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  • taboo Jul 23, 2009 01:03 PM
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Will be in Nashville in August for a few nights. MY BF and I are huge foodies. Looking for GREAT places for either lunch or dinner. We love seafood, steakhouses, american.... something that we can't get in New York where we live. Thanks!!

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  1. You can search Nashville on this board and find lots of recommendations.

    Here are some recommendations; don't know if you have a transportation or not, but Nashville's a car town -- everybody drives everywhere.

    Anyway, some recommendations:

    Dinner
    Margot Cafe & Bar -- ranks in most Nashvillians' top 10; located in East Nashville at Five Points, minutes from downtown
    City House -- rustic Italian in Germantown, also minutes from downtown. Tandy Wilson is the chef/owner; great guy, great chef, always creative, fun room
    F. Scott's -- in suburban Green Hills, adjacent to Green Hills Mall; don't worry -- excellent food, outstanding wine list, excellent service -- probably lands in the Top 5 for most foodies in Nashville.
    Zola -- just off West End Avenue near Vanderbilt; chef-owned restaurant -- interesting menu -- been around for years and great food.
    Park Cafe -- on Murphy Road off West End -- just a few blocks west from Vanderbilt. loyal customers swear by it; my neighbor treats it like his personal commissary. Great food, solid service; enjoyable neighborhood restaurant.

    Others, I am certain, will provide additional comments.

    Lunch Monday-Friday -- a taste of Nashville -- go to Arnold's on 8th Avenue, near downtown. Down home, Southern-style meat 'n' three -- James Beard Foundation recently named Arnold's an "American Classic." If you go once, you'll probably go twice while visiting. Warning: no health food served, skip breakfast for sure, might not want dinner later.

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    1. re: gbailey75

      Thank you sooooooooooooo much!!! I will be sure to get to some of these and report back. We are renting a car so that is good to know it is a "driving city".

    2. Stay away from seafood and steakhouses. You will not find anything in Nashville that rivals what you can get in New York. Unless you mean catfish, and in that case, Arnold's serves some mean catfish - on Fridays, I think. Go to Arnold's, regardless.

      Go to Prince's Hot Chicken.

      Go to Watermark.

      Go to Hog Heaven.

      Go to Pancake Pantry.

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      1. re: jamiecarroll

        Thanks for that info. My boyfriend LOVES steak and thought it would be great there, but I will follow your advice.

      2. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/639715

        I also live in NYC and just visited Nashville this past weekend (here's my trip report). You have to go to Monell's. NYC attempts at southern food can't get close to Monell's. Loveless was worth the wait though I don't think I would go back on a day where they don't offer chicken fried steak (it's the blue plate special on Saturdays) since I think their other breakfast dishes (like just regular eggs and bacon) are just okay.

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        1. re: pellegrino31

          Great...thank you. Nice to hear from a New Yorker that was just there. I will look into Monells.

          1. re: taboo

            Have fun when you go. For Monell's they don't take reservations, when I was there it was around 2:30 and it didn't seem too full. Oh and it's a steal - like $18 with tax but not including tip for all the food and tea.

        2. You've gotten some good reccomendations - I second City House & Margot, for sure, as well as Monell's. I'd also add Flyte (just up the road from Arnold's, but a world away) for a great, interesting wine list and really good creative new American cooking. Go to Leon's on 2nd for pralines and caramels - you won't be sorry! Also, if it is hot (and in August, it will be) go have a popscicle at Las Paletas in the 12South neighborhood. If you have an inkling that you want BBQ, drive to Nolensville for Martin's. You'll wait, and they may be out of dessert (go early - they close early, or when they run out of meat) but it is good.

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          1. re: MsAC

            OMG...Caramel is my most favorite thing so I will be at Leons for sure!!! I am going to look up Flyte and see what it is...thank you so much!