For as much as Nashville’s food scene has changed, barbecue remains a constant. There’s no shortage of options for it around town, but Edley’s is our favorite because everything from the pulled pork to the cornbread is prepared in-house. Bring some friends and/or your family and order as much of the menu as you can, but make sure to include some BBQ nachos. Their three locations all have great patios and Happy Hours, so if you want to drink a bourbon tea outside to work up an appetite first, that works too.
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