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Nashville is a necessary stop on any U.S. road trip that spans the country from coast to coast.
Dubbed Music City, Tennessee’s capital offers musical attractions like Ryman Auditorium, the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a seemingly endless number of local clubs. This city is a great destination due to these essential attractions as well as a full range of IHG hotels in Nashville at all price points.
When visiting the city, in addition to music, you’ll also find lots of great food ranging from Southern comfort food to cutting-edge cuisine. Due to the city’s location in the American south, most restaurants in Nashville serve their food with sides of warm hospitality and glasses of sweet iced tea.
Where to Eat in Nashville
During our road trip, we detoured to Nashville to visit friends and check out the Nashville food scene. After eating at some of the best Nashville restaurants as well as some under the radar spots, we realized that Nashville is one of the best food cities in America.
When we weren’t drinking Nashville specialty coffee at Barista Parlor, we were eating local food all over Music City. Based on our on-the-ground exploration, we found fun places to eat in Nashville everywhere we looked.
If you’re wondering where to eat in Nashville, we have you covered. Read on to discover five spots to hit during your visit:
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack
With its seasoned meat and cayenne pepper paste coating, hot chicken is more than your typical fried chicken. If you’re wondering what to eat in Nashville, start with this local favorite for an authentic dining experience.
There’s no better place to try this dish than Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack. If you can’t make it to Prince’s, the creator of Nashville’s most famous food, local joints like Pepperfire Hot Chicken and Hattie B’s Hot Chicken are worthy alternatives.
Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack is located at 123 Ewing Drive, Nashville, TN 37207, USA.
Unlike sweet biscuits in England — which we call cookies in America — biscuits in the Southern U.S. are savory quick breads, similar to scones and prepared with a prodigious amount of butter. Of all the things to eat in Nashville, biscuits very well may be our favorite.
Biscuit Love takes these humble calorie busters to new levels with a modern menu featuring proteins like hot chicken, sausage, and burger patties to go with the buttery biscuits. Don’t miss their signature ‘bonuts’ topped with lemon mascarpone and blueberry compote.
The original Biscuit Love is located at 316 11th Avenue S, Nashville, TN 37203, USA.
Five Daughters Bakery
We had never eaten cronuts at Dominique Ansel Bakery, despite multiple visits to the famous New York City temple of baked goods prior to our visit to Nashville. We made up for this omission when we visited Five Daughters Bakery.
This popular Nashville bakery serves 100-layer donuts that rank favorably among the best donuts in the country. The bakery also sells vegan and paleo donuts to health-conscious customers who don’t want to miss out on the donut fun.
Five Daughters Bakery has multiple locations. We visited the location at 1110 Caruthers Avenue, Nashville, TN 37204, USA.
Sweet 16th Bakery
Located in East Nashville, Sweet 16th Bakery serves a selection of baked goods like scones, muffins, cakes, and cookies. However, the bakery’s vegetarian-friendly breakfast sandwich is the star of the show.
True thrill-seekers can ramp up the fun by trying the bakery’s popular Elvis cake flavored with bananas and peanut butter. As for us, we’re sticking with the breakfast biscuit. It’s an American sandwich icon.
Sweet 16th Bakery is located at 311 N 16th Street, Nashville, TN 37206, USA.
Upscale restaurants can be fun, too!
Husk, Sean Brock’s esteemed restaurant, brings joy to brunch with dishes like smoked trout deviled eggs, pimento cheese with benne wafers, and pancakes filled with Olive & Sinclair cocoa nibs. Hungry diners should order the loaded Husk cheeseburger available at brunch only.
Husk is located at 37 Rutledge Street, Nashville, TN 37210, USA.
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About the Authors
Daryl & Mindi Hirsch
Saveur Magazine’s BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences and recipes on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.