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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.
Marché in East Nashville is a low-key brunch and lunch spot with a wide range of French pastries and a Croque Madame that’s great for sharing. Or not.
When you want a really good burger, a strong cocktail, and to sit at a large wooden bar or table with strangers, head to Burger Up in 12South.
City House is an Italian restaurant in Germantown that’s nice enough to take your stuffy father-in-law to, but casual enough for your quirky aunt too.
Loveless Cafe is a greater Nashville institution where you go for great biscuits and supper, which you’ll know about if you just woke up from 1890.
There are lots of hot chicken spots in Nashville, but Hattie B’s is the best. Order a two piece, some sides, and a beer. Repeat as necessary.