The brick and glass exterior is a departure from the historic downtown design, and the art deco lighting highlights the wrought iron and copper fixtures inside. Patrons will enjoy the counter seats surrounding the open kitchen. The menu features some classics that have made Merchants famous in the Nashville area: Steak Frittes, Jambalaya, Smoked Bristket and Blackened Tialpia. Nestled in a 19th-century structure, that was once Nashville's famous Merchants Hotel, the restaurant is sure to charm you with its historic beauty and delectable cuisine.
Kayne Prime Steakhouse is the most exclusive, high-end steakhouse in Nashville's popular Gulch neighborhood. Located alongside three other M Street restaurants - Whiskey Kitchen, Tavern Midtown and Virago - Kayne is the premiere upscale establishment. Executive Chef Robbie Wilson offers guests amazingly delicious, farm-fresh, seasonal side dishes that complement each perfectly served and seasoned steak. The atmosphere is similar to other M Street restaurants, which tend to be furnished with dark woods and rich tones. The service is quick and helpful and exactly what you would expect from a top notch steakhouse. Reservations are recommended. -Lynn-nore Chittom
Tucked away beneath Encore in Downtown Nashville, Etch has been hailed as one of the best fine dining establishments in the city. Thanks to culinary genius Deb Paquette, Etch has become known for dishes with bold flavor profiles and colorful presentations. The full bar and open kitchen with bar-like seating allows patrons to interact with Paquette and her kitchen staff, creating a whole dining experience not found elsewhere. The comprehensive wine list and decadent dessert round out the fantastically creative menu. Be sure to book in advance, as this popular restaurant is always buzzing with patrons.