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First Visit to Nashville - mid March

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  • Duff Jan 8, 2010 11:23 AM
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Would appreciate any recommendations for restaurants in Nashville

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  1. Zola. It's my favorite restaurant in Nashville. Chef Paquette, with a pronounded Spanish bent to her cooking, is always creative and her dishes are well executed. Watermark also has wonderful food, but a bit more pricey and the atmosphere is a little stuffy for me. You'll probably get a few recommendations for Cafe Margot before this is all said and done, but I think the quality has fallen off a bit lately, and I was a little disappointed by my last couple of visits.

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    1. re: cafesimile

      Zola is closing next weekend.

      Definitely try out City House.

    2. Here are my suggestions for Nashville restaurants, listed by cheap to moderately expensive-all locally owned & operated:
      Brown's Diner-burgers and beer
      Arnold's Country Kitchen-meat and three, only open weekdays during the day
      Athens Family Restaurant-breakfast all day and really good Greek food, open24hours Wed-Sun
      International Market-Great cafeteria-style Thai
      Siam Cafe-Another great Thai restaurant
      Ken's Sushi-My favorite in town
      La Hacienda-pretty good Mexican
      Bombay Palace-The best Indian in town!
      Marche-one of the best reasons to cross the river to the East Side
      Amerigo's (okay, used to be a chain, but now owned by some of the employees)-Casual Italian
      The Yellow Porch-one of my favorites since their beginning-good
      Green Hills Grille-a perrenial favorite in 37205 (Nashville's 90210)
      The Mad Platter-one of N'vlle's oldest chef-owned restaurants-fabulous food and open on Sundays-reservations suggested!

      Hope this helps! Enojoy your trip!

      1. nashvillescene.com has plenty of info and reviews. A couple of my favorites:
        The Sobro Grill at the Country Music hall of fame and museum -- great regional lunches in a unique atmosphere with a very talented roving guitarist. The museum is a must see too. World class installations and eye opening too. I really like the food at F Scotts for an upscale dining experience with live jazz 6 nights a week. Food is 1/2 price after 9 so you can catch the early shot at the Opry (really should do the Opry) and get a ridiculous deal on good food. One other thing -- Patterson House for world class cocktails.

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        1. re: Cameraman

          Brown's Diner-burgers and beer
          decent burger, but there are better options:
          Rotiers, PM, Gabby's Burger & Fries

          Arnold's Country Kitchen-meat and three, only open weekdays during the day
          definitely the best meat & three in Nashville, possibly the country for that matter. James Beard award winner.

          Athens Family Restaurant-breakfast all day and really good Greek food, open24hours Wed-Sun
          semi decent at 4 am when you're drunk, otherwise skip it.

          International Market-Great cafeteria-style Thai
          cheap eats for college kids, some decent items, but again nothing worthy of a trip if you're visiting Nashville for the first time.

          Siam Cafe-Another great Thai restaurant
          decent Thai

          Ken's Sushi-My favorite in town
          Definitely skip it, very cheap and not so good. If you're looking for sushi, try: Ichiban, Ginza, Wild Wasabi.

          La Hacienda-pretty good Mexican
          Some people rave about it, I consider it over rated. There are better options: El Mirador

          Bombay Palace-The best Indian in town!
          I would have to disagree, horribly slow service, and very bland Indian. Woodlands would be the most authentic and best Indian in Nashville.

          Marche-one of the best reasons to cross the river to the East Side
          Great rec.

          Amerigo's (okay, used to be a chain, but now owned by some of the employees)-Casual Italian
          The food here has gone down the hill quite a bit.

          The Yellow Porch-one of my favorites since their beginning-good
          Good rec

          Green Hills Grille-a perennial favorite in 37205 (Nashville's 90210)
          This place has been closed for a while now.

          The Mad Platter-one of N'vlle's oldest chef-owned restaurants-fabulous food and open on Sundays-reservations suggested!
          Ok, but you could do better.

          If you want something "Nashville", check out Monells, Loveless Cafe, Pancake Pantry, Allium, City House, Germantown Cafe, 1808 Grill, Standard at the Smith House, Prince’s Hot Chicken Shack…

        2. Agree with Pete K. Do try City House, Marche, Margo Cafe, Germantown Cafe, Sunset Grill. Watermark if you are will to spend some bucks. Look at web site of Nashville Scene and pull up their Best of Nashville (BON) and that would be a great guide.

          1. Be sure to eat lunch at Arnold's if you are here on a weekday. Otherwise, eat at Monell's.

            If you love fried chicken, you must eat at Prince's Hot Chicken.

            On the fancier end of the spectrum, you might consider Watermark, City House, or Margot.

            1. Agree with all the City House reqs. Would also add Flyte & Miel to your "fine dining" list. We've also liked Miro recently, but the menu does seem to change a lot. I'll second the recs for PM, Monell's, Yellow Porch, Prince's and also add that Crema pulls a great espresso.

              1. I really like Tin Angel on West End. Also Tayst, on 21st, and The Acorn, on 28th.