Kristen ShoatesCity Guide Writer
Kristen Shoates a writer and marketing strategist specializing in nonprofits, artists, and small businesses. She is passionate about telling stories and helping entrepreneurs and world changers turn their visions into reality. Kristen co-owns Sky Studios, a Nashville music lessons and recording studio, with her husband, and in her free time, loves travel, music, books, being outdoors, and any chance for a new adventure.
Our favorites places to eat and drink in Nashville.
When you need something a bit lighter, or maybe have a vegetarian in your group, head to Vui's Kitchen, a Vietnamese spot in Berry Hill.
This classic Mexican spot in Woodbine has been around for 25 years and feels a little like a party at all times, while still remaining affordable.
Otaku Ramen was Nashville’s first solely ramen spot, and it’s still one of the best places to get it in the city.
One of the longest lines in Nashville is for Pancake Pantry in Hillsboro Village - but it’s worth the wait for the 23 varieties of pancakes.
Chaatable is one of the most colorful places you could eat at, so bring a group to Sylvan Heights and focus on the chaats.
Pearl Diver is an island-themed bar in East Nashville that serves way above average drinks and doesn’t feel cliche.
Lyra is a Middle Eastern spot in East Nashville that serves great food and desserts but won’t empty your wallet - come with a group.
Woolworth on 5th is a historic lunch counter turned restored restaurant downtown that serves Southern classics.
Mockingbird serves upscale diner food in a very attractive space in The Gulch.
Arnold’s Country Kitchen is a great meat and three spot for weekday lunch or for when you want to eat Thanksgiving food and it’s not November.