Friday June 8, 2012
With CMA Fest descending upon Nashville, and the road to Bonnaroo passing through Music City, we figured it's as good a time as any to release our revised and updated list of Nashville's best restaurants. Whether you're into line dancing or noodling, a believer in Faith Hill or St. Vincent, we can all agree upon eating locally, right? With no lack of culinary talent in town and new restaurants popping up everywhere from Downtown to Murfreesboro, Franklin, Clarksville and East Nashville, it was no easy task narrowing down our favorites and shuffling the category winners. Without further ado, here is our list of the Top 100 Nashville restaurants. New additions to the Top 100 (not necessarily new restaurants) include The Catbird Seat, Giovanni, Gojo Ethiopian, Kayne Prime, The Smiling Elephant, Suzy Wong's, Table 3, Tavern, Bolton's, The Pharmacy, and PS Noodle Pot.
Other fantastic newcomers capturing our attention and appetites of late include Edley's Bar-B-Q (bushwhackers and bbq, oh my!), AM@FM, Gloria's Korean Kitchen, Pepperfire, Urban Grub, The Southern and Jim's Original Coney Island.
(dolsot bi bim bap from Gloria's Kitchen)
All in all it's been an eventful year in Nashville dining. We've witnessed the arrival of possibly the most ambitious restaurant the city has ever seen in The Catbird Seat, which was named one of GQ's 10 Best New Restaurants in America. Along with The Catbird Seat, City House and the Capitol Grille garnered James Beard nominations. A few scattered food trucks have transformed into a veritable fleet, serving everything from cheese-stuffed gourmet burgers to jambalaya, hot chicken and Korean bbq tacos. East Nashville continues to gain momentum with the likes of Five Points Pizza and Nashville's finest beer garden at The Pharmacy. As the dining scene grows more diverse and ambitious while diners become more adventurous, it's still reassurring that enthusiasm for hot chicken and the meat 'n threes remains as steady as ever, if not increased.
Hot Hen from Fleet Street Pub
Spicy Lo Mein from PS Noodle Pot