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.
I Dream of Weenie might actually be the most creative and unusual restaurant stand in all of Nashville. This free-standing hot dog shack is actually a renovated vintage VW bus with a small wooden deck attached. I Dream of Weenie relishes (condiment-pun intended) its unusual appearance and even offers T-shirts that share the company name. The hotdogs themselves are very tasty and are offered with a variety of different toppings and chips. The service and prices are both excellent, but the real treat is the experience of the place.
Although it may not look like much other than an Italian flag from the outside, Manny's House of Pizza boasts what many Nashville residents would not hesitate to call the best pizza in the city. The thin crust, New York-style pizzas or the thick Sicilian pies come complete with all the classic toppings, nothing crazy here. In addition to the beloved pies, they also serve many of the most comforting Italian delights like eggplant parmesan, calzones, spaghetti and lasagna, among others. Wash your meal down with a pint (or pitcher!) of draft beer.
Mike's Ice Cream Fountain offers delicious homemade ice cream in the heart of downtown Nashville. It is the perfect stop for Nashville tourists and regulars who need a place to cool off or are looking for a memorable dessert after an evening on the town. The décor at Mike's takes guests back in time to a 1950s ice cream parlor and soda fountain shop. Their most popular homemade flavors include a very yummy butter pecan and a very peanuty nutter butter. Prices are very reasonable, and the service is hometown friendly.
Ugly Mugs is a great place in East Nashville to drink a delicious, hot cup of coffee in a relaxed environment with a trendy vibe and free WiFi. Bring your laptop along and get some work done outside the office. The decor is simple with clean lines, great colors, and a comfortable local feel; something the nation chains don't have. Like most hot spots in East Nashville, the clients are mostly young business professionals looking for the perfect place to think alone or spend time with friends. In addition to the great vibe, the coffee and service at Ugly Mugs is also top notch.
Pied Piper Creamery serves up some of the most delicious ice cream in Nashville. Rich and creamy, their home-made soft style ice cream leaves customers coming back again and again. With amusing and creative flavors like Baklava, Key Lime Cheesecake, Oatmeal Raisin in the Sun, C is for Cookie, and Na Na Nu Nu, you never know what amazing and tasty concoctions await you. Located in a converted Victorian home in the popular Five Corners region of Nashville's East End, the atmosphere at Pied Piper is as charming as the ice cream is delicious. - Lynn-nore Chittom
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.
All of the owners of Oscar's Taco Shop are Californians of Mexicans, and this is as authentic as it can get. This is a perfect place to enjoy a delectable breakfast of burritos as the place open ups quite early in the morning. If you visit them for lunch try something from their diverse varieties of tacos, these are generous in size and very easy on your budget. They have some seating spaces indoors but feel free to take-out your order and enjoy it under the bright Nashville sky or in the comforts of your home. Tacos can be matched with sodas and soft drinks.
Panera Bread is the country's well known bakery featuring an array of freshly-baked breads, pastries and sweets, breakfast specials and also lunch items such as soups, salads, sandwiches, paninis and more. The Commerce street location of the restaurant comes as a blessing to those working in downtown as they can pick up their lunches here and take-out orders. The place is also perfect for tourists looking to grab a filling breakfast before heading out into the city. Seating spaces are available indoors as well as at the patio, if not in a hurry enjoy your meal at the restaurant. All of their hot and cold drinks come highly recommended.
This cantina inspired restaurant serves authentic Mexican cuisine and is one of the popular dining establishments in town. That's not it, it also boasts of a tequila lounge that serves tasty blends and libations. You can also hire this space for private celebrations and events. For reservations and other details, check website.
Margaritaville has everything under one roof. The restaurant has capacity of accommodating over 300 patrons, hosts live band performances at their music stages and also houses a playable piano staircase. In addition, there is gift shop inside the restaurant. They serve a variety of American specials; salads, Volcano Nachos, fried chicken, but their burgers are to die for. The place is a bit pricey but a huge meaty and mean burger is more than enough for a single person and you cannot tackle the towering stack of nachos alone. Cocktails complement the food perfectly and live music gets the crowd going.
Jimmy John's is a renowned name that is popular for its gourmet sandwiches. Here, you can choose from the variety of snacks that are on offer. Each of these tasty subs are filling yet not too heavy on pockets. You can choose from the likes of Smoked Ham Club, Totally Tuna and so forth. Apart from that, it also offers takeout, delivery and catering services. Check website for more details.