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Nahville, TN - need list of must visit places for serious Chowhounds

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We will be visiting Nashville at the end of March for 4 days. We have been here several times and have our own personal faves - Pancake Pantry and Loveless Motel (breakfast and dinner). We like all kinds of food, but specifically looking for local, indigenous places (no chains, please). We are from the Midwest, so anything Southern with biscuits, grits, smoked bacon or ham, would be a real treat. Not that we plan to eat fried chicken 4 days in a row. We will be staying downtown, but willing to drive for good food. Price is not as important. We would like one nice meal, preferably French or Italian. Looking for some good meat +3 places as well. Please send recommendations, thanks!

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Pancake Pantry
1796 21st Ave S, Nashville, TN 37212

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  1. Many many restaurants serve Southern-style foods (ham, grits) without being overtly "southern." Still, there's a lot to choose from. For Southern or Southern-influenced, fancier and down-home: City House (chef Tandy Wilson is a James Beard semifinalist this year), Watermark, The Standard, Arnold's, Southern Bred, Cabana, Copper Kettle, Puckett's (downtown or Franklin), Swett's. B&C Barbecue in the Farmer's Market and in Melrose is a treat because of their better-than-usual sides, including a couple of types of grits. A real Nashville specialty is Hot Chicken (and Fish). Prince's, 400 Degrees, Bolton's, Eastside Fish. For regular fried chicken, At the Table or the aforementioned Swett's or Southern Bred.

    On the fancier side, there are adequate Italian restaurants but nothing that would knock your socks off. For French/French influenced, look at Allium (great view), Miel, Margot. There's also Capital Grille on the high end, can't say they have a particular region of influence. Also Flyte,

    1. Go to Arnold's for your Southern/Meat&3.
      Go to Monell's for breakfast if you're here on a Saturday.
      Go to City House for your nice meal.

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      City House
      1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

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      1. re: jamiecarroll

        I'm not huge on the Nashville fine dining scene overall but I think that City House is hands down the best place in town with Miel in second place. everywhere else is kind of ho-hum IMO

        If you are with a big group ask for family style at City House; it's an A+ experience and a way to sample pretty much everything on the menu. It's a little loud (which I like) and hip but it is a really good time and the food is outstanding.

        You'll probably get these to places from everyone who replies but for good reason: Arnold's and Princes are musts. Both are excellent at what they do. For brunch I'm a big fan of the Copper Kettle; I'm pretty sure they do Saturday and Sunday brunch.

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        City House
        1222 4th Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37208

        Copper Kettle
        4004 Granny White Pike, Nashville, TN 37204

      2. F. Scott's is a great place that has been around for a long time. They have live jazz after 7pm. My husband and I went there recently for his birthday and it was excellent. I can recommend the foie gras for an appetizer and the scallops for an entree.
        http://www.fscotts.com/